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Topic: Who else likes gardening?

  1. Matchy69
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    28 March 2021 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em rose Blight is a fungal disease and yes with fungus thrives in wet conditions.Rose blight spores require water to spread.Also very humid conditions can cause it to spread.With all this wet weather I would think we will have an increase in fungal diseases on ornamentals and fruit trees especially something like root rot.
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  2. Jstar49
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    28 March 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hi all,

    Em I made some out of white plastic icecream container lids, stuck on sticks. Maybe I didn't have enough....?

    I shall experiment when they grow too big for my enclosure. I read that it works becos the cabbage moth is territorial...so supposedly they see another one and don't tresspass.

    Got any tricks for slugs...?

    Little bit more weeding today- all the rain didn't harm the nut grass growing thru, so the bed is full of it again :( I guess I don't mind, it was lovely out there this mornng before the day heated up. Also picking out the stones as I weeded.

    Cheers,

    J*

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    28 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Yes! It's because the moths are territorial...

    To mimic the living moths, they would need to be fluttering around I think?

    Tips for slugs and snails >>> more birds.

    I know you wouldn't use "Snail Bait" because they kill and severely disable Blur Tongued Lizards and their offspring...

    maybe Mark has some tips? Hey MARK do you have tips for J*?

    Love EM

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    28 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Sorry J* I didn't explain....

    that's why the gardens I've seen the moth deterrents in use BUNTING to hang them from.

    xxxx

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    Their is an organic spray repellent for snails and slugs you can buy at Bunnings called EcoSnail and slug repellent by Multicrop.This is organic and is safe for wildlife.
    Now for a couple of other things you can try.One thing you can try is spreading coffee grounds around the plants you want to protect.If you want to make a trap put some beer in a jar and leave it in the garden.Slugs are alcoholics and love beer.
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    Hi all today I pruned my elderly neighbours roses for her and took some cuttings for myself.The roses really have shot up with all the rain we had and I gave them a nice prune.I had noticed to that her hydrangea had root rot in it.So I have done my best to save it by cutting back to the solid roots and replanted in good drainage and hope for the best now.She said not to worry about it but I knew it was one of her favourite plants.
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    31 March 2021
    Hi all I managed to get out of bed today after feeling very depressed this morning and I weeded my strawberries and found I still had strawberry plants growing and looking healthy.
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  8. Gambit87
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    31 March 2021

    Hey everyone!

    Em - my roses are doing ok ish. They didn't like the humidity spell we had for a few weeks. I feel 2 of my rose plants are not getting enough sunlight so they arnt doing the best. That's ok though, I figured that may happen so im not cut up about it. I just need to find some flowering plants that like a bit of shade.

    I think I might try daisies.

    Ive noticed an explosion of caterpillars around my apartment complex?! weird.

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    31 March 2021 in reply to Gambit87
    Hi Gambit a couple of shade flowering plants forget me nots,Hydrangeas,impatiens,violets.Their is a heap of different ones.
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  10. Jstar49
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    31 March 2021

    Woohoo! The garden thread is popping! must be all that rain...

    Mark so great that you still had strawberries! I bet that helped life your spirits, even if just briefly. More please!

    Oh and my slugs have been drunk to death, many many times, they just keep coming. I think they clone themselves off the dead ones.... I have tried crushed eggshells without much success, and tried coffee grounds, but only once... Evrything just takes such persistence, and cabbages take a long time to grow! Gradually getting rid of their habitat, which is helping, but I'm pretty sure they live in the corners of the oldest raised garden bed. I've heard ducks like slugs! Its a pity H doesn't like ducks....

    Have you used ecosnail?

    Em, aha! THATs why bunting! I shall try!!

    Gambit I have some really lovely shasta daisy growing under a frangipani tree. It seems to cope well with the shade. If anything, it just makes the stems nice and long, perfect for the vase. I love daisies! Another lovely one is the native daisy, brachyscome. In my garden it likes being under shade and well watered, as it protects it from the heat. Can tolerate dry periods. Low spreading plant.

    Cheers,

    J*

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    31 March 2021 in reply to Gambit87

    Hey Gambit, I like Mark's suggestions for shade loving flowering plants... there aren't as many as ones that enjoy sunlight.

    You may like to Google search Clivias.
    We have some and they love the shade.
    I like how they multiply (in pots too), so every so often you can divide them up for free plants lol.

    Agapanthus also like the shade but similar to Clivias they don't flower for very long.

