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  1. ecomama
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    16 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark

    It's wonderful that you joined the Gardening Club!

    Try not to put any pressure on yourself about writing articles or anything. Just you belonging to a group is the benefit.

    Although I think we know you well enough to know that you'll really want to help others out all the time.

    It's okay to get what YOU want out of groups like this too!

    Love EM
    PS: Pity we can't Google your name also!! lol.

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    16 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi Em it' interesting when you do Google your own name what does come up.Things I have forgotten about and the whole work can see.Being anonymous on here might be a blessing sometimes but you might find my articles interesting.I even can read my mother's articles as well from another plant club she was in.their is even some of my recipes on the internet.

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  3. Airies
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    16 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69
    Love my gardening, it’s a cold summer here way down South. Getting some cherry tomatoes finally, no zucchini if only we had a decent Summer. I spent all day burning wood to make bio charcoal. Wind blowing in the wrong direction plus some a bit green. Garage still smells of smoke.
    picked up some massive logs cut down by council. I’ve tried cutting them by axe. Do I need it... no. Is it ready to burn nooo, have I room to store it no. I hyper focus. It’s all or nothing . Part of my make up.
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    17 January 2021 in reply to Airies
    Hi Aurora at least you have some cherry tomatoes to pick.They are in the easiest tomatoes to grow and allways seem to bear fruit .
    Getting free wood is always a bonus.I had a truckload delivered free just before Christmas and it was the largest tree and am slowly getting it chopped up in smaller pieces for my wood heater for when winter comes here.
    Take care ,
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  5. Jstar49
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    17 January 2021

    Hi all,

    Mark thats so lovely about your gardening club. Pity it is so far away, still, maybe just being interested and useful in something else other than kids and health will be good for your MH. I know for me recovering from postnatal depression really happened when I went to tafe and started talking about something else other than my child! She was 3-4 by then, so it's no wonder really. Kids just take over your lives hey, and then it all revolves around them. Lucky we love em! (you too Em lol!)

    Lillylane I think I get what you mean about noise sensitivity. It may be harder for you if you have a big fam but if I'm feeling sensitive it really helps to put on some very light classical or similar wordless music that I enjoy- I quite like a lot of 'chill' music that spotify selects for me. It seems to soothe my senses and I can absorb myself in something.

    LOVE the first taste of home grown strawbs! Isn't it amazing? Just nothing like shop bought. Everything loves them so it's good to grow more than you need, then it's not quite so devastating when nature takes her share lol! Slugs were/are always a problem in my garden, and they love the underneath of well watered pots, so beware! beer traps work great tho. My strawbs got moved and the new bed hasn't been made yet- only 2 yrs later!- so we are in between with strawb plants atm. You may have re-inspired me to make the strawb pallet planter I want!

    Airies, how great you got some logs from the council. Wish ours did that! Qu: are you trying to chop lengths of wood with the axe? If they're already cut into lengths, a blocksplitter is by far the best thing. Then you won't wreck your axe. Otherwise you need a chainsaw I think....? An axe will just bounce on the lengthwise grains and may rebound and hurt you. Unless you're in one of those woodchopping competitions at the local show I guess. Hard work tho! I love the idea of bio-char. I put some charcoal in one of my heavier beds for aeration- I think it helped. Would love to make my own- not sure tho as I'm on the edge of town. It sounds smoky....

    Em it sounds like you're doing heaps inside and outside your place! Do you find it hard deciding which area to give your focus to? I do. Please don't catch any falling branches again! :(

    Yesterday it was cooler, so I weeded out the sw potato vine and began clearing weeds. Found out it's white sw pot, not orange, as had been led to believe. Bummer! Good to be in the garden tho. Shall be sore tmw, I think!

    Cheers,

    J*

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  6. ecomama
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    17 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hey Mark, I wouldn't want to Google search ANY of my names lol! Nice that you're enjoying it though.

    Hey Airies, you're doing some hard work down there! Yeah we've had a really cool Summer too. I loved it tbh lol, weird tho.

    Pity I can't give you guys all the timber in my back yard grrrr... so difft to burn anything here now... it's against the law here now.
    Nice you got some tomatoes, pity about the zucchinis tho.

    Sure I get the "all or nothing" feeling.

