Tag Archives: Gardening Australia

Bromeliads – for the lovers

A while back I posted a blog about two almost dead bromeliads that I had been given.  Since then, I have noticed that this blog post gets lots of attention. On the basis the subject is of interest to many … Continue reading

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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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Plunge your hands into the soil

Since I started volunteering in the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, then in another that keeps an elderly person living on their own property, plus working in my own garden more intensively, I have never felt better. … Continue reading

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Purslane-portulaca oleracea

I have been prompted by an article published in the ABC’s Gardening Australia magazine.  When I read the options for using this plant in meals, and understood the nutrient content within the Portaluca oleracea plant, commonly known as Purslane and … Continue reading

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A Tasmanian Ladybird

Recently I published a post introducing the topic of ladybirds. Since then I have been vigilant when out in my garden. Yesterday I saw another type of Ladybird: this time the examples were found on two different trees located some … Continue reading

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Spots in the landscape

Every day I realise the extent of my ignorance, especially ignorance about the natural world around me -and particularly within Tasmania which I often assume I know best. When recently I read the January issue of ABC’s Gardening Australia magazine … Continue reading

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RTBG on Thursday 24 Sept- part 2 of 3

I signed into the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) just as a newbie arrived and was introduced; one with whom I worked until we had a tea break. She and I were assigned to the tea … Continue reading

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Common mullein – a toilet paper alternative?

Each month ABC’s magazine Gardening Australia fills my letterbox. While it is always packed with fascinating information and temptations to try new methods and plants, it is through the competition crossword that I learn the most. July’s issue (which arrived … Continue reading

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The flying insects living in pot soils

The flying insects living in pot soils   My Romaine lettuce seedlings were growing well in my sunny front porch. They were planted in moist composted soil which has fed their growth. One day I noticed the occasional insect flying … Continue reading

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Bromeliads

A neighbour had Bromeliad plants to give away. I had never grown or owned one so accepted a plant, and then set about determining the conditions in which they grow best. A number of sites offered clues: among these were … Continue reading

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