We’re going up the garden path in a new series in Design Elements; and today its in stone. How to protect those seedlings from cold weather in Vegetable Heroes plus plant that was discovered 65 years before botanists ever heard of it in Plant of the Week; and where do insects go in winter in the plant doctor segment.
- Garden paths are essential in anyone’s back or front yard but are you happy with your garden path or would you like one that is a bit less work to maintain?
- Last week we mentioned the pros and cons of a gravel path which was the easiest to install and also the cheapest, but what about local stone in a path?
- Local stone can be sandstone, granite, slate bluestone or even limestone.
- But what do you need to do to make this path?
Let’s find out
- I'm talking with Landscape Designer, and, Director of Urban Meadows Jason Cornish.
There’s a few things to think about when putting in a stone path, chiefly the minimum size of stone which will prevent any trip or twisting injury.
There are a few pitfalls with putting in gravel or decomposed granite between the stones, so not advised to have it leading to your front door.
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- Extreme cold can stunt or kill your vegies so today, I’m going to go through some ideas for you to try out to help keep your seedlings warm and cosy.
- You’ll then have to make some supports from wire in the form of hoops, over which the plastic or fleece can rest.
- The plastic or fleece will allow enough light to penetrate so that they’ll get their minimum hours of 6 hours sunlight a day.
- You’ll probably have to remove the cover though for watering and fertilising purposes.
- A polytunnel should be easy for you to access, not too remote from your house, and have an adequate water supply available.
- It’s best to build a polytunnel on level ground in a sunny but sheltered position. Leave yourself at least a metre around the outside of the polytunnel to make it easier to build and maintain.
- Another tip is use a thermometer that indicates the maximum and minimum temperature so that you can track the changes in your polytunnel’s climate. Also make sure that doors, windows and vents are open as the weather warms up so that the polytunnel interior doesn’t over-heat.
- Poly tunnels are also relatively inexpensive.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
- It’s common name is Chinese Money plant or Friendship plant, but I think there’s a few plants around with those same common names.
Let’s find out.
Pilea peperomioides or Pilea pip,as it’s called in Jeremy’s nursery, was discovered and grown years before scientists ever got a hold of it.
It never occurred to anyone, that it was a new species until a member of the public want to know it’s real name.
How good is that?
Easily grown indoors or on a warm verandah because it doesn’t like to be below 15 degrees C much
- Hot Tip: healthy Pilea peperomioides plants produce baby plants both from their roots and their stems.
- Keep it away from direct sunlight.
- Likes to be kept moist but not overly wet.
- Although it can be kept outside in warmer regions, Pilea peperomioides is only suitable as a houseplant in most locations. It doesn’t appreciate temperatures below 10 °C and should be protected from sudden temperature swings.
- Pilea peperomioides will produce little plantlets growing in the soil next to the mother plant a. Once these have grown to a size of around 5-7 cm they are large enough to separate.
- Cut away the plantlet with a sharp, clean knife. They should already have their own root system and can simply be potted up.
PLANT DOCTORWhere Do Insects Go Over Winter?
Have you ever thought what happens to insects in winter?
In particular insect pests, we don’t see as many pests but come Spring, they seem to emerge in their hundreds from somewhere.
How are they managing to hang on, especially in those districts where temperatures fall below zero.
You’ll be surprised to find out the methods that insects use .
So let’s find out.
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
|Is it really winter? Monarch Butterfly|
Well, diapause (and also the definition of an evening spent watching TV) is "an inactive state of arrested development."
Diapause insects sees their metabolic rate drop to one tenth of what it is normally so it can use stored body fat to survive winter.
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