    I like the ability to control those 2 plants.... with Daisies, if you plants one you'll have them everywhere.

    I know! I have an indoor plant with caterpillars on it on the 2nd storey of our home lol, go figure!

    EM 🌺

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    31 March 2021 in reply to Jstar49

    Hey J*, yep it's a POPPIN all right lol.

    I actually have to bring snails HOME for my chickens!
    I bring them home from our work garden.

    Oh the savagery 🥴😆🌈.

    I just remembered that my friend used crushed egg shells all around her veges in her garden.

    Here's hoping something works for you..
    EMxxxx

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  13. Jstar49
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    31 March 2021

    Also,

    We have fuzzy caterpillars around atm, and T accidentally put her hand on one. Soo itchy! So she googled it, and here's my /T's tip......Use sticky tape to remove the hairs which stick into the skin!

    It works so well, after a few goes she felt heaps better.

    Cheers,

    J*

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  14. randomx
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    31 March 2021
    Well l must say , my tomatoes don't taste anything special no better than the gm red water garbage in our supes , bit disappointed after all that. 100% organic seeds and absolutely nothing put onto them , they're really nice looking but yeah , taste like water and nothing special at all- and l've got 2,000,000 of them damn.
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    1 April 2021 in reply to Jstar49
    Hi Jstar it sounds like you have tried a lot of things for you slugs.I haven't personally tried the Ecosnail it's on a list of have for recommended organic products I have here.At the moment I don't seem to have any slug problems at the month.
    I couldn't even see the strawberry plants the weeds had grown all over them.They seem to be producing strawberries so all is good.
    Take care,
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    1 April 2021 in reply to randomx
    Hi randomx your tomatoes can be very watery if they get to much water.
    Their is plenty of things you can do with tomatoes from making jam,sauce,dried tomatoes
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    1 April 2021 in reply to Matchy69
    thanks match but nah l don't mean juicy watery l like that , l mean zero flavor at all taste like nothing but water , just like the supermarket crap, very disappointing.
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    1 April 2021 in reply to randomx
    Tomatoes bought at the supermarket are tasteless because of their genes they are bred for durability and usually picked green and to do not produce sugars which give you the flavour.
    If your grown 🍅 are tasting watery it can be from receiving to to much water that doesn't mean they are watery inside.
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    1 April 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    l know that's what l said in my first post , no gm 100% organic not the sm garbage.

    Haven't watered them in mths right through summer l stopped bc there were too many of them and they're actually in a very dry spot. Taste is really disappointing was so looking forward to them. Ohwell , got much bigger things to worry about bugger it.

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    Aw rx that's so disappointing!

    Well since you have 2 million of them, I bet you're going to have tomatoes growing in your garden for like.... forever!
    I've still got random tomato plants popping up and I haven't planted ANY for about 10y lol!

    Not sure why they taste so awful... pretty sucky. My sympathies go out to you rx.

    Hey J* ewww spikey caterpillars??? Is T okay now?

    Mark thanks for all your support in this awesome thread. You really make it a Garden of Eden to be in!

    My resident Turkey is driving me NUTS!
    His IDK what you would call it... a HALF mound?
    Is now blocking the exit drain from the laundry by about 50cm high.

    I think this fella has pushed his boundaries TOO FAR lol.

    He's going berzerk uprooting my last surviving plant on one side of the garden and actually turned over a concrete pot plant!
    I think I'll name him The Hulk or Wolverine or something lol.

    SO my "holiday" time will involve some way of blocking off THAT part near the house... maybe making a dry brick wall (I have plenty of spare bricks lol). And I think I have to lay bricks all around my plants' root systems because plenty have been exposed now due to the scratching GRRR.

    And my wheelbarrow has a flat tyre lol. So I'll be carrying those silicone bucket fulls of soil SOMEWHERE else.
    IDK my brain's too frazzled to think about it atm.

    "Happy" Gardening everyone lol. Oh the joys!

    Love EM

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    1 April 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Haaa thanks em.

    Yep , a whole truckload of tasteless tomatoes ,, lucky me eh.

