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Find rare species at plant society shows
In the garden
There are many different kinds of fuchsia.
Specialist plant societies that hold
annual shows with accompanying
sales tables offer home gardeners the
opportunity to purchase many varieties
of numerous species within that
particular plant family that are not
normally available in general
In the case of the Canberra
Geranium and Fuchsia Society, whose
spring show will be held at St James
Uniting Church, Curtin, from 9.30am
on Saturday, visitors will see a range
of species from two families for just
$2.These include geraniums,
(geraniaceae) and fuchsias
Selecting the right situation for a
particular genus, whether grown in
garden beds, containers or baskets;
along with preferred soil type,
watering and regular feeding programs
is the key to successful growing of
these beautiful plants in a cool climate.
There will be some growers talks
during the day and advice on
cultivation from members for the
While often considered a bland
additive to soups and stews, when
roasted, pureed, sauteed in honey, deep
fried as chips or crumbed fritters,
parsnips make a delectable fibrous
addition to the diet.
Though the long growing period
may tie up valuable space in small
gardens they are a worthwhile,
expensive to buy, sometime
challenging crop, where there is room.
Parsnip seed deteriorates in storage
so new supplies are required for
sowing into manured, friable ground
that has previously raised a leafy crop.
Fresh manures tend to produce forked
or misshapen roots.
As with carrot seed, lack of
moisture will inhibit germination so
strips of wet hessian, laid along the
rows until the shoots appear, is a useful
grower s tip.
Take care with thinning out and
weeding to avoid disturbance or
damage to the roots.
A touch of early frost will improve
the flavour and parsnips store well in
the ground over winter.
Cymbidium orchids are
now in one of their most
important growth cycles so
remember to feed and water
Fresh air and semi shade
beneath deciduous trees
should keep them in good
health over summer.
Feed strawberries that are
beginning to fruit with a liquid
plant food high in potassium.
Tuck straw mulches under
maturing berries to keep them
free from soil splash.
While spring bulbs like
daffodils and muscari can be
left in the ground after the
foliage has died down, tulips
and Dutch hyacinth are best
lifted and stored until next
season -- away from hot dry
Karume azaleas can be
lightly clipped with hedge
shears after flowering along
with other spring flowering
shrubs such as ceanothus and
Protect the lower trunk of
young trees in lawns while
using a whipper-snipper to
trim edges. Many a prize
specimen has been
inadvertently ringbarked this
an early lesson
Last week I had the opportunity to visit
Telopea Park School with the Life
Education Mobile Learning Centre. I
was joined by chief executive Jay
Bacik and ACT Life Action Group
chairwoman Christine Clarke.
I was honoured to be named an ACT
ambassador on the day and look
forward to working with Captain
Clarke and her team to join the
campaign of positive and preventative
drug and health education.
Life Education team member
Michelle Bauman presented an hour-
long lesson to year 2 students about the
importance of leading healthy
lifestyles, setting up those habits early
on in life and how to lead a good
example in their families.
Having been around for 35 years,
Life Education lessons are based on
the latest research and provide quality
drug, health and safety education. The
lessons are made up of a mix of social
skills training, role-play sessions, the
correction of common myths and
interactive and fast moving activities
using multimedia technology.
The children were also excited to
hear from the iconic Life Education
mascot, Healthy Harold. I remember
sitting in class when I was a student all
those years ago, waiting to find out
what form Healthy Harold would take.
It is with the help of Life Education
and their creative lessons that we can
teach children to respect their bodies,
be healthy and active and to make wise
choices in life.
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