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I'm an Australian software engineer and tweet as lisa dp. Some plants I'm cultivating now... and being a geek figuring out the family cultivation commonalities between...

  • Alismatales - Araceae: peace lilies
  • Apiales - Apiaceae: carrots, celery, coriander, parsley; Araliaceae: Japanese aralias; Pittosporaceae: pittosporum screener
  • Arecales - Arecaceae: cane palms
  • Asparagales - Amaryllidaceae: onions, spring onions and other alliums; Xanthorrhoeaceae: aloe vera
  • Asterales - Asteraceae: lettuces, dahlias, gazanias, common daisies, sea daisies; Goodeniaceae: fan flower
  • Caryophyllales - Amaranthaceae: beetroots, chard; Nyctaginaceae: bougainvillea; Polygonaceae: rhubarb
  • Brassicales - Brassicaceae: rockets, cauliflowers, mustards and other brassicas
  • Cucurbitales - Cucurbitaceae: cucumbers, zucchinis, pumpkins
  • Fabales - Fabaceae: navy beans, happy wanderer
  • Lamiales - Lamiaceae: mint, basil, catnip, rosemary, lavender; Scrophulariaceae: creeping boobialla (in lieu of lawn)
  • Rosales - Moraceae: figs, ornamental ficuses; Rosaceae: apricots, nectarines, apples, standard roses
  • Poales - Poaceae: sweetcorn
  • Sapindales - Rutaceae: limes, boronia
  • Solanales - Solanaceae: tomatoes, capsicums, potatoes, tabasco chilis, bird's eye chilis, Brunfelsia latifolia
  • Vitales - Vitaceae: red grapes

Apr
4
comment How can I renew a Dieffenbachia that has lost all its lower leaves?
I have had this problem before and simply cut the whole thing back to a nice round head no wider than 20cm (8 inches) in diameter and it fluffed up with close set leaves nicely. No idea if this is a good idea generally though. The caveat would be that you do water it properly in future!
Jul
3
comment Why are my French Cobra bean flowers not being pollinated?
As most (probably all?) beans are self pollinating the problem is not the lack of bees or insects, but may be heat stress or lack of water which could cause the flowers to drop (regardless of the presence of pollen). Do you have more info on the growing conditions?
Jun
29
comment Why are my French Cobra bean flowers not being pollinated?
What is your question? Are you asking why pollination did not occur? Or are you asking whether or not French beans self pollinate? (I'm 99% sure they are capable of doing so).
Jun
28
comment Can I espalier a regular black cherry tree starting with 1" trunk, 6' tall?
6 foot sounds a bit late to be starting espaliering but I am no expert. We have an apple that is close to that which I'm going to try late espaliering anyway. It would just be espaliered with more height and you'd have to do it fast before the limbs get too solid to bend and before the trunk tip gets to thick to snip to produce lateral child limbs.
Jun
12
comment What is the best way to put bonemeal into the soil?
Wow that's a myth busting there... Is "bone meal" the American term for "blood and bone"? If so, I'm deeply confused.
May
1
comment What is this disease on my peach leaf?
See this answer to the same question: gardening.stackexchange.com/questions/3092/… It is almost certainly peach leaf curl and is combated when the parasites migrate to or from the leaves in early spring and late autumn.
Apr
18
comment What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?
Marking as answer for the most suggestions with extra advice, but all the proposed answers add something. Thanks.
Apr
16
comment What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?
Thanks it's a good point if we choose several of the above suggestions.
Apr
13
comment What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?
While, it appears that Selaginella lepidophylla is good at surviving in low light, it sounds like it won't come out of its "plant hibernation" state without serious light and some water, making it an unlikely candidate for success in any office because we want to see and enjoy foliage.
Apr
13
comment What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?
Based on the information in the links, only Philodendrons and Aspidistras could happily survive such low light. Certainly, I know from sad experience that peace lillies (spathiphyllum) will go yellow and wither.
Apr
13
comment What can I grow in a sealed office environment with no natural light or airflow?
We are probably allowed to bring in the lamps but it would be the taxpayer paying for the electricity in this case so a bit of an extravagance. Also, a hassle. If some plants can survive without additional light and with perhaps just a biannual excursion outdoors then we'd rather choose those than hassle about with grow lamps.
Mar
30
comment Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?
I also feel I should point out that the natural alteration (i.e mutation) of DNA is what gives us the sheer variety of plants we already have through entirely natural processes. The tree of life is not immutable and the misunderstanding that it is will stymie efforts to understand and effect plant propagation in your garden.
Mar
29
comment Can I harvest vegetable seeds and store for the next year?
Sorry but this is not good advice. Growing from seeds is an excellent idea in general. If you are worried about GM crops then don't collect your seeds from a GM vegetable or fruit or grain.
Mar
29
comment How should I build a raised garden bed?
+1 for the point about the arsenic treatment leeching into soil.
Mar
26
comment How do I care for potted apple seedlings over the winter?
Those are beautiful seedlings, but remember that all established apple cultivars are clones (typically grafts). I would recommend using these two apples as rootstocks and purchasing (or pinching) grafts from known cultivars to grow actual fruit. You could then graft these on when the saplings are big enough.
Feb
3
comment What are common places to try for alternatives to commercially available seeds?
FYI mainstream media in Adelaide just did a story about the local vege swap I attend: adelaidenow.com.au/dont-ditch-swap-vegies-instead/…
Jan
24
comment How do you deal with disposing of bougainvillea branches?
In case you're interested I did another big huge trim over the weekend and largely managed to avoid being scratched. The council took away the unwanted thorny limbs this morning from our green organic rubbish bin.
Jan
19
comment What's the best mulch material for a vegetable garden?
@nicholas-a-evens Disagree that "no mulch" is the best mulch in a vege garden. Mulching is very useful in really hot areas during the height of summer in particular because it stops the water in the top few cm from evaporating as fast or at all.
Jan
19
comment What is this discolouration of the skin of my pepper?
Agree with yoda. Black is the transitional colour between green and red for most of my plants in the capsicum genus. If you want green peppers, pick now. If you want red ones then wait til they turn red.
Jan
19
comment How can a green leaved canna's flower color be found when not in bloom?
Theory #2: Luck (and great odds on yellow). If you look at the helpfully illustrated Wikipedia page on Canna lily cultivars, the majority (i.e. easily more than 50%) of the flowers could be described as "yellow".