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  • My oven has an inner sheet of glass that can be removed for cleaning. It just fits in the dishwasher, but it won’t clean properly because I haven’t cleaned the dishwasher!

  • Hi Rosie, firstly do the obvious and remove the rubbish and note the dubious spots.

    Test the soil for heavy metals.

    Plant the FAVs, Fenugreek, Amaranth & Vetches as well as silver beet. These are very good at sucking up heavy metals and contaminants from the soil, so once fully grown but before seeding, pull them all out and put them in the…[Read more]

  • Planted lots of broad beans last autumn that grew beautifully, full of flowers and ready for the bees to do there magic. After a cold winter and good growth the bees returned to the flowering rosemary, poppies, marigolds etc and in late September early October began pollinating the broadies. Then we got the two hottest and earliest 33 degree…[Read more]

  • Ballamara, thanks, I am not sure where you are but I thought they where ready about then.

    Judi B, great that you are considering the wrens. Today I noticed a red wattle bird feeding its young in a nest so hope toget some pics.

    Callicat, wish I had a poly tunnel.

  • Lovely day here, very little gardening but hope to take some photos.

    Kasalia I am sure peanuts from a shell would grow. Organic ones would be best.

    From pollination to picking when would my broad beans be ready to harvest?

    Have a good day everybody.

  • New veg patch is coming along nicely , just waiting for the soil to warm a bit more before sowing to much. Apart from the watering system and six meters of concrete reo I’m trying to have very little bought inputs, working so far. Sowed 40 jiffy pots with various seeds so hoping they pop up when there ready. Hoping to photograph as much of the…[Read more]

  • Fameljone in companion planting thread.

  • Busy day so not much in the garden. But a bit annoyed as I worked very hard over the weekend to make the most of the forecast rain predicted for today but the bureau has changed the outlook, such is life.

  • I was hoping to get all the bed prep work finished before spring but didn’t quite get there as I changed the tomato trellis system so had to do a whole rebuild. However happy with everything and the beds are looking great. Will sow a whole of seeds into raising mix tomorrow in preparation for transplanting in three or four weeks when the soil…[Read more]

  • After very little vegg garden action for yonks I have been busy preparing for a mass of spring planting. Have planted an Anzac Peach, will transplant two apples tomorrow, tie up the broad beans and dig over and manure some beds. Hope to build a passionfruit frame and grape trellis but see what happens. Plan also to cut in half an old copper…[Read more]

  • Thanks Bobbs. :hug:

    The plant is about 450 mm in height and the flower is about the size of a bread plate.

    Your right it it pretty, just like Queenie. I have no idea what the smell is like but if I try and have a sniff she will bludgeon me around the head. I might just concentrate on the flowers perfume!

  • Thank you both. It does look like a spider lily, but I dont think its Hymenocallis littoralis.

  • Bobbee post=361098 wrote:

    You really are a nutter Porgey, a nice one of course. I reckon Queenie must be spectacularly wonderful to put up with all the stuff you write about her.

    But keep it up won’t you, it makes for a fun read.

    :hug:

    🙂

    Hi Bobbs, hope you are well. It all depends upon how you define nutter. However, after the ANZAC…

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  • Bobbee post=361098 wrote:

    You really are a nutter Porgey, a nice one of course. I reckon Queenie must be spectacularly wonderful to put up with all the stuff you write about her.

    But keep it up won’t you, it makes for a fun read.

    :hug:

    🙂

    Hi Bobbs, hope you are well. It all depends upon how you define nutter. However, after the ANZAC…

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  • Just a slight cautionary note. Some kiwiberries are self pollinating others need a male Heywood Kiwifruit to cross pollinate. If you have a small garden self pollinating kiwiberries are great but to manage a large and heavy Heywood male as a pollinator can be problematic in a limited space if your choice needs cross pollinating. So choose carefully.

  • I got mine from Diggers. It grew well over summer so hopefully it will bear fruit next summer.

  • Hi Caddie, what I find curious about nuclear technology is does it really have a lower carbon footprint? From Cradle to Grave and Beyond (remember nuclear waste has to be transported, reprocessed and stored for thousands of years) the embedded energy to use and contain it is enormous.

    Add of course the horrors of radiation and meltdowns, let…[Read more]

  • Bobbee post=360929 wrote:

    Mr Bobbs will be pulling out the last of the tomato plants on the next fine day, but the tomatillos are still fattening up and of course the husks are no where near dry yet, so that is something to look forward too.

    🙂

    Hi Bobbs, often, but not always, if you hang up pulled tomato plants from there base, say from a…[Read more]

  • The best veggie garden soil is under your compost heap. As a result I create in situ compost heaps in resting garden beds within my veggie garden by turning in old veggies and any green manure then adding kitchen scraps(N) and dried pea & bean casings and stems (C). This has lots of benefits including not having to laboriously cart compost from…[Read more]

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