Certain times of the year are crucial in beginning your control program, but don’t worry, it’s not too daunting.
Let’s find out what needs doing
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni of www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
There are several types of pests
Fruit flies sting the fruit leaving a telltale black spot on the outside.
- bronze orange bug- need to control at green nymph stage when the bugs measure only a few millimetres. Once they start to colour up, oils will not control them.
- neem oil is registered for control of bronze-orange bugs on ornamental citrus.
This is a good indicator of when control is most effective.
After all, you don’t want to waste your time, energy and money using a product that won’t work as well as it should because it’s the wrong timing.
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- Did you know that Asian greens are all a distant relative of Broccoli, Cabbage and Cauliflower?
- Asian Greens have been grown in China since the 5th century however, it wasn’t until the
- 18th century when Asian greens made their way into Europe after seeds were sent.
- As for Australia, wasn’t until Chinese migrants, who arrived during the 1850’s Gold Rush, brought their traditional vegetables with them.
- When the gold petered out, many Chinese became
market gardeners growing the pak choi family and other leafy green vegetables.Chinese market gardens still exist around the
capital cities today.
Tatsoi, Mustard Greens, Mizuna
- These are all non-heading forms of Chinese cabbage with thick white crisp leaf stalks and veins and shiny smooth broad or wide dark green leaves that create a loose cluster.
- The right climate and timing is very important and this depends on where you are.
- If you are battling against your Asian greens-Pak Choi, Bok Choy bolting to seed the reason is plant bolts to seed early because they want to reproduce.
- If your soil is a bit too sandy, which has high silica content, then this will lead to early bolting.
- So keep topping up your organic matter in the soil and your harvest should be fine.
- This normally is a good indicator that the soil is out of balance, ie there needs to be more organic matter in the soil.
- For example in sub-tropical areas, Asian greens can be planted in most months of the year, but April, May and September to November are best.
- In temperate areas of Australia-remember temperate is from around Sydney down to Tasmania but only includes the coastal areas-here you can sow the seeds now and shouldn’t have the bolting to seed problem.
- Asian greens all love full sun, except in parts of Australia with very hot summers.In these hot spots, part shade is fine, so consider using some other plants, like beans and sweet corn, as ‘living shade’. Or erect a shade tent.
- How To Sow
- Before sowing seed work in a plenty of compost and blood and bone. You should also add some Potash because Asian greens like not only lots of Nitrogen but lots of Potassium.
- The seeds for Asian greens are very small so don’t bury them too deep. Just make a small impression in the soil about 5mm deep.
- Sprinkle them in the row and lightly cover them with soil.
- Asian greens also like lots of magnesium and because magnesium helps germination, put about half a teaspoon of Epsom salts, into two litres of water. Give it a good shake around and then water the seeds with that mixture.They will come up in about a week.
- In six weeks, you’ll be harvesting your Asian greens.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
Perhaps the holly leaved fuchsia will have them changing their minds because it looks more like something from the northern hemisphere.
PLAY: Holly Leaved Fuchsia_9th October_2019
Graptophyllum ilicifolium, or holly leaved fuchsia is quite unusual, and may just suit your garden.
Leaves look like those of a holly bush so very useful for Christmas decorations perhaps?
The flowers are fuchsia like, but obviously this plant is tougher than your regular fuchsia because of the tougher leaves.
|Graptophyllum ilicifolium: holly leaved fuchsia|