Online forums

Before you can post or reply in these forums, please complete your profile

Complete your profile

Before you can post or reply in these forums, please join our online community.

Forum membership is open to anyone residing in Australia.

Join the online community Community rules Coping during the Coronavirus outbreak

Forums / Staying well / Who else likes gardening?

Topic: Who else likes gardening?

  1. Gambit87
    Gambit87 avatar
    702 posts
    16 March 2021

    my roses have the dreaded blight urrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh haha.

    2 of my roses are kinda struggling a bit - I don't think they like being in pots. Oh well, live and learn!.

    The couple of weeks of humidity didn't go down so well either haha.

    1 person found this helpful
  2. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    16 March 2021 in reply to Gambit87
    Hi Gambit rose blight is basically a fugal disease and yes humid conditions and wet weather can cause it.
    Try and cut up the effected areas a discard and you can try a baking soda spray.1 teaspoon of baking soda mixed in 1 litre of water with a squirt of dish washing liquid and spray on the effected plants.
    2 people found this helpful
  3. Gambit87
    Gambit87 avatar
    702 posts
    16 March 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    I'll try that!

    Thanks mark!

    1 person found this helpful
  4. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    20 March 2021

    Hi all,

    My littel seedlings were sitting in huge pools of water in their garden beds yesterday- tho they seem ok today. The rain is giving us a break and the sun has even been out. Yay!

    We shall see if they survive.

    Cheers,

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  5. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    20 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49
    Jstar I think your seedlings will be ok.A good soaking is what they need when you first plant them and they will take off.I wish I had some in.
  6. randomx
    randomx avatar
    2767 posts
    21 March 2021

    Well, we were walking past the tomatoes yesterday and low and behold, there was one red tomato, 1 , among 100s or l dunno how many all green ones. He isn't ready but it is red , took it inside to celebrate.

    Think your right about the round pumpkins to match , they seem to be fizzling. Found some more of the long shape though , they're powering along.

    2 people found this helpful
  7. Cee123
    Cee123 avatar
    119 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to ecomama
    You're definitely not alone. I love gardening.. It's just the being outside and amongst nature. It helps my mind. It's calming. It's therapeutic. Helps me to feel more at peace within myself. It's not the hardest thing to do either, imo, which is why I can't understand these people who don't take care of their yards, won't clean up the weeds or mow the lawn etc. I love doing that stuff.
    2 people found this helpful
  8. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Cee123

    Hi all,

    CeemMowing lawns is very therapeutic apparently! It s the smell of fresh cut grass...

    Still raining....Not sure if a week of rain is exactly what the plant Dr orders for my seedlings mark...🤔😆

    They're raised garden beds too!

    Still better too wet than too dry. Tho I'll not be saying that to all the ppl with flood damage atm.... This part of Oz has been hit hard, last summer bush fires, then covid, now floods. Just guiltily glad we live on a hill.....And have a big bag of flour in the pantry......

    Cheers,

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  9. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49
    Hi Jstar we are still drought declared where I am despite the recent bit of rain we had that has filled my tanks up.It really is heart breaking watching the people go through the floods at the moment.My heart goes out to anyone going through these floods at the moment.I have been through some my self and know what damage they can do.
    1 person found this helpful
  10. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark,

    So true, I remember the floods one after another which hit Qld ...couple years ago? And there's been a bad run of cyclones too hey.

    It certainly is extreme weather conditions we are facing, almost continually.

    I am surprised to hear you're still declarde in a drought- hope it's breaking now.

    Cheers,

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  11. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49
    Jstar the problem out here is we rely on underground water and it hasn't been replenished.They are still trucking in water here.I am right as I don't rely on town water and only use tank water.
    3 people found this helpful
  12. Lillylane
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    Lillylane avatar
    333 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Cee123

    Hi Cee123,

    Lovely to hear you enjoy gardening too. I can totally relate. Being in the garden helps my state of mind even if all I do is walk around and notice things like new growth or a plant needing some attention. There’s always something to see and do and it’s rewarding work.

