Month : August 2015

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival 2015 15th August, 2015

Waking up every morning to the sight of bright and beautiful tulips glistening in the morning dew is extremely apt during a flower festival. I was very lucky to find myself in this position for the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival. Denise and Lawrie Green own Especially Tulips, a gorgeous tulip farm on the outskirts of Nannup, where they receive busloads of visitors at this time of the year when the flowers

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TODAY’S HARVEST: Peanuts Do you know where peanuts come from? From a vine, from a bush, from a tree or from the ground? Perhaps the photo below will give you a hint. Unlike other nuts that grow on trees like almonds and cashews, peanuts are legumes. The peanut plant is unusual because it flowers above ground but the peanut grows below the ground. Peanuts need full sun. If you have heavy soil, ensure good drainage by working in enough organic matter to make it loose and friable. Peanut seeds come in their shells and can be planted hulled or unhulled. If you do shell them, don’t remove the thin, pinkish brown seed coverings, or the seed won’t germinate. One inch of water a week is plenty a peanut plant. Being legumes, peanuts supply their own nitrogen, so avoid nitrogen-rich fertilisers, which encourage foliage rather than fruits. The crop is ready to harvest when leaves turn yellow and the peanuts’ inner shells have gold-marked veins, which you can check periodically by pulling out..

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