A veggie garden thread

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Patrick started the topic in Wednesday, 8 Apr 2020 at 8:26pm

Is there a gardening thread? I haven't seen one but I've seen lots of posts about people's veggie growing tips. How about we help each other out?

Planted first garden in about ten years today.
Lettuce, broccoli, swedes, kale, thyme, parsley. Raised bed under straw. Peas and carrots go in tonorrow.

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 at 7:57pm

The old matriarch kookaburra here had a huge paralysis tick growing at the front of an eye blinding its forward vision on one side. Didn’t seem to stop it flying flat stick amongst the trees though . I was waiting for it to embed its beak into a gummie and snap its neck . Even though I know most native animals can handle the poison I was worried for the little bugger.

It got to the point that I had determined I’d remove it next it came around even though it’d probably freak it out badly . Then one day it turned up and the tick had just fallen out on its own . Stoked.

Kookaburra - the bird they couldn’t root , shoot or electrocute
https://youtu.be/Ftis4u78-AA

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 at 8:17pm

yeah, the adult ducks seem to be able to handle the ticks but the young ones just get paralysed.
takes 'em about a day and half to slowly die.

got to check the kids (young goats) daily too.
thats great fun.

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stunet commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 3:06pm

Two days in a row near enough to 40° (38.9 yesterday, 39.6 today with winds gusting over 100km/h) and it's friggen carnage out there.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 3:42pm

We hit 40 at 1:30 today.

I was putting a handrail on the verandah and started getting stroppy. Couldn’t work out why . It’s just heat and it’d never be a patch on Pilbara heat . That’s when I checked the temp and decided to ease up a bit.

Turns out the east coast does have a decent go at a proper hot day and it also turns out I’ve gotten soft as fuck.

Looks like I’ve picked the wrong day to quit drinking beer.

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zenagain commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 4:37pm

I'm sending you all my best wishes for a safe bushfire season.

By the sounds of things it's more a matter of when rather than if.

Take care everyone and especially those close to the bush.

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tubeshooter commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 5:02pm

I love the heat ,doesn't bother me at all ,, my vegie garden not so much.
Just put a sprinkler on and the local birdlife has decided to cease all hostilities and it's all in for a communal shower. The baby lorrikeets are so faarking clumsy it's hilarious.

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stunet commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 5:14pm

Southerly change just went through Bellambi, should be here in minutes.

Just took the twins for a walk in the rainforest up on the escarpment. No signs of bird life down on the flats, while each species is singing in chorus up there. Awesome to sit on a rock underneath and listen. Even hushed the twins up for longer than thirty seconds, which is rare.

Crazy light too; all that pre-frontal weirdness happening in the lower atmosphere.

Bought a four pack of Balter on the way home. Blame it on the weather.

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stunet commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 7:07pm

Reports from the frontline:

New shoots on the avo tree all black and burnt.
Half the okra dead.
Same situation tomatoes - though a few fruit can be euthanised.
Most cucumbers survived due to emergency water delivery during both days of battle.
Zucchinis looking worse for wear but will survive with medical attention.
Chilis didn't miss a beat. Fuckers are bulletproof.

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freeride76 commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 7:40pm

give em a good drink in the morning.

nice weak seasol mix will bring them back to life.

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Blowin commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 7:42pm

Hydrate hardcore before the heat and they’ll fair better .

Same as humans .

Devastating to watch the goodness in peril. Last year was friggen tragic around here.

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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 7:59pm

Need a temporary shade cloth cover for them Stu

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tubeshooter commented Sunday, 29 Nov 2020 at 8:22pm

I don't know if it's just me but those white cabbage moths have been around in numbers . Not just on the home front but my windscreen was caked in their corpses after a recent daytime run back from the tweed to the MNC. Those bastards are an absolute menace , in the garden and on the highway.

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batfink commented Monday, 30 Nov 2020 at 8:11am

Didn’t know they were cabbage moths tubeshooter, but they have been around in hundreds up at central coast for 3 weeks or more.

Apart from that a few other moth events up there, and one or two nights of flying something or others. Mostly though these days the lack of insect life is really noticeable these days. Canary in the coal mines right there.

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stunet commented Monday, 30 Nov 2020 at 12:47pm

@GF,

Gonna look into getting a shade cloth attached, though that was a highly unusual weather event. Two all time records broken within a day. Gave everything a hearty drink this morning.

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Pops commented Monday, 30 Nov 2020 at 12:59pm

Stu, bugger.
At least the chilis should be nice and hot! Apparently the more distressed they get, the more heat they put out.

He who hesitates is lost

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keano commented Monday, 30 Nov 2020 at 7:49pm

The one good thing about the early heat at my place is all the brown orange 'stink' bugs can't handle it when it gets over 35 and crawl down to the base of the trunk on my citrus trees making them easy targets for the trusty thong.