    Happy gardening adventures!

    Lillylane

    3 people found this helpful
  13. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    21 March 2021 in reply to Cee123
    The thing about gardening is you do not need a yard and garden,you can just have a pot plant or two.It gives you something to look out and enjoy.
    2 people found this helpful
  14. ecomama
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    ecomama avatar
    4567 posts
    22 March 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hey BB gardeners, nice to read back on all the chatting and possible cures AND some stuff to eat too.... well done rx you're a green thumb there lol.

    Welcome to our productive Gardening thread Cee123!
    So lovely of you to join us. 🌴🍀🌺

    Yep well it's flooding here everywhere. I watched lakes appear in flat ground at an event on Saturday... wow was that incredible to watch.
    Still more floods even through the downstairs storey of our home, and through our kitchen ceiling, our loungeroom.... our water tanks were full BEFORE this rain event... it's lasting days and days.

    FUN!

    Tha garden is ummm washing away lol.

    My eldest daughter is flooded in. She's fine with it. They still have electricity and are helping the homes that don't.

    My surviving plants are growing into PREHISTORIC sizes omg, never seen them looking anything like this. Although my beautiful bubby oranges are dropping off the tree now... somewhat exploding.
    The wettest Summer here... always misty rain and barely a clear sunny day...

    Now more rain! Wow huh... no more rain dances for a while PLEASE.

    We're on high ground too but yeah it's still racing down our streets and driveways etc.

    Be safe everyone
    Love EM

    2 people found this helpful
  15. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    22 March 2021

    Hey all,

    Yeah the devastation is starting to show now too. So many animals washed away up here. Houses flooded, businesses affected, landslips everywhere. It's hard.

    The chooks go to roost early with these cloudy/rainy days, sitting on there perches very wet and disgruntled. One day we left them in the shed for most of the day, it was too wet. If there's a break tho they are out and about, not happy tho, now that the supply of flood worms have disappeared.

    A friend had to walk through her flooded backyard to rescue her chooks before their chook house got flooded- ended up with spiders in her hair! All the creatures trying to find dry land...Sounds like a bible story....

    Stay safe Em and everyone, hope things ease soon,

    Cheers,

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  16. ecomama
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    ecomama avatar
    4567 posts
    22 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Hey J* and everyone

    My chooks "moved in" to our house years ago!
    They live in the inside laundry lol... so they come and go as they please through the window.
    They've barely left their roosts but pop out to under the eave for some food and right back in again!

    A heard 10th hand (bec I don't listen to news or weather reports etc) that we're supposed to have a break and a sunny day tomorrow... hmm.
    Then back to it again.

    We'll see I guess!

    A few ppl didn't turn up to work yesterday bec of floodwaters.

    The Uni is still closed, but as stupid as it was to build it in a swamp area, there you go, nature is reclaiming herself.

    I haven't heard a train for a while, so possibly tracks are unstable (as also happens lots in these events).

    I heard the NSW Govt are giving out $1000 per adult and $400 per child for ppl who've had immense damage to their homes?? It was on the radio yesterday on my way to work.

    So all we can do is try to stay safe.

    Not much of a gardening post lol. Our garden is not on the priority list atm lol.

    Love EM

    2 people found this helpful
  17. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    22 March 2021
    Hi all a wet night here last night the rain is just pouring out of my tanks as it continuesly pours down here at the moment.We had close to two inches of rain over night here with it still coming down.
    I will find out what plants don't like a like a lot of water.My mandarins has been dropping fruit.
    Stay safe everyone,
    Mark.
    2 people found this helpful
  18. Gambit87
    Gambit87 avatar
    702 posts
    23 March 2021

    I am a little annoyed

    Theres a frangipani tree in my small yard and its never flowered. I think it doesnt get enough sun light.

    its starting to get cooler her now so im half expecting the roses to start dying off soon.

