Landscape Designers Ivanhoe Residents Can Depend On

If your presently unhappy with your current landscaping in Ivanhoe VIC or require some expert and honest advice you can trust give the award winning team at John French Landscape Design a call today for some honest advice and an accurate assessment.

As a multi award winning landscaping team with over 30 years of landscape design experience and dozens of happy customers John French has the experience and know how of what goes into good landscape design to make it sustainable and fit in with your lifestyle and specific requirements.

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There are many common mistakes which can be easily avoided like irrigation, plant selections, materials, colours etc which can be quite costly in the long run if overlooked.  If you have any questions feel free to call us now on (03) 9439 2013 or click here to fill in our contact form and we will get back to you asap.

 

 

 

 

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Landscape Designers Ivanhoe Residents Can Depend On

If your presently unhappy with your current landscaping in Ivanhoe VIC or require some expert and honest advice you can trust give the award winning team at John French Landscape Design a call today for some honest advice and an accurate assessment.

As a multi award winning landscaping team with over 30 years of landscape design experience and dozens of happy customers John French has the experience and know how of what goes into good landscape design to make it sustainable and fit in with your lifestyle and specific requirements.

There are many common mistakes which can be easily avoided like irrigation, plant selections, materials, colours etc which can be quite costly in the long run if overlooked.  If you have any questions feel free to call us now on (03) 9439 2013 or click here to fill in our contact form and we will get back to you asap.

 

 

 

 

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Landscape Designers Eaglemont VIC

Landscape Designers Eaglemont Residents Rely On

Award winning landscaper design services available in Eaglemont VIC from the team at John French Landscape Design.   If you are in need of an outstanding unique garden design specifically suited to your lifestyle our award winning team can deliver a design you will be proud to own and take care of into the future.

Our award winning garden landscaping design services are second to none and guaranteed to please the most discerning client.  Check out our most recent projects and give us a call if you would like more information or perhaps need a few questions answered.  We’re happy to help you in any way possible.

Call us on (03) 9439 2013
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Landscape Designers Eaglemont VIC

Landscape Designers Eaglemont Residents Rely On

Award winning landscaper design services available in Eaglemont VIC from the team at John French Landscape Design.   If you are in need of an outstanding unique garden design specifically suited to your lifestyle our award winning team can deliver a design you will be proud to own and take care of into the future.

Our award winning garden landscaping design services are second to none and guaranteed to please the most discerning client.  Check out our most recent projects and give us a call if you would like more information or perhaps need a few questions answered.  We’re happy to help you in any way possible.

Call us on (03) 9439 2013
Or click here for contact form

 

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How To Grow Ginger In Melbourne

We recently came across a helpful article describing exactly how to grow ginger in Melbourne.  Ginger is a medicinal herb with amazing properties especially during our cold winters.  We hope you find the following information helpful.

 

How to Grow Ginger in Melbourne Year Round

Fresh ginger brings a touch of authenticity to any Asian stir-fry and makes a cool, soothing cordial on a summer afternoon. Growing ginger in your home kitchen garden can be easy.

Ginger can be grown from the fresh ginger available at your grocery store, which is actually the underground runner, or rhizome, of the plant. For best results, use pieces that are young, tender and plump. Sometimes store-bought ginger has been treated with a hormone to prevent it from sprouting. This problem can be avoided by buying organic ginger or purchasing it especially from nurseries or garden centres. Ginger that has already begun sprouting is ideal for growing at home.

 

Where to Position

Originating in tropical Asia, ginger likes warm weather, humidity and rich, moist soil. In the tropics, it usually needs a part shade position, but in cooler areas, full sun is usually best. Ginger grown in pots can be moved around to make the most of sunlight availability. Ginger should also be moved away from strong winds and frost which can kill the dormant rhizomes.

 

Winter Care

As winter approaches, the leaves will begin to die down. In frost prone areas, the roots can then be dug up and dried out a little in the sun to help preserve them. Put aside as much as you want for your own use and store the rest over winter in a dark, dry place. Replant it in spring. In tropical and subtropical zones, ginger can be left in the ground throughout the year.

Here’s a helpful video tutorial:

Soil Type

Ginger prefers a soil pH that is slightly acid to neutral (between 5.0–7.0) but if your soil is enriched with plenty of compost, soil pH is unlikely to be a problem.

 

In a Pot: Step by Step

1. Select a pot of minimum 40 litre capacity (the larger the pot, the easier to keep your ginger in happy growing conditions) and fill the container with a free draining medium like  Searles Peat 80 Plus Potting Mix.

