Plants

Californian Poppies

Californian Poppies

Californian Poppies – The Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is a charming small, hardy annual, bringing an echo of West Coast sunshine to sunny places in poor, quick-draining soil. The species has bright orange-yellow, saucer-shaped, single flowers (about 7.5cm/3in across), borne in succession from early summer until mid-fall, and held 30-37cm/12-15in high above ferny blue-green leaves.

The flowers are followed by 7.5cm/3in cylindrical glaucous seedpods. There are several cultivars available, both semi-double and single, the former usually having wavy tissue-paper petals.

3 Reasons to start Collecting Rainwater for your Garden with a Water Tank

3 Reasons to start Collecting Rainwater for your Garden with a Water Tank


Collecting rainwater – Throughout Brisbane and across many cities around the world, you may see an increasing number of water tanks being used on both residential and commercial properties. The purpose of these tanks is to collect and store rain that falls onto the property so that it can be used later as needed. There are an incredible selection of rainwater tanks available from various companies to suit all needs. These range in size from a few thousand litres to hundreds of thousands of litres, and there are styles such as slimline tanks, round tanks and underground tanks for you to choose from. Before you make the decision to invest in a new tank for your garden use, you should consider some of the top benefits associated with doing so.

Growing Ginger

Growing Ginger

Growing ginger – The ginger (Zingiber officinale) plant is an herbaceous perennial native to the tropical regions of Asia and India. The root has been used both in Asian cooking and in Chinese medicine for many centuries. Ginger is also grown in Jamaica and West Africa. In the United States, ginger is cultivated in Hawaii.


Ginger is a member of the Ginger plant family Zingiberaceae and is related to turmeric and cardamom. It should not be confused with the wild ginger (Asarum canadense) that is native to North America. Although not related botanically, the roots of the wild ginger have a similar pungent flavor and can be used to cook.

Cucumbers: Must-Have Vegetables In The Garden

Cucumbers: Must-Have Vegetables In The Garden

Cucumbers – Before growing cucumbers in your garden make sure you give them plenty of room or provide them with something to climb on. Cucumbers are vine plants that usually grow on the ground and will spread to well over six feet in length. If you do not have the kind of room for these trailing vines you can train them to climb a fence or a trellis. A trellis trained or fence trained plant will produce better formed cucumbers.

When you get around to growing cucumbers you will have a large selection to choose from for planting. There are narrow, large cukes for eating right off the vine and short, fat cucumbers for pickling. But you can also pickle the long, narrow ones and the short, fat variety can be eaten raw in a salad.

 

 

How to Grow Bush Beans?

How to Grow Bush Beans?

How to Grow Bush Beans? The bush bean family has a lot of options to choose from. Bush beans range in different shapes, sizes and even color. Bush beans make for a nice addition to the home vegetable garden because they are fairly easy to grow, do not take up that much space and are determinate plants meaning you know exactly how much space each plant will consume. Here are some steps you can follow to add these great tasting vegetables to your home garden.

The first step is to always make sure the site where they will go is at its optimal condition. Since it’s not recommended that you start bush bean seeds indoors, we want to pay extra special care to our soil.

What To Plant To Attract Beneficial Insects?

What To Plant To Attract Beneficial Insects?

What To Plant To Attract Beneficial Insects? If you are one of those vegetable gardeners that think the non chemical means is a harder more labor intensive way to grow vegetables, you would be right. Well sort of. The labor will come from all of those beneficial insects, bacteria, worms and other creatures you are going to attract to your vegetable garden, and they will be the ones that actually do the work.

For instance, if you bury your left over supper in your ground (at least 18 inches deep), there is an underlying ecosystem beneath the soil such as microbial, bacteria, and worms that will break that dinner down into useable healthy compost. All you had to do was dig the hole, drop your left overs in, cover the hole and walk away. Not very hard now was it?