Grateful for the flowers

They’re at it again… Good on those Guerrilla Gardeners for taking their time *and money* to make the dull world of a city street scape into something of beauty.
The local government where I live has a great gardening program in place to beautify the town, but there are a number of areas that need some attention. Maybe it’s time for a guerrilla gardening gang to take over some unloved areas of the town and make them a little more bareable to walk by each day.

How good is this photo! It’s been borrowed from http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/grateful-flowers
Just goes to shows what can be done with a little effort and some imagination.

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Garden Taking off

Last week I spent three days away from home. On my return I went to check how my garden had fared, only to find that it had grown better without me than with me.

The Passionfruit vine had gone berserk (a little pruning fixed that), the snake beans have got beans now that are 8 inches long, the lawn is green and growing in places that it would never grow in the last month, and the veggie patch is looking really healthy.

I’ve put it down to a change in the seasons, the days are consistently warmer and the nights are warm too, a little bit of rain is on the way so I can expect that the lawn will need mowing for the first time in a few months.

The most exciting thing I’ve found is the first passionfruit on my Nelly Kelly vine have started to go purple, I’ve been eyeing them off for at least 3 months now waiting for the weather to warm up enough for me to get a taste of them. I just need to wait until they drop off, then there will be a big rush to see who gets the first one!

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Waterwise DroughtShield

I was out shopping in the supermarket the other day and saw this new product called Waterwise DroughtShield from Yates.

From the packaging it says it protects plants from heat, water loss, drying winds, sunburn, droughts, frost and transplant shock by ‘sealing’ the leaves to reduce the amount of transpiration from the leaves of the plant.

droughtshield Features of the product include:

  • Easy-to-use- trigger pack – no mixing required.
  • Increases the survival rate of seedlings and newly transplanted plants.
  • Reduces water usage by up to 50% and increases the survival of plants during dry times.
  • Product is biodegradable and the protective film stretches up to 100% with leaf growth and lasts for up to 90 days. Ideal for reducing frost damage.
  • Less watering required

I didnt pick any up while I was there, but next time I’ll grab some to see how it goes on some of my more heat tender plants. Overall it’s not that cheap, $8.50 for 750ml. But it says it can last up to three months, so the benefit of water saving and reduced plant stress over that time may make it worth while.

Three Sisters Garden

My neighbor was showing me through his vegetable garden yesterday and his prized area was what he called his Three Sisters Garden.

Originally developed by Native Americans many centuries ago, the Three Sisters Garden has three main elements *duh…*.

Sown together in a mound are corn (in this case sweet corn), climbing beans and squash. The theory goes like this.

Make a mound about 4ft across, in the middle plant a circle of corn seeds (about 15cm apart). Wait until the corn has germinated and grown to ~10cm in height, then plant a circle of climbing beans around the outside. After the beans have germinated and grown ~10cm, twisting around the corn seedlings, plant a ring of squash around the outside of the beans.

The Corn provides a great pole for the climbing beans to grow up, the beans attach nitrogen to their roots, providing food for the corn and squash, while the squash provide shade to prevent weeds and keep moisture in the soil.

This method is working well here in Australia, when I get a little more space in my garden I’ll give this a go, maybe I will get some better results from the corn than I have had in the past.

Banana Box Salad

I’ve just been reading the Plannet Veggie Garden Blog and found a great post about growing Salads in a Banana box.

The cost of this little beauty really puts my Herb Garden for under $40 to shame… a whole $8 they say will set you up for a heap of fresh lettuce.

I especially like the fact that you can start one every week for 4 to 5 weeks, and you’ll never run out of fresh lettuce at your house.

You could also start planting other plants such as dwarf beans, zuchini or tomatoes in boxes like this!