Trees are so beneficial in a garden that I can’t imagine having a garden without them.
For me they provide, an element of height, but often the ones I choose have flowers with sumptuous scent, and in summer, they provide much needed shade.
|Arbutus unedo: Strawberry Tree photo: M Cannon|
Let’s find out .
I'm talking with Glenice Buck, consulting arborist and landscape designer www.glenicebuckdesigns.com.au
Glenice says "it's totally impossible to predict if and when a tree will fail"
|Champion tree in Stowe, England.|
- The consulting arborist can make recommendation as to how to mitigate and potential problems.
Consideration is given to remaining trees, if one needs to be taken out because it exposes them to more natural elements such as wind and changes in hydrology of the soil.
- Trees will overtime adapt if they lose a surrounding buffer.
- Fennel is a member of the Apiaceae family, which include parsley, caraway, dill, cumin, anise and carrot.
- Where and When to grow it?
- Knowing when to sow the seeds is the key.
- Timing is crucial: if sown too early, cold can cause bolting; if sown too late, plants won't fatten up before the winter.
- Now is ideal, when the temperature is stable, day length is consistent and there's at least 16 weeks for bulbs to develop.
- Should you have a soil thermometer, Fennel is best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 25°C and as a general rule of thumb, soil temperatures are around a few degrees cooler than the current air temperature.
- Because the bulb grows only partially below ground, and mostly above ground it suits those districts with heavy soils. Otherwise, you can grow it in a pot-by itself.
- After about 6 weeks you can hill out the soil around the emerging bulb so that, like Celery, the base stays white and is more tender than if you allow the sunlight to turn it green.Hilling up is just mounding soil or mulch around the base of the plant.
- You can make sleeves out of newspapers or use bottomless milk cartons to keep the hilled soil from getting into the leaves of the Fennel plant.
- When they look big enough to eat use a garden fork to loosen the roots and cut the bulb off about 2.5cm above the ground.