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  1. Marika

    Question Hugelkulture raised beds: less watering?

    That’s exciting, hope you find a whole heap of rotting wood! Yes I put a layer of composted cow manure on mine before adding the soil
  2. Marika

    Corn smut!

    Ewwwwww! You know it is edible :eat: but apparently it tastes disgusting! :vomit:
  3. Marika

    Question Hugelkulture raised beds: less watering?

    The Hügelkultur method really does help a lot with watering. Especially established Hügelkultur beds. Basically the aged wood and debris soak up water and act like a sponge - retaining it for plant use above. Hügelkultur only works if you are using already rotting logs and materials. If you use...
  4. Marika

    Backyard to food forest

    Looks fantastic, your broad beans are happy :twothumbsup: It’s coming along really quick!
  5. Marika

    Show us your pumpkin patches!

    Yes please! Oh I would love to see that in person, I hope they sell them, it’d be horrible if they went to waste:cry:
  6. Marika

    Show us your pumpkin patches!

    I’m stuck on the couch with an injured back and dreaming of my future pumpkin patch. I have some amazing pumpkin and winter squash seeds ready to go. :yahoo: Here in Australia it is winter so I’ve a while yet before I can get them growing and start making this year’s dream a reality. But I am...
  7. Marika

    And up pops the odd kiwi

    You have SO much space, how wonderful. What I would give for open space like that..... I love the transformation! I think your tall garden beds are great, they must be so convenient but you should cover the top edges so you don’t cut yourself!
  8. Marika

    Backyard to food forest

    That looks fantastic, I’m totally jealous!
  9. Marika

    Cucuzza Italian Squash

    Most plants have a pretty strong desire to reproduce so I hope you do get some squash after all!
  10. Marika

    Question What are people using for snails?

    So I couldn’t wait till tonight - just found a wikihow and yeah, it’s a little fussy... https://www.wikihow.com/Raise-Mealworms If I do it I might try to get my children in on it, otherwise I might forget to check up on them o_O But that’s a lot of mealworms to purchase though!
  11. Marika

    Question What are people using for snails?

    None, but it was on my list of things to do tonight once the children were in bed! I can’t imagine it would be harder than raising chickens .... :think:
  12. Marika

    Question What are people using for snails?

    Same :D They go mad for the mealworms - think acrobatic chasing! I’m considering raising our own mealworms because they love them so much. Well done rescuing your girls, it’s a wonderful thing to do :)
  13. Marika

    21 Days Eating Only What We Can Grow

    I’m loving this challenge Mark and as I said on your latest update on SSM2 you’ve inspired me to try it once my new vegetable garden is producing! The food you are making looks freakin delicious, I bet you’ll find a few meals that’ll become favourites after you finish the challenge. Keep up...
  14. Marika

    Question What are people using for snails?

    Just be careful with salt in the garden, it can be really bad for your soil. Also, my girls have NEVER eaten a snail either, they’re the same as yours - turn their noses up. They won’t touch slugs either and surely that’s fast food as they have no shells lol
  15. Marika

    Friend or Foe

    I really should try them, I’ve been turned off by my annoyance from them I think!
  16. Marika

    How smart are Bees !!!!

    I love this kind of stuff! Ants are smart too, they farm aphids ! https://realselfsufficiency.com/ants-farming-aphids/
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    Question What are people using for snails?

    I’m the same as you, dogs, children and chickens - snail pellets is not an option! We had a terrible infestation in our yard a couple of years ago. We have stacked stone retaining walls in our garden and they love it so much because of all of the hiding spaces. Now it is a surprise to see one in...
  18. Marika

    Friend or Foe

    The Onion weed is a shocker here and was the bane of my existence for many years. I’ve almost got it all out thank goodness!
  19. Marika

    Friend or Foe

    I’m in temperate Australia and they are really easy to maintain here, it could be location! Great idea documenting your flower names :)
  20. Marika

    Friend or Foe

    Yikes, I’ve mixed them up, you are right it is not Galanthus! But I still wouldn’t class them as invasive - they stay pretty well in their clumps and if they spread it is very slowly!