TOOL TIMETrimmers; Whipper Snippers; Brushcutters
- Which jobs do you hate doing in your garden aside from weeding?
- Lawn edges could be one of them?
- There’s always ways to make gardening a bit easier and this next garden tool or perhaps machine is for those jobs that are generally too hard to do by hand.
- Although some gardeners still like to do those jobs by hand, trimming lawn edges for example, it’s very time consuming and just plain hard work.
- So what type of device do we need for our lawn edges?
- Let’s find out.
- Whipper snippers, brush cutters, or just trimmers, all do similar things.
- You’ve got heaps to decide from; there’s petrol driven, electric and now battery powered garden tools
- Like a lot of garden tools don’t be swayed by just the price alone.
- If you’re going to use it for any length of time, make sure you can hold it without causing strain to arms and shoulders.
- Tony's Tip: Don't go for cheap whipper snipper line. Buy good quality commercial grande line of 2 - 2.7mm thickness.
|Red Flowered Variety of Broad Beans|
- Broad beans grown into a large, upright, bushy plant up to about 1 ½ metre.
- Most varieties have white flowers with black eyes, but some older varieties have red flowers that look nice, but don’t set pods nearly as much as the white flowering ones.
- Each pod is shiny green with very short fuzzy hair, and is roundish, and quite long with a pointy end.
- Each Broad Bean pod also has a firm, pliable skin and contains 4-8 light green to white, rounded and kidney-shaped beans.
- The beans are quite chunky, about 2cm and the pods can grow to as much as 50cm
- The bean plants tend to be bushy, with square, hollow stems and without beany tendrils.
- There’s two main varieties, the dwarf bush or the tall variety that needs staking.
- Like all beans, they fix atmospheric nitrogen and so, are also useful as a green manure.
- Best of all, they are hardy, easy to grow.
|Different stages of broad bean pods|
Hydrangeas have a long history and during the period when plant hunters searched the globe for fame and fortune is when the flowers we know today were brought back from China
Let’s find out what else they have to offer.
|Hydrangea macrophylla 'Ayesha'|
- Did you know that around 1879 the famous English nursery Veitch , sent the plant hunter Charles Maries to China and Japan?
- So what did he come back with?
- Two different plants, a Hydrangea with flat flowers (lacecap) he called H.macrophylla 'Mariesii' and a spherical type , he called Hydrangea macrophylla ' Rosea' .
TALKING FLOWERSProtea Pink Ice:
Protea nerifolia "Special Pink Ice"
- Proteas are one from one of the oldest families on earth dating back 300 million years.
This variety produces stunning pink flowers through autumn and winter - great for cut flowers and attracting birds into your garden.
- Pruning your Protea plant is never more than 50% of the leaf cover. Don't prune non-flower stems as they will bear next year's flowers.
|Protea nerifolia 'Pink Ice'|
Recorded live during the broadcast of Real World Gardener radio show on 2RRR 88.5 fm