Gardeners World Wide Happy New Year for 2020 and the new decade to all gardeners world wide. Lets do our bit to try and assist climate change in whatever way we can .

Lets all contribute to greener organic growing ,more tree shrub planting more composting and mulching with less chemicals less digging. Assist our wildlife to thrive .Our best wishes to Australia too at this very tough time in a severe drought with temperatures in 50 deg and little sign of rain until Autumn -Winter season !

Tough times for Aussie picture in better times February taken by Editor
Animals are suffering as well in Australia !Editor pic
Australian treasure the beloved Koala eyeing up Eucalyptus leaves under threat from wild fires .

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Marine animals sense climate change( N Zealand native Dolphin Maui -9 different species
Pic taken by Editor in Rotarua N Island NZ

New Year Gardener

A warm welcome to all the new fellow gardeners from around the planet including so many from USA and new viewer gardeners Canada and so many new viewers fom around the planet . ESPECIALLY happy New Year in the hope we can be kinder to our planet and the planet kinder to us perhaps .Editor

Science for the Gardener book available on fast link drop down menu right here .A great start to the gardening year as a personal present to a gardener friend and family .(Free delivery )

Also for teachers and garden club meetings secretaries Science for the Gardener 55 Fun Power Point slides are available at a very modest price under SHOP , a great fun easy learning present emailed automatically in case that speaker cant make it perhaps !!!.

Science for the Gardener Book is also available under SHOP free delivery.

Scroll down for Science Snippet and a superb Poem for our planet by Nancy Kovacic and more items .Check out Garden Science Header for sample of prehistoric plants Chapter 1 of the book Science for the Gardener

JANUARY NEW YEAR GARDENER 2020

External Alpine bed .A good time to visit Wisley Alpine House in Winter .Very impressive Alpine House and species plants .
Frosty Leaves superb sight early morning
Pointsettia -Euphorbia
Pointsettia .Euphorbia family

This is a good time and opportunity while you and your garden are taking a well earned rest to take a look at putting some winter house plant colour in the house /conservatory and why not in the drier parts of flower beds if the weather is reasonable with a hardy winter colour .You can’t beat hardy cyclamens outdoors and indoors poinsettia . Cylamen are now available in a wide range of red and pink colours, fairly hardy and reasonably priced.  Hyacinths are on sale in attractive wicker baskets for indoors but you can also plant out hyacinths if they have been specially prepared by the growers.  This involves a higher temperature speeding up process, followed by low temperature for six weeks, so do check before you buy.!

Cyclamen growing wild like dry well drained soil

If you are looking to buy family and friends some plants as a New Year Present for winter or spring (which is not as far away as we think or like it to  be), do enjoy a good explore round local garden centres and also on secure websites.  Specialist bulb/corm growers have some excellent plant deals  on offer and as long as they are planted in well drained gritty soil in a sunny aspect can be a wonderful addition of colour to many parts of the garden e.g. lawns, bedding, rockery, also for indoor decoration and outdoor contains and hanging baskets.  Search for (fragrant) daffodils  (narcissus)and for early-late Spring  look out for packs of leucojums, ornithogalums, chinodoxias and tulips (all lily family) as well as early iris bulbs. 

Bulbs are plentiful now

 Anemones (Ranunculous family) may soon be available to keep a look out for . Bellis (Daisy) and Violas (Viola family ) are already available and will add cheery colour to your winter scene.

Early spring plants such as Heathers (ericaceous), Sarcococca (box family) very fragrant and very ok in the shade, Osmanthus woody (oleaceae) fragrant and slow growing, Chaenomeles exotic red and pink (roseaceae)  good early spring flowering in mild conditions against a wall) may be on sale now.  Plant these shrubs out about mid Feb  but not in frost periods, or retain in cool moist conditions in a light conservatory or porch until outside  conditions suitable.

Wildlife

Birds depend on us all during difficult weather conditions, so do ensure there is appropriate food for them, not just in dispensers but also for the ground feeders, blackbirds, thrushes, robins etc.  Thrushes are on the endangered list now and they love what gardeners don’t, snails and slugs.  It will help if we can leave the garden a bit more relaxed and untidy, so plenty of leaves, broken branches, bits of moss etc. as this will generate a food chain of over-wintering insects that ground feeding birds require very desperately in cold snaps!

wild rodents need shelter and food
NEW ZEALAND ‘XMAS TREE colourful ‘Metrosidius umbellata

Hibernating animals are many more than we realise, so try to leave habitats such as piles of leaves perhaps retained by some branches or under some spreading low ground cover branches e.g. cotoneaster.  Hedgehogs are desperate at this time of the year so check they can get from garden to garden through a small hole in the fence.  This is really important for them to travel to find winter habitats so check l with neighbours if a joint effort could be made .

Wishing all you gardeners a very Peaceful  Happy New Year and perhaps a small prayer to be thankful for what wonderful gardens and environment we have been given and to look forward to another treasured year of growing opportunities. Hopefully climate change may be more moderate but we should all be mindful of thinking  a bit greener and adding a few more shrubs and trees ,we must all try and make our contribution in ways we feel we can or advised professionally by UN ,Govts Horticultural bodies..!!

A big thank you all for the great support to date from gardeners now world wide for Science for the Gardener Book available in all good bookshops ,and also mostly free delivery from the internet world wide .

