Tuesday, 18 September 2012

The Greenhouse Effect Made Simple

Benefits of Vitamin C

According to recent research, vitamin C may offer health benefits in these areas:

1. Stress. "vitamin C was beneficial to individuals whose immune system was weakened due to stress -- a condition which is very common in our society". "Because vitamin C is one of the nutrients sensitive to stress, and [is] the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers, and obese individuals, it makes it an ideal marker for overall health."

2. Colds. When it comes to the common cold, vitamin C may not be a cure. But studies show that it can help prevent more serious complications. "There is good evidence taking vitamin C for colds and flu can reduce the risk of developing further complications".

3. Stroke. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that those with the highest concentrations of vitamin C in their blood were associated with 42% lower stroke risk than those with the lowest concentrations. The reasons for this are not completely clear.

Where can you find a good source of it: Lemons, cantaloupe, orange juice, broccoli, red cabbage, green pepper, red pepper, kiwi, tomato juice...

Monday, 17 September 2012

‘So What Should I Plant in My Garden Now?’

Every Planting Guide is different, what may suit you, may not suit your gardening friends, 2 k's down the road, they may live in an area that has a early or late frost.
So as I see it, the best way to go is start planting out, is after the last frost when the soil starts to warm up.
Early spring you could start off planting out Brassica, Onions, Parsnips, Lettuce, Rhubarb. Mid spring Peas, Beans, Beetroot, Turnips.

Late spring Tomatoes, Eggplant, Capsicum, Chilli, Carrots, Leeks, Celery, Shallots, Silverbeet, Spinach and Herbs.

Early summer plant out Cucumber, Radish, Zucchinis.
Mid summer plant out Corn, Melons and Pumpkin/Squash.
More on this link.

Monday, 27 August 2012

The Vegie Patch

Main tip: Crop rotation means never growing the same thing nor its relatives in the same place two seasons in a row, as this can lead to pest and disease build up in the soil. By rotating crops, the pest or disease is deprived of its favourite host and serious infestations are avoided. As well different vegies have different nutrient requirements. Where possible green manure is sown after harvesting the tender vegies (autumn) and dug in winter to replenish nutrients and condition the soil. Sheep manure and compost are added when required. For more information visit: ABC Gardening Australia