• Kid’s vege patch

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:15:58
    Primary school children have opportunities to learn about sustainable gardening at school, including the Organic School Gardens program provided free to all Australian school students by Biological Farmers of Australia, but younger children can also have a lot of fun learning to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Although they have a shorter attention span, [...]

  • What to grow in August 2012

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:15:58
    In most Warm climate zones, temperatures are good for gardening, but inland areas are still experiencing chilly nights and gardeners in places like Alice Springs may be more successful if they follow the planting guide for Temperate areas this month. August weather can be deceptive in other parts of Australia. Perfect gardening weather and milder [...]

  • What to grow in July 2012

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:15:58
    July plantings are very similar to those for June, but in areas experiencing very cold winters with late frosts peas can be planted later because pea plants are frost hardy but the flowers are not. Don’t forget to snap some outer leaves of cauliflower plants and bend them over the curd to prevent the curds [...]

  • CCA timber update

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:15:58
    The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) have placed new restrictions on arsenic-treated timber. From this Sunday, July 1st 2012, timber treated with copper, chromium and arsenic (CCA timber) will be declared a restricted chemical product, and further restrictions will be placed on its use that will protect children, in particular. See APVMA’s media [...]

  • Pumpkin problems

    Updated: 2012-08-31 18:15:58
    Karen has had disappointing results from her Queensland Blue pumpkin vine which produced pumpkins with very little flesh and she wants to know how to avoid problems in future. Karen, if the seeds are soft and immature, you may have picked the pumpkins before the ‘fruit’ has fully developed, and pumpkins are fruits although we [...]

  • Pink flowers

    Updated: 2012-08-31 16:34:56
    Thank you for ID this one.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library: What You Need to Know about Temple Grandin and Cows

    Updated: 2012-08-31 16:00:10
    More... (http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/2012/08/templecows.html)

  • Identification: black lichen

    Updated: 2012-08-31 15:02:06
    Loc.: Slovenia, 1200 amsl, alps photo:http://agrozoo.net/jsp/Galery_one_image.jsp?id_galery_obfuscated=740ba4ec8c1e49b7ae8bb7e1de139ef2 (http://agrozoo.net/jsp/Galery_one_image.jsp?id_galery_obfuscated=740ba4ec8c1e49b7ae8bb7e1de139ef2&l2=en)

  • British Columbia: Tree Day, anyone?

    Updated: 2012-08-31 07:27:18
    I'm wondering if any of you folks out there have heard of the Tree Day (http://www.treecanada.ca/national-tree-day/pages.php?lang=en&page=home)program? I am trying to organize an event for the kids in the kindergarten classes at my son's elementary school. Hopefully, I'd like to plant a couple of trees and have the 3 kindergarten classes come out for a little hands on info-seminar and send...

  • Identification: Fungi id?

    Updated: 2012-08-31 03:57:21
    How are you folks with fungi id? I've got a bigleaf maple I take care of with evidence of fruiting bodies. On the same site, albeit several hundred metres away is a lombardy poplar in severe decline with what appears to be the same species of fungi fruiting near the base. Again, poor quality pics. First pic is the lombardy with the fruiting bodies...second pic is the bigleaf. Didn't have my...

  • In The Garden: Help ID this shrub please!!

    Updated: 2012-08-31 03:52:10
    Okey doke. My first post here, and I'd like to get your expert advice with regards to id'ing a shrub that has had me perplexed. I think its either a dogwood or a viburnum of some sort, but have yet to narrow the species down. It has pink flowers and exfoliating bark, as you can see. Oh, and sorry, poor quality pics, forgive the phone! Help!

  • NMNH Field Book Project: Addicted to Plants

    Updated: 2012-08-31 01:10:10
    By Sonoe Nakasone, Field Book Project Images of Platanthera (Habenaria) orbiculata, 1914. Page 35. RU7375, image SIA2012-8776, Smithsonian Institution Archives. When I travel to a new place, I often keep a journal. Although my journals are self-indulgent—how I feel, what I think, what something means to me (yawn)—I can’t help... More......

  • Any ideas what kind of a tree this is?

    Updated: 2012-08-30 21:22:27
    I've seen this tree while travelling in Mediterranean (though it does not seemed to be a native tree); I would love to have it in my garden too. Any ideas on what it is? Many thanks for your help.

  • Wildflowers: Identification: 3 small purple flowers found on Burnaby Mountain trails

    Updated: 2012-08-30 20:41:53
    Hi, Can anyone identify these 3 plants? They were all found on Burnaby Mountain recently. In a couple of the pictures the flowers look white, but they were all actually a light purple color (white balance issues in taking the photos, I think). Thanks. Jason

  • white flakes growing on avocado tree

    Updated: 2012-08-30 20:06:17
    I live in Southern California. I have this huge avocado tree that bears delicious avocados and recently discovered a white flaky, kinda moist substance on several areas of the large barks. Initially, I thought they may be termites because the white substance has the consistency of when termites burrow through wood. However, there is no damage to the bark aside from just this growth on it. Also, I...

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library: Interested in improving access to millions of digital images?

    Updated: 2012-08-30 19:20:03
    More... (http://blog.biodiversitylibrary.org/2012/08/interested-in-improving-access-to.html)

  • Wildflowers: Need help identifying CA wildflowers

    Updated: 2012-08-30 17:42:14
    I'm trying to identify the plants in these pictures. Both photos were taken in California. The one in the sunset photo was taken in Redding, and the other in the Yosemite Valley. Both are 2-3 feet tall and were in bloom in early July. Thanks in Advance for the help! Cheryle

  • New blooms are still coming

    Updated: 2012-08-30 17:17:38
    Even almost all trees are now with fruits, some of them are prepared for flowers or have second bloom. We are still waiting for Tetradium glabrifolium, Schefflera delavayi, Skimmia × confusa 'Kew Green' in bloom. And not only Heptacodium miconioides(Seven's sons) is in bloom right now. Lagerstroemia fauriei outside of garden just opened a few flowers, not much yet, but for exotic and not...

  • August 28, 2012 - fruits

    Updated: 2012-08-30 08:49:14
    Nadia and I were joined by Allison for part of our visit today, a FOG (Friend of the Garden), so I had two guides and twice the fun. I forget who Allison said had done all the work to clear this area under the Quercus myrsinifolia, and I also forget what's missing, but it looks very welcoming and we were able to get a good look at the acorns. Attachment 105681...

  • How to keep mosquitoes out of your yard and garden

    Updated: 2012-08-29 19:29:05
    With West Nile virus in the news I’m sure I’m not the only one thinking about mosquito control. Even though where I personally live we’ve had a significant drought and the lowest bug summer I can remember, there has still be one West Nile case in my county and with little kids I do worry, [...]

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