    Hey J*, looks like you're getting lots of jobs done in the garden also. I'm not really, compared to what I'd like to. Just chipping away at some essential garden work for Compliance. Not much else sadly.
    It was mostly an INSIDE work Summer for me.

    Sure I get overwhelmed with all the jobs that need doing!
    Then give myself a good talking to that I'm only 1 person lol.
    Then look at hiring help.
    Then get stuck in again.

    SO relieved I hired that tree cutter on Thursday. Still some to clean up yet. It's all piled high in my front garden, can't see from the street. I'll just keep filling my green bin as I can. It's chockers atm!

    The inside work was so necessary. It was years of uncertainty whether I'd be able to keep the house. Being organised for Courts was my primary focus for all those years, it was THE most stressful time of my life (still recovering mentally).

    I never seem to stop.

    Now we have everything secured to stay.
    I got all new kitchen appliances installed last year. Check lol.
    Changing rooms HAD to happen.
    It's all but done now to Stage 1.
    Stage 2 begins in April with one more huge changing rooms thing.

    I need to focus on work, kids, maintaining sanity for the next few months. lol.

    Maybe spots in the garden but not likely. Too much happening tbh.

    I need to get the tree cutter back as my Lilly Pilly is splitting and I don't want those branches to fall on my beautiful orange tree. Maybe next week.

    Take care everyone
    EMxxxx

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    18 January 2021
    Hi everyone after a really bleak day for me I saw something exciting in the garden.I saw a baby blue tongue lizard so my blue tongue must have been a couple so now I have a little baby one running around.It was so cute.I just love nature.
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    18 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Awww cute Mark!

    I love blue tongues too!

    My Uncle was working on my house a few months ago and jumped 6 foot in the air and yelled out snake!

    I went to investigate with him yelling... I had asked him to be quiet the city slicker he is lol!

    It was only a Blue Tongued Lizard.

    My Uncle was STILL scared.... oh dear. lol

    EMxxxx

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  9. Jstar49
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    18 January 2021

    Hi all,

    baby blue tongues how exciting! Lucky you! Isn’t it amazing when nature gives us a boost like that.
    I found a pristine eagle feather the other day on a spontaneous beach walk. And then the eagle appeared briefly just as I was leaving the beach to go back to my car. It just felt like a gift. One of those wild afternoons too, just me and the elements, storm rolling in.
    oh em you put me to shame. I have been so lazy in the garden lately! I have no excuse!

    todsy I did a u- turn to stop at a roadside stall and buy fresh corn, which I ate for dinner. It’s the next best thing to growing my own. Was glad I did.
    stay well everyone

    J*

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  10. ecomama
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    18 January 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Hey J*!

    Pull back those shame reins! The only thing I've done in the garden lately is to HIRE a tree lopper!

    Lol go me! ROFL...

    No room for shame my dear, only support.

    My children looked over my balcony with me this afternoon and we surmised whether the Dog's bane weeds were as tall as which person OR taller!

    Taller... lol.

    My children and I moved a huge bookcase to the garage late last night and my sons grabbed some branches off the driveway to SWEEP huge sweeps across it to move the dead leaves to the side.. that was a great help!

    About the only free help I've had in my garden in forever.

    I'm only one person and I do what I can, end of.

    And you know what? No guilt, no shame, no room for it.

    The only way is UP from here lol!

    Love EMxxxx

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    Hi all,

    Hope the weather has been kind to you and your gardens. I’ve been making a deliberate effort to take in all the green in my surroundings at the moment when I can, even if it’s just walking from the front door to the carport. We’ve had unusually good rainfall this summer. Usually by this time of year I’m over summer and just want to get back to cooler weather.

    I’ve discovered episodes of ‘Dream Gardens’ on iview. It’s relaxing to watch and interesting to hear how landscape designers go about solving problems, selecting plants, spending many, many dollars, and how things all take shape.

    I miss Gardening Australia, but I guess they deserve a holiday too :) Costa’s enthusiasm is so motivating.

    Jstar, fresh corn is so delicious! Yum, what a great find.

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    22 January 2021 in reply to Lillylane

    Hey Lilly

    Yes, that's a beautiful Program!

    I also like the Series on Netflix with Monty Don, in England though sadly lol, but he goes into every day people's gardens and tried to help them create the spaces they want.

