Around the Garden – Tasmania Examiner

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community, The eggplant or aubergine, botanically classed as a berry as it contains edible seeds, is a member of the Solanum family which also includes potatoes, tomatoes and capsicums. Seedlings planted into deeply dug, compost-rich soil at spacings of 60 to 75cms apart will usually be ready to harvest in about 14 to 16 weeks. Eggplants come in white, brown, green and striped varieties but the purple one is the most popular. Harvest the fruit when the skin is smooth and a bright rich colour. Before cooking you need to 'sweat' the eggplant by sprinkling the cut slices with salt to remove the slightly bitter taste. Plant dahlia tubers in a sunny position that has as much protection from strong winds as possible. The soil must be well-draining and enriched with plenty of aged organic matter. To prevent damage to tubers, drive in the supporting stake before you plant the tubers, then as the plants grow, secure them to it. Don't water the plants until they are about 15cms above ground level as too much moisture may rot tubers. Tidy up ponds and remove dead foliage, spent flowers and thin out overcrowded plants. Now that the water is warming up it's also a good time to add new plants. If your pond needs to be cleaned out completely, retain some of the bottom sediment to put back as this contains micro-organisms that are vital for the healthy life of aquatic plants and creatures. Many ornamental plants including roses, gerberas, geraniums and fuchsias can be affected by rust which is first noticed as bright orange/brown spots on the undersides of leaves, sometimes on the stems and if left untreated, can have a devastating effect on plants. Remove affected leaves and spray with a systemic fungicide which is absorbed into the sap system of the plants. When watering don't splash excessive amounts around as water is an ideal medium for spreading this disease. Leptospermum 'Rudolph' is a fast growing medium shrub that likes a shady spot and will tolerate wet conditions. It has attractive purplish new growth and large red flowers in December and is suitable for screening and low wind breaks. Plant a group for an appealing feature. Prune after flowering to maintain compact growth. Another Leptospermum that likes similar growing conditions is 'Copper Glow', a tough, small shrub with coppery foliage and masses of small white flowers making it ideal for hedging or a shrubbery planting. It tolerates coastal conditions, drought and light frost. /images/transform/v1/crop/frm/32UQzXcwHuv6EtT6StXJwQK/ee26e47d-954f-481c-bd01-4456e59326d7.jpg/r0_51_1000_616_w1200_h678_fmax.jpgNovember 12 2021 - 6: 00PMThe eggplant or aubergine, botanically classed as a berry as it contains edible seeds, is a member of the Solanum family which also includes potatoes, tomatoes and capsicums. Seedlings planted into deeply dug, compost-rich soil at spacings of 60 to 75cms apart will usually be ready to harvest in about 14 to 16 weeks. Eggplants come in white, brown, green and striped varieties but the purple one is the most popular. Harvest the fruit when the skin is smooth and a bright rich colour. Before cooking you need to 'sweat' the eggplant by sprinkling the cut slices with salt to remove the slightly bitter taste.Plant dahlia tubers in a sunny position that has as much protection from strong winds as possible. The soil must be well-draining and enriched with plenty of aged organic matter. To prevent damage to tubers, drive in the supporting stake before you plant the tubers, then as the plants grow, secure them to it. Don't water the plants until they are about 15cms above ground level as too much moisture may rot tubers. Now is the time to give your pond a spring clean by removing spent flowers, dead plants and thinning overcrowded plants.Tidy up ponds and remove dead foliage, spent flowers and thin out overcrowded plants. Now that the water is warming up it's also a good time to add new plants. If your pond needs to be cleaned out completely, retain some of the bottom sediment to put back as this contains micro-organisms that are vital for the healthy life of aquatic plants and creatures. Many ornamental plants including roses, gerberas, geraniums and fuchsias can be affected by rust which is first noticed as bright orange/brown spots on the undersides of leaves, sometimes on the stems and if left untreated, can have a devastating effect on plants. Remove affected leaves and spray with a systemic fungicide which is absorbed into the sap system of the plants. When watering don't splash excessive amounts around as water is an ideal medium for spreading this disease. Ornamentals like gerberas can be affected by rust and need to be treated with a fungicide.Leptospermum 'Rudolph' is a fast growing medium shrub that likes a shady spot and will tolerate wet conditions. It has attractive purplish new growth and large red flowers in December and is suitable for screening and low wind breaks. Plant a group for an appealing feature. Prune after flowering to maintain compact growth. Another Leptospermum that likes similar growing conditions is 'Copper Glow', a tough, small shrub with coppery foliage and masses of small white flowers making it ideal for hedging or a shrubbery planting. It tolerates coastal conditions, drought and light frost.
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