2. Plant rhizomes (runner) about 2cm beneath the surface. Make sure the growing buds or ‘eyes’ are pointed upward before covering them over with soil. Water well.

3. To keep the soil moist, cover the opening of the pot with a clear plastic bag (or some cling wrap). This will trap the warmth and moisture.

4. Remove plastic when the new shoots appear above the soil.

5. Water every 3-4 days depending on weather, but don’t overwater as gingers fleshy roots will quickly rot in waterlogged conditions. This can be avoided by giving it good drainage (using a larger pot assists with this). Water regularly and mulch to keep the soil moist but not wet.

 

Transplanting to the Garden

Shoots should break through the soil surface about a month after planting. Allow at least another 5–6 months before harvest. After it has developed a good root system, container-grown ginger can be planted out into garden beds. Plant ginger plants 30cm apart.

 

Harvesting

Ginger grown in pots should also be divided or harvested when the pot is full, normally 8–12 months after planting. To harvest, trim off any leaf stalks and either tip out the whole contents of the pot or dig them out with your hands.

For the full article click here http://www.aboutthegarden.com.au/index.php/how-to-grow-ginger-in-pots/

For any gardening advice or tips be sure to contact John French Landscape Design In Melbourne

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How To Grow Ginger In Melbourne

We recently came across a helpful article describing exactly how to grow ginger in Melbourne.  Ginger is a medicinal herb with amazing properties especially during our cold winters.  We hope you find the following information helpful.

 

How to Grow Ginger in Melbourne Year Round

Fresh ginger brings a touch of authenticity to any Asian stir-fry and makes a cool, soothing cordial on a summer afternoon. Growing ginger in your home kitchen garden can be easy.

Ginger can be grown from the fresh ginger available at your grocery store, which is actually the underground runner, or rhizome, of the plant. For best results, use pieces that are young, tender and plump. Sometimes store-bought ginger has been treated with a hormone to prevent it from sprouting. This problem can be avoided by buying organic ginger or purchasing it especially from nurseries or garden centres. Ginger that has already begun sprouting is ideal for growing at home.

 

Where to Position

Originating in tropical Asia, ginger likes warm weather, humidity and rich, moist soil. In the tropics, it usually needs a part shade position, but in cooler areas, full sun is usually best. Ginger grown in pots can be moved around to make the most of sunlight availability. Ginger should also be moved away from strong winds and frost which can kill the dormant rhizomes.

 

Winter Care

As winter approaches, the leaves will begin to die down. In frost prone areas, the roots can then be dug up and dried out a little in the sun to help preserve them. Put aside as much as you want for your own use and store the rest over winter in a dark, dry place. Replant it in spring. In tropical and subtropical zones, ginger can be left in the ground throughout the year.

Here’s a helpful video tutorial:

Soil Type

Ginger prefers a soil pH that is slightly acid to neutral (between 5.0–7.0) but if your soil is enriched with plenty of compost, soil pH is unlikely to be a problem.

 

In a Pot: Step by Step

1. Select a pot of minimum 40 litre capacity (the larger the pot, the easier to keep your ginger in happy growing conditions) and fill the container with a free draining medium like  Searles Peat 80 Plus Potting Mix.

2. Plant rhizomes (runner) about 2cm beneath the surface. Make sure the growing buds or ‘eyes’ are pointed upward before covering them over with soil. Water well.

3. To keep the soil moist, cover the opening of the pot with a clear plastic bag (or some cling wrap). This will trap the warmth and moisture.

4. Remove plastic when the new shoots appear above the soil.

5. Water every 3-4 days depending on weather, but don’t overwater as gingers fleshy roots will quickly rot in waterlogged conditions. This can be avoided by giving it good drainage (using a larger pot assists with this). Water regularly and mulch to keep the soil moist but not wet.

 

Transplanting to the Garden

Shoots should break through the soil surface about a month after planting. Allow at least another 5–6 months before harvest. After it has developed a good root system, container-grown ginger can be planted out into garden beds. Plant ginger plants 30cm apart.

 

Harvesting

Ginger grown in pots should also be divided or harvested when the pot is full, normally 8–12 months after planting. To harvest, trim off any leaf stalks and either tip out the whole contents of the pot or dig them out with your hands.

For the full article click here http://www.aboutthegarden.com.au/index.php/how-to-grow-ginger-in-pots/

For any gardening advice or tips be sure to contact John French Landscape Design In Melbourne

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5 Best Winter Time Vegetables

We recently came across an excellent article explaining the 5 best winter time vegetables to consider planting prior to winter.  The vegetables included are highly nutritional and will go a long way toward helping improve your health.  There is no substitute for home grown veggies which are picked fresh and cooked or prepared immediately.  The freshest vegetables always contain the highest nutritional content and taste far better than anything you will ever buy at your local supermarket.  We hope you enjoy the article.

