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  1. Lisaceae

    Question Concrete Block Planter Beds

    I meant any sort of terraced setup growing any sort of plant. If the setup doesn't look really new but the plants are doing well, that tells you you'll most likely be successful. If its a mess or...
    I meant any sort of terraced setup growing any sort of plant. If the setup doesn't look really new but the plants are doing well, that tells you you'll most likely be successful. If its a mess or bare, then you know to expect lots of hard frustrating work. Applying organic materials to any soil...
    I meant any sort of terraced setup growing any sort of plant. If the setup doesn't look really new but the plants are doing well, that tells you you'll most likely be successful. If its a mess or bare, then you know to expect lots of hard...
    I meant any sort of terraced setup growing any sort of plant. If the setup doesn't look really new but the plants are doing well, that tells you you'll most likely be successful. If its a mess or...

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  2. Lego

    Question Making a garden where none exists

    Here's another video from an extensive series about a family who raise chickens for eggs and compost to grow veg to sell. Plus they make enough compost for all their own extensive home garden...
    Here's another video from an extensive series about a family who raise chickens for eggs and compost to grow veg to sell. Plus they make enough compost for all their own extensive home garden needs. I'm not suggesting you go this big and in Australia you won't be legally able to get the food...
    Here's another video from an extensive series about a family who raise chickens for eggs and compost to grow veg to sell. Plus they make enough compost for all their own extensive home garden needs. I'm not suggesting you go this big and in...
    Here's another video from an extensive series about a family who raise chickens for eggs and compost to grow veg to sell. Plus they make enough compost for all their own extensive home garden...
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  3. Dean

    Question Growing veges underneath gutters

    When thinking what to plant in such a narrow space always be mindful of the fact that the plants will see the fence and shed walls as other tall plants and try to out compete them. This will cause...
    When thinking what to plant in such a narrow space always be mindful of the fact that the plants will see the fence and shed walls as other tall plants and try to out compete them. This will cause the plants to grow tall and lanky and perhaps require staking when they otherwise wouldn't need...
    When thinking what to plant in such a narrow space always be mindful of the fact that the plants will see the fence and shed walls as other tall plants and try to out compete them. This will cause the plants to grow tall and lanky and perhaps...
    When thinking what to plant in such a narrow space always be mindful of the fact that the plants will see the fence and shed walls as other tall plants and try to out compete them. This will cause...

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  4. Les

    Question Whoflungdung Mulch

    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
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  5. El Colossus

    Question Cutworms

    Ahhh, I must be thinking of a different pest then!!
    Ahhh, I must be thinking of a different pest then!!
    Ahhh, I must be thinking of a different pest then!!
    Ahhh, I must be thinking of a different pest then!!
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  6. Ezra

    Question Which veggies should I mulch?

    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
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  7. Mataeka

    Question Food forest with established trees?

    Generally, adding more plants to an existing planting wouldn't be an issue unless they are so tightly planted there is no sun or air getting through. Remember the mangoes will grow huge and as you...
    Generally, adding more plants to an existing planting wouldn't be an issue unless they are so tightly planted there is no sun or air getting through. Remember the mangoes will grow huge and as you fertilize the new smaller plants, they will snap it up and grow even bigger! Same goes for the...
    Generally, adding more plants to an existing planting wouldn't be an issue unless they are so tightly planted there is no sun or air getting through. Remember the mangoes will grow huge and as you fertilize the new smaller plants, they will snap...
    Generally, adding more plants to an existing planting wouldn't be an issue unless they are so tightly planted there is no sun or air getting through. Remember the mangoes will grow huge and as you...
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  8. Steve

    Question Growing Grapes

    No Ray. Other than throwing a net over the whole vine on the fence which didn't work because some sort of rodent got up under the net! Far nicer bigger seedless grapes are available at the fruit...
    No Ray. Other than throwing a net over the whole vine on the fence which didn't work because some sort of rodent got up under the net! Far nicer bigger seedless grapes are available at the fruit shop for not much money if and when I choose to eat grapes. These mangy things growing against...
    No Ray. Other than throwing a net over the whole vine on the fence which didn't work because some sort of rodent got up under the net! Far nicer bigger seedless grapes are available at the fruit shop for not much money if and when I choose to...
    No Ray. Other than throwing a net over the whole vine on the fence which didn't work because some sort of rodent got up under the net! Far nicer bigger seedless grapes are available at the fruit...