    Then he also hosts European Garden programs on Netflix. Gardens with mazes etc.

    Just seeing the magnificence in those gardens is breathtaking.

    I love the escape our garden and gardening shows can give us.

    I'll get my tree lopper back regularly this year. He was great!
    And I'll ask him to do what he did last time, cut up the branches into 1m lengths.
    These fit better in the green bin and with less work for me.
    Perfect.

    Enjoy your green spaces peeps!

    Love EM

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  13. golden82
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    22 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi all.

    Oh how i wish i had a garden :( i don't even have an outdoor area. Just upstairs with a stairwell at my door. Sad. Makes you feel trapped. Good night

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    22 January 2021 in reply to golden82
    Hi golden you could have some indoor plants to green the place up.Growing up my mother had heaps.Almost as much garden inside as outside.
    I hope everyone has a great day.
    Take care,
    Mark.
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    22 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Hey golden

    Yes what Mark said about having some indoor plants is absolutely true. Some don't even need much light, like Sanseveria, more commonly called Mother in Law's tongues.

    Are there any others you could suggest Mark?

    I have a few others inside but not sure of their exact names. They do well as long as I don't water them too much... I've been known to drown them 😣.

    Also remember that EVERYONE'S green spaces include all the Community Gardens.
    You could be surprised at just how many there are.
    LOTS of fresh veg and some times fruit to pick for everyone too.

    Ours are open 24/7, you don't have to ask or book, just turn up and wander around.

    The best thing about Community Gardens, though, is their ability to bring people together.
    They usually have Working Bees that you can just turn up to and grab a shovel or do some weeding as part of the group.
    They sometimes have Educational Workshops for free or a gold coin donation to cover tea, coffee and milk lol.

    This was the way OUT of my depression. Getting involved with Community via these avenues.
    Spending time with a purpose.

    Love EM

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    22 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    hi Mark -

    How's your day going today? I hope you are having a good one :) Thank you for replying to me with your suggestion - as EM also - do you have any ideas of simple indoor plants I could get? I have a small flat - so space is an issue. There are light and dark areas in my flat. And btw - I am hopeless at caring for plants, I even managed to kill some succulents :( So they would have to be super hardy. Thanks in advance.

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    22 January 2021 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em yes their are a lot of things you can grow indoors such as Calathea's heaps of different varieties of them,monsteras,Zamioculcas zamiifolia is interesting to look at,Dracaena sanderiana or lucky bamboo as it's common name or one of the on sights of the 1970s a happy plant another Dracaena Fragrant Massangeana.Heaps of others depending of how much space you have and light.The biggest killer of indoor plants is over watering.
    Happy gardening,
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    22 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi EM,

    Thank you for your reply and yes lol - I have drowned/killed succulents too :( I will google that plant you mentioned and see what it looks like. I would probably just start with one plant, see how I go, then if I manage to keep it alive (fingers crossed), then build up from there.

    Re the community gardens. I have read you writing about that a few weeks ago and so I googled and we don't seem to have any in my area at all. Not even in my city?? I am in Adelaide, so maybe it is not here yet? Or else I don't know where to find them? They do sound great though. And yes, I think gardening/nature - just like the art therapy can heal us so much. So good it sparked you into healing EM and that you can continue to enjoy it regularly :)

    Ps - sorry to hear of your chicken, I can tell how much love you have for them x

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    22 January 2021 in reply to golden82
    Hi golden I hope those ideas I listed helped.The lucky bamboos good my daughter has one and is interesting to look at.You get straight or spiralled.My daughter has one.I water it about once a fortnight.
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    22 January 2021 in reply to golden82

    Thankyou golden, we love our darling girl very very much. She's been with us over 12y maybe 15 lol. All the neighbours knew her name. She's especially cute and personable and affectionate.
    She is a different colour than the others, different breed and completely different size.

    Some times you get a pet that is so special, you know you'll never forget them.
    She's one of them. Weathered so much with us.

    Oh golden I've killed succulents inside lol. I can't HAVE them inside!

    Sanseveria grows quite tall and likes shade BUT needs a bit of sunlight every now and again.
    If it starts to go yellow, that's a tell tale sign it needs more sun.
    The other hardy one I have indoors in the HOTTEST room is "Spider plant"... really cute and springy.
    My daughter can grow almost anything indoors, I can NOT lol.

