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  1. AndrewB

    Gday from Brisbane

    Welcome Rachie, soil is the most important part of gardening in my opinion. The plants will look after themselves if they have a nice home. What are you growing at the moment?
  2. AndrewB

    Little critters

    Looks like aphids to me. Blast them off with the hose & wait for the lady bugs to invade :)
  3. AndrewB

    Hello from Thailand / Sydney.

    Welcome, hopefully you're not stuck away from home for too much longer.
  4. AndrewB

    My spring harvest

    Well done David!
  5. AndrewB

    Question Insect repelling plants............

    I have a few of these around the place. They don't seem to do much where you have them planted in the garden, the cabbage moths were still happily munching away right next to it. It does smell great though, I've been taking a few leaves & rubbing them on my arms when the mozzies come out...
  6. AndrewB

    Backyard to food forest

    I know how you feel Robbie, it's tough waiting for that last frost day!
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    Backyard to food forest

    Spring has arrived & the garden has exploded with growth. I've hired some new fury little friends who's job it will be to produce fertilizer. The chickens seem good at maintenance pruning, but just can't handle the bulk greens I have. They will be very well fed little rabbits. The bees are...
  8. AndrewB

    New raised bed

    Yes, I've grown a load of spinach & silverbeet in them. I just moved one about a month ago, everything was cut back to the ground, then replanted & this is it today:
  9. AndrewB

    New raised bed

    They don't take much, 1 scoop (1/4 mtr) would be heaps. For those little beds, bags aren't too bad though, as you don't have the wasted space to fill that the tall ones create. I have 2 of those beds & used a big coco coir block & around 4 bags of compost per bed from memory.
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    New raised bed

    Leave that to the worms & other critters that will move in :) If you have a towball on your car, the rockyard in Albury have free trailer hire & you can get a trailer load for the price of a couple of bags from Bunnings.
  11. AndrewB

    Improving poor landscape supply “garden soil”

    That's a nice amount of growing space you have there. And a great attitude towards your growing medium. Good soil takes time & care to develop. What will you be planting first?
  12. AndrewB

    New raised bed

    Sorry for the late reply, it's been a busy day. I mix it through in a new bed. The top 30cm or so are the most important, that's where the majority of the roots will be for most plants. For the rest of it, you just want to balance drainage & water holding. I've tried wood chips as a base layer...
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    New raised bed

    A layer of cardboard on the bottom will reduce the chance of grass making its way up & a block of coconut coir spread through will add organic matter & help it hold moisture.
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    Improving poor landscape supply “garden soil”

    Hi Adam, sounds like you've got it pretty well spot on. The only thing I would add is some mulch on top, the sugar cane stuff works well for me & goes a fair way. I recently top dressed my beds with some organic compost from Jindalee ag, as the "soil" from the garden center was much like yours...
  15. AndrewB

    Pithecellobium dulce, the Manila Tamarind interesting fruit

    Hey P J, keep us up to date on how the seedlings go. I'm in Australia, so would need to source them locally if I want to grow it in the future, our border control is pretty strict on seeds.
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    Hi from Eungella near Mackay , north Qld. We live on the range at an elevation of 900m.

    Welcome, I spent a few years living in Townsville, didn't have the room to grow much though. Looks to be about the perfect climate in your area, I imagine you can grow a pretty wide variety of things.
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    Bee video

    Just a short video of my bees doing their thing. I have 2 very busy hives now that spring has arrived.
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    Macadamia tree

    See if you can find something that matches here: http://era.daf.qld.gov.au/id/eprint/1964/10/mac-problemsolver_Part2.pdf
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    Macadamia tree

    How long have they been in this spot? It could be sun burn, could also be a fungal issues. https://plantvillage.psu.edu/topics/macadamia/infos
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    What is happening to my fruit trees?

    You can use paint to resize the images & upload them. The link doesn't work for me. If everything around them is dying as well, I doubt its pests or disease.