Using Baking Soda in Your Garden! August 24 2016

One thing we love doing at Cedar Nursery is using natural remedies and products that our grandparents would have recognised.

One product that most of us have in our cupboards is baking soda. Obviously baking soda is great for making our cakes rise, but it also has lots of uses and functions in the garden. Some of these include:

* add baking soda to a sample of soil in your garden. If you end up with a bubbling mixture this means that your soil is acidic. ...
* sprinkle baking soda around paving or around garden beds where you don't want grass to grow.
* use baking soda with a mix of water to clean your indoor plants
* sprinkle baking soda on your compost to eradicate any odour
*use it to clean pots
* sprinkle it around your tomato plants to harvest even sweeter tomatoes.

Anzac Day memorabilia April 20 2015

Plant in remembrance for 100 years of the Anzacs'

There are plants that not only symbolise the ANZAC spirit, but are plants that have been grown from seed or plants taken from Gallipoli after the battles.

Pinus halepensis: Lone Pine. This pine grows wild through the Mediterranean and once dominated the Gallipoli Peninsula. Before the landing in Gallipoli Cove in 1915, Turkish soldiers felled the pine trees to make shelters for the trenches they had dug around the ridges and hills. One pine remained so this area and the ensuring battle was known as Lone Pine.  Cones from these cut logs were taken by soldiers and sent home to Australia.

Gallipoli Rosemary: Rosemary officinalis, started from a rosemary plant brought home by a wounded digger from Adelaide that an Anzac transported back in 1915.  It grows on the slopes and ravines of Anzac Cove.

Cistus salviiflorus: Gallipoli rock rose, grown from seeds brought home by returning soldiers after WW1. 

Papaver rhoeas : Flanders poppy flower in spring but can be planted in autumn on Anzac Day. The poppy is worn on poppy day or Remembrance Day, which is November 11.  The poppies which have blood-red flowers grow naturally in disturbed soil so grew and flowered in and around battlefields in France.

Cedar Nursery have in stock now Lone pines, Gallipoli Rock Roses, flanders poppies and Gallipoli rosemary.