|Seeds photo M Cammpm|
Are you the type of gardener that breaks rules such as the first rule?
The first rule when it comes to sowing seed, is to sow at the correct times of the year for your district.
But there are plenty of other reasons why seeds fail.
Let’s find out why? I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
There are quite a few good reasons why seeds can fail for example, some seeds are more sensitive to temperatures and refuse to budge if it’s not within their preferred range.
Some seeds need darkness to germinate, like pansies, but others need light to germinate. Lettuce need light, for success with these seeds, just press the seeds into the soil surface.
Good drainage for great success, eg cactus and lithop seeds need excellent drainage.
So apart from old seeds, the main reasons belong in the environmental category.
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- Did you think there was only the celery with the stalks?
- Maybe you’ve heard of Celeriac, well that’s a type of Celery too, but instead of stalks, it’s a bulbous root.
- Before you say, I chuck the leaves away from the stalk celery, I say, hang on, this one tastes a bit better than those.
- Celery Leaf looks a bit like parsley but tastes similar but slightly better than regular stalk celery!
- Some say it tastes a little stronger than stalk celery or celeriac.
- Did you know that crushed celery seeds are steam distilled to make celery oil?
- This oil is used for flavouring sauces, meats, liqueurs, perfumes, cosmetics and soaps.
- Celery leaf is perfect for container gardens because it’s a cut and come again plant and is great used as a herb in stews, dressings and salads.
- From putting the seed into the ground or pot, it’ll take around 2-3 months.
- Like most veggies, Leaf Celery needs full sun but can do alright in part shade in soil that’s not too dry.
- You can start them off in punnets if you like because they don’t mind being transplanted.
- Keep in mind, Leaf Celery isn’t frost tolerant.
- Sow the very fine seeds thinly, and only 5mm (1/4”) deep.
- Be careful not to cover the fine seeds too much because they need light to germinate.
- For fine seeds I tend to use a light cover of vermiculite which I then mist to make moist.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
But which mint helps you sleep and which mint helps with a sore stomach?
Let’s find out
I'm talking with was Simone Jefferies, naturopath and herbalist of www.simonejeffriesnaturopath.com.au
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PLANT OF THE WEEK;
|Selection of indoor plants about to be potted up. photo: M Cannon|
Toxins like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.
So let’s find out more in this new series on indoor plants.
Indoor plants not only look attractive, brighten up gloomy areas and generally improve our moods, but they also have an added benefit of cleaning the air.
Those chemicals that I mentioned are all common volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are emitted into the air in our homes by everyday items such as furniture, carpets and common household appliances as well as air fresheners, hair products and nail polish. Wow!
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