SPICE IT UP
Perhaps it was just the wrong spice and the flavour wasn’t so good which left you wondering “what went wrong?”
Allspice can cause confusion, so let’s clear it up now.
I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au
- The actual spice is a berry from the allspice tree.
- Ian tried to grow it on the north coast of NSW but was unsuccessful. Winters were too cold.
- You can try to grow it but I would recommend erecting a 3-sided shelter out of heavy-duty shade cloth, to surround the young tree.
- Basil is the tomato herb, and allspice is the tomato spice.
- Here’s something to think about when storing your potatoes.
- A potato left too long in the light will begin to turn green.
- The green skin contains a substance called solanine which can cause the potato to taste bitter and green potatoes can upset the stomach, so don’t try them.
- What’s wrong with that?
- You run the risk of introducing diseases such as Potato Virus Y, Potato Blight or Potato cyst Nematode.
- If you use leftovers or buy from supermarkets or green grocers.
- You might think it’s only a small risk, but once you get potato blight into your soil, it’s their forever. No chemical will shift it.
about Cranberry Red?
Purple Congo potato
- Cranberry Red has red skin and red flesh, great in salads, for boiling and baking. These stay red, even after cooking.
- Potato Sapphire that has purple skin and purple flesh? Purple Sapphire I’m sure is sold also as Purple Congo, is perfect for mashing, boiling and roasting, and yes, it stays purple after cooking.
- Royal Blue. Potato Royal Blue is oblong, with purple skin and dark yellow flesh.
- To grow your Potatoes-put seedling potatoes into a trench in as deep and rich a soil as you can get.
- Plenty of compost and manures please.
- And as they grow pile the earth up around them.
- You will need to hill the rows or potato container several times until the potatoes have flowered.
- You need to do this to stop the greening of tubers and also protect them from potato moth.
- Also, hilling up the soil and mulch will give you more potatoes as they tend to form on roots near the surface.
- That means, as you pile up the soil, you get new roots, and more potatoes....Chicken manure or blood and bone should be dug through the bed as potatoes need a lot of phosphorus but not too much nitrogen. Too much nitrogen will mean lots of leaves rather than potatoes.
- Keep the water up and but only water moderately as potatoes will rot in soil that is too wet.
- They can also get a fungus growing inside them if the soil’s too wet. When you cut them open, they’ll have grey patches inside which actually do taste mouldy. Euwwww!
- You can add fish emulsion and seaweed extract when you’re watering too.
- Potatoes can also be grown in your black compost bin if you’re not using it for compost.
- Plant the seed potatoes at the bottom, let them grow to about 50cm,( so with your ruler that’s almost 2 x ruler heights) then, over the top and add 8cm of soil, let them grow a little more, add some more soil, and so on, in the end a stack of potatoes.
- Pick your potatoes when the vine has died down to the ground, that’s if you want the most potatoes, but they can be harvested from when the first baby potatoes are formed.
There’s a few different ways it seems and some more labour intensive than others.
Let’s find out..
I'm talking with Landscape Designer, and, Director of Urban Meadows Jason Cornish.
Steel edges look great and are relatively easy to install. Some even interlock and have spikes that anchor them into the ground.
The cheap way is to use those second hand bricks left and dig a trench and put them straight in.
- Of course there’s always a better way of doing that same job and that’s to lay down sand and mortar so that the bricks won’t move if your lawnmower knocks them.
|Brick edging can look amateur if not done correctly.|
PLANT OF THE WEEK:Choosing Camellias
Are you a fan of camellias?
Perhaps you’ve never thought of growing them?
You may be surprised to learn that they are a plant that can put up with a lot of neglect and still manage to flower magnificently during winter.
Let’s find out what are some favourites.
I'm talking with Jeremy Critchley of www.thegreengallery.com.au and Karen Smith editor of www.hortjournal.com.au
Camellia japonica Lovelight: pure white with boss of yellow stamens.
If you’re wanting to add to camellias in your garden, now’s the time to look around for ones you really like.
Don’t just settle for what’s in one nursery. Go online to see what else can be gotten for that extra special camellia.