Check out this week’s Q&A and learn who will win the prize, donated by The Plant Runner
Great questions as always and some excellent suggestions from Keith and Elisabeth including:
- :Keep an eye out for Gumleaf Skeletoniser (Uraba Lugens) that can destroy eucalypts in Winter & Early spring
- Tips for using the moon calendar to guide pruning times
- Ant mounds? Try a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water a good organic solution
- Terms like “genetically modified”, “organic”, “heirloom”, “open-pollinated”, “hybradised” - Keith explains!
- Moss in lawns? Use a broadfork or hire an aerator.
- Can Keith help Carol with what to plant in the severe climate of Western NSW?
- Dreaded aphids? Treat with ECO Neem
- Fruit flies attacking your mulberry tree? Hear Keith’s top tips
- Kick start your citrus trees with Neutrog Gyganics
- Try a layering method to propagate blueberries
- Feed bulbs with Strike Back for great flowers next season!
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Sustainable ways to save money in the garden
23:27A happy, cost effective, sustainable garden - who doesn’t love that?Set yourself up by spending the time and money by setting up your garden with good soilCompost - a great, cost effective way to turn your kitchen waste into a valuable product for your garden. Keith recommends Clyde's Lignite Humate before applying compost and then covering with mulch such as granitic sand, fine pine barkPlan your garden ahead to ensure you don’t overspend and select the right plant for the space and conditionsPerennials will be more cost effective than annuals that need replacing each yearConsider native plants - generally require less water and provide habitat forBare-rooted plants - buy in Winter to save money Try propagating from cuttings, division and seed to save moneyGrow your own veggies - rewarding, cost effective, healthier and better for the environment. Raised bed? Keith recommends ModboxConsider an alternative to lawn - find out more on next week’s podcast!Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Meeting the team from Wormlovers
28:02Currently own a worm farm or thinking you might like to? This week we meet Richard Thomas from WormloversHear about the history of Wormlovers and their journey over the last 10 years and learn from Richard’s knowledge on the benefits of worm farms for the home gardener. Check out the Wormlovers website to see the range of not only worm farms but planter boxes, wicking beds and other garden accessories.Whether you’re a large family or living on your own, Richard will explain not only the waste reduction benefits of the worm farm but the reward of the effect of worm castings and worm tea on your garden.New to worm farms? Here’s a few tips to starting:Place the worm farm in full shadeAdd a bedding of compost, soil or other suitable organic matter to the trayAdd composting worms (1000-2000) - these can be purchased from WormloversAdd small amount of garden/kitchen waste as well as waste paper/cardboard - remember not to overfeed your worms!Dilute worm tea to a ratio of 1:10 and use on your gardenWhere you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Question Time 21!
30:12Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize!We have been inundated with excellent questions, here are some of the topics discussed this month:Passionfruit hoppers can be controlled by weekly spraying of ECO Neem and Eco OilFrangipane with woolly aphid. Keith suggests controlling with Pyrethrum (add a drop or two of dishwashing liquid)Don’t over prune natives such as chrysocephalum apiculatum - dead head only, particularly in summerMites on plants like Vibernum? Try Mavrik or ECO Neem and Eco OilDilute worm tea to ration of approx 1:10 to 1:15 or hear how to wash through the worm farm to collect worm wee and castings - stay tuned for more tips on worm farms in our upcoming episode!Deter possums from eating your passion fruits by providing a decoy apple!Some basic principles on pH testing and correctionPomegranate trees - best to have 2 plants of different varieties will increase the yield through cross-pollinationOrnamental grape vines excellent for summer shade. Keith suggests Thomson seedless and crimson seedless. Ensure Neutral pH, good potting mix and liquid feedFicus Pumila - a great clinging climberKeith’s top tips on keeping rabbits off your plants! Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
A midsummer tour of Keith's Garden
23:17What’s growing in Keith’s garden? Flowers, trees and of course lots of edibles. This week we take a closer look at what’s happening in his beloved garden.The trial garden - what’s living up to expectation and what’s not! Some disappointing new varieties of Rudbeckia. Agastache and salvias are always winners and eryngium (Sea Holly) also performing well.Keith’s edible garden - late tomatoes due to cooler summer, more zucchini and cucumbers than he knows what to do with and avocados are fruiting! Issues with brown rot has seen Keith drying stone fruit using his Ezidri dehydrator.Late summer planting - Keith suggests lettuce, carrots, beetroot seeds or seedlings, Brussel sprout seedlings (Keith recommends Quality Plants & Seedlings but may have sold out).Other jobs - Summer pruning of fruit trees after the fruit, deadheading of spent flowers and light cutback to encourage late flowering, aerating soil (use a broadfork - check out F.D Ryan's) and mulching.Pests and diseases - Black spot on roses can be treated with 50/50 milk/water applied on a sunny day or copper spray like Kocide. Blossom end rot can occur due to high acidity - prevent/treat by adding Dolomite lime to soil before planting to stabilise pH. Powdery mildew - avoid by cutting out competing plants and ensuring soil is well fertilised and mulched. Rust - burn out by encouraging new growth (speed up with high nitrogen fertiliser). Passionfruit leaf-hopper, Springtail and other “critters” can be avoided and treated with ECO Neem and Eco OilHappy Summer gardening!Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
21:11Today we go back to one of Keith’s favourite topics! Where everything in a good garden starts - the soil.Finally an easy guide to why we should we be composting, getting started and maintaining a perfect, odour-free compost. We learn about the Carbon:Nitrogen ratio (ideally 1 part carbon to 3 parts nitrogen)the role of microbes in breaking down compost. What can and can’t go into the compost bin - No animal products (besides manure & egg shells)! Dog hair and even vacuum lint are ok to go in - who knew!Whether you have room for an open-air compost, a compost bin in the corner of your garden or an apartment with a small worm farm or Bokashi bin, we can all play a part in reducing green waste going into landfill. Applying mulch and organic fertilisers to our garden allows composting to naturally occur in our garden.Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Muddy Boots How-to: Mixing Natives and Exotic Plants in your Garden
22:23Today we explore the world of native and exotic plants. What is a native plant? What is an exotic plant? How can we integrate these different designs into our garden spaces?Keith outlines some of the benefits of growing natives and exotics in the one garden. These include:Ability to grow different combinations by creating micro climates from exotic tree canopiesAesthetic appeal - creating colour combinations of both foliage and flowersSeasonal appeal - creating colour and interest throughout the year. Eg Casuarina glauca (Cousin It) and Ligularia reniformis and Miscanthus Sinensis “Flamingo”Deter pests - plants like rosemary and passionfruit both deter possums!Attract beneficial insectsLess maintenance generally with native plantsMany hybridized varieties of natives including Acacia Cognata “Mini Cog”, Westringia “Aussie Box” and “Grey Box” and grafted forms of Western Australian flowering gumLearn how to avoid exotic varieties becoming invasive! Eg Bamboo and Rice Paper PlantPhosphorus toxicity? Avoid any type of chicken manure. Keith recommends Neutrog’s Bush TuckerHear Keith’s ideas on the importance of foliage, form and colour!Good luck with your new eclectic mix of natives and exotics!Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Question Time 20!
