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  1. AndrewB

    New here

    Thats probably the best way. Mulch can provide a hiding spot for slugs, which are not good around seedlings. Your trench idea sounds perfect for worms. They seem to love cardboard & newspaper.
  2. AndrewB

    New here

    Welcome Jen, I think worm towers would work well in your beds. And some mulch on top will help hold the moisture & make it a nicer place for worms & other critters. This video by Morag Gamble shows how to make the worm towers:
  3. AndrewB

    Hi from Yarra Valley, Victoria.

    Wecome Scordey, Greens are a great thing to be self sufficient in. Perfect time of year for them too. What have you planted so far?
  4. AndrewB

    Young citrus tree blossoms

    I've heard that for the first year it's better to pinch off to encourage growth. I tried that with my orange though & it just flowered again, so I let it do it's thing..
  5. AndrewB

    Hello everybody!

    Welcome Chantal. There is a mix of people from all over the world here. There is a cooking section on the forum with some good recipies for preserving food. I follow another youtube channel - GrownToCook who is in the Netherlands, you may pick up some ideas for what grows well in your area...
  6. AndrewB

    Avocado Tree

    All under control then :) I like Perlite for improving drainage in soil.
  7. AndrewB

    Avocado Tree

    How soggy does it get it your area Ray? Just wondering if a hole is the best option, or if a mound would be more suited for drainage.
  8. AndrewB

    Hi Everyone!

    Welcome, there is lots of great information on here.
  9. AndrewB

    My South Australian vegetable garden.

    Just butternut here, it has taken over an entire corner of my jungle & it still spreading. I'll take some inpiration from your photos & build something for them to climb over next year.
  10. AndrewB

    My South Australian vegetable garden.

    Wow, what a beautiful garden you have created! I grew pumpkins for the first time this year & definately want more in the future. What are your favorite varieties?
  11. AndrewB

    Silly n00b question...

    They do degrade, but probably not quick enough. I'd poke a few holes/break them up a bit to let the roots get out.
  12. AndrewB


    Climate wise it's a great spot, you should be able to grow pretty much anything you want. Not much likes the sandy soil though. Cos lettuce & chinese cabbage were the only thing I had luck with. Raised beds are a must. I've heard that tyres can leach chemicals into the soil, so if you use...
  13. AndrewB

    Question Mulch

    The main advantage of sugar cane is that it doesn't have seeds in it. Straw will do the job just fine. Hay works, but will likely have a lot more seeds in it, so isn't ideal. Either way, try to use organic if you can. A lot of crops are sprayed with a herbicide just before harvest to kill off...
  14. AndrewB

    Backyard to food forest

    Hi all, its been a while. I've got a few days off this week due to victoria going into lockdown again, so started work on a horizontal bee hive. I love my flow hive, but once you have a couple of supers on top, it's a lot of work & disruption to the hive when you want to do an inspection. This...
  15. AndrewB

    Hi from Virginia, US

    That's quite the list, i'll be interested in seeing how you go with them.
  16. AndrewB

    Hi from Virginia, US

    Welcome, I imagine a greenhouse or growing indoors will help in your climate. Anything in particular that you plan to grow?
  17. AndrewB

    Mid summer Growing ideas for Queensland

    Okra is a quick grower for something different. Zucchini is another good one.
  18. AndrewB

    Home BioGas Digester purchase

    Thanks for sharing, this is something I've been considering too, but didn't know there was a company making them. Does it accumulate solid waste in the digester & are you able to access it to remove?
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    Welcome Ivy, I think you will find many like minded folks around here.
  20. AndrewB

    Backyard to food forest

    Sure, I don't know if it works yet, but this is it: 1L water 1.5 tablespoons of cloudy ammonia 3 tablespoons of sugar 1 tablespoon of vegemite 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla Mix well & let it sit over night, then use at a rate of 3 teaspoons to a litre of water in the traps. I used plastic juice...