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Topic: Who else likes gardening?

  1. Shelll
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    14 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Oh no no no Em, My horticulture or scientific knowledge is definitely far from amazing. Though it may sound like it. I was getting worried that I sounded like a know it all with all those scientific words or some kind of lecturer in my last post. That is why I came back just now to write another post. Scared what anyone here would think of me. That I had a swelled giantatic know it all head.

    It takes me ages to unravel and understand anything that is factual. Emotional stuff speaks incredibly loud in me most of the time. It clouds the thinking part of me.

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    14 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi em there isnt any community gardens in this small town.Their was one only two minutes from me where i use to live.I use to walk there often and have a look.

    The bush tucker plants can be dear to buy.I use to plant the seeds of the fruit and grow them my self.

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    14 June 2020 in reply to Shelll
    Shelll said:

    Oh no no no Em, My horticulture or scientific knowledge is definitely far from amazing. Though it may sound like it. I was getting worried that I sounded like a know it all with all those scientific words or some kind of lecturer in my last post. That is why I came back just now to write another post. Scared what anyone here would think of me. That I had a swelled giantatic know it all head.

    It takes me ages to unravel and understand anything that is factual. Emotional stuff speaks incredibly loud in me most of the time. It clouds the thinking part of me.

    NO Shelll!

    Please keep sharing everything you're learning, I LOVE IT!!!!!

    I think you're awesome lol so please don't stop, I love you sharing anything and everything you're learning, it's AMAZING (and now you say thank you and not no lol!).

    You wrote Heliotrope something??? My eldest daughter had the Heliotrope Fairy in her bedroom when she was little.... it took till just now for me to remember why I loved seeing that word on your post. Brought back such sweet memories.

    You are bringing LIFE to us when you talk about these things, it's so beautiful. Thankyou.

    Now BLITZ us lololol.

    Love EM

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    14 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69
    Matchy69 said:

    Hi em there isnt any community gardens in this small town.Their was one only two minutes from me where i use to live.I use to walk there often and have a look.

    The bush tucker plants can be dear to buy.I use to plant the seeds of the fruit and grow them my self.

    Hi Mark

    Have you googled to see where the closest one is?
    Or a permie group?

    Also there are FANTASTIC groups here called "The Mens Shed" which I love and am thinking of dressing like a man just to get in when I semi retire lol!
    I know some small towns have them and they are great for the communities.

    Sounds like you've been plenty busy in your garden. Have you got any things planned for this week?
    EM

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    15 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi Em i will have to check to see if their is any vegies to harvest.I might do some pruning on a vine that has taken over.Not sure what it is.

    The men sheds are great and there was one where the community garden is.

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  6. Samsonsam
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    15 June 2020
    Funny enough I was playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo switch the other day in which you can garden and I realised why am I playing this when I can do gardening in real life and then went outside and did some gardening lol.
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    15 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69
    Matchy69 said:

    Hi Em i will have to check to see if their is any vegies to harvest.I might do some pruning on a vine that has taken over.Not sure what it is.

    The men sheds are great and there was one where the community garden is.

    Oh yeah the MEN'S SHEDS ARE AWESOME!

    The Men's Shed here makes great standing worm farms in baths for schools and sell them for cost of materials, then go and set them up lol. They also take old bikes and do them up for families who can't afford bikes - awwww.

    But what I love most about them are all the friendships that are forged through working together.
    These sheds have changed lives and enriched their own lives while enriching other's lives - synergy, can't get better than that!

    What's ready to harvest in your patch Matchy?

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    15 June 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em i have cauliflowers ready to harvest as well as silverbeet, carrots ,eggplants,sweet potatoes in the vegie garden.Everything is growing well especially with the rain we had here.
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    15 June 2020 in reply to Samsonsam

    Samsonsam said:Funny enough I was playing Animal Crossing on Nintendo switch the other day in which you can garden and I realised why am I playing this when I can do gardening in real life and then went outside and did some gardening lol.

    LOLOLOLOL AWESOME Samsonsam! I laughed when I read your post, how gorgeous is THAT!

    What gardening did you do?