    She says neglect is the best care for them omg, so funny.

    I'm shocked that ADELAIDE of all places doesn't have Community Gardens!
    I understand SA to be PACKED with eco warriors lol.

    Hold on I'll have a check brb...

    Okay I just Googled it too and found 18 in the area which I think to be the City. From Semaphore to Marino to Dernancourt to way out near Hahndorf. Most in the areas of the first 3 places I mentioned.

    I'm nowhere near you so can't help with how good one is compared to the other but they have a STAR rating on the google search lol. Wow.

    Hopefully you have better luck searching next time.

    Love EM
    PS: Thanks Mark! You're a Champion.

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    22 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for so many ideas - wonderful, thank you - I will have a google for now. And then when I have a day out of bed will try get to a Bunnings or something and look around. The lucky bamboo does sound good. I also thought maybe some lavender if it might help with my anxiety and insomnia?? So much more to plants than just sitting pretty I am finding as I google (well I guess I knew this already - just never appreciated it enough). I have seen in Big W a kit to grow your own lavender. Do you think this would be an option for a total non-green thumb? Or would it be too hard? And better just to buy some already from Bunnings? Thanks Mark.

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    22 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi EM,

    Thanks for doing the search for me... I am terrible at tech - I can do the basics to get by. I remember when I searched it seemed as though the community gardens were linked to set communities/residences and not for everyone. But when I searched now with adding in your suburbs it gave me more info of public ones - I think they are public anyway. But I will ring my local council soon and find out. I used to go to my local library all the time for years and years and the staff there are lovely ppl and so I could always pop in there and ask them too. So happy I posted these gardening things - or else would have stayed stuck thinking it was a closed off thing.

    Yes, I can feel your heartache for your chicken. And I am sure you are an empath and so would feel things and connect with animals/pets very deeply. Your chicken would feel this from you, I am certain of that. Enjoy your last moments bonding with her. That is so special how you wrote about even taking her in the car if necessary so as she is not alone. She has been lucky to have you too :)

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    22 January 2021 in reply to golden82
    Hi Golden lavender could be grown inside if you can put it on window sill where it gets plenty of sunlight.The lavender kits are probably growing from seed.I would probably just get a lavender plant from Bunnings and try.But it is fun growing things from seed but I have never grown from seed only from cuttings which can be a bit tricky.When you go to Bunnings they should have the plants I mentioned.They have a section for indoor plants so just go and have a look and see what takes your fancy and read the tag and see if it's going to be suitable for you like you can give it the sun it needs.
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    hi all,

    wow what a wonderful discussion- tell us what you decide to go with golden- so exciting!

    I have succulents on my verandah. I NEVER water them. I guess that why they survive.

    I love my monsterio adansonii- smaller lacier leaves. Some others- I can check their names if you like, but I'd go with Marks suggestion and just choose what you like. See if it works!

    We water ours once a week, and when there's water in the saucer after a couple hours, after watering, tip it out. Most plants don't like wet feet. Seems to work. Moved some around to a well lit eastern window and they're thriving, tho we reckon a couple could go back to another spot with less light.

    Em, 15 years! Thats a super long time for a chook isn't it? No wonder everyone knows and loves her so well!

    Golden it sounds like you don't have a balcony either....That is tough. I feel for you, I do. I love being outside. My brain goes still.....

    Cheers,

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    22 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69
    Cheers Mark. I like the idea of the kit and growing it myself - but I am not sure I could be trusted lol. So I think I will do as you suggest and get one from Bunnings and can put it on a windowsill. I probably won't get there for a while as I am in quite a low at the moment - but once I do I will post to let you know what I chose. Thanks for all your advice. Yes, I agree with Em that you are a champion around here! :)
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    That's okay golden! You are very much welcome!

    I love that you're even considering having a plant (or 50 lol) inside, watch out, it's a HEALTHY addiction! lol.

    I completely agree with Mark about Lavender. I only get plants or make plants from cuttings. Don't find the seed method works for me, BUT you just never know!!

    I just don't want you to feel despondent by any failures.

    Now you're "a gardener" LOL... you'll have to get used to failures!
    Remember we call these "learning opportunities" lol.
    omg have I had lots of learning opportunities!