    1 person found this helpful
  19. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    23 March 2021 in reply to Gambit87
    Hi gambit Frangipanies require at least 6 hours of sunlight to flower and get flowers on wood that is at least 2 years old so won't flower on new growth.They like a good organic fertilizer in spring and summer to help with flowering.A fertilizer high in nitrogen and potassium and phosphorous .Phosphorous is good for flower growth.Chook manure pellets are good.Also thrips and mealy bugs can effect flowering if they are around.
    1 person found this helpful
  20. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    23 March 2021

    Hi all,

    Wow I didn't know frangipani's could be difficult- have still got four in our yard, after removing a few to make room for other plants/trees, never had a problem. Plenty of light tho.

    Lighter rain today. School is meant to be back tmw for us, forecast of some sun :)

    Em, yes the govt payment is for anyone who has had more than $20,000 worth of damage. Someone I know called and passed the msg on to free up the lines. A lot of damage for a small payment, but at least it could help with things like temp.accommodation, and feed for livestock. So hard, becos around here, the ppl most affected by bush fires last year are now being flooded, or cut off. The community is once again rallying with food and bedding etc.

    Cabbage seedlings don't seem to mind lots of water!

    Cheers,

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  21. Gambit87
    Gambit87 avatar
    702 posts
    23 March 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hey Mark,

    Yeah Its in the worst position, I don't think it gets 6 hours of 'full' sunlight because there's eucalyptus trees that tower over my yard that block a fair amount of light. There doesnt appear to be any bugs around and the leaves look really healthy.

    its just ashame thats all - my favorite flower haha.

    1 person found this helpful
  22. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    23 March 2021 in reply to Gambit87
    Hi Gambit yes that might be it not enough sunlight.Thats good it's healthy.They are stunning when in flower.
    1 person found this helpful
  23. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    25 March 2021
    My poor beans didn't like all the rain.I will be putting cauliflowers and broccoli in that bed.My sweet potato has taken over half my vegie garden now.I have to harvest and see what I have got.Everything needs a big prune with so much growth.
    3 people found this helpful
  24. Lillylane
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    Lillylane avatar
    333 posts
    26 March 2021

    Picked our very first feijoa fruit today! I was checking out the shrub for fruit and one fell to the ground. It was very small but I cut it open to see - and it was delicious. Apparently they only fruit for a short season this time of year.

    There’s not many fruit on the trees - maybe 3 or 4 in total but I’m still so excited to get to taste one.

    2 people found this helpful
  25. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    26 March 2021 in reply to Lillylane
    Hi Lillylane that's great your Feijoa Sellowiana has got a couple of fruit on it.They are very tasty and I have one growing here that I planted a couple of years ago.The pink flowers are pretty to.They grow in the highlands of South America like Brazil.They are popular in New Zealand and are farms of them there.I had a really nice one growing at my old house that cropped well.They tolerate frost to
    1 person found this helpful
  26. Lillylane
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    Lillylane avatar
    333 posts
    26 March 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Mark,

    Yes they are so pretty. I love the grey foliage too. They were an impulse buy at the local markets :)

    I can’t go to the markets anymore for plants because it’s just too tempting to buy so many.

    1 person found this helpful
  27. ecomama
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    ecomama avatar
    4567 posts
    26 March 2021 in reply to Lillylane

    Lots happening in the gardening thread lol.

    I have a beautiful story about "our family frangipani"... my great Uncle served in many places in WWII (awful things he went thru) and at once point was in Darwin when it was bombed... he said amongst the devastation he saw a beautiful frangipani tree, so he broke off a piece and brought it home.

    It became a family tradition that we break off a piece from my Great Aunty's tree to plant in our new home's garden... we feel it brings good luck.

    Strange thing was here, I tried about 5x to grow one and they didn't survive (I know why).

    Maybe I should try again since the pest is no longer here lol!!!

    Our area has been categorised as a "Disaster Zone" after the rain events.

    I couldn't say we had $20k of damage - well I hope not!

    But because of that Zoning, apparently all home owners here with any damage can get $1000.
    I guess that would go towards a House Insurance claim?

    I will claim it because we have had so much damage. Just hope it's not a horrid set of repair jobs. I'll post more on the home improvement thread I think.