    I'm about to give in making my Leaf Mould No. 1 a pure leaf mould because I'm going to add lots of other composting stuff. I'll keep Leaf Mould No. 2 pure.

    Happy gardening!
    EM

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    17 June 2020

    Hi Em my Nectarine has still most of its leaves on with the on one falling off.My apple tree is the same.It is interesting the things that happen in the garden or dont hapen.The long range forecast for here has been for a warmer and wet winter.

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    17 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Matchy69 said:Hi Em i have cauliflowers ready to harvest as well as silverbeet, carrots ,eggplants,sweet potatoes in the vegie garden.Everything is growing well especially with the rain we had here.

    Gosh Mark, you could make a feast out of those veges alone! Sounds delicious!

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    Hi Em my Nectarine has still most of its leaves on with the on one falling off.My apple tree is the same.It is interesting the things that happen in the garden or dont hapen.The long range forecast for here has been for a warmer and wet winter.

    I didn't know that apple trees dropped their leaves.... it's too hot in my garden for apples, I'd love an Heirloom apple tree, people say the apples from heirloom trees are far more delicious than the ones we can buy ordinarily.

    Farmers tried growing apples nearby (must not have really KNOWN our climate) and they get cooked on the trees every Summer!

    Half my nectarine has dropped it's leaves - like exactly half lol! It looks so funny because ALL of one side is bare and ALL of the other side is leafed up. So strange.

    I grow bananas, oranges, macadamia nuts (but have only given them away until I learn how to deal with them to eat), nectarines, peaches, limes, LOTS of chillies that just multiply everywhere lol!
    I grew strawberries but can't anymore atm. I grew raspberries too but they were too much trouble tbh.

    Blueberries are a popular garden fruit here so I'm hoping to buy some in August if I can find any. Hopefully Green Harvest WILL open soon and I can get some mailed to us. I have seeds for Basil and I can't WAIT to sow them in August.

    My chooks have been co-operatively getting their straw ready for me lol. I just put their old straw in an 11L bucket and close up the lid and a few months later it's totally BLACK soil. Magic happens!

    I also really want to grow Loofahs for the first time, so we can dry them out and use them in the shower to scrub ourselves lol. I can get those plants / seeds from Green Harvest too.

    I'm plowing through my MH work at a rate of knots, but not getting much done in the garden on my leave.
    I guess the more mentally healthy I feel then the more I can do later?

    Have you wanted to grow something new in your garden Mark?

    Love EM

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    18 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi Em yes apple trees are deciduous and lose their leaves during winter.Their is many varieties and some of the heirloom ones are great tasting.My tree is double grafted so it has two different varieties on the one plant.You do need two different ones for cross pollination for them to fruit.

    I have grown loofahs years ago.My mum gave me some seeds and they were pretty easy to grow.They are related to cucumbers and that and grow on a vine so just similar growing conditions to that.

    I allways wanting to grow something new and different in my gardenI will allways try new plants.

    Happy gardening,

    Mark.

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    18 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hey Mark

    Thanks for the tip on growing loofahs, it'll be fun growing scrubbing brushes lol! I didn't realise the growing conditions were the same as cucumbers, awesome!

    Also do you do any Seed Saving?
    I found chillies to be the easiest to do that with. The seeds are not so temperamental over the temps they are kept at etc. Just scrape them out from a known non - GM chilli and dry them without pulp on a paper towel. Then when they're dried pop them in a little container and ALWAYS label lol!
    I'm pretty hopeless with labelling thinking "oh I'll remember what they are" and I don't. Plus I need to date them at when I saved them.
    I have SO many seeds now, it's pretty sad lol, poor things.

    I think basil seeds are nice to collect from the flowers. If you let your best plant go to seed and flower then you save those. SO fragrant! They smell like perfume because they are the base of so many perfumes. My house smells amazing when I do that. But they've been temperamental to store for me. I have a HOT house. Downstairs is cool but I stupidly stored my seeds on the downstairs porch in a cupboard and found later that it gets alot of sun in Summer. SO they're all probably baked sterile darn it.

