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  • #538305
    calliecat
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    yes me too here, just too small a yard now – if it was just me I wouldn’t be so concerned, but I have dogs, they aren’t snake catchers, but I still don’t want them hurt
    they don’t usually go after them, – well they didn’t at the previous place – but anything can happen

    #538306
    ballamara
    Keymaster

    Interesting comment re pumpkins and snakes, I never thought of that.I will re think where to plant then next year well away from the house as I have a Labrador who would think nothing about trying to play with them as she does the stumpy tails I worry they will bite her one day.

    Do you think dog’s bane or midgen would grow down here?
    #538307
    calliecat
    Participant

    dogs bane is frost tender apparently, check Gardenate Ballamara, – or google daleys fruit trees, they’ll have info on it

    midgen is subtropical if that helps

    #538308
    Snags
    Member

    I grew dogs bane in Melbourne
    Midgen is a plant the council uses up here as informal hedge landscaping,sugests its tough but might be more sub tropics

    #538309
    Snags
    Member

    I also have some lomandra one the down ward edges of my gabians (loose rock wall boomerangs to hold dirt below fruit trees on a slope) to catch water and look good and flower and they are also bush tucker.

    #538310
    calliecat
    Participant

    the winters have changed considerably since I moved here 20yrs ago, but we still get some doozy frosts snags,
    although I might have a bit more coverage now for the next winter, last time we got down to -5 but have been known to bo down to -8 – grass temp even lower
    but I will keep it in mind

    #538311
    Snags
    Member

    I try and grow lots of calendulas, nasturtiums, alyssum and cosmos daisies unfortunately the lack of moisture and topsoil doesnt help me be very successful at it.
    Allowing dill ,fennel coriander, angelica , queen annnes lace all to flower in your under stories is a good way to get the good bugs in.
    Heres a whole list of good ones
    http://permaculturenews.org/2014/10/04/plants-attract-beneficial-insects/

    #538312
    calliecat
    Participant

    yes, got heaps of good bug mix growing here, from Green harvest, and I can’t find my nasturtiums, think I might have put them in with the good bug mix
    have some dill that needs planting out, not sure about putting the fennel out?? nothing else likes it lol

    #538313
    calliecat
    Participant

    I have joined that forum snags, but I put my proper name in and can’t find where to edit and put username in??
    have contacted them about it and waiting to hear back

    #538314
    wilkin
    Member

    Hi guys looking to buy some grape vines please help thanks

    #538315
    calliecat
    Participant

    try online, or your local nursery, – or if you have a good market, try there
    you’re in WA so there is no point linking you to anything over here,
    but you should be able to find some no problems

    #538316
    ballamara
    Keymaster

    If you have a neighbour  or friend who has grape vines they grow well from cuttings.

    #538317
    Snags
    Member

    I ordered some vines from a nursery but had to cancel as they were coming the week I left to go away for months.
    Still trying to get some they wont answer or return messages.
    I will give it a go after the wet season.
    Best time to get them is when they dont have their leaves.

    #538318
    Snags
    Member

    Heres some  bio accumulators you should try and incorporate some in your guild
    http://oregonbd.org/accumulators/

    I was going to add bitter melon to my list of climbers and bio-accumulaters  too

    #538319
    calliecat
    Participant

    have bookmarked the link – thanks snags

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