5 Best Winter Time Vegetables – What You Should Consider

 

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Winter is here, but the truth is the need for a solid and proper diet is always there if you want to maintain your health. Sure, vitamins can be found in supplements and store bought vitamins, but the natural sources of these would be a better way to start the day, instead of cramming our faces with pills as we wake up.
Read on as we point out some useful plants and vegetables that would make for a good solution to your winter diet needs. Whether you want to grow them at home or if you don’t want to mar you landscaping, we’ve got some great tips for you.
Artichokes
These are a really good source of vitamin C and fiber, so you would do well to make use of them whenever you can. They can also help with digestion, but do keep in mind that you need to remove their prickly thorns on the outside as you work on eating them. You can fry them, boil them or even pickle them if the need arises, but do remember to avoid covering the boiling pot to allow the acids in the vegetable to evaporate. In some areas around the world these are part of the gardening process, but in the long run it will be a really good solution if you want a good diet.
When you’re growing artichokes, you will need to keep in mind that they need some room to spread – any good landscape designer will know that. Mature plants can reach up to 1m and they can be about the same wide, making them a challenge to grow at home due to space constraints. They will also need a fertile, light and well drained soil, like sandy loam. Prepare the soil by working about 20cm worth of compost into a trench and this will help the plant get a good start. Remember that waterlogged soil can be one of the things that kill your plants, so be mindful when you’re watering.

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Kale
Kale is rich in vitamins, calcium, as well as beta carotene which are really good at making the immune system stronger which can be a necessary step during the winter. Kale is a bit like cabbage and you can find a lot of varieties out there. There are many ways you can use kale, preparing it and cooking it. Fried, boiled, steamed or even served as a part of a salad. Often kale is frozen before it is used for any cooking, since it happens to come out sweeter when the deal is done. Eating kale is a good way to raise your essential vitamins daily intake.
Growing kale at home can be an equally fun opportunity, as long as you keep some rules in mind. You can plant them anytime from early spring to early summer. Add about one and a half cups of fertiliser per 7m or so of soil but only into the top few inches of soil and then plant the seeds about half an inch into this mix. Give it about 2 weeks and the seedlings will start growing.

Cabbages
Cabbages are found in a lot of forms, from standard cabbage to cone cabbage, red cabbage and more. It is unique due to its short stem and it happens to be perfect for soups, salads. The greatest thing about cabbage is that it happens to be full of vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, magnesium, as well as calcium. The vitamins are working well for keeping your health up during the cold winter months, so make sure you are aware of their use. Make sure you sow your cabbage seeds at home at about half an inch of depth, then keep them moist and thin them out to the spacing you need to make them work. Fertilise the plants on a regular basis, especially after you’re transplanting and add some nitrogen when the cabbage is half grown.

Arugula
Using green leafy vegetables such as arugula is a good source of vitamins, as these are the same as cabbage, cauliflower and more. You can eat it raw or cooked, but in the end you may find it more palatable when eating it cooked with a bit of oil. Arugula is rich in vitamins A, K, C, iron and calcium among other things. It is a really useful addition to your winter diet. When growing these, you’ll need to set out the germinated / young arugula plants about 30cm apart. As the arugula flowers in late spring and early summer the flavor of the leaves will become more intense. As the plants grow larger their taste will get stronger and more pepper-like. You can harvest the leaves of the arugula often enough to add some nice flavor to your salads.

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Winter squash
Using winter squash is a good way to ensure you have plenty of carotene, vitamin C, B1 as well as folic acid, potassium and plenty of fibers among other things. You can grow this inside during the winter season, making gardening possible at least for homes outside the general urban areas. If you want to work on spacing and planting it at home, then you will need to sow squash seeds at about 7cm deep. Space your squash in mounds or inverted mounds and thin out the weaker seedlings. In the rows you will need to plant about 2 squash seeds 25cm apart or so in rows a little over 1m apart. This will allow your plants to run down the hill and away from the main stem. Inverted hills will help retain the moisture inside dry regions. At the end of the day you will have excellent results when gardening.

Link to source article: http://aussiegreenthumb.com/4371/5-best-winter-time-vegetables/

We hope you enjoyed the article and feel inspired to try doing some of this for yourself.  You know we are what we eat and need to treat our bodies well if we expect them to function properly over the course of our lifetime.  Any questions please contact us.