    IF you want to grow something hardy on your sunny windowsill... I'd buy a packet of "Flat Leafed Parsley" seeds. Also called Italian Parsley I think.
    Then you can CHOP the stalks off and add to soups or salads or just eat it like I do lol.

    You'll need:
    1 pack of seeds
    Some potting mix for veg
    I'd use a LONG planter, with dish attached at the bottom, so it retains water better.

    The GO FOR IT.

    Thankyou for your kind words about my darling chicken.
    She passed away just before dawn today and yeah it was sad.

    I bought THE most beautiful PINK soft and fluffy succulent today to have in the front garden in memory of her.
    There weren't any Hippeastrums in the Nursery I went to but I will keep trying.

    I need to bury her soon, when the sun leaves the spot.

    We'll all miss her dearly.

    Love EM

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    Hi J* yes 15y is almost unheard of for chickens, but our dogs and cats usually live over 20y lol... (the humans USUALLY almost 100y).

    Predators and cars have taken some pets early. Not many.

    So it's heartbreaking when we lose a pet. It would be anyway. We're very soft on pets here!

    Omg J* even BF was crying his eyes out today!
    He would go on speaker phone to talk to her every time I was home lol.

    He met her and held her when he was here. So much for the tough old American guy lol... he laughed when I said that! Through his tears.
    I had to console HIM!

    I'd had my cries earlier.

    Thanks for the monsterio info, what BEAUTIFUL plants they are!!!
    Hey golden these are AMAZING!
    And quite often plants like these are on the throw out pile of neighbours as they "thin" theirs out!

    Like $50 plants in Nurseries and you can get them for free when you know what you're looking for.

    Thankyou J*. I'm doing much better now.
    Love EM

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    23 January 2021 in reply to ecomama
    I am so deeply sorry for your loss of you feathered friend.The sorrow you must be feeling would painful.I have lost so many of my pets over the years and it never gets easier.I still cry when I think of them such beautiful members of our family.
    Take care,
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  29. golden82
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    23 January 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Dearest EM,

    I am so so sorry. I thought she would pass on from your posts yesterday, and read your thread earlier, but got shivers from your words. And also from the supportive caring words MM, Blue and Grandy gave you - lovely ladies. I feel I have no words to offer and been so depressed today that I was not even up to posting... but then even despite all your heartache you still took the time to reply here. So the least I can do is reply now, regardless of depression.

    I think your darling chicken had the best possible life on Earth - she was blessed to have been a part of your family. Just as we are to be a part of your BB family. She would have known just how loved and cared for she was. She seems very much like you in a way - how you describe her caring nature sitting by her passed on friend. And your cat sounds to be of similar nature by being there in chickens last days. Animals are amazing like that. And only few of us humans (ppl like you and me and others on BB) who possess natural empathy are like this.

    I think her passing was as peaceful as it could have been. She was with you, at her home, in a safe space in peace. And passed before dawn. And as sad as it is for you, she is no longer in any pain. And you can go about honoring her and having a permanent place to be with her. Your pink succulent sounds good. It should go the distance, and would look lovely with the orange and white flowers - you could mix the colours up I am sure it would look beautiful.

    I have never been able to have a pet for a long time as living in flats mainly since childhood. But I remember my Mum had a baby yellow chick/en for a while (circa 2006) that the cat brought inside in its mouth. The chicken survived and loved me - it used to follow me up and down the hallway whenever I was visiting (which was not often - Mum never wanted me around) - I would have to be careful not to step on it. I think it thought it was a fun little game with me - we would run back and forth. It didn't do this with anyone else. It just followed me everywhere. It was really special (not the pooping on me all the time lol). I joked that it must have known I was the vegetarian and didn't eat chicken and so that is why it felt safe and trusted me. Oh, they are so sweet EM. And I only had snippets of time with this little one. But they are treasured memories. I am sure you will have oodles of these in your 15 years with your darling chicken. You will met her again :) Strength and hugs to you EM x

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    23 January 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    I'm sorry for all your losses of your darling pets Mark.

    Sometimes when others are going through grief, our grief can be triggered too.

    I'm sorry if my posts have done that!

    But I thank you very much for your compassion in my grief, it means a lot to me.

    Love EM

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