21:11Our first Muddy Boots Q&A for the year!Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize!Types of nutrient rich mulch - what to choose? Mushroom, Lucerne, Pea straw? Keith recommends Who Flung Dung Poppy seeds - an easy one to grow by sowing directly into your gardenWanting to try gardening with a Moon Calendar? Try this simple calendar readily available online - Moon calendarLime tree looking yellow? Increase mulch right out to drip line, check pH and feed your citrus regularlyHarvesting beetroot seeds? Wait for the seeds to dry out and collect in paper bagScale on citrus? Treat with Eco Oil and feed regularlyBumps on Lilly Pilly- Could be psyllid (plant lice). Feed with Bush Tucker. Treat with Eco Oil and ECO NeemWhere you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Muddy Boots how-to: A veggie patch from scratch.
28:38Elisabeth is ready to fill her new raised beds and start her veggie patch. Maybe you are too? This month, Keith gives us some great advice on getting started with growing your own food.Location, location, location - lots of sun is an absolute must!Type of veggie patch - options include a raised bed or building into existing lawn or garden bed. Eradicating grasses and weeds with a herbicide like Roundup or consider an organic alternative like Slasher according to the directions.Soil preparation - prepare an existing area and improve soil with addition of quality compost like Clyde's Compost and topping with organic mulch like Who Flung Dung. Keith recommends using a broadfork to penetrate your soil (look for F.D Ryan's). Filling a raised bed? Ensure the base has either a layer of geo fabric or consider using Weed Gunnel. Beds can be filled with layers of organic matter using the “lasagne method”. Improve soil with Munash Rock Dust and fertilise regularly with products like Charlie CarpWhat to plant? Ensure you are planting according to your location’s climate. Decide whether you will plant seedlings or propagate from seed.Set your seeds up for success by using the Moon calendar. Protect your veggies from pests. Hear Keith’s Earwigs control method.Look for organic products like Eco Oil and ECO Neem and consider netting to control cabbage moths and other pests.Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Muddy Boots Top 10: Shade Trees
17:46No garden is complete without trees! This month Keith shares his top 10 favourite trees for the Australian garden.Full moon maple - Acer japonicum vitifolium - well suited smaller gardenNorway Maple or Designer Maple Acer platinoides globosum - well suited smaller gardenAcer platinoides Crimson Sentry -well suited smaller gardenPersimon fuyu - delicious orange fruit treeFlat top elm Ulmus glabra “Camperdownii” - medium tree with dense canopyBlack Tupelo - Nysa sylvatica - medium size tree with stunning Autumn foliage Red maple - Acer rubrum - larger stunning Autumn foliageWhite flowering chestnut - Calodendrum capense “Alba” - beautiful larger tree with white candelabra style flowersArgentine ombu - Phytolacca dioica - a HUGE, fast growing evergreen treeCarob Tree ceratonia siliqua - beautiful larger, flowering evergreen treeSo we’ve chosen the tree. What next? Hear how to prepare and plant your tree to set it up for success!Where you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook
Question Time 19!
19:49Our last Muddy Boots Podcast for the year! Thank you to our loyal listeners this year!Find out who will be this month’s Q&A winner of The Plant Runner’s prize?After a climbing rose in yellow or orange hues? Keith suggestions - Banksia rose, Maigold, Summertime, Golden ShowersRemoving leaves and pinching tomatoes? Keep a single main trunk, reduce leaves and pinch out above the last trussBest secateurs? Lowe No 5Some tips for growing a JacarandaSaw flies and other pests? - try Yates BaythroidYet another citrus pest! The bronze orange bug. Try companion plants Marigold, Pansy, Basil or beneficial bugs by Bugs for Bugs or Natures Way Citrus Ornamental Spray or ECO Neem and Eco OilScarab beetle eatling roses? Again prevent further damage with ECO Neem and Eco OilWhere you can find all things Muddy Boots!Website: https://www.muddyboots.net.au/Instagram: www.instagram.com/muddybootspodcast/ Facebook: Muddy Boots Podcast | Facebook