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November 19, 2009 at 10:58 pm #443648
Yes Ray I though she looked a bit leaner too. I met her years ago at a book launch thingy in Cairns; would love to visit her garden. I am all excited about planting thing around my fruit trees to protect them from the husband….any other ideas what I can use?
we use society garlic tough as pretty flower,seems to help with insects and can be divided easily ( bought 2 plants 2 years ago and have divided it into well over 100 plants since)and grows fastNovember 19, 2009 at 11:06 pm #443649
ooh good idea 🙂 I have a gift voucher for the nursery wot I won at gymnastics…now I know what to get :metal:
I also like the Liriopes http://www.liriope.com.au/liriopes.html
I have loads of fruit trees, so can go a bit crazy buying a few different things!November 20, 2009 at 12:08 am #443650
Thanks for posting the pics darls, she is a very inspirational woman.:DNovember 20, 2009 at 10:57 am #443651
E, the Liriope looks nice – it just reminded me of another plant you could use – Lavender?
I had a quick look at the companion planting by Plum Products and it stated that for fruit trees, grow: chives, French marigold, garlic, horseradish, lemon balm, mustard, nasty urchins, silverbeet, southernwood, spinach, tansy n yarrow… I am sure if you look online there’s more info on companion planting that could withstand the mowing… :shrug:
Cheers with thanks! :hug:November 20, 2009 at 8:24 pm #443652
I have a long and boring driveway and would love to have it tree lined. Unfortunately, I have horses either side and they have ‘nibbled’ or yanked their way through 2 woolami pines, a tibouchina and various others. Surviving are a gum, 2 jacarandas and a magnolia and some of the trunks protected by agas, 1 jaca has a big clump of helliconias at its base. I’m enthused again by the pics here and will start work on it again.November 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm #443653
Somewhere, in one or two of my books no doubt, my dh has read that you can ring the fruit trees with comfrey. Knowing how it grows around here I’m sort-of hestitant to ring every fruit tree we have in comfrey (even though it is fairly terrific, brings up the nutrients from down below, can be slashed and dropped directly as mulch, etc) however will try it around some of the trees as it would certainly be something we could mow up against.
Other trees have lavender, yarrow, nasturtiums, daisies, cosmos, etc and I’m getting more tansy, chives (onion and garlic), society garlic etc going to transplant too. Yet other trees have grass itching to get through the mulch so will eventually do something about that too as grass isn’t good for fruit trees…
Darls, after you visited the other day we had a rare fox attack, when the alpacas were off in another paddock, so have enclosed the chooks in electric netting fence. They’re none too happy but at least I haven’t lost any more of my best layers 🙁 and we don’t have to go hunting for stray eggs! They’re also contained in the orchard which will be good for grass removal too. :clap:November 21, 2009 at 10:45 am #443654
:tup: I remembered the plants around your fruit trees. Told DH I am gonna do similar to my citrus trees… chooks who managed to dig under fence to the citrus strip did very well with weeding as the area’s so well-dug by the chooks.
We’re worried about fox attacks around here as I saw one running off one day a few months back. So far nothing, but still…. Hopefully chooks will do their jobs in your orchard rather than living off there, heh.
I am slowly changing my tree-lined driveway to make it more dense and grass-less. It will take me a few years but they’re just ornamental part of my property so they’re not on the top of ‘to-do list’ 😉 I am using nut trees for this part, so far they’re doing well. Tmw will be a true test me thinks as its forecasted we’ll see 41 degrees out here… :rip: Gotta get up early tmw morning to do more gardenings and put shade cloth over many seedlings to protect them…
Anyhow… have a nice day tmw – cool, damp, dry, safe or whatever!
Cheers! :hug:November 21, 2009 at 10:50 am #443655
oh good idea re comfrey – have heaps of that I can divide 😀 :tup:November 21, 2009 at 7:48 pm #443656
:tup: I remembered the plants around your fruit trees.
Ha, the ones dh or the chooks hadn’t dug up? 😆
I’m slowly replanting them and putting wire across the top as well until they’re quite established…
I’ve of course locked the geese up in the orchard and surrounds as well and fortunately they don’t eat the fruit trees like some geese are prone to do.
We’re heading outside in a minny to water and cover and mow. 41 degrees is forcast for Gosford so that may mean 43 or more here. :rip:
:wave:November 21, 2009 at 9:25 pm #443657
I have never heard of society garlic, can someone tell me about it – what does it look like, smell like, grow like?November 22, 2009 at 1:27 am #443658
The reason why she is looking so lean these days is that she had an undiagnosed hormone problem for years and eventually they sorted it out and she slimmed right down. ( wonder if it would work on me!) Saw her talking about it on the ABC show Talking Heads.
DebNovember 22, 2009 at 2:13 am #443659
I have never heard of society garlic, can someone tell me about it – what does it look like, smell like, grow like?
tough as small purple flowers have some here about 700mm round and about 30-40cm high,you can use leaves in salad to give mild garlic flavourNovember 22, 2009 at 2:27 am #443660November 22, 2009 at 2:39 am #443661
Muster, what about macadamias for the driveway?.
Or lillypillies (ones with edible fruit) ? Jam from lillypillies and the macadamias look really pretty in flower too.
People down the road have them mixed with other fruit trees down thier driveway, and looks lovely.
Can daylillies be used as edgings?November 27, 2009 at 10:49 am #443662
Try Judy’s triffids around trees!!
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