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Citrus always near top of the crops
Cold, hardy Meyer Lemon grows well in pots, preferably glazed ones.
In the garden
Plant choices within garden designs
tend to be a little more selective these
days, though it seems that a citrus tree
or two invariably tops the plant list.
Cold, hardy cumquats in elegant
glazed pots aside front doors are not
only decorative but provide prolific
crops for sweet or savoury dishes,
marmalade and preserves.
The foliage of kaffir limes is prized
by keen cooks, and the ubiquitous
lemon tree bears fruit of myriad use.
The Meyer lemon, an orange-lemon
hybrid, is the most frost hardy in a cold
climate; Lots of Lemons'', (a dwarf
Meyer), grows well in pots while
Eureka, a true lemon, fruits well on
warm sites. The grapefruit Wheeny''
seems to be hardier than Marsh's
Seedless''. While oranges and
mandarins will grow in cool climates,
fully ripened and sweet juicy crops are
often difficult to achieve.
Late spring is the optimum time for
planting in sheltered sites with full
sun, well-drained, organically rich
friable soil and plenty of summer
Balcony and courtyard gardeners
who find container-grown citrus slow
to establish are best helped by
removing any fruit produced for the
first year or two.
Select a glazed pot rather than black
plastic and use a premium potting mix
with an added quarter volume of
friable garden soil, then keep the roots
cool by topping with a lucerne or
As citrus are greedy feeders apply
an appropriate citrus food from spring
through to February or as per
directions on the pack. Yellow foliage
in winter is usually a natural reaction
to the cold.
After feeding and watering in
spring, new growth will invariably take
its place. Unfortunately citrus are not
immune from certain pests. Pest oil
sprayed in cool weather should
smother sap-sucking scale insects.
Use pyrethrum on citrus aphids and
smelly bronze-orange bugs.
New plantings with known
water demands should be
grouped together where
possible so they can be
watered economically in
similar soil. If you grow in
containers, maintain moisture
for longer by sealing the inside
of any porous (not plastic)
pots, or use a polythene inner
liner without covering the
Hill-up the soil around the
stems of potato plants. It will
prevent any maturing tubers
from being exposed to the
light, which turns them green
and poisonous to eat.
Alternatively use a thick mulch
of compost or straw.
If gathering roses for the
vase cut the stem close to an
outward-facing bud to
maintain a well-shaped shrub.
Remove any suckers arising
from below the graft, scraping
away the soil and cutting them
off where they join the
Tulips, whose foliage has
yellowed, tend not to do well
when left in situ in hot summer
soils. Better to lift and store in
a dry place until replanting
time next May.
In the spirit of National Recycling
Week, which runs until November 15,
members of the Tuggeranong Evening
VIEW Club are clearing their clutter to
They want to raise awareness of the
importance of recycling in the
community and highlight the
environmental benefits of diverting
recyclable goods from landfill.
With this in mind, they have
pledged to spring clean their
wardrobes and donate their pre-loved
clothing to The Smith Family.
The funds raised will contribute
towards educational support programs
for disadvantaged young people across
"We encourage fellow locals to get
on board with this initiative,'' said club
member Jan Westcott.
To locate your nearest donation
point, call 1300 737 166 or visit
TAVERN HOSTS EVENT TO
ASSIST STROKE PATIENTS
Go and join in the third annual Split
Second Fundraiser at the Ginninderra
Tavern on Friday, November 20, from
6-12pm. Every year the Split Second
Fundraiser raises much needed funds
to support the Canberra Hospital
Foundation's Acute Care Stroke Ward,
helping to improve the recovery of
stroke patients. Sausage sizzle starts at
6.30pm and live music from 8.30pm
with Gravelrash. For more information
go online and visit Canberrahospital
MESSAGES HIT HOME
Safe cycling initiative teaches bike
skills for confident school journeys
Tom Davis, Jack Emms, Nimi Martin, Grace Crossley and Nick Sealey
with Ride or Walk To School program manager Emma Tattam.
Marching the pavements and pedaling
a message of healthy living, students
across the capital got involved in Ride
Safe to School Week 2015.
The annual awareness initiative,
developed in 2012 by ACT Health,
Pedal Power and the Physical Activity
Foundation, aims to engage primary
school aged children and their families
and offer them the skills to feel
confident to ride or walk to and from
Students from Farrer Primary
School were having great fun at the
launch event last week, demonstrating
some key skills and techniques from
the Safe Cycle educational resource by
cycling through an obstacle course
with help from Freestyle ACT BMX.
Physical Activity Foundation chief
executive Lucille Bailie said the
uptake in the program gave her no
doubt the message was hitting home.
"More than 20,000 primary school
kids from 52 schools currently
participate in the Ride or Walk to
School program," she said.
"Recent participant surveys have
shown us that by delivering a program
which addresses many of the barriers
faced by students and families when
riding and walking to school, we see a
subsequent increase in active travel."
She said while it was satisfying to
know the comprehensive approach
was a success, it was a thrill to see how
it helped primary school aged kids
establish healthy routines and achieve
part of all of their 60 minutes of
activity a day.
"We're delighted to be helping
create the next generation of bike
riders who'll have the skills and
confidence to continue riding
throughout their lives," she said.
"Apart from the important health
benefits of regular physical activity,
they will be able to maximise the
cycling facilities in our city and
enhance Canberra's reputation as a
cycle friendly place to live and work."
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