GROW YOUR HEALTH
It’s not something that I’ve got my head around yet, but one weed that is being showcased today has been used in herbal medicine and nutrtition for quite a while.
Apparently it’s good for your liver.
Let’s find out what it is.
I'm talking with Simone Jeffries, naturopath, nutritionist and wellness coach of www.simonejeffriesnaturopath.com.au
The leaf has a serrated edge forming a basal rosette, with a strong taproot.
It’s good though that dandelion coffee or tea has the same health benefits.
- Simone recommends eating the leaf because they are bitter.
- Bitterness is good for us, because it stimulates the appetite.
- As always, make sure you can identify the weed correctly before consuming it.
- Also don’t collect the weeds on roadsides or nature strips, because you don’t know what animal has left its message on them or if they have been sprayed with herbicide.
- Rungia klossii or Mushroom plant is from the Acanthaceae family, that has quite a lot of ornamental plants with names like, Acanthus mollis or Oyster plant, Justicia sp, you might’ve heard of the shrimp plant, or even grown it yourself.
|Flowers of mushroom plant have sympetalous corollas|
- What is it actually then ?
- In cooler areas, the plant will die down in winter but comes back up in spring.
- Mushroom plants can be grown in a position that gets morning sun or semi-shade. Full sun tends to burn them.
- If your district experiences temperatures in the mid-30’s for stretches at a time, I would say that you should only try this plant in a semi-shaded spot.
- In cool temperate climates you could grow the mushroom plant in a full sun position.
- This plant certainly won’t cope with any frost in winter.
- If you bite on the leaf, it’s quite crunchy, and very tasty and yes, quite reminiscent of mushrooms, but not overpowerlingly.
- Mine has never flowered but it’s supposed to have blue flowers in spring. It probably flowers in more tropical areas.
- The flowering doesn’t matter really because you’re growing it for the leaves to put into your cooking, sandwiches and salads.
- There isn’t much information about growing this plant in books or on the web, but I’ve found that it grows well in ordinary potting mix, and I’ve also put a plant in the edge of my veggie bed.
- I have heard that it doesn’t like being waterlogged, so for those people who have clay soils, you need to grow it in a raised bed or pot of any size.
- You could say it copes in most soils, but it must be well-drained and kept fairly moist.
- The plant will grow from root division as well. Spring is the best time, and it can be slow to strike, although once you get it going it can grow quite quickly.
- If you plant it in the ground it’ll spread by suckering and will form a large clump over time.
- Picking the leaves often means the plant gets more bushy-a bit like pruning most plants, the new growth that comes after is better.
DESIGN ELEMENTSSo You Think You Need A Landscaper part 1
You may be wanting to redesign your whole garden so plants that are water hungry are removed and drought tolerant plants put in.
|Tex Mex seen in passing. photo P Nixon|
This is when you need a Landscape Designer or even a garden designer
But which of these do you need?
Let’s find out.
PLAY: Need A Landscaper part 1_4th December 2019
- If you want more than just new garden beds and new plants, you may just want a garden designer.
- But if you want more doing than just plants, you’ll need project manager who is also a garden or landscape designer.
|Peter Nixon's See Changer garden photo Peter Nixon|
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