    Anyway what I'll do when I have enough ground (I've raked the leaves up down the back) is to put a few packets of same season sowing into a large stainless steel bowl. Then add some black compost. Roll it all into a ball then throw them out there.
    I'm not an orderly gardener like you! lol. I like a jungle where the kids can have an adventure carefully moving leaves and stems to find things growing. It's fun.

    Love EM

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    19 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi em I use to seed save and sollect my own seeds all the time.Not so much these days.I use to collect seeds out of fruit and grow them.I use to plant some,sell some and give some away.Some of the fruit i use to grow by seed were Jackfruit,Loquat,Avocada,Black Sapote,Paw paw,Icecream Bean and a heap of others i cant think of at the moment.

    I use to grow mullberries by cuttings and have one here and it get big black mulberries on it.

    Happy gardening,

    Mark.

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    20 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Dear Mark

    What an awesome fruit salad you could have made out of those tasty fruits you've grown!

    Your mulberry must be planted in a very good position to get big fat black mulberries. Could you describe where it is for us please?
    Like is it planted near a fence or wall? Mine is in a VERY hot position against a metal fence - it fruits very early but the fruit is quite tiny. But it's got wood rot so is on it's way out. Those who shall not be named lol hacked at it badly and have damaged it beyond repair.
    What are the natural water conditions for it or do you water it? Mine gets run off from a water tank above it, but I never water it between times so my bad.
    What's the soil like? The neighbours had their washing machine water run off to this spot and I was horrified! SO MANY WEEDS there doing their best. I don't trust that they've changed their ways when I'm not home.

    You don't have to answer all my questions but I'm curious to know how you get such great fruit :-))

    EM

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    20 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi guys!

    How are your gardens changing in this season?

    Are you doing or planning anything in your garden atm?

    Our nectarine is beginning to BUD UP very early but only on the half that lost all it's leaves.

    The peach tree is budding too.

    My orange tree is patchy with it's fruit but I had huge lilly pilly branches crushing on it. I cut them down. The oranges that are growing are the size of grapefruit! And so juicy, I'm eating 1 orange for dessert after dinner every night. Love this tree. If I take more of the lilly pilly branches off then I think it'll go gang busters next year.

    My Tahitian lime looks a million bucks since all the lantana has been take away from it. It can see the sun now! lol. We only got 1 juicy lime from it this week - no more left.
    But I'm thinking of adding something to it to help it rejuvenate - any ideas?
    I might try nitrogen rich weed tea in August.

    I'm beginning to level up the lower sides of the food trees to try to retain some of the goodness in the soil. I'm using branches then filling around the trees with Autumn leaves and a little bit of compost.

    The lantana is only in one corner of my garden now PHEW, it covered almost 600sq metres so a massive job. The cut off lantana piles have composted down brilliantly.

    Now the lantana is gone from the top of the garden our Cape Gooseberry is spreading everywhere! It gets out of control but I love the tomato like berries in their little paper lantern cases. One grandson love popping them open and eating them on the spot lol.

    Happy gardening!
    EM

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    20 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi Em Cape Gooseberries make the best jam.One of my favourites.

    Im planning on shifting a couple of my fruit trees but not sure where to put them yet.I need to work out what i am going to plant in the rest of my new garden.

    I harvested some cauliflowers they were delicious.Everything growing well in the vegie garden.

    Its been a good citrus season.I have had plenty of fruit and nice to eat.I have been having a tangelo and mandarin every morning and making a honey/lemon drink every morning.I need to get to and make some marmalade.

    Happy Gardening,

    Mark.

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    20 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Cape Gooseberry JAM? Wow a concept I haven't thought of lol. It's fruitless atm so when they come in, I'll ask you for a recipe lol. We just eat them in place of tomatoes.

    Remember how you said you had propagated a Mulberry tree? Did you do this in the same way as you described previously? I'm not propagating from our mulberry. I need to find a robust one in the community somewhere and snip that one lol. I propagate more than I need in case most die, they usually don't lol but then I can give the rest away.

