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  1. Pauljm

    Zucchini

    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the soil. These days you could use a yoghurt container or...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...

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  2. Flatland

    Young stone fruit trees should fruit be removed?

    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more...
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more thinning than others.
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more thinning than others.
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more...
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  3. Ash

    Question Young apple tree trunk attacked

    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic looks like a much better solution. I'd like to think (hope) the chicken fence in the ad is more to...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic looks like a much better solution. I'd like to...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic...
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  4. Letsgokate

    Yellowing leaves on citrus

    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much sulphur as that can throw out lots of other micro...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...

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  5. Jarrett

    Question Yellowing Citris Seedling

    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to depleted nutrients, too big for the container,...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
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  6. Skippyherron

    Would you live next to a strawberry farm?

    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
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  7. Darryl

    Would like to know your thoughts on Hoophouse for market garden project

    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie beds a few flowers, little shed, chooks & meat birds, a goat for milk, compost bays, etc. Even less...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie beds a few flowers, little shed, chooks & meat...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie...
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  8. Steve

    World's Smallest Chilli Plant??

    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:

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  9. Flatland

    Withholding period for sulphur

    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
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  10. Flatland

    Why does one almond tree suffer more than the other?

    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
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  11. Mark

    Question Why do I need to wait for mushroom compost to go white?

    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the flushes that the farmers find uneconomicAl.
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...

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  12. Mark

    Why are my banana bunches so small?

    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of...
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of water. I'll be monitoring them closely!
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of water. I'll be monitoring them closely!
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of...
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  13. ClissAT

    Who's using grey water on their garden?

    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use enough water in my household during a 24hr period to...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
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  14. Jenni

    Who is Eating my Veggies? and its not me!

    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:

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  15. Mark

    Which is best real soil or aquaponics for growing vegetables and fruit?

    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not...
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not be as dramatic as wine I still reckon soil is the best medium.
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not be as dramatic as wine I still reckon soil is the...
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not...
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  16. Mark

    Which fertiliser is best for plants? 3 major fertiliser types tested.

    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.

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  17. Mark

    Where can I get Hexies Raised Garden Beds?

    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those two smaller ones in the video for my dwarf avocadoes and then two large rectangle beds 700 mm high...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those two smaller ones in the video for my dwarf...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those...
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  18. Letsgokate

    When to grow spuds in Sub Tropical climate

    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
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  19. Flatland

    When do you prunr

    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on my wish list for the next big road trip. I don't...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
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  20. Steve

    Whats happening in my small garden

    Cheers John. Unfortunately the foam boxes were expensive when I look at it. :( They are from my failed mushroom attempt. About $15 per box!! At least they are getting some use now. And the string...
    Cheers John. Unfortunately the foam boxes were expensive when I look at it. :( They are from my failed mushroom attempt. About $15 per box!! At least they are getting some use now. And the string on the peas seems to be working. It took a little bit of help to get them all going up and not...
    Cheers John. Unfortunately the foam boxes were expensive when I look at it. :( They are from my failed mushroom attempt. About $15 per box!! At least they are getting some use now. And the string on the peas seems to be working. It took a little...
    Cheers John. Unfortunately the foam boxes were expensive when I look at it. :( They are from my failed mushroom attempt. About $15 per box!! At least they are getting some use now. And the string...

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  21. Berkeloid

    Question What's happening to my sweet potato?

    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never need to start roots again. We take a length of...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...

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  22. Mark

    What's growing really well in your subtropical garden at the moment?

    Yeah it's nearly the anniversary of that first post - how time flys! This (autumn/winter) is the best time of year to grow most vegetables if you live in SEQ.
    Yeah it's nearly the anniversary of that first post - how time flys! This (autumn/winter) is the best time of year to grow most vegetables if you live in SEQ.
    Yeah it's nearly the anniversary of that first post - how time flys! This (autumn/winter) is the best time of year to grow most vegetables if you live in SEQ.
    Yeah it's nearly the anniversary of that first post - how time flys! This (autumn/winter) is the best time of year to grow most vegetables if you live in SEQ.

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  23. Letsgokate

    What's eating my Washington Navel?

    Yeah Kate. When I saw it I was both mortified as well as relieved. Thankfully I haven't seen them since, but I don't get out in the backyard very much lately to take notice...
    Yeah Kate. When I saw it I was both mortified as well as relieved. Thankfully I haven't seen them since, but I don't get out in the backyard very much lately to take notice...
    Yeah Kate. When I saw it I was both mortified as well as relieved. Thankfully I haven't seen them since, but I don't get out in the backyard very much lately to take notice...
    Yeah Kate. When I saw it I was both mortified as well as relieved. Thankfully I haven't seen them since, but I don't get out in the backyard very much lately to take notice...

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  24. Ash

    Question What's eating my produce/plants?

    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to fertilize vine flowers is just pick a male flower & rub it inside the females. Also if the pollen is...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to fertilize vine flowers is just pick a male flower & rub...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to...

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  25. Letsgokate

    What tree is this?

    Yeah you might be right, some of our kids like them, they just remind me of eye balls ;)
    Yeah you might be right, some of our kids like them, they just remind me of eye balls ;)
    Yeah you might be right, some of our kids like them, they just remind me of eye balls ;)
    Yeah you might be right, some of our kids like them, they just remind me of eye balls ;)

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