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  9. Tim-Tropics

    Question Bug ID

    Hello ClissAT, don't see the typical cotton-wool like congregation on the plant though, so guess it isn't those woolly aphids. :)
    Hello ClissAT, don't see the typical cotton-wool like congregation on the plant though, so guess it isn't those woolly aphids. :)
    Hello ClissAT, don't see the typical cotton-wool like congregation on the plant though, so guess it isn't those woolly aphids. :)
    Hello ClissAT, don't see the typical cotton-wool like congregation on the plant though, so guess it isn't those woolly aphids. :)

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  10. Renee Shields

    Question Can you buy grafted type A and B avocados trees?

    No not yet the shop threw them out the day before
    No not yet the shop threw them out the day before
    No not yet the shop threw them out the day before
    No not yet the shop threw them out the day before
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  11. Bea

    Question Is there an actual chart for growing vegetables in a sub-tropical garden?

    I don't know of any chart that specifically maps the growing times of veggies for your area Bea but you could check out and pick an area similar to yours then use this as a rough estimate....
    I don't know of any chart that specifically maps the growing times of veggies for your area Bea but you could check out and pick an area similar to yours then use this as a rough estimate. Generally, I grow most common root crops like beets, turnips, carrots through the cooler times of the...
    I don't know of any chart that specifically maps the growing times of veggies for your area Bea but you could check out and pick an area similar to yours then use this as a rough estimate. Generally, I grow most common root crops like beets,...
    I don't know of any chart that specifically maps the growing times of veggies for your area Bea but you could check out and pick an area similar to yours then use this as a rough estimate....
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  12. Daniel.Mav

    Question Seed raising and greenhouses

    My broccoli has sprouted already since Saturday. Let’s see if anything takes it. I just shut the chickens up and noticed a field mouse run through the coop. Not much I can do I suppose. I like the...
    My broccoli has sprouted already since Saturday. Let’s see if anything takes it. I just shut the chickens up and noticed a field mouse run through the coop. Not much I can do I suppose. I like the idea of just covering the seedlings with a mesh tray. Seems the easiest and most efficient. Thanks...
    My broccoli has sprouted already since Saturday. Let’s see if anything takes it. I just shut the chickens up and noticed a field mouse run through the coop. Not much I can do I suppose. I like the idea of just covering the seedlings with a mesh...
    My broccoli has sprouted already since Saturday. Let’s see if anything takes it. I just shut the chickens up and noticed a field mouse run through the coop. Not much I can do I suppose. I like the...

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  13. Ash

    Question What's eating my produce/plants?

    I had the same thing with my watermelons. Seems like a possum or hare for me as well. I wrapped an old shirt around one and it ripened without any issues...until my great big Lab came and tried to...
    I had the same thing with my watermelons. Seems like a possum or hare for me as well. I wrapped an old shirt around one and it ripened without any issues...until my great big Lab came and tried to play with the shirt...
    I had the same thing with my watermelons. Seems like a possum or hare for me as well. I wrapped an old shirt around one and it ripened without any issues...until my great big Lab came and tried to play with the shirt...
    I had the same thing with my watermelons. Seems like a possum or hare for me as well. I wrapped an old shirt around one and it ripened without any issues...until my great big Lab came and tried to...

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  14. Mat

    Question What's wrong with my cucumber seedlings?

    Thanks Mark. They are sown into trays then transplanted - I have an issue with local critters eating off all the seedlings if I sow direct (down near Boonah SEQ). Bad soil would not surprise me...
    Thanks Mark. They are sown into trays then transplanted - I have an issue with local critters eating off all the seedlings if I sow direct (down near Boonah SEQ). Bad soil would not surprise me - I just built some temporary raised beds out of old hay bails and filled with hay/topsoil from some...
    Thanks Mark. They are sown into trays then transplanted - I have an issue with local critters eating off all the seedlings if I sow direct (down near Boonah SEQ). Bad soil would not surprise me - I just built some temporary raised beds out of...
    Thanks Mark. They are sown into trays then transplanted - I have an issue with local critters eating off all the seedlings if I sow direct (down near Boonah SEQ). Bad soil would not surprise me...

