Author Archives: Tasmanian Traveller

Capsicum

From the plant genus Capsicum (related to potatoes and tomatoes) , the fruits are variously named capsicum, bell pepper, or pepper. In Australia they are typically called capsicum, and we leave the word ‘pepper’ for the berries from our native … Continue reading

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Using roof spaces for plants

Time and again, news stories and documentaries record people and organisations using the ‘wasted space’ of rooftops to grow plants.  Mostly the stories I hear are associated with edible plants, designed to feed those in the building. Recently, ABC news … Continue reading

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RTBG  Thursday 3rd June 2021

I am not going far these days. Friends seem happy to fly to the mainland and risk being trapped with an unexpected Covid lockdown. That uncertainty and the related risks are not for me. Meanwhile my day to day world … Continue reading

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Kayaking, spiders, a synagogue and giant trees

What do these items have in common? The answer is the Tasmanian Geographic online magazine.  In Issue 54 published last November, four extraordinary exposes introduce you to Tasmanian landscapes, insects, and a way to enjoy the environment. I learnt Tasmania … Continue reading

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RTBG Thursday 20th May 2021

I was there again.  Again in that wonderful Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) last Thursday. Alternating under cloud then under glorious autumn sun, our happy volunteer team worked alongside our Coordinator to remove spent plants, collect … Continue reading

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Bee – lieving in the natural world

Today, 20th May, is World Bee Day. Established only four years ago, the intention is to draw attention to the valuable work bees undertake to help keep us alive. Yes – keep us alive. Without them, many plants with edible … Continue reading

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RTBG Thursday 6th May 2021

Weeks have passed since my last posting to this blog, partly because arthritis has struck my hands and wrists from ‘too much weeding’!!!!! Alas. Incredibly disappointing, frustrating, and inconvenient. Thanks to all my readers who made contact to check I … Continue reading

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Disaster has struck

Over recent weeks, some blog followers have revelled in watching the growth of the Giant Atlantic pumpkins in the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG).  Last week I reported that one remained. Since then, the RTBG has … Continue reading

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Change

I presume that gardeners everywhere work on assumptions and habitual practices. For example, in Hobart the prevailing wisdom has always been that tomatoes must not be planted until Show Day in October. For a range of vegetables, a set of … Continue reading

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Tasmania’s ‘Overland Track’

As a Tasmanian icon for those who love the bush and wilderness, the walking track between Cradle Mountain in the north of the state and Lake St Clair in the centre of the state, offers a rite of passage. The … Continue reading

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