    Bloody wheelbarrow tyres , l know , hooefylly yours just needs some air. Love turkeys but he reminds me of the goat we had. We didn't know anything about goats and she ate about 100 new trees we'd put in all over the property , bloody goat.

    rx

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    I got my vegie garden planted up again.I put in some broccoli ,Cauliflowers,cabbages and my favourite brussel sprouts ,any one else like brussel sprouts or is it just me.I h
    ave some seeds to go on yet such as broadbean and swede.
    We had some more rain yesterday.their was a few showers around.
    Take care
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    2 April 2021 in reply to randomx
    Oh that’s frustrating to have so many tomatoes that don’t taste good.

    You could give some to a neighbour you don’t like? ;)
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    2 April 2021 in reply to Matchy69

    I like Brussel sprouts chopped finely and stir fried with a bit of olive oil. Yum.

    I’ve not tried swede before. Is it like sweet potato?

    Glad to hear you’re back in the garden Mark :)

    Hope there’s some good weather for gardeners today.

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    Hey rx tell me about it lol, flat wheelbarrow tyre, turkeys, landslides, ceiling caving in.... I'm living my BEST Life!!

    Actually I'm binge watching something and totally hooked, I think I'm doing that to take me away from all these IRL issues lol! I had a dream I became a Lawyer just to help the cause!

    But that ain't nuttin compared to 2 million tasteless tomatoes fella. You could boil some up and freeze them?
    They could bulk up 1 million+ soups and stews.
    Just add tomato paste for flavour.

    Thanks Mark trying to bring us back to the POSITIVES of gardening.... getting back on the horse that bucked us.
    YOU are the most resilient person I KNOW lol.

    Hey Lilly!

    HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY everyone!

    We have FINE weather here and I'm taking the day off anything I want to lol.

    Love EM

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    2 April 2021 in reply to ecomama
    Hi em I am glad you mentioned Clivias as a shade loving plant.My mother had them growing in the most shade spot under the front veranda and they grew so amazingly well and flowered there to.
    I picked my first mandarins the other day.They are starting to come ripe really early this year.
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    2 April 2021 in reply to ecomama

    Hey EM, happy Good Friday to you too! xx

    I sympathise with the turkey situation!

    We had bush turkeys at our old place and I watched in horror (and kind of awe) as they gathered up all our freshly laid mulch into a neat, massive pile. I had to try and protect smaller plants with limited success.

    Beautiful cool morning here today. Hope you enjoy your day :)

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  28. Jstar49
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    Happy Good Friday everyone!

    I'm with you Em, it's a holiday so whatever I want to do is ON!

    Flat tyres! Oh that was me two weeks ago- for like, a year beforehand! And then D took it down to the tyre place and they fixed it. So Good! I felt a bit slack cos we didn't do it ourselves, but it meant it was fixed and back in the garden moving piles of ......whatever- compost I think....and I was happy!

    Those bush turkeys sound really annoying....you must be very patient to continue to find ways to have a garden despite them Em. I guess when in the wild they have a bigger area (and no ppl tending gardens) so their destruction is less noticeable.

    It's raining here.

    I've already checked my garden. The cabbages are going so well! So is the cornflowers. I thought the rain had finished them, but they've come back. Mark I tried growing brussels- I love 'em- but I think the growing season was too short and warm here.They were very stunted. Do you get cold winters at your place? It seems like you grow lots of things I had decided it's too warm for here in NSW. We're coastal tho and no frosts.

    Rx How disappointing! I don't know what was happening with your toms...did the birds like them? Maybe next season will be different.. Cos as Em said, there will be a next season! Fertiliser next time? I usually get baby toms growing out of my compost that are very sweet. Most tomatoe seeds seem to revert back to basic tiny toms, must be the genes. I agree with Mark, the reason supermkt toms are usually tasteless is they're picked semi-ripe. It takes lots of sun and sweet soil to sweeten tomatoes. Sorry to hear that you have bigger things to worry about than the taste of your tomatoes. take care.

    I have a tiny forest of tomato seedlings, from two different sources. I'm considering filling my empty beds with them. A giant tomato experiment. Two types, and grown in all the different ways I can think of. Maybe I can even run some dripper lines thru the garden, so I'm not watering from above. Hmmm.....I can put basil and marigolds in one bed. beans in another! What else is an extra long weekend for??

    Happy gardening everyone,

    J*

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    2 April 2021 in reply to Jstar49
    Hi Jstar I am inland and get heavy cost here.They usually start just after Easter.It can get very cold here and days can freezing as well.Their is a lot of wind at the moment.
    The thing is we all have failures in our gardens sometimes we can never work out the reason.
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    That was meant to be I get heavy frost here not cost.I should proof read before I press post.
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