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  15. Techno 2

    Question Growing a Year's Supply of Wheat for One Person in New England

    Wow Techno, That's one big list you have there. Welcome to our forum. But good on you for wanting to give it a go. But can I just ask you to dwell for a short time on one particular aspect of...
    Wow Techno, That's one big list you have there. Welcome to our forum. But good on you for wanting to give it a go. But can I just ask you to dwell for a short time on one particular aspect of small holding farming endeavour that most people don't do & why they don't do it? Growing flour...
    Wow Techno, That's one big list you have there. Welcome to our forum. But good on you for wanting to give it a go. But can I just ask you to dwell for a short time on one particular aspect of small holding farming endeavour that most people don't...
    Wow Techno, That's one big list you have there. Welcome to our forum. But good on you for wanting to give it a go. But can I just ask you to dwell for a short time on one particular aspect of...
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  16. Spice1

    Question Need help with my Lemon trees

    Any decent potting mix not el cheapo will do. Add some soaked coir at around 30% of the bulk will help keep the medium conditioned. Old fashioned lemon trees always did well in people's backyards...
    Any decent potting mix not el cheapo will do. Add some soaked coir at around 30% of the bulk will help keep the medium conditioned. Old fashioned lemon trees always did well in people's backyards because the father went down the back very night to relieve himself before bed. However you...
    Any decent potting mix not el cheapo will do. Add some soaked coir at around 30% of the bulk will help keep the medium conditioned. Old fashioned lemon trees always did well in people's backyards because the father went down the back very night...
    Any decent potting mix not el cheapo will do. Add some soaked coir at around 30% of the bulk will help keep the medium conditioned. Old fashioned lemon trees always did well in people's backyards...

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  17. stevo

    Question Jalapenos / chillies!

    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle onions and put them in that for awhile it seems to work but not as good as the first lot. I love the...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle onions and put them in that for awhile it seems to...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle...

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  18. Perry

    Question Growing Ginger

    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.

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  19. Perry

    Question Is it normal for Ginger to die back?

    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If you want to optimise production you'll need to dig it up at some point as it will become quite...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If you want to optimise production you'll need to dig...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If...

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  20. Perry

    Question Ginger Root

    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.

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  21. Auron Leonhart

    Question Banana plant planting method.

    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java....
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java. The fruit are 7 to 9 inches in length and exhibit a characteristic silvery blue color when unripe. The...
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java. The fruit are 7 to 9 inches in length and exhibit a...
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java....
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  22. Perry

    Question Tropical Fruit

    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.

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  23. Mark

    Question Is free compost from the dump/tip safe to use in the garden?

    Don't know what nut grass is but I won't use Council mulch cos of my nemesis the Bindi (or Three corner Jack ) and marshmallow weed When I bought the propery it didn't have any. Reclaimed the...
    Don't know what nut grass is but I won't use Council mulch cos of my nemesis the Bindi (or Three corner Jack ) and marshmallow weed When I bought the propery it didn't have any. Reclaimed the place a couple of years ago after tenanted and "voila" tenant be gone weeds growing rapidly and almost...
    Don't know what nut grass is but I won't use Council mulch cos of my nemesis the Bindi (or Three corner Jack ) and marshmallow weed When I bought the propery it didn't have any. Reclaimed the place a couple of years ago after tenanted and...
    Don't know what nut grass is but I won't use Council mulch cos of my nemesis the Bindi (or Three corner Jack ) and marshmallow weed When I bought the propery it didn't have any. Reclaimed the...
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  24. Perry

    Question Palm Tree

    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a weed species due to its prolific seeding nature. Also it doesn't shed cleanly. Does the tree you...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a weed species due to its prolific seeding...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a...

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  25. Rory Edwards

    Question Growing Mandarins in the UK

    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are Mediterranean. So for the indoors portion of the...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
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