Does anyone know any experts on fruit trees? Particularly peaches? my Aunt has planted a grafted bare-root Okee Dokee peach/nectarine last winter.
- Is it necessary to prune off all growth/watersprouts under the height of the nectarine graft in order to encourage growth above the graft?
- Re winter pruning, when exactly should this be done? I believe it's supposed to be after leaf fall but before flowering. But then aren't you just pruning…
This looks like another good reason to keep your own rainwater supply for drinking.
Added by Colin Westwood on March 2, 2014 at 12:15 — No Comments
Home grown food is better for individuals, families, communities and the planet for social, emotional, health and environmental reasons.
Here is the latest info on the use of steam to control weeds.
I have long speculated that this would be the cleanest and most efficient way to tackle weeds, by using a 240 V householod steamer on an extension chord to reach all areas of your garden.
This article also talks of the problems related to herbicide use and the…Continue
The following link will give you something to think about! Natural News is a science-based natural health advocacy organization which takes on some big issues. While it is US based, much of the information presented has cautionary lessons for us, and if the huge corporations had their way, we'd all be on a fast track to the situation that US citizens are contending with.…Continue
Here's an interesting website. The story of soil and the importance of organics is quite interesting I think you will find, particularly if you suffer…Continue
Added by Colin Westwood on February 20, 2014 at 7:19 — No Comments
Does anyone know where I might be able to get a hold of seeds or fresh cuttings from a telosma cordata vine?
The flowers are apparently good to eat as well as producing a popular perfume!
Added by Colin Westwood on February 18, 2014 at 17:48 — No Comments
I am on the Residents Reference Group providing feedback on the Draft Planning Scheme (along with other reference groups) to the council. We have been asked to spread the message across Logan to ensure everyone has an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes.
Added by Trisha Rogers on February 13, 2014 at 10:52 — No Comments
On New years Day 2014 I decided that this year was going to be the year that i would create my very own garden so i went to bunnings and mitre 10 and went on a bit of a spending spree.
In the 42 days that have transpired this year my non existant garden is now doing fantastic.
I have cherry tomato,indigo rose tomatoes,red capsicum Purple capsicum, chocolate capsicum, mixed red, green and yellow capsicum,Kent pumpkin,rockmelon,rainbow chilli long red Thai chilli…Continue
For those who may be interested to read this article about phosphate fertilisers.
Please don't reply to this blog to debate or argue a point for or against, I am merely posting this for your information. …Continue
What a great day we had yesterday at the crop swap in Carbrook. Fantastic produce on offer and lots of taste testing. Never had Bunya nuts before, so thanks for the opportunity to taste all the different ways of preparing them. And thanks Norma, for your help with getting me on the right path with seedlings. Went home via Bunnings, got what I needed and planted a total new set of seeds in the afternoon :-) This is what makes belonging to a gardening club so valuable - being able to exchange…Continue
It's a fantastic time of year here for food production. The Mango crop is huge and I now have both of my freezers full of the pulp with tons of fruit still on the tree! You will see in the photo that the Grumichama harvest is also happening in a big way along with Surinam Cherry (the red ones), my first Jakfruits of the season (which by the way is the most productive food source per sq metre in the world apparently), Dragonfruit, some Passionfruit and Tamarillos, Pineapple, Grapes and my old…Continue
My wife and i went away for the Xmas break and as a precaution i purchased an automatic tap timer so that my garden wouldn't miss out on its daily water. on returning home we found the water tank empty, the pump burnt out and the garden all but dried up. we did however salvage about 4 kg of tomatoes and 24 ears of corn. So its back to square one but this time i will take note of the water level in the tank.
Does anyone know this beetle? I have quite a few of them in my yard. Don't know whether it is a good or bad one.…Continue
That's one of the almost absolute "givens" as a gardener. If you go away for any time, there will be
(a) a heat wave while you are away which will kill some of your favourite plants, etc.
(b) A plague of pests develop, that will wipe out the above.
(c) some other disaster that will bring into question your sanity in trying to grow anything in the first place.
Spare a thought for the poor farmers who battle the elements for a living, or the poor people who…Continue
Added by Roger Clark on January 14, 2014 at 8:17 — No Comments
Does anyone else still "suffer" from sluggishness as a result of the way too over the top Christmas holidays? I just don't seem to be able to get back into it.
Before the end of the year I enjoyed getting into the veg patch. Since coming back from Syndey, I am struggling to get motivated. The heat has also not been kind to my little babies and I lost a whole worm farm (1000) due to lack of knowledge. I thought before going away, that I would top up the worm farm with plenty of scraps…Continue