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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Go On, Plant a Tree!

repeat Saturday 12noon
Feature interview: Bushcare coordinators from Hunters Hill. Eastwood branch ofTzuchi foundation leader Kim Lee. or Phone Tzu Chi foundation on 98747666
E-mail:  for more info.
Vegetable Hero:Pisum sativum var.Saccharatum or Snow Peas.Edible podded peas do best under cool, moist growing conditions. The crop is sensitive to heat, and temperatures above 30oC will cause early maturity and lower yields. Day temperatures from 15o to 18oC average, and a minimum of 7oC, are ideal. Peas and other legumes (plus wattles) have symbiotic bacteria in their roots called rhizobia, that 'fix' nitrogen in the soil mean that peas are capable of manufacturing their own nitrogen.. This means they don't need as much fertiliser as other vegies do and are good to dig into the soil to concentrate available nitrogen for future crops. I assume that they're still pretty hungry for other nutrients though - so a bit of fertiliser won't go astray.
Design Elements: Garden Lighting. Three main types-fuel, electric and solar.
Recommended:-Electric low voltage using transformer, and use LED lights in your fittings. !st-place path lights in to light your way around the garden.
2nd-select an ornamental tree and shine a torch (at night) across the tree to determine the best effect to light it. You can use uplights to highlight other shrubs or ornanments in the gardens.
Plant of the Week:Pyrostegia venusta-Orange Trumpet Creeper. Native of Brazil and South America. Member of Bignoniaceae Family.Regular heading back several of the stems can help develop some of the flowers and foliage on the lower and middle portions of the fence.
It looks magnificent climbing over a large tree or high fence with its cascading effect that looks just like an orange blanket. I heard it referred to as the “Dunny Vine” and most gardeners my age know which vine I am referring to, as when we were kids our grandparents used to have them growing over chook pens, out houses and sheds.
This evergreen vine produces curtains of brilliant orange tubular flowers from autumn to spring. Several months of flowering, means it’s worth growing.
This South American vine climbs by tendrils to 6m or 30 feet or more but is easily controlled by pruning.
To grow this vine, make sure you put it in a place that gets full winter sun-it loves that location
What's On:Passion and Power-Walk and Talk on 14th August 2-4pm Sydney Botanic Gardens. Life of Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie. Bookings: 9231 8304/9231 8134 Cost $15
If you missed National Tree Day, get involved this September 18th at Gladesville Reserve 9-12noon and get planting trees to create a cleaner and healthier environmental for the next generation,”

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