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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:51 pm 
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Been a strange season this year, pumpkins only just harvested a few weeks ago. Today I got limes, mandarines, pink grapefruit, tomatoes and picked one bunch of bananas to see if they will ripen off. Chooks are still laying an egg at least every day or second day, girls (both feathered and clothed) are loving the new nesting boxes.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:20 pm 
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crazy crazy pumpkin weather!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:17 pm 
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I know what you mean, strange things ar happening this year, I've got pumpkins still ripening on the vine and I grew a huge pair of melons over Autumn :crazy:


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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My pumpkins were still going but I got sick of waiting and ripped them out to make room for the winter vegies. Still great in soup and roasts though so no loss.


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Noice melons!

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2013 10:57 pm 
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Made a new garden today which was a move away from raised beds which most of my other gardens are. I started by cultivating a decent sized area with my little Bullfinch. Would have done a larger area but the ground is hard with a fair bit of gravel over clay so it really needs a bigger machine. There will be some sweetening up after winter harvest and hopefully I can run the bigger machine over it - better pull my finger out and get the Terrier rebuild moving again. Will start stockpiling some horse and chicken manure in readiness.

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Planted out with brown onions (seed), spring onions (seed tape), oregon peas (seed), cabbage (seedlings), spinach (maxis that I have grown) and beetroot (seedlings). Can't wait to see all the rows up, even if they are crooked :ahhh: No irrigation so will see what happens.

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Looks like a good amount of space for it Mike.The ground looks harsh but I'm sure that you will convert that in no time.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Cant wait to get some gadgets for my little farm.

Nice work mate, looks very neat


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Been rather busy lately and not in the garden so growth and harvest has been reflecting that. I have discovered a few issues in the new area I hoed over and planted. Very slow growth encouraged me to do a pH test this week which came back over 8. I have added some chelated iron and a bit of sulphur till I can get down to Mirco Bros to get a big bag or sulphur. A heap of humous with the sulphur should get it sorted ready for spring. Peas are through and I strung some lengths of ringlock for them to grow up. Onions did not spout at all surprisingly but the beetroot are starting to take off.

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AP bed has been stripped out and is sprouting a heap of coriander.
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Lemons, limes and grapefruit have been good but the area needs a whipper snip and general cleanup and I need to do some pH tesing there as well to check what is going on in case I have issues there as well. Still getting black russian tomatoes from the last plant and all the garlic is out and going well. I also started lopping the tops out of my olives to restrict their height and lopped the paperbark to get a some more sun into the area. The 5 minute bed is full of silver beet, broadbeans and cabbage.

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Chooks are still laying which is great although I have still not finished their nesting boxes. There are bananas on the tree - not sure if this is right for the time of year?

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Still sounds very productive Mike :grin:

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Bit of warmth and things change quickly. One bloody chook laying on the perch and busting an egg a day, another has gone clucky.

Just awaiting the garlic to turn before I give the wicking bed a tickle and replant.
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Grow bed full of coriander has shot to seed, still some coming on but will need shade, basil will be going in this weekend.
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Beans, peas, cabbage, spinach and beetroot all on at the moment but just added some chook manure which will be followed by a trailer load of horse dung in readiness for the tomatoes to go in. Need to organise some retic for this bed, what would you do, trickle tube or three old school spinner sprinklers?
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Looks great! Trickles are more water saving but we like spinners ……it seems to give a much better soaking provided it isn't too windy.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Peasants wrote:
Looks great! Trickles are more water saving but we like spinners ……it seems to give a much better soaking provided it isn't too windy.


My thoughts as well, they seem popular in the market gardens and seeing this is the only thing I water using a bit more than trickle does not bother me. Trickle aways leaves dry patches in my garden. Spinners are easy so might try three on a line this year and see how they go.


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hey Burnsy

nice garden, I like the nesting box setup and the motorised digger (I would call it the tool from hell). I got something similar here at the moment, a post hole digger from stihl, looks like a converted chainsaw with two big handles and an auger on the bottom, made around the 80ies by the look of it.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Still got some pH issues with the alkali soil but it is slowly improving as I increase the organic matter. Spread chicken pen shavings, a trailer load of soil conditioner and a heap of suphur over the garden the other day in readiness for tomato planting. Ran the little howard bantum over it and it came up a treat. I have run a removable centre line with four sprinklers for retic and this gives me anothe 500mm coverage each side so I need to get the Terrier up and running to prepare another row or so each side by turning in a heap of horse manure that is arriving in the next few days.

Planted out two each of grosse lisse, beafsteak, black russian, brandy wine and greene zebra I had raised from seed into the area in the forground and some zucs and pumpkin around the other end. Hope the tomatoes go well, excited about having such a good selection if they go.

Currently picking the last of the peas, first bush beans, beetroot, red and green cabbage and spinach from this patch.

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