As Kermit, the frog would say, “it’s not easy being green”. It’s hard to be the only vegan in your social circle sometimes. However, I am always on the hunt for good eats around Sydney that not only cater to my dietary requirements but are also a […]
If you’re looking for a different kind of Friday night, you can’t go better than meeting spiders, possums and flying foxes. The Royal Botanic Garden is opening up its space for a nightlife adventure. Through a guided walk along the garden’s pathways, you’ll be able […]
Orchids are one of the best flowers for gardening beginners – it’s sold everywhere, affordable, relatively low-maintenance, and pretty to boot. Here are a few tips on treating your orchid to make sure the plant stays alive and the flower blooms well.
Get the Right Light
Orchids love bright, indirect light – for optimum growth, you can place them indoors by an east-facing window, or near a south- or west-facing window with some sheer curtains on. Check the leaves to see if your orchid is getting an appropriate amount of light – healthy foliage will be bright olive green. A darker shade means it is not getting enough light, and a lighter, red-tinged colour means it is exposed to the light too much.
Orchids thrive in environments that are kept from 18-29 degree Celsius with sufficient humidity. Make sure to keep the space ventilated to allow for air circulation and prevent the roots from getting too damp.
One of the most common mistakes in taking care of orchids is overwatering. Orchids USA recommends watering your orchid once a week with lukewarm or room temperature water early in the day or when it’s sunny outside to allow for full evaporation before nightfall.
Cut the Dead Out
When the flowers have wilted out and the stem has dried, it is time to cut them off. It is recommended to cut above the first node or bump below the wilted bloom, ideally leaving two to three nodes from the base. The new flowers will grow back within eight to twelve weeks.
When you buy an orchid, it usually comes in a pot with its own potting mix. It is wise to repot every one to two years to make sure the potting medium stays fresh and prevent root rotting. You can buy orchid potting mix made out of bark, moss and/or charcoal. Be careful when you’re removing the orchid from the pot, as the roots are easily tearable.
When someone bolts, it usually means that he or she is running or moving quickly from one place to another. But what does it mean when a plant bolts? While a plant may not “run away” physically, their growth can run rapidly to flower and […]
Gardening comes with a surprising amount of waste: leaves, grass clippings, pruned branches and twigs, weeds and more. These amount to a special kind of waste that requires its own way of managing. Here are a few things you should do with your garden waste.
Put It in the Right Bin
Instead of the general red bin or the recycling yellow bin, garden waste should be disposed of in the bright green bin. Don’t let the waste spill all over the road or into waterways to prevent more pollutions and road hazards. Make sure not to put in items such as rocks, pots, soil, cardboards, wires and plastic bags and bottles in the bin – these might get processed and mixed into compost/mulch and affect the environment negatively.
Reduce the Waste
The less waste you send to the landfill, the more you can minimise the production of pollution, methane and other greenhouse gases that could exacerbate global warming. Rather than dumping it in the bin, you can use your garden waste to make compost or Bokashi bin to enrich your soil.
Sometimes you have too much garden waste to fit in your bin or recycle, and your council’s fortnightly collection service don’t quite cut it. If this is the case, you can hire a removal service to pick up the trash. Keep in mind that the NSW Environment Protection Authority recommends keeping receipts and records of the company name and the place of intended waste disposal.
There are a lot of things that can go wrong in gardening: lack of yields, rotting roots, bolting plants and more. But perhaps the most annoying of them all are pests and diseases. These unwanted guests can spoil your produce, deprive your plants of nutrition […]
Windsor’s Bede Polding College has been crowned the Champion School for the 2018 UniSchools Steer Challenge. Organised by the Western Sydney University, the competition saw students from 12 schools across New South Wales raise cattle for three months to be judged in various categories, including […]
If you’re a millennial living in Sydney, chances are you may not have a lot of experience in gardening. Growing up in the city and being busy with school and work might not really leave a lot of time to get your hands dirty in the backyard. However, if you want to expand beyond succulents, a workshop designed for you is coming this weekend.
Wild Wild Inner West: Wattle we do about your garden? is a workshop for young people of Inner West and City of Sydney aged 18 to 35, where you can learn about local native plants of the bushland that can fit right into home gardens. Limited gardening space, which often comes with living in this city, is not an issue either – the workshop will focus on species that thrive in pots and containers as well as backyards and balconies.
The instructors – Rosie King and Alex Birker, who boast 4+ years’ experience in horticulture and ecology – will also teach you how to care and maintain your plants, create potting mix, and deal with noxious weeds.
With just $5 fee, you can take home all the relevant knowledge AND a few native plants for you to grow right away. For booking and more information, visit the Eventbrite page.
Saturday, September 15, 11am-1pm | Hut 1, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Birds are a wonder of nature for your garden – they assist in pollination and seed dispersion, keep pests under control, and bring moments of delight with their mellifluous voice and beautiful flocks. Australia is endowed with a wide variety of native wildlife birds, but […]