Garden rakes have got to be one of the many of the must have tools in a garden shed.
But like the old successful tv ad about engine oils where they said, oils aint oils, the same applies to garden rakes.
There’s no one formula that suits all garden situations, but some are more flexible than others,
Let’s find out more.
- Do you hate raking the leaves because your garden rake catches on everything or is heavy so the job is tiring?
- Believe me when I say, that once you find the right garden rake, one that is light, adjustable, with tines that seem to scoop up leaves without too much effort, then happy days.
If you want to know more or if you have any questions about garden rakes, why not email firstname.lastname@example.org or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.
- ''True shallots (Allium cepa, aggregatum) are grown for their bulbs only. Unfortunately, spring onions are marketed as Shallots in NSW
- Did you know that in Australia we also call Spring Onions,.Green Onions? In fact, I’ve never seen the term Green Onion in the greengrocer or supermarket, have you?So now we know that Spring or Green onions have long, - up to 40cms long, hollow green, delicate stalks and small, very slender, white bulbs.
- The bulb of a spring/green onion is really only slightly defined.
- Grow them in full sun.
- You can sow Spring Onions anytime really in Australia, because unlike other onions, day length doesn’t affect their growth. Plus, spring onions aren’t affected by frost.
- Raising them in seed punnets or tray seems to work best, then transplant them when they’re several cms high or as half as thick as a pencil.
- It’s normal to sow the seeds of spring onions closely, and because these onion seeds are planted densely they bunch together so that the bulbs have little chance of fully maturing and rounding completely out
- When planting into the garden, dig lots of compost through the topsoil first and then use a dibbler to make holes 10cm apart.
- Place a seedling in each hole and gently push the soil around the rootball. Water the seedlings very lightly but if they fall over, don’t worry as they will soon stand back up.
- Keep your onions weed free.
- Water them when dry weather is expected, otherwise ease back a bit.
- In about 2 months, your spring onions should be ready to eat.
- You can tell they’re ready because the leaves are standing tall, green and succulent.
- If you want to harvest an entire bulb, use a fork to dig around the plant to keep from damaging it accidentally.
- You can also just use scissors to cut the leaves and use them as a garnish in salads or casseroles for flavour.
- Spring Onions belong to the class known as bunching onions and have a mild, sweet flavour; the green shaft plus a few cm of the green leaves are eaten.
- If you forget to pick your spring onions, and they’ve started to flower.
- Let them keep flower and save the seeds.The flowers are attractive to bees and other useful insects.
- The seeds can also be sprouted.