    Anyway we lost tonnes of top soil and seriously, if it rains again on the weekend, I'm not sure I'll have any time to remove all the soil & debris from the drains. I'll just have to get out there in the rain and do it anyway, as I've done countless times before!

    We have our lives, our pets and our home.
    So much better off than so many people.
    It's always so sad having these events happen.

    Yep my oranges did not like so much watering.
    The Brush Turkeys haven loved eating the split oranges on the ground though lol. That's good.

    Everything else has grown so much with months of rain.

    My water tanks overflowed the entire time Mark because they were ALREADY full!

    EMxxxx

    2 people found this helpful
  28. Matchy69
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    • A member of beyondblue's blueVoices community
    Matchy69 avatar
    5895 posts
    26 March 2021 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em my water tanks were down to quarter full and was good to get replenished and it has been the second time in four years they have over flown.I ran dry 3 years ago and am very water consious and am on water saving mode again.
    Sounds like a lot of work at your place but you and family survived and pets so that is the main thing.It is still very muddy here.Its nice sunny day so hopefully it drys up a bit.
    Take care,
    Mark.
    1 person found this helpful
  29. Jstar49
    Jstar49 avatar
    824 posts
    27 March 2021

    Hi all,

    Yes so much damage and devastation- it's heart breaking!

    Glad you guys did ok Em, tho still damage and heaps of work by the sounds. A bit sad about all the topsoil ending up elsewhere...

    I have been in my garden today, and there is a crust on the surface, due to the amount of very heavy rain I think. Also the gravel and small stones are sitting on top- I guess the lighter soil got carried away, sadly. I am glad I didn't spread all my compost before the floods, as I still have some left to re-nourish the beds.

    Today I protected my cabbage plants form the moths, spraying a garlic spray, and making a covered tunnel type protection, using two layers of netting. I've seen the little blighters go through a single layer. I also moved the mulch away, scratching the surface with a fork and adding compost and slow release fertiliser, before replacing the mulch. Glad I hadn't planted very much as it was careful and time consuming work.

    We shall see if I get some cabbages this year!

    The first year I grew them I got heaps, with hardly any damage. I thought it was the presence of allysum growing, and the fake moths I made on sticks, but those same measures haven't worked since, so I have to put it down to beginners luck. Altho slugs have also been the culprits, making slug hotels in the innermost layers of the growing cabbages. So disappointing to harvest! Thats a good reminder to start now with the beer baits, they help somewhat.

    Loved hearing about your fejoia's Lillylane, I think they grow pretty well around here too, I might have to try one. Such a pretty,scented fruit when cut open!

    Mark I hope you're able to get some work done in your garden

    Cheers all, happy gardening.

    J*

    1 person found this helpful
  30. ecomama
    Valued Contributor
    • A special award for members who go above and beyond to support others here on the forums
    ecomama avatar
    4567 posts
    28 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Hey BB Gardeners and all those want to be Gardeners too!!

    You are MOST welcome to our lovely thread if you're keen to begin gardening but not sure where to start...

    Gambit how are you doing with your Rose babies?

    Mark is it "too much moisture" that causes blight on roses?
    Glad to hear your tanks are full now. That's a good thing!

    J* one Community Garden and ours at work AND even the Sydney Botanical Garden - Organic food growing section all use hanging buntings of white butterflies all across the cabbage seedlings to deter cabbage moth.

    AT WORK: We used to make ours out of white paper then laminate them - but I found they got soggy and fell apart in the rain or foggy weather.
    So we changed to using white plastic ANYTHING that was being thrown away and made the little butterfly shapes out of those - THAT works a treat!

    Good luck!

    Another dry day thank goodness.

    Off to the shopping centre to buy p.son some Winter clothes and new shoes.
    He lives in a MUCH colder area atm.
    Thank goodness he has some ski clothing lol!

    Love EM

Stay in touch with us

Sign up below for regular emails filled with information, advice and support for you or your loved ones.


Sign me up