August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm #257196
Good morning all, over the weekend my dad and I cut down
and removed 3 very large pine trees that were shading my
garden and chook run. I would like to plant some blueberries,
raspberries, lavender and rosemary in the garden bed the pine
trees came out of.
With decades of mulched pine needles in the bed will anything
other than the blueberries grow?
Any other suggestions of what I can plant?
I’m in a cool mountain climate and the garden is part of my
back yard. So plants will need to be able to be tough enough
to handle kids, dogs and poultry
JoAugust 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm #526816
Can’t answer your question- or is it strawberries that like pine needles? – but I do think you will need an additional fence!! NOTHING will survive kids, dogs AND poultry – especially poultry!!
I hope your garden goes really well.August 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm #526817
Thanks Blue wren with just two days of full sun my vegie garden is looking
so much happier.
I was going to leave this other garden as an ornamental garden but I’m running
out of space in the vegie garden. I’m hoping to have enough surplus vegies and
fruit to sell at a farmer’s market or just deliver it to a few local families.
That’s why I want to make it a more practical garden still pretty
I was initially thinking herbs, then decided I would just have to scatter
random pots around the area for a bit more protection.August 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm #526818
the acid lovers may like it eg.,. include strawb’s, or just gypsum it well and add a tad of dolomite and plant what you wish, too easy. our new block was a pine plantation but a bit of tlc we will grow anything, the residuals from the pines prob’ be gone by 3 years.
lenAugust 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm #526819
It’s blowing a gale outside at the moment but I have all intentions of
Cleaning out all the straw from the deep litter in the chooks
and duck coops to put on there with some lime.
Today is my day off and it’s just too cold to go outside.
So I just have to sit by the fire and look out the window and
Watch all the things I should be doing.
Later I will rug up and venture out to do what “has” to be done.
😆August 5, 2012 at 2:27 pm #526820
wow where are you?
up here north of gympie a chilly morn until around 8am now a realy nice warm to hot spring day.
lenAugust 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm #526821
I’m at the western base of the blue mountains NSW . The wind has a snow chill
We are actually forecast to get snow on Wednesday. Eeek
But after a busy weekend with proper farmwork I’m happy just to
Relax for the morning.
It’s 4.6 degrees windmill of -2 and 42km winds brrrrrrrrAugust 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm #526822
rug up summer is coming
lenAugust 5, 2012 at 11:09 pm #526823
raspberries like pine needles as a mulch apparently. With the soil add lots and lots of organic matter and build up the nutrients and see how you go. You can test the soil ph if you want an idea of what its like. have fun!August 6, 2012 at 11:38 am #526824
Lots of mushrooms grow in pine needles. Could you inoculate the area with a friendly mushroom?August 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm #526825
I’ve planted some raspberries yesterday. Mushrooms are the next on my list.
I’m starting with button mushrooms then as I get more confident the
Unfortunately the area is too bright now for mushrooms plus my dog chooks and kids
Will destroy them. Its kinda a garden but also a path and my chooks
and dogs fav place to hang out and scratch and roll and bury bonesAugust 8, 2012 at 12:40 am #526826
I got a ph tester today and all my gardens were between 6 & 7.
Where the pine trees were is 7
I would not have guessed that.
So blueberries raspberries rosemary and lavender it is
With scattered pots of herbs and maybe a couple of citrus trees
It’s on an east facing wall that is the back of my colourbond
Chookshed should make a nice micro climate.
Great north sun until 2pmish tooAugust 8, 2012 at 1:06 am #526827
Going to try posting a pic here instead of
Harassing people in popular threads as I try to work it out
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