Grow strawberries the alpine way
ALPINE strawberries may not be large and showy like the berries you find in the supermarket, but they are sweet and have a wonderful rich strawberry aroma. Alpine strawberry (Fragaria monatserbeeren) is a low-growing, compact, runnerless variety that produces tasty and fragrant small strawberries.
They can be eaten straight from the garden, added to salads (sweet and savoury), lightly crushed and dusted with sugar or made into jams and syrups.
Growing alpine strawberries from seed is an easy and economical way to grow lots of plants. Sow seed 3mm deep into trays of seed raising mix. Seedlings will take about two weeks to emerge and they can be planted in the garden or in pots when they are large enough to handle.
These strawberries like full sun or a partly shaded spot and make a lovely ground cover in light shade.
Strawberry pest watch: snails and slugs love chewing into strawberries. Keep strawberries well mulched with lucerne, pea or sugar cane straw, which helps keep the berries up off the soil.
Little rays of Australian native sunshine
Yellow paper daisies (Schoenia filifolia) are brightly coloured dwarf daisies that produce masses of sunshine-yellow flowers over several months. Growing to about 30-40cm tall, they love full sun in garden beds or containers.
You can sow yellow paper daisy seeds throughout Australia during autumn. Enrich the soil or potting mix beforehand by incorporating some organic soil improver and plant fertiliser. It adds valuable organic matter.