Home' Queanbeyan Chronicle : Q Chronicle 12-01-16 Contents 27 - Tuesday, January 12, 2016
POPULAR SUMMER CROP
Grow beans in pots, plots or up wire
In the garden
It's time to sow another row of french beans and other autumn
Bush and climbing beans, arguably the
most popular summer crop after
tomatoes once the soil has warmed up,
have become a major easy-to-grow''
component of the average family's
daily supply of greens''.
Small consecutive plantings of
french and other varieties of summer
beans, every three to four weeks from
spring through to an autumn harvest,
can be enjoyed as an accompaniment
to a main dish; an ingredient of stir
fries; incorporated into salads or
blanched and frozen for use
You can grow beans in generously
sized pots on balconies, in rows in
garden plots or climbing up wire
supports on fences.
Then after the summer crop finishes
in March or April it's time to
re-furbish the soil and plant broad
beans, which will continue to grow on
through cold and frost to produce an
early to mid-spring harvest.
Sow legumes into a well-drained,
moderately fertile soil with a pH of
6.5-7.00. Too much nitrogen will
produce leaf growth rather than
flowers and pods, so check the NPK of
any added fertiliser.
Adequate water and regular picking,
which promotes future flowers and
more pods, makes for a successful
Bush beans -- Brown Beauty, an old
fashioned variety, bears a flat shiny
green pod; Cherokee Wax, a stringless
butter bean, has bright yellow pods,
while Gourmet Delight and Strike
have round, stringless pods.
Climbing beans such as Blue Lake,
Purple King and Kentucky Wonder
mature somewhat later when planted
at the same time but will bear for
Early January is an ideal time to sow
bush beans for an autumn harvest,
along with any other crop that will
mature within the next 14 weeks.
Consider climbing as well as snow
and snap peas, beetroot, carrots,
Chinese greens, cucumber, spring
onions, lettuce, radish, silver beet,
spinach and sweet corn.
A reminder to take cuttings
from the firm new season's
growth of spring flowering
shrubs like daphne, camellias,
azaleas, rhododendrons and
lavenders. At this time of year
they are easy to strike and will
soon help to replace other
shrubs that may have been
lost through water stress.
Indoor ferns need regular
watering to the stage where
the potting mix remains
consistently moist. They also
flourish in conditions of high
humidity so where the tips of
fronds are beginning to dry off
and turn brown a daily misting
with tepid water will work
Early planted summer
flowering annuals that seem to
be getting leggy can be cut
back to the lower rosettes or
stems of leaves and given a
watering with liquid plant food
to encourage a second crop of
If you shear back the over-
long, strappy foliage of the
blue winter iris- (I.unguicularis)
now it will help to increase the
next crop of spring blooms.
Over-large clumps are
repositories of debris which
needs to be raked-out after
which top dress with compost
and some slow release
bees and bales
Made a few ecologically sound New
Year's resolutions and keen to follow
through with some practical knowhow?
The Canberra Environment Centre
is running workshops on keeping bees
in the backyard and building a straw
bale house. Mitch Pearce, from
Canberra Urban Honey, will take
participants through the steps involved
in setting up a hive at home.
According to the CEC's
sustainability officer, Steve Skitmore,
the practice allows you to harvest
your own wild honey and greatly
improves the pollination of your
garden crops''. He said backyard
beekeeping was quite simple to get
started and not the least bit scary''.
The workshop is on Tuesday,
January 19, from 6pm to 8pm, while
Chris Stone will facilitate the other
session on Thursday, January 28 at the
same time. He built his first house out
of straw bales, an innovative and
sensible method with environmental,
aesthetic and economic advantages.
To book, see ecoaction.com.au.
IN COLLISION WITH CAR
A 44-year-old man died after his
motorcycle collided with a car south of
Bredbo last Friday morning.
Paramedics were called to the
smash on Billinga Road off the
Monaro Highway, south of Bredbo,
shortly before 9am.
The Snowy Hydro Southcare
helicopter was also tasked to the crash.
The man was treated at the scene but
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