However, General Manager of cut above tools, Tony Mattson has given his fair share of gardening talks and has some insights to share about what the benefits are of joining.
Let’s find out. I'm talking with Tony Mattson, general manager of www.cutabovetools.com.au
Great reasons to join a garden club include
- Share your gardening knowledge or gain knowledge from plant experts that may be in the club.
- Pruning tips for your area.
- Swap seedlings
- Cutting table and plants for sale, usually for a few dollars each.
- Homemade refreshments at the end of the night.
- Excursions to gardens or gardening events such as Floriade or MIFGS (Melbourne Internation Flower Show.)
Sei-Sei Tei Show Garden MIFGS
you will find your nearest garden club.
For example I looked up what garden club was near TANK fm in Kempsey. Turns out there’s a garden club very close, South West Rocks and District Garden Club Inc, that meets every 2nd Monday 10am.
Very few of the garden clubs have a website but there’s always a phone number, so go on, give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose and plenty to gain.
If you have any questions for me or for Tony, email us at email@example.com.
Or you can write in to 2RRR PO Box 644, Gladesville NSW
- Australians are often confused about what a shallot actually is, because we call them spring onions as well.
- Elsewhere in the world the word ‘shallot’ is only used to describe a small bulb, growing much the same way as a garlic bulb, with mild, delicate flavour.
- ''True shallots () are grown for their bulbs only.
- Shallots marketed in NSW are similar to true spring onions and are harvested with about 40 centimetres of green leaves and a slightly enlarged bulb.
- They are marketed in bunches of about 20 plants with three bunches (per) kilogram. Shallots grown and marketed this way are also known as eschallots ().'
- So now we know that Spring or Green onions have long, - up to 40cms long, hollow green, delicate stalks and small, very slender, white bulbs.
- The bulb of a spring/green onion is really only slightly defined.
- Spring or Green onions come out of the ground early in their lives... in fact you can sow them from very early spring until at least the end of march.
- Usually you can pick them about 7 weeks later.
- Where do spring onions grow?
- Raising them in seed punnets or tray seems to work best, then transplant them when they’re several cms high or as half as thick as a pencil.
- It’s normal to sow the seeds of spring onions closely, and because these onion seeds are planted densely they bunch together so that the bulbs have little chance of fully maturing and rounding completely out
- When planting into the garden, dig lots of compost through the topsoil first and then use a dibbler to make holes 10cm apart.
- Place a seedling in each hole and gently push the soil around the rootball. Water the seedlings very lightly but if they fall over, don’t worry as they will soon stand back up.
- Keep your onions weed free.
- Water them when dry weather is expected, otherwise ease back a bit.
- In about 2 months, your spring onions should be ready to eat.
- TIP:There is never any hint of a bulb in a Spring Onion so you can't leave the plants in the ground for the tops to dry off — they will, but you won't be able to save any bulbs.
- If you forget to pick your spring onions, and they’ve started to flower. Let them keep flower and save the seeds.The flowers are attractive to bees and other useful insects.
- The seeds can also be sprouted.
Onion flowers are attractive to bees
- For a dash of colour why not try Brilliant crimson spring onion red bulbs that are rich in antioxidants. www.diggers.com.au
We start off with finding out why the plant isn’t thriving and in fact is dropping leaves.
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Not so much digging now, other than weeding but looking after your plant because, after all, it’s not plastic.
So why are the leaves dropping off?
- Check your watering. You might think the water is getting through to the roots but is it really? Add wetting agent if you find the the soil is not being wetted sufficiently.
- Nutrient deficiency-are the yellow leaves the new growth or the old growth?
- new leaves yellowing signals possible iron deficiency. Correct with chelated iron.
- Old leaves yellowing signals possible nitrogen deficiency. Correct with an all purpose liquid or soluble fertiliser.
- Calcium deficiency results in distorted or irregularly shaped new leaves (top of plant). The leaf margins and tips become necrotic. Correct with an application of Dolomite.
- Wind can cause physical damage, with leaves have brown/grey tips.
Wind and sun scorch have similar symptoms.
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- The name Anemone comes from Greek and roughly means wind flower, which signifies that the wind that blows the petal open will also, eventually, blow the dead petals away.
- Coronaria means used for garlands.
- Bulbs have a tunic, corms have a basal plate, tubers have multiple growing points or eyes.
- Anemone tubers are usually planted in early autumn, March until May.
- Before planting, the tubers are recommended to be dipped in lukewarm water for 2-4 hours or overnight.
- Planting Depth: Plant Anemones with the pointy end facing down at a depth of 3 to 5cm. Soak well each week until shoots appear.
I'm talking with floral therapist, Mercedes Sarmini.
Video recorded live during broadcast of Real World Gardener radio show on 2RRR, 88.5fm Sydney.