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5 Best Winter Time Vegetables

We recently came across an excellent article explaining the 5 best winter time vegetables to consider planting prior to winter.  The vegetables included are highly nutritional and will go a long way toward helping improve your health.  There is no substitute for home grown veggies which are picked fresh and cooked or prepared immediately.  The freshest vegetables always contain the highest nutritional content and taste far better than anything you will ever buy at your local supermarket.  We hope you enjoy the article.

5 Best Winter Time Vegetables – What You Should Consider

 

grow-tomatoe-in-melbourne

Winter is here, but the truth is the need for a solid and proper diet is always there if you want to maintain your health. Sure, vitamins can be found in supplements and store bought vitamins, but the natural sources of these would be a better way to start the day, instead of cramming our faces with pills as we wake up.
Read on as we point out some useful plants and vegetables that would make for a good solution to your winter diet needs. Whether you want to grow them at home or if you don’t want to mar you landscaping, we’ve got some great tips for you.
Artichokes
These are a really good source of vitamin C and fiber, so you would do well to make use of them whenever you can. They can also help with digestion, but do keep in mind that you need to remove their prickly thorns on the outside as you work on eating them. You can fry them, boil them or even pickle them if the need arises, but do remember to avoid covering the boiling pot to allow the acids in the vegetable to evaporate. In some areas around the world these are part of the gardening process, but in the long run it will be a really good solution if you want a good diet.
When you’re growing artichokes, you will need to keep in mind that they need some room to spread – any good landscape designer will know that. Mature plants can reach up to 1m and they can be about the same wide, making them a challenge to grow at home due to space constraints. They will also need a fertile, light and well drained soil, like sandy loam. Prepare the soil by working about 20cm worth of compost into a trench and this will help the plant get a good start. Remember that waterlogged soil can be one of the things that kill your plants, so be mindful when you’re watering.

growing-a-vegetable-garden-in-melbourne

Kale
Kale is rich in vitamins, calcium, as well as beta carotene which are really good at making the immune system stronger which can be a necessary step during the winter. Kale is a bit like cabbage and you can find a lot of varieties out there. There are many ways you can use kale, preparing it and cooking it. Fried, boiled, steamed or even served as a part of a salad. Often kale is frozen before it is used for any cooking, since it happens to come out sweeter when the deal is done. Eating kale is a good way to raise your essential vitamins daily intake.
Growing kale at home can be an equally fun opportunity, as long as you keep some rules in mind. You can plant them anytime from early spring to early summer. Add about one and a half cups of fertiliser per 7m or so of soil but only into the top few inches of soil and then plant the seeds about half an inch into this mix. Give it about 2 weeks and the seedlings will start growing.

Cabbages
Cabbages are found in a lot of forms, from standard cabbage to cone cabbage, red cabbage and more. It is unique due to its short stem and it happens to be perfect for soups, salads. The greatest thing about cabbage is that it happens to be full of vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, magnesium, as well as calcium. The vitamins are working well for keeping your health up during the cold winter months, so make sure you are aware of their use. Make sure you sow your cabbage seeds at home at about half an inch of depth, then keep them moist and thin them out to the spacing you need to make them work. Fertilise the plants on a regular basis, especially after you’re transplanting and add some nitrogen when the cabbage is half grown.

Arugula
Using green leafy vegetables such as arugula is a good source of vitamins, as these are the same as cabbage, cauliflower and more. You can eat it raw or cooked, but in the end you may find it more palatable when eating it cooked with a bit of oil. Arugula is rich in vitamins A, K, C, iron and calcium among other things. It is a really useful addition to your winter diet. When growing these, you’ll need to set out the germinated / young arugula plants about 30cm apart. As the arugula flowers in late spring and early summer the flavor of the leaves will become more intense. As the plants grow larger their taste will get stronger and more pepper-like. You can harvest the leaves of the arugula often enough to add some nice flavor to your salads.

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Winter squash
Using winter squash is a good way to ensure you have plenty of carotene, vitamin C, B1 as well as folic acid, potassium and plenty of fibers among other things. You can grow this inside during the winter season, making gardening possible at least for homes outside the general urban areas. If you want to work on spacing and planting it at home, then you will need to sow squash seeds at about 7cm deep. Space your squash in mounds or inverted mounds and thin out the weaker seedlings. In the rows you will need to plant about 2 squash seeds 25cm apart or so in rows a little over 1m apart. This will allow your plants to run down the hill and away from the main stem. Inverted hills will help retain the moisture inside dry regions. At the end of the day you will have excellent results when gardening.

Link to source article: http://aussiegreenthumb.com/4371/5-best-winter-time-vegetables/

We hope you enjoyed the article and feel inspired to try doing some of this for yourself.  You know we are what we eat and need to treat our bodies well if we expect them to function properly over the course of our lifetime.  Any questions please contact us.