    Apparently my MAJOR Lilly Pilly only has about 3y left sadly. When it goes, I want to plant a mulberry there but into the garden more, not near the LHS fence. I think a Mulberry will fare better there where it can have "cold feet" in Summer at least. Then when it's Autumn the leaves will fall higher up in the garden and naturally mulch the lower areas, where all the other fruit trees are.

    EM

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    20 June 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em just find a mulberry tree that bears good fruit and take some cuttings.You can take them reasonable thick an inch thick or thinner.Just the same method.I usually do cuttings this time of year for them.
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    20 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Thanks MARK!

    I guess I could keep them in a pot for a few years?

    EM

    PS: I HOPE I can find someone who has a healthy mulberry, our area's gorgeous old shacks are being knocked down for mega mansions.... sigh.... that's where all the beautiful mango trees are too.

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    21 June 2020 in reply to ecomama
    Hi Em the Mulberries root pretty quick and you should be able to plant one in the ground from pot in 12 months time.
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    Great thanks Mark. It's too early to get one atm, I need to wait until my huge lilly pilly dies off.

    You're up early on a Sunday! I got to sleep in thank goodness, one of my children ditched their early Sunday morning work shift. He worked too many shifts this week and with school, he ran himself into the ground - again.

    It's raining here so we're off to the shopping centre to get some warm clothes for the kids. No gardening today!

    I'll have to fill my green bin before Tuesday! Can't wait to see the piles of branches go down noticeably.

    Hopefully on Friday we get to buy the Go-pro camera and start videoing for our Sustainable Gardening Vlog. One of my adult children wants to do this with me and she only wants to video on a Go-pro. Sighhh the younger generations and their technology. lol.

    EM

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    22 June 2020 in reply to ecomama

    Hi Em i am always up early no matter what day it is.I would love to be able sleep in.We had some rain here last night which was good for the garden especially my new one.

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    Hi Mark

    Yeah we had stacks of rain over the weekend! I like that, it helps fill up my water tanks.

    I can hear the birds bathing in our inside out boat. The water is INSIDE the little row boat lol. We have frogs in there too, so it's cute.

    I finished my psych homework and it was rugged. I have my session via Zoom this afternoon and I need to expend some energy before that. I'm going to take my bluetooth speaker into the front garden and BOOM some Beyonce while I cut up branches for the green bin.

    I'm sure my plants LOVE Beyonce lol!

    Happy gardening!
    EM

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    Hi Em i did some pruning and pruned the big tree at the front half down.You wont notice in summer where i pruned.As well as a vine that keeps taking over.I thinking of even chopping it out one day.I shifted one rose that was growing in the wrong spot and have another one to shift plus a couple of fruit trees a well.

    Happy gardening,

    Mark.

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    25 June 2020 in reply to Matchy69

    Dear Mark

    WOW what a lot of hard work you're doing in your garden!

    I bet it's looking more like you want it?

    If I'm doing anything in my garden atm it's dreary old maintenance.... boring lol.
    I raked a whole section of leaves in the back yard and piled some similar length sticks together.
    I had lots of bare soil after removing the lantana so I've let weeds grow to nourish and protect the soil. I oulled some of the larger weeds out to allow some grass to move in. It's getting there.

    I need a garden fix! Hopefully next week I MIGHT get into the garden sometimes. I hope so.

    Something "more important" is always cropping up atm and I'm glad to get these other huge things done, but it's not quite the same as getting my hands dirty in the garden. I miss it.

    Maybe with school holidays and no driving kids to school and back up to 4 times a day, there'll be more time for gardening. We'll see!

    Love EM

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    I just dug up some of my sweet potatoes.They got a little bit big and the biggest one weighed 8.3 kg.
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    WWWWWWWWWWWHAT????

    Matchy! That's enough to feed our whole street! With ONE of your sweet potatoes lol!

    YOU must give us your secret formula for growing Prize HUGE sweet potatoes please?

    They got 'a little' big? You certainly DO live in the country where everything is bigger and better lol.

    I love that new photo of your land up. It looks so sweet!

    Love EM

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    Hi Em I ate some of the sweet potato last night and it was delicious.I have no secret to how they got so big.I just planted them in the usual way with some horse manure.I wasn't expecting them to get that big.
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