Garden paths serve an obvious function but they can also be aesthetically pleasing.
This next series in Design Elements, is all about garden paths that work and that you can do yourself.
Over the next 4 weeks, landscape designer, Jason Cornish, and I, will delve into 4 different types of paths and things you need to now before you put them in.
Let’s find out the first one is:Gravel
I'm talking with Landscape Designer, and, Director of Urban Meadows Jason Cornish.
|Gravel Path: Hear The Crunch When You Walk|
Then again, it might suit your location or garden, or maybe just the thing before you decide on one of the more expensive options.
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- The peanut is not a true nut but a legume, like peas, and beans.
- Did you know that anthropologists working on the slopes of the Andes in Brazil and Peru have discovered the earliest-known evidence of peanut farming dating back an amazing 7600 years?. Amazing!
- Did you also know that peanut growing was introduced into Australia in Queensland during the gold rushes of the 1870's?
- The peanut plant develops from an embryo embedded between the two cotyledons of the kernel and grows to a bush about 50 cm tall and up to 100 cm wide.
- Small, yellow, pea-type flowers emerge at 30-40 days after planting give or take a few weeks, and, after self-pollination, the ovary's base elongates, bends downwards and penetrates the soil.
- The tip of this 'peg' then enlarges to form a pod containing one to three kernels.
- Depending on what variety you managed to get, where you’re growing your peanuts and what the weather’s like that season, the growth period can take from 14 to 26 weeks, or 3 ½ to 6 months.
- Peanuts aren’t too fussy about the type of soil you’ve got.
- Peanuts are a subtropical legume crop needing relatively warm growing conditions and 500 to 600 mm of rain.
- As long as the soil is well-drained and friable with no large stones, sticks, stumps or chemical residues.
- Peanuts can tolerate a wide range of pH - from 5 to 8, but can’t tolerate heavy clay soils.
- Planting usually occurs from October to January in Queensland and NSW. In the Northern Territory, plantings occur in March-April.
- Peanuts have been commercially trialled in Western and South Australia, so give them a go there too.
- For cooler zones, plant your peanuts in pots or containers and keep the going by placing them in the warmest part of the garden.
- To grow your own peanuts if you can’t find any peanut bushes to buy, it’s sort of easy.
- What you need is a packet or raw peanuts. Not salted or roasted or any other fancy shmancy types.
- It has to be raw peanuts.
- Then, like any other seed, you sow some raw peanuts either into jiffy pots, punnets or into a garden bed.
- Sow each seed 3-5cm deep and if they are fresh they should germinate in one to two weeks).
- There’s a few strange and weird things about looking after your peanut bushes though.
- For instance, you might be surprised to know that the pods take most of their calcium and boron directly from the soil rather than through the roots.
- Calcium, such as in Dolomite, is best applied to the plant before flowering.
- Next, watering is critical particularly during the critical stages of germination, flowering, pegging, and pod filling.
What about environment history is there such a thing?
There is a definition which goes, “Environmental history is the study of human interaction with the natural world over time, emphasising the active role nature plays in influencing human affairs and vice versa.”
|Australian Landscape: photo Edward Dalmuder|
Let’s find out. I'm talking with Stuart Read,a garden historian and a member of the Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society.
Change tends to come from the bottom up.
Did you know the first public parks in England didn’t eventuate until the early 1800’s.
In Australia it was 1850 when Paramatta Park in Sydney was allocated.
Documenting say land clearing and land use over time, but not just land, water use it’s a great tool for understanding what we are doing right or wrong.
If you have any questions for Stuart or for me, you know what to do.
- Heliconia flower is not actually a flower but highly modified leaves and bracts.
- A bract is a leaf structure at the base of a flower.
- They are also really thirsty; give them roughly 120 ml of water a day. ;
- Mulch is really important.: cut the leaves off and put them under the plant to help with water retention.".