Home' The Chronicle : Canberra Chronicle 14-10-2014 Contents 31 - Tuesday, October 14, 2014
LEMONS TO THE RESCUE
Citrus ideal for wall espalier, containers
Espaliered citrus: great space saver against a warm brick wall.
In the garden
Southern Tablelands gardeners have
long known citrus trees are marginal
crops . . . thriving best in a more
However, so many cool climate
gardens have shrubs that yield prolific
crops each year, they understand the
importance of selecting the right site
then giving them the required amount
of tender loving care.
The ubiquitous lemon is invariably
the first choice and the meyer, which is
actually a juicy lemon/orange cross,
has proven to be the most cold hardy
along with kumquats and
calamondins. Mandarins, grapefruit,
native citrus, lisbon lemon, tahitian
and kaffir limes follow on. Many are
ideal subjects for container planting in
sheltered courtyards, on sunny
balconies and patios.
Native finger limes with their
caviar-like crystals' of pink, red,
yellow or green bursts of citrus flavour
on oysters and seafood have become
culinary favourites in recent years.
However, as inhabitants of sheltered
rainforests, they will need some
protection from full sunlight in home
gardens lest they become stressed and
the fruit sun-burnt.
Successful cultivation depends as
much on the preparation of the ground
as it does on the selection of the site.
Citrus have a comparatively shallow
root system that benefits from compost
enriched, well-drained soil along with
regular supplies of food and moisture.
The quantity of plant food required
is governed by the age of the tree and
commercial citrus foods invariably
include recommended rates on the
back of the package.
Normally green foliage may turn
yellow in the cold and certain mineral
deficiencies in the soil, iron as the
result of too much lime for example,
may also show up in the foliage.
Citrus can also be troubled with a
number of pests such as aphids on new
growth; citrus bugs and scale. Squash
the aphids, knock bugs into a bucket of
hot water; use white oil on scale.
Normal spring growth,
together with the boost of an
annual feed, means you will
need to mow the lawn more
frequently now. However, raise
the mower blades a notch or
two so that no more than one
third of the grass is cut at any
one time. You will not only
ensure the turf gradually
thickens up but this helps
choke out annual weeds.
Time to feed established
roses. Make your selection
from nursery shelves. Many
Australian rose societies
recommend Sudden Impact
for Roses from Neutrog, while
Swane's Rose Nursery
suggests the additional use of
chopped lucerne as a
Slugs and snails damage
Unfortunately some of the
baits intended to control them
are scattered in such
unprotected quantities (a
classic case of not reading
square metre) that they can
kill blue tongue lizards,
domestic animals (dogs find
them attractive), and even
harm small children.
Sap-sucking insects can
cause big problems. Weeds
such as sow thistles can play
host to colonies of suckers.
Make war on weeds!
It's a natural
The Tidbinbilla Extravaganza returns
this Sunday and Canberrans are
invited to a day of entertainment,
rides, children's activities and nature-
There will be four hours of fun
activities, such as discovering
wildlife in The Sanctuary and
exploring Tidbinbilla's vast flora and
fauna along with entertainment for
the whole family.
Sheedy's Picnic Area and the
Discovery Playground will play host
to activities for all ages including the
Questacon show Rockets 101,a
reptile stage show by Walkabout
Reptiles and jazz music from Annie
and the Armadillos.
The event runs from 11am to
3pm and is a great way to spend
time with the family in beautiful
Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve. Free
NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY
READY FOR BIG SALE
The Australian Native Plant Society
(Canberra Region) Spring plant sale
takes place on Saturday. This sale
will have the best range of Australian
plants in Canberra including many
local species. Plant lists are available
from the ANPS website. The sale
takes place at the Southern Car Park
of the Australian National Botanic
Gardens from 8.30am until 1.30pm.
For more information about the event
call 0447 630 309 or visit
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