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    Garden visits

    I'll take a rain check on that thanks Dave we do sometimes pass that way and we will be sure to give you a call cheers Ray, a mutual offer is always there if you are so inclined
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    My vegetable cage

    Way to go Mathew , that knowledge will be useful when you get older cheers Raymondo
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    Garden visits

    Well I guess that's Melbourne or should we just say cities , out in the country I have always found folks to be friendly and accomodating , all types of communities can have their odd ones but do we have to live our life looking over our shoulder for them , I tend to feel generosity will attract...
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    Beginner

    If we stop learning I believe we must be dying , we need to push ourselves out of our comfort zone continuously , if we fail we gain knowledge and that in itself is a win, so really there is no such thing as failure , just knowledge . On that basis I think I'll go get some knowledge on rose...
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    Garden visits

    Thanks for the reply Mark , that's good we are on the same page , it's a shame we now get caught up with the insurance thing , used to be , have an open day , people came and all was good , damn those bloody lawyers and their litigation , where has people's own responsibility gone , if you...
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    My vegetable cage

    Fabulous , that could encourage more kids to get into growing , I reckon planting fruit trees is great for young ones as they can see them grow and produce so much and if they have a hand in planting they then have a vested interest in at least that tree, this next generation has to take the...
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    Garden visits

    Hi Mark just wanted to pass an idea past you to see if it has any momentum . We seem to have many members in SE Qld and was wondering about perhaps setting up some garden visits , if different members were so inclined , yourself included , " open days " could include plant and seed exchange , a...
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    My vegetable cage

    Hi Dan , thanks for the tour , it's great you are involving grandkids , as a 5 yr old I wanted to plant peas , mom and dad didn't know much , the weeds took over and so became a failure. I guess it didn't deter me but guidance from an elder would have been appreciated , great stuff cheers Ray
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    Follow up to 'Gardening on Really Poor Soil'

    Hi Clissat , yes we need to get even sometimes it keeps us sane , I was just thinking after your post , have you ever tried diatomaceous earth for ants ?
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    Follow up to 'Gardening on Really Poor Soil'

    Hi Clissat I wasn't proposing broad scale use of borax just a luring trap which could control the ants without spraying or watering on the garden ' in my follow up research there have been test on earthworm and yes there is a detrimental effect on populations not anialation but a decline in...
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    Follow up to 'Gardening on Really Poor Soil'

    Hi Clissat once again very informative post on ants , I have used Borax in the past to get rid of ants in our caravan. I was wondering if this might work in garden areas. I just made up a solution with water and a little sugar and soaked cotton wool on a saucer, A few hours later swarming with...
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    Stating from Scratch

    Whackey or not I would like to relate a story I witnessed some 40 yrs ago I had planted a bunch of pawpaw on our herb farm for a bit of a booster cash crop , everything went well until the pawpaws started to ripen , trying to leave them on the tree as long as possible , the fruit bats moved in...
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    Stating from Scratch

    Inspiring Wedgetail , it can be easy to say " but they are so cheap , why would I grow them ?" Your comment about leaving the skins and served with butter, couldn't describe growing your own food better. Takes me back, thank you , to the days when as kids we lit bonfires and baked spuds in the...
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    Stating from Scratch

    Sounds like some Swales could be the go preventing washouts while retaining moisture, soil may take a while to build up but it will happen , if your mulch and humus gets washed into the creek , is it possible to retrieve some of this , it should be nicely broken down and would be good for your...
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    Tomato 'room'

    We have had Roos move into the garden on occasions , and they don't mind the odd seedling either , to give them some protection I will sometimes use a chilli and garlic spray ! Not quite the taste they were expecting and usually the seedlings get through , cheers Ray
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    Stating from Scratch

    Aah lantana , a blessing in disguise , lantana has such a heavy leaf drop , I believe up to 4 times a year the soil underneath should be very rich in humus , sometimes the worst weeds have some surprising benefits , keep mulching and you are on a winner , cheers Ray
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    Native Bees & Splitting Native Bee Hives

    Just found your posts re native bees and would like to know of anyone who may like to sell one for our garden , I just love the little critters they are certainly having a ball at the moment just not sure how far they are traveling to get here so would like to have a hive nearby , not interested...
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    Where have all the bees gone ?

    Well the bees are back in abundance , I have been away sailing in the Keppels for about a month , and on return found quite a few of my leafy greens had gone to flower , the best one seems to be what I call wasabi parsley, it tastes like wasabi gives you that instant hit of heat then almost...
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    Hi. New to gardening

    Hi Lego , for a real quick return try bok Choy , super quick and responsive , it encourages enthusiasm. Your quick growing veggies will inspire you to delve in deeper , radishes , cucumbers also quick returns , perennial veggies and cut and come again greens will keep the produce flowing , good...
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    Where have all the bees gone ?

    Thanks Clissat , I could have put money on the fact that you would reply , and in such detail thank you . My Ageratum grows profusely by itself , no encouragement needed , I actually live not far from you , near Cooroibah , Alyssum and Queen Anne's lace I have been thinking of , my pawpaw are...