PLANT DOCTORIndoor Plants: Pests, Diseases and Watering
If we were fashionable and hip young gardeners, we would all be talking about where to go to find the next happening for indoor plants.
But, if we’re not in that category, we probably would like to refresh our memory about looking after those indoor plants.
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
Let’s find out
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- What do you do with it other than give it to your chooks?
- Apparently the leaf chicory is very good for them?
- Chicory comes from the daisy or Asteraceae family, and like dandelion, chicory has been grown since ancient times as a pot herb.
- A pot herb is one you put in a pot along with your meats and vegetables and cook together for a while-usually a long while.
- You probably didn’t realise that Chicory used as a coffee substitute during the Great Depression in the 1930s and during World War II in Continental Europe.
- Do you realise that if you’ve ever drunk a coffee substitute, like Caro, then you’ve drunk roasted chicory root?
- Some beer brewers even use roasted chicory to add flavour to stouts.
- Some other beer brewers have added it to strong blond Belgian-style ales, to add flavour to the hops, making a "witlofbier", from the Dutch name for the plant.
- Did you know that the first person to grow and process chicory in Australasia was Edwin William Trent (1839 - 1883)?
- Did you also know that Chicory, or Cichorium intybus, was grown as a crop on Phillip Island for nearly 100 years from the 1870s?
- If you’ve visited Philip Island you’ll see some unusual small brick towers dotted about the island.
- These are chicory kilns, once used in drying chicory dock – a parsnip-like underground root of the Chicory plant that was grown widely in Phillip Island’s rich volcanic soil.
- The leaves of the chicory plant can be eaten in salads to add flavour and crunch.
- They can also be lightly roasted in olive oil.
- You can buy seeds of Chicory “Red Dandelion: this plant has red stems with deeply cut frilly deep green leaves.
- As a microgreen or ‘baby leaf’ this variety adds great flavour to salads and it’s a colourful addition to any mesclun mix.
- If you get the red variety, it’s one of the few red leafy vegetables that keeps the crimson colour when cooked.
- Here’s an interesting fact: Coffee is readily available now in all types of strengths but until the 1960s, before instant coffee was invented, coffee and chicory essence was a popular alternative to using roasted coffee beans.
- Do you remember that thick black liquid with a very distinctive attractive aroma and sold in squarish bottles with a blue label?
- It was often drunk with sweetened condensed milk.
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If someone asked you to describe a French Provincial garden what would you say?
What would be the key elements of such a garden?
Would it be quirky frenchy nic nacs, and include a trompe l’oeil or a parterre?
Would it include plants that are French?
Let’s find out.
PLAY:French Provincial Style gardens_3rd April 2019
- Favourite garden plants: for a French garden might include architectural plants. Agapanthus. Canna.
- Mediterranean Plants. Acanthus mollis, bear's britches. Iris.
- Perennials. Aquilegias. Dahlias. Grasses. Phormium Tenax.
- Shrubs and Hedging Plants. Roses. Garden Bulbs and corms. Alliums.
- Climbing Plants. Bougainvillea.
- Trees. Acacia dealbata, Toon chinensi or Chinese cedar.