Author signing Science for the Gardener Book at Chard Bookshop Somerset UK

Tony Arnold MCIHort   www.scienceforthegardener.com

Author Science for The Gardener Book and Power Point Slides .

SCIENCE SNIPPET

COULD THIS BE A WORLD FOOD HOLY GRAIL !

Scientists have discovered an ancient variety of corn called Sierra Mixe in 1980  maize that is self fertilising which could have a huge effect on farming by cutting production costs and COULD THIS BE A WORLD FOOD HOLY GRAIL !

Scientists have discovered an ancient variety of corn called Sierra Mixe in 1980  maize that is self fertilising which could have a huge effect on farming by cutting production costs and energy requirements that require expensive fertilisers .For poorer countries this could be a godsend .The plant grows to 20 feet high but the staggering fact is that the soil in the region was known to be poor in the usual vital nutrient of nitrogen .The plants ‘botanical trick’ is to develop aerial roots in the shape of lobes that develop from the main stalk and produce sugar rich gel like substance named mucilage .The low oxygen slime attracts bacteria which similar to soil manages to convert nitrogen in the air (80% so plenty ),into a  usable available product .Most of the plants requirement for nitrogen is met which is a staggeringly useful adaptation .University of California and Wisconsin ,Alan van Deynze comments these trial experiments far distant from Mexico have  found this plant still grows with ‘local bacteria ‘and this slime “could be the holy grail “of agriculture.

The likely benefits of this discovery provides huge benefits for the poorer farmers in poor soil growing conditions by saving billions on fertilisers therefore making a mega  potential of the usual possible corn products from this maize such as flour ,meal gluten starch ,too many to mention .Dr Shapiro of the two research Universities believes the potential is a cut of $10billion in the cost of fertilisers .”This could secure world food and genetic progress” Prof van Deynze states .

Eds note .This amazing information was related in the recent Sat Times uk by Rhys Blakely Science correspondent and it could herald something huge depending on plant growth trials at the above Universities .I am assuming the plants are clones .!

energy requirements that require expensive fertilisers .For poorer countries this could be a godsend .The plant grows to 20 feet high but the staggering fact is that the soil in the region was known to be poor in the usual vital nutrient of nitrogen .The plants ‘botanical trick’ is to develop aerial roots in the shape of lobes that develop from the main stalk and produce sugar rich gel like substance named mucilage .The low oxygen slime attracts bacteria which similar to soil manages to convert nitrogen in the air (80% so plenty ),into a  usable available product .Most of the plants requirement for nitrogen is met which is a staggeringly useful adaptation .University of California and Wisconsin ,Alan van Deynze comments these trial experiments far distant from Mexico have  found this plant still grows with ‘local bacteria ‘and this slime “could be the holy grail “of agriculture.

The likely benefits of this discovery provides huge benefits for the poorer farmers in poor soil growing conditions by saving billions on fertilisers therefore making a mega  potential of the usual possible corn products from this maize such as flour ,meal gluten starch ,too many to mention .Dr Shapiro of the two research Universities believes the potential is a cut of $10billion in the cost of fertilisers .”This could secure world food and genetic progress” Prof van Deynze states .

Eds note .This amazing information was related in the recent Sat Times uk by Rhys Blakely Science correspondent and it could herald something huge depending on plant growth trials at the above Universities .I am assuming the plants are clones .!

Eds note .This amazing information was related in the recent Sat Times uk by Rhys Blakely Science correspondent and it could herald something huge depending on plant growth trials at the above Universities .I am assuming the plants are clones .!

A Poem for our Planet by Nancy Kovacic

Betty Kovacic Art

7 August at 00:34 · 

Our Muse has been The Earth

Lady Earth
Her sisters Air and Water 
Grant Life.
Threatened by an invasive species
Who
Believe it in their divine right
to take and take
Believe in infinite abundance
found in Earth and her Sisters
Growing global populations
Rampant mindless consumerism
Corporate greed 
must keep the shareholders happy
While Earth grieves.
Her children are dying

Forests the wilderness annihilated
Creatures displaced
starving vanishing
One hundred and fifty thousand orangutans have disappeared since 1990
Earth’s being contaminated by landfills
Cancerous growths
Fifty-six billion K cups
Sixty million plastic bottles
Yearly 
wait hundreds of years to break down into other poisons

Water weeps 
aching from human venom

Her children are dying
one million sea birds
one Hundred Thousand sea animals
each year
Increasing warmth
melts her ice 
so essential for many
heats her oceans
Each square mile filled with thousands of plastic pieces
two thirds of her fish contaminated
Islands of plastic 
Expanses of former abundance
devoid of all life and
Yet Water continues to be defiled daily by
5.5 million pieces of rubbish
Disgorged by ships
millions of tons worldwide
Air witnesses all
Helpless
Her once pure body weakened by chemicals 
toxins
Diminishing forests
struggle to cleanse

She mourns 
Her children are dying
Creatures of the sky 
Two hundred and eighteen birds
fifty -one butterflies 
countless others
critically endangered
Too many lost forever.

Ladies Earth Air and Water
Desperate to survive
Resist
The intensity of their actions
escalates
Landslides floods hurricanes
Earthquakes tsunamis tornadoes 
Warnings
Cries for help
To reverse that which has been started.

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