SPICE IT UP
Would you think for instance, that allspice and mixed spice are the same?
|Pimenta doica_allspice tree with berries.|
Let’s find out. I'm talking with Ian Hemphill from www.herbies.com.au
Even the Spaniards were confused with the allspice berry when they invaded Jamaica, thinking it was a type of pepper. Probably why the allspice tree is Pimento doica.
- The allspice berries are picked when they're green and put out to dry in the sun.
|Allspice and cloves|
- But it also turns out you can use allspice instead of mixedspice but at 1/3 of the quantity because it’s much stronger.
- The clove tree is Syzygium aromaticum. The unopened flower bud is the clove.
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- Beans are a legume in the Faboidea or the pea family.
|Scarlet runner beans|
- You may already know that as well as other legumes, beans have nitrogen fixing nodules on their roots. Yep, that’s right, the roots make nitrogen out of the air and deposit it into the soil.
- Lightning storms are even better for that reason because they convert nitrogen into ammonium ions which is what plants need before they can take it up.
- Green beans generally have smooth, slender pods.
- Runner beans tend to have slightly coarser pods and continue cropping a few weeks later than string beans.
- Drop in two seeds per hole, so they fall about 2cm apart, and 5cm deep.
- Cover with soil, seed raising mix, or compost. Grown this way the beans will mostly shade out competing weeds and 'self-mulch'.
- An important fact about growing beans is that
they need well-drained soils with a pH between 6.5 and 7.0 and are sensitive to
deficiencies or high levels of minerals in the soil-especially climbing beans.
Bean plants can self mulch if planted closely.
- TIP: Pods won’t set at temperatures above 270 C.
- Tip: To have beans all summer long, plant more seed as soon as the previous planting starts to flower.
- Pick them when they are about as thick as a pencil, smaller if you want a better, tender taste.
|Dragons Tongue beans|