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  • I am so excited I found a copy of Lyn’s book in the local organic shop and so I splashed out and brought it. I have only just started reading it and I am finding it easy to read and it offers very practical information. Great book Lyn.:tup:

    Why is it that you get much more of a buzz when you buy books than when you buy other stuff?

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thank you everyone, yes I will try agapanthas, your experiences have inspired me. I have them growing in our front garden so obviously they do well here.

    Your right Lyn all this knowledge enriches our lives :clap:.

    I have pH tested th soil and it is acidic. Do I need to add lime for agapanthas or can I just plant them?

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thank you everyone for your suggestions.:clap:

    Yes Lyn it is quite shady and dry under the tree and as discussed in other threads our soil is acidic (which I am working on). I will go to the library and if they don’t have a copy of Lyn’s book I will strongly suggest they purchase one. If not I will have to save up and buy one, a useful addition…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic So disappointing in the forum Ornamental Gardens 12 years, 3 months ago

    Embers what about planting callistemons and lilly-pillies to replace the ones they pulled out. Both varieties are lovely and will block out the philistines and attract native birds. The other rain forest tree I am in love with is the Ivory curl Tree, sorry don’t know it’s Latin name. There are also blueberry ashes and coastal casarinas (sorry…[Read more]

  • Kathi I sympathize with your dilemma as goats seem to be very sweet animals. Also being allergic to cows milk I like goats cheese. The down side is they seem to eat anything but particularly your most treasured and succulent plants.

    I am impressed Wombat with your restraint considering the degree of provocation. Though I am sure you pointed out…[Read more]

  • Your right guys, everyone suffers when you combine animals and plants, such is life. Didn’t Ned Kelly say that before he was executed?

    I will take your advice bushy and leave the mango in the garden. It has no top to it just a few half eaten branches and leaves coming out at the bottom. I don’t know whether it will re shoot but its worth a…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the sympathy,:wave: I am sorry I raved on but I was rather cross (that’s my attempt at being polite). I really couldn’t be cross at the goats owners as they rescued them from one of those urban petting type farm situation. The goats are in very good condition just a little naughty.

    Yes roast goat is very tasty, we had it once in an…[Read more]

  • Cool vege garden Erthgirl, looks really productive. Biodynamic techniques seem very interesting, much look into it. Does rock dust make a significant difference to the fertility of the soil?

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thanks Highlander possums are cute but can be so destructive. It sounds like your trees are very productive maybe you could sell your excess produce and make a fortune. You would probably have to include recipes for the uninitiated.

    Good luck Baldcat with your Tamarillo. Congratulations on your frost free environment. :clap:Hopefully that means…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Compost Making in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    You are right Bubba Louie it is difficult to live the good life in suburbia. What with rats, bandicoots, feral rabbits, cockatoos, cockroaches and neighbors open compost piles don’t really work.:(

    After checking my composting waste it appears a little dry and so I will follow Michelle’s lead and throw in a bucket of water.

    You all make it sound…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Compost Making in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Wow, thanks everyone, it sounds like I am on the right track. I am making it in one of those black bins and trying to layer it.

    One thing for sure we are not throwing out anywhere near as much in our garbage bin which has to be a good thing.

    Sorry about the cold and wet Jenny. I’m sure you will get there with your compost, hope the discussion…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato cubes in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Thanks Nev saw the photos. How high up do you fill the cages with growing medium?

    I think I will wait till spring to plant my spuds. By them my mechanically minded partner may have found time to build all the structure we need for vege. growing.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • replied to the topic Compost Making in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Thanks Annie, sometime there seems to be so much mystique surrounding compost making. I guess it comes down to practice and from that one gains confidence.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thanks Highlander will follow your suggestions. We are lucky we don’t get frosts here so hopefully won’t have to prune them.

    Hopefully they will grow well as long as rabbits don’t eat them. Would you believe it we live in the city yet have a rabbit plague. My dad used ferrets in his youth to catch the rabbits maybe I should get a pet…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato cubes in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Spud cages sound like am excellent idea Nev.:clap: Do you have photos of them?

    When can you plant spuds? Somehow I had it in my head about planting on the shortest day and harvesting on the longest or is that garlic????

    Cheers
    -Meg

  • Exciting news I have just planted out four tamarillos I have raised from seed. I watered them in using seaweed solution to promote root growth.

    Can any one tell me what organic fertilizer I should give them, once they become established?

    Whats more when will they begin bearing fruit?

    Thanks

    -Meg

  • Thank you everyone, great recipes and tips.:clap: I am obviously a total novice at bread making but now I begin to see where I have gone wrong; using the wrong types of flour etc. Forest’s tutorial is excellent.

    I can’t wait to experiment with all the different alternatives you have given me. It make me feel hungry just thinking about it.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • replied to the topic Harvest Basket 08 in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Not only are you a great gardener but an artist as well.:clap:

  • replied to the topic Help! Ants on Tamarillo in the forum Vegetables 12 years, 4 months ago

    Your tree could have scale which exudes a sweet substance that attracts ants. If you have scale you can just rub it off.

    Meg

  • Thank you everyone, I managed to buy some oil of cloves as an essential oil, not cheap, so I may try the chemist next time. Hopefully they won’t think I am into manufacturing drugs, not having long hair and a beard will probably help.

    Will try scrubbing with bicarb and water paste, sounds like a fun weekend job LOL.:tdown: Then spray with…[Read more]

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