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Aussie Country Diverse, Dramatic and Delicious!

By Toni Salter
August 27, 2012
File under: Gardening, Travel

Photos: Toni Salter

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. ~ Dorothea Mackeller 1885 – 1968

These immortal words, excerpted from “My Country” by an English immigrant poet to Australia in 1904 that are often quoted to reflect the vastness and unpredictability of the Australian countryside.

Like Dorothea Mackellar, I love the broad range of landscape in my country.  The dramatic variety of flora and fauna amidst vastly divergent countryside attracts almost 6 million visitors to a country with a population of less than 23 million. …read more of Aussie Country Diverse, Dramatic and Delicious! here

 
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The Sensory Garden

By Toni Salter
July 25, 2012
File under: Alternative Therapies, Gardening

Imagine experiencing a garden with all five senses.  That’s what a sensory garden allows you to do.  A carefully designed garden can stimulate, not only the sight, but also sound, smell, touch and taste.

A trolley with an assortment of potted herbs and vegetables is an example of a sensory garden.  This can be placed in a sunny courtyard or balcony where space is limited.

It could also be set in an aged care facility where residents may have more limited mobility. A trolley will allow the garden to come to them.  People living with dementia respond to sensory stimulation and tasting, crushing and smelling different herbs can be beneficial.

Take lavender and chamomile, for example. These plants can have very soothing qualities, as when the oils are released through rubbing the leaves. The smooth and furry leaves of various lavenders are also soothing to the touch. Do this while sipping a cup of tea made from fresh Chamomile flowers and the effect is multiplied. …read more of The Sensory Garden here

 
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How Pesticides Work

By Toni Salter
July 20, 2012
File under: Gardening, Natural Remedies, Pest Control

We often start a vegetable garden because we have decided to eat organic produce and reduce our chemical exposure.

Inevitably, However, we are faced with pest and disease problems and with the dilemma of controlling them without poisoning ourselves in the process.

Sometimes our best effort at organic solutions simply doesn’t cut it and we might be tempted to turn to pesticides.

Pesticide is a generic term for any substance that interferes with the physical, chemical or biological mechanisms of the invading insects, weeds or fungus affecting the garden.

 

<< A SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO PESTICIDES IN PRODUCE

<< DDT – PERSISTENT PESTICIDE THAT IS STILL A THREAT

…read more of How Pesticides Work here

 
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The Link Between Flowers, Scents and Emotions

By Toni Salter
June 28, 2012
File under: Gardening

What’s the first thing you do when you get flowers?

Generally we smile with warmth and positive feelings and then almost instinctively, we smell the flowers.  The fragrance can sometimes have just as much impact on a person as the beauty of the flowers themselves.

Sadly, in the quest to grow stronger plants and bigger blooms for commercial production, many flowers have been hybridized to the point of losing most of their fragrance.

This is something that growers are working to restore, but it can take many generations, trials and retrials to manage this, so the results are not to be achieved quickly.

Scents can serve as a powerful trigger for memories, both positive and negative depending on the association. …read more of The Link Between Flowers, Scents and Emotions here

 
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Create a Garden Designed to Reduce Stress

By Toni Salter
June 20, 2012
File under: Gardening, Relaxation Techniques

Paying attention past the first line of a blog post or the opening statements of a lecture can sometimes be difficult.

We’ve all sat through boring seminars wanting it to end, but know that we are expected to get something out of it so we try to concentrate in an attempt to glean a pearl of wisdom.

Focused attention however, requires careful thought and concentration levels that we may not be able to sustain for long periods of time.  A student getting ready for exams can complete hours of detailed study, but how productive is it really?

At what point can this intense concentration start to wane and lose its effectiveness?

This sort of focused attention is described as “voluntary” because it takes effort on our behalf.  Continued voluntary attention can be fatiguing, both physically and mentally.  This is why it is so hard to stay on task. …read more of Create a Garden Designed to Reduce Stress here

 
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