So many yummy and super healthy SILVERBEET to choose from. Love growing these in the garden
Apart from the occasional pot hole from a snail bite, they require little to no care whatsoever. A super resilient self-managed crop producing great harvests over an extended season. Garden winner ✅ 😍😍😍
Did you know that the SEA BEET (aka wild spinach) is the ancestor of the chard and a number of several related species like the beetroot and sugar beet?
The modern descendants of the SEA BEET however have adapted and evolved to grow superbly in all types of soil environments and even in full shade however the SEA BEET itself in its natural environment prefers alkaline coastal soils with exposure to a full sun
The SEA BEET can grow up to a metre high and the root of the plant is very sweet (where beets and sugar beets originated from) and even to this day SEA BEET leaves are still foraged all around the world, cooked and eaten
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Spicy colors in the garden—not your typical flower choices. If you are like me and want a variety of flower shapes for your flower gardens—try out ‘new to you’ varieties. To create an orange tone in the garden with full sun requirements I chose (Clockwise) Strawflower, Lantana and Plume Celosia. Strawflower was the ‘new to me’ choice this year and the plume Celosia was something new I tried a couple of seasons ago and I LOVE them. They perform all season—getting bigger and better with time and there is very little maintenance with them. Lantana’s thrive in areas that may not get as much water as other landscape areas once they get rooted and well established. There is very little maintenance required for them as well. My vote is still out on the strawflower. I love the look, they do require deadheading but I am undecided yet on them because I planted them in 3 different properties with varying watering conditions plus in container gardening and have had mixed results. I have yet to clearly identify what condition they thrive in but they were fun enough to trial again to make a final decision. #youneverknowtilyoutry#gardeningadventures#planttrials#floralphilosophy
🌿🌳🌿 With all this uncharacteristic August rain, the Myrtle topiaries are extremely happy. And I want them to stay that way, so I’ll 1️⃣ Give them another good feed...Along with everything else in the garden…because the rain has leached out much of the nutrition in the soil.
2️⃣ Clip frequently to encourage density and more growth, and
3️⃣ Move them into a brighter location...as the sun moves lower in the sky, and the light where they have been isn’t quite sunny enough for the growth and health I want. 🍂🌳🍂🌳🍂Later, as frost nears, I’ll have to bring them in for protection. Change their living conditions. Be more attentive to their daily needs. They won’t be nearly as happy or as independent or as vigorous then. I am savoring their exuberance and youth now. Before the season passes. I think of these analogies as I tend my aging mother. Care, protection, lost vigor, the threat of not making it through the winter. Lessons and metaphor in the garden everywhere if we heed them. I like the connections and the bittersweet tethers between these things. They comfort me. Do these comparisons comfort and sustain you?
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