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Garden Design Ideas For Your Home

Garden Design Ideas

garden design ideas for your homeSpending time in the garden is a great way to ensure that you get lots of fresh air and sun, and often a good way to ensure you get some exercise too if you kick a ball around with the children or throw one for the dogs. Great garden design ideas require proper thought and planning.  At the same time the act of gardening is something that many of us find highly enjoyable and that we often find a lot of pride in – and you can even grow your own fruit and vegetables which is a healthy, eco friendly, money saving and highly rewarding activity.

On top of this it’s also a fantastic place to entertain guests, or enjoy a romantic meal. Many people don’t use their gardens enough, and don’t consider how nice it can be to eat outside every now and then in order to enjoy the stars and some candlelight while you share dinner. It’s just as romantic and special as eating out at a restaurant or something but completely free. When you have a party, then having people stand in the garden drinking cocktails is one of the best ways to ensure there’s space for everyone and they’re all having a good time.

Putting Your Garden Design Ideas Into Action

In order to facilitate all these great garden activities though, you need to have a great garden design. This design needs to at once look the part – so that you actually want to spend time in it, and be practical so that it provides space for all these activities. If you have a big family and you want to do all the things listed above this can be a challenge – for example if you love gardening and rearing vegetables, but your children love playing football, then the garden needs to provide a space for football that is away from the plants and flowers.

Good garden designs that cater for lots of different purposes then will often use various ‘sections’ within the garden that cater to particular activities and uses. You might for example have an area for eating with a table and perhaps under a canopy. This way you can sit underneath the shelter even in the rain and be protected from the rain and falling leaves while you eat. This area will need a patio too so that you can go out in nice shoes without getting muddy, and something leading up to it.

Meanwhile if this area is near all of your plants and flowers then it will look more decorative and scenic while you eat. It makes sense for this area to be by the door, as you will likely be coming and going in order to get your food and drinks, and because the table area will also be perfect for entertaining guests and standing drinks – and at parties people tend to congregate by the door in the garden.

For football and games, or for sunbathing you will then need an open area of grass and thisgarden design ideas should be as far from the plants etc as possible. If you can have multiple tiers for your garden this is a perfect way to section that area off.

 

 

Contact http://www.johnfrenchlandscapes.com.au/ for your next garden design project in Melbourne.

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Garden Design Ideas For Your Home

Garden Design Ideas

garden design ideas for your homeSpending time in the garden is a great way to ensure that you get lots of fresh air and sun, and often a good way to ensure you get some exercise too if you kick a ball around with the children or throw one for the dogs. Great garden design ideas require proper thought and planning.  At the same time the act of gardening is something that many of us find highly enjoyable and that we often find a lot of pride in – and you can even grow your own fruit and vegetables which is a healthy, eco friendly, money saving and highly rewarding activity.

On top of this it’s also a fantastic place to entertain guests, or enjoy a romantic meal. Many people don’t use their gardens enough, and don’t consider how nice it can be to eat outside every now and then in order to enjoy the stars and some candlelight while you share dinner. It’s just as romantic and special as eating out at a restaurant or something but completely free. When you have a party, then having people stand in the garden drinking cocktails is one of the best ways to ensure there’s space for everyone and they’re all having a good time.

Putting Your Garden Design Ideas Into Action

In order to facilitate all these great garden activities though, you need to have a great garden design. This design needs to at once look the part – so that you actually want to spend time in it, and be practical so that it provides space for all these activities. If you have a big family and you want to do all the things listed above this can be a challenge – for example if you love gardening and rearing vegetables, but your children love playing football, then the garden needs to provide a space for football that is away from the plants and flowers.

Good garden designs that cater for lots of different purposes then will often use various ‘sections’ within the garden that cater to particular activities and uses. You might for example have an area for eating with a table and perhaps under a canopy. This way you can sit underneath the shelter even in the rain and be protected from the rain and falling leaves while you eat. This area will need a patio too so that you can go out in nice shoes without getting muddy, and something leading up to it.

Meanwhile if this area is near all of your plants and flowers then it will look more decorative and scenic while you eat. It makes sense for this area to be by the door, as you will likely be coming and going in order to get your food and drinks, and because the table area will also be perfect for entertaining guests and standing drinks – and at parties people tend to congregate by the door in the garden.

For football and games, or for sunbathing you will then need an open area of grass and thisgarden design ideas should be as far from the plants etc as possible. If you can have multiple tiers for your garden this is a perfect way to section that area off.

 

 

Contact http://www.johnfrenchlandscapes.com.au/ for your next garden design project in Melbourne.

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