And, there’s a right way and a wrong way to spread the mulch.
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au.
Let’s find out
|Applying mulch can be a bit of a chore, but it's worth it in the long run.|
Fine mulch shouldn’t be more than 1cm thick, but chunky mulches, can be around 5cm thick.
Remember of course, that organic mulches bring microbial life to your soil, whereas the inorganic, mostly chunky mulches are just a layer of protection.
TIP: Leave some space around the trunk of trees, as it may encourage fungal growth or collar rot if right up against the main trunk.
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- Cilantro refers to the leaves of the plant and coriander refers to the seeds.
- In Australia we call the leaves and the seeds coriander and some people even call it Chinese parsley.
- So coriander leaf is nothing else but cilantro.
- Coriander is an annual herb because it flowers, sets seed then dies in under a year.
- Always grow coriander from seed, sown in the exact spot you want it to grow as it absolutely HATES being transplanted.
- Transplanting coriander stresses it so that it goes straight to seed and then it dies. And you never get any leaves at all!
- Coriander gets a has a big taproot as it grows so growing it in a pot won’t work either, it’ll go straight to seed as well.,
- Sow your seeds about 1 cm deep, cover them and keep them moist.
- Coriander takes a couple of weeks to germinate, so go do it after my program.
- Coriander grow fairly big, about 50 cm or 2 feet tall.
- You want about 5 cm between the plants if you grow it for the leaves.
- Just remember when coriander plants get stressed, or in hot weather, or once they reach a certain age, they stop making leaves and instead start growing a tall flower stalk.
- Another reason as to why you should let some coriander plants go to flower, is that coriander flowers are an important food source for beneficial insects, especially little parasitic wasps and predatory flies.
- Harvesting coriander seed is not too hard. All you need to do is wait till the flower heads are dry. There will be enough seed for the kitchen and enough to plant out more in the garden.
There are some plants, be it trees, shrubs, perennials or annuals, which don’t make it into the mainstream of plant shops, not even online.
|Snow Wood fruits after opening.|
But there are plenty of good reasons why you should grow a Snow Wood.
Let’s find out I'm talking with new contributor, to "plant of the week" segment, Adrian O’Malley, horticulturist and native plant expert.
Fruit pods are very attractive, twisting when they split open to reveal black shiny large seeds and look a bit like acacia fruit pods.
Seen in Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney near the Moor building.
Pararchidendron pruinosum is an Australian rainforest tree naturally occuring from the Shoalhaven River in New South Wales to Herberton in north Queensland.
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