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Patience is vital before harvesting
Organically enriched soil or growing medium is a must for strawberries.
In the garden
Even the smallest of gardens, a basket
on a balcony or a large pot, can offer
a place to one of the easiest of any
cultivated fruits, the strawberry.
Although where space is available
their most productive home is a fertile
Organically enriched garden soil or
growing medium is a must for a
productive harvest and raised mounds
ensure good drainage will help with
Mulches of either pea straw or
lucerne not only assist in keeping the
fruit free of pests as well as dirt, but
help to retain soil moisture.
Unless you wish to use them to
propagate new plants, remove excess
runners from two to three-year-old
Like most long-term perennials,
asparagus, which has large fleshy roots
typical of the lily family, needs to be
set into weed-free, rich and friable
soil. As a permanent planting, it is one
for patient gardener for it will be at
least two or three years before the first
spears can be cut.
It s all a matter of how the plants are
established, with the crowns gaining
sufficient strength to sustain a
substantial harvest in years to come.
In the first year, an asparagus bed
should be allowed free reign without
cutting to build up strength.
Sparse cuts can be made in the
second year before being freely
gathered in the third.
In Greek mythology, Narcissus was
the handsome youth beloved by the
Since he did not reciprocate her
feelings, the humiliated Echo faded
away until there was nothing left
except her voice.
The avenging goddess, Nemesis,
caused Narcissus to fall hopelessly in
love with his beauty reflected in a
pool. Unable to remove himself from
his image, he too pined away.
From where he had lain grew the
beautiful blooms which recall his
name and memory. Early flowering
narcissus need feeding to build up next
season s food supplies.
Yellowing foliage on
evergreen shrubs, like citrus
and gardenias, that normally
grow in climates warmer than
our own, is a natural
occurrence over winter.
Provided plants are not
waterlogged, or conversely
have been allowed to dry out,
yellow foliage is usually the
result of senescence. The
plants will put on new green
growth in spring, when it is
also the time to fertilise.
If it was overlooked in
autumn, clean up and weed the
strawberry bed, cutting away
old foliage and removing weak
runners. New plants can be set
out into well prepared sites
that have been supplemented
with organic matter.
Raspberry patches need similar
treatment. Fork over any bare
patches between shrubs, or
even rows in vegetable beds, at
the same time working in some
compost, manure, or a
proprietary mix such as
Dynamic Lifter or Seamungus.
After a couple of weeks scatter
a handful of lime then leave to
rest until spring when newly
sown seed or seedlings will be
off to a good start.
Camellias can be
transplanted while in bloom,
which is actually a short
period of dormancy. New
growth will recommence once
flowering has finished.
value of arts
The arts and cultural sector added
$426 million to the ACT economy in
2012-13, accounting for just 1.3 per
cent of value added by industry, but it
made important indirect
contributions to the city s economy,
the ACT government s first economic
overview of the arts reveals.
The analysis will be used to
inform the ACT government in its
support for the arts sector .
Although the arts and culture sector
was not considered a major driver of
the ACT economy , the overview says
it was of similar significance to
other industries in the ACT, such as
wholesale trade and administrative and
Arts Minister Joy Burch said the
report demonstrated the arts made a
direct and significant contribution
to the economy.
ArtsACT director David Whitney
acknowledged the arts were not the
major change agent in Canberra .
But we re very significant in terms
of the number of people employed in
the arts and the number of people who
are engaged as an audience, he said.
As of June 2014, the ACT had close
to 1200 active businesses in the
creative industries, the report said,
while ABS statistics from 2011
showed 6456 people worked in the
ACT s arts and cultural sector,
equivalent to 3.1 per cent of total
Mr Whitney said the report showed
impressively high attendance rates for
arts and cultural facilities in the ACT.
Almost 729,000 domestic and
128,000 international cultural tourists
visited the ACT in the year to
September 2014, the report said,
spending an estimated $855 million.
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