Probably not because like most gardeners, when we see weeds, we think of the work that’s needed to either pull them out or spray them with something or other.
|Weeds are plants that are not wanted|
But is there a good side to the weed story?
Let’s find out. I'm talking with Diane Watkin, founder of Backyard Biodynamics Sydney,
Take heed of what weeds you have in the garden before you pull them out.
If you have poorly drained soil for example, you may find that chickweed, spurge, violet, moss, knotweed and sedge likes to grow there.
Thistles indicate lack of Magnesium and Copper.
Both are trace elements which is easy enough to treat your soil for.
Clover in your lawn indicates lack of nitrogen too..Another easy fix.
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- Did you know that supposedly an angel presented an angelica plant to man
as a cure for the plague, and 15th and 16th century herbalists recommended
eating or chewing the roots as a cure for a number of diseases?
- Angelica is native to Europe, Asia and North America.
- There are a couple of different varieties.
- One has yellowish green, feathery leaves that look tropical because of their large size which is about 0.7-1m long, and are divided into 3 leaflets with toothed edges.
- This variety of Angelica has greenish white flowers that hang in umbrella like clusters at the ends of the stalks which are 1-1.5m tall, hollow, and stiff, so it's not really a plant for pots.
- Angelica likes moist, rich soil that is slightly acid, growing best in semi-shade.
- Angelica can grow it most of Australia although doesn’t grow that well in hot humid climates.
- Find a shady, sheltered spot for growing angelica - it likes moist soil, so keep it well watered - if you have a pond and can provide shelter, then it would do well there because it’s normally found near water in the wild.
- Although that’s not really necessary.
- Mine grows well on the south side of a garage-but then it spread to a nearby veggie bed, and seems to be OK there too.
- Angelica grows easily from seed that is if you’re growing your own or know of someone that has some.
- To get the flower seed-it’s just a matter of waiting after the flowers have died.
- One seed head has about 100 seeds.But you need to sow them within a few weeks after ripening or they lose their viability.
- Either sow seeds in the late summer and thin to 15cm then in the second year to 60cm then to 150cm or buy plants in autumn or spring and set them a metre apart.
- If they self seed, then keep the strongest as replacement stock.
- You also can propagate angelica from root cuttings.
- It grows for four to five years as a rule, then it’ll die.
Last week I mentioned that gone are the days when you had lots of variety in garden centres to choose from.
This series is all about what were those old fashioned shrubs.
But we’re not just doing a blanket five but going through each climate zone in Australia, including some of Peter Nixon’s zoning.
Some of these other zones might suit your area as well even though they’re classified as say arid or sub-tropical.
It all depends on whether or not you’ve got a micro-climate in your garden that will suit.
Let’s find out what old fashioned shrubs suit cool temperate areas.
I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden Designer & project Manager from Paradisus Garden design.
PLAY: Old Fashioned Shrubs cool sub-tropics part 1 8th May 2019
Cool sub-tropics is not a zone you would normally think of but there it is.
Peter mentioned for the south side: shady
- Platycodon homalocladium or bad hair day plant.
- Aucuba japonica-gold dust plant ; Japanese Maple
- Selection of Fuchsias eg Tom Thumb.
- On the northern side: Hibiscus mutabilis; Rothmannia globosa-September Bells
- Thevetia peruviana-Yellow Oleander; Hibiscus schizopetalus
- Melastoma affine-Blue Tongue; Eriostemen_Philotheca myoporoides
- Sowing: They take off easily from seed, either grown indoors during the winter months or sown directly into the soil when it’s warmer out.
- Good companion plant because they attract pollinators and improve soil quality.