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batfink commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 7:29am

Wonderful thread. Went back to the beginning.

When the building next door finishes soon (started two years ago) we might get our backyard back in some order, and then I can start thinking about all this. Quite a sloping backyard on sandy soil/sand, so there will be terracing involved and much soil enrichment required, but drainage won’t be a problem.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 10:54am

Grass tree spike in the garden thats grown in the last 2.5 months, now into flowers and producing a great amount of nectar, attracting a wide variety of insects, birds and mammals.

https://ibb.co/3YChn4L

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Craig commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 11:00am

Cracker seaslug!

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 11:09am

Cheers Craig, tree is about 15 years old and it just spiked out of nowhere. Next door neighbour keeps bees and they are just feasting themselves

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 12:40pm

native bees on it SS?

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 12:50pm

Grass tree envy.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 1 Dec 2020 at 1:13pm

FR, only seen honey bees on it

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zenagain commented Wednesday, 2 Dec 2020 at 10:59pm

Not really related to veges but for interest, every year just as winter starts to kick in, a Mole comes to visit my yard and spends a couple of weeks tearing it up. I don't mind as it doesn't really do too much damage and in a way kinda tills and aerates the soil on its quest for worms and bugs before the lawn starts growing again in spring.

I like the cool little underground paths it takes.

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megzee commented Wednesday, 2 Dec 2020 at 11:24pm

Nice photo Zen....He looks like a hard little worker.......

It's easy to be brave from a distance.

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seaslug commented Wednesday, 2 Dec 2020 at 11:38pm

Fantastic Zen and keep up the good work little mole

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 5:52am

hey sea slug have you ever seen those tiny little native bees?

they look like a tiny wasp.

they should be all over that grass tree flower.

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Craig commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 7:59am

That's awesme Zen, how far below the surface do they burrow? Looks to only be 10-15cm or so with that lift?

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Blowin commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:00am

I’d have to dig it up and inspect it.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:13am

I'll trade you moles for a small herd of goats in the garden.
Managed to lure these reprobates back into the paddock before they did too much damage.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:19am

Mate ......you should open a petting zoo in your back yard.

Will any of them ever feel the blade ?

Although there’s always this ( vomit emoji ) https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3112185/singapore-...

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Craig commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:18am

Ha, a bit on there!

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Fliplid commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:21am

What a menagerie. There's a few kebabs in that lot

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zenagain commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:31am

I couldn't say how deep it is Craig, I guess you're right, probs only just under the surface. I've never actually seen one.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:37am

Come on Zen.

Catch and release !

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Craig commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 8:47am

Looks like they are quite intricate and go deep..

"The burrow system can cover an area of 200 to 2,000 square feet with the main runway situated parallel to the surface and about 6 to 18 inches below."

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zenagain commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 9:29am

Wow, cheers Craig. I never expected such intricacy.

I like how I have my own version of crop circles, albeit on the dyslexic side.

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GuySmiley commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 10:01am

Gee in my yard I have possums, an ant eater and a massive blue tongue that I’ve seen. I don’t have the trees to attract the koalas but they’re outback of my place them and the tiger snakes.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 10:19am

Hard to compare with FR’s effort but I’ve got rainbow bee eaters burrowing in the front yard, a foot-long lizard that lives in the house and doesn’t mind making itself at home on your bed, and a mum magpie and it’s two chicks which wander into the house at will and leave the occasional deposit.
Any day now I’m expecting an echidna or maybe a swamp wallaby to lob up, put its beers in the fridge and kick back as well.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 10:43am

By the way, classic photo Steve, reckon you'll treasure it one day if you don't already.

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stunet commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 10:46am

What's the mole's name, Zen?

Don't tell me it doesn't have one....

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zenagain commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:02pm

Raphael.

At least that's what I think it said.

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megzee commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:35pm

I planted a heap of Papaya seeds in April with about 99% germination rate.....had to cull a heap but I have a few bad boys now that are hitting the 12 foot mark...
https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/i/MJBmarine/Papaya_2.jpg?width=28...
https://hosting.photobucket.com/images/i/MJBmarine/Papaya_2(1).jpg?width=285&height=175&fit=bounds&crop=fill

It's easy to be brave from a distance.

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megzee commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:46pm
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freeride76 commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:48pm

hahah, you can't see me high-stepping it because those goats were mobbing me and those sharp curved horns are at testicle level.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:56pm

Ornery little fuckers.

The goats, not your testicles.

I'm guessing.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:58pm

Hey Steve, do you know of anyone else who's living a life like that so close to town?

Last of the old-school hold outs?

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 1:59pm

they are actually very sweet natured and intelligent.....much less ornery than I thought.

two of them have been born here, both males and both have no qualms about climbing into your lap and having a snooze.

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freeride76 commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 2:09pm

No Andy. This is the last of the livestock holdings close to town.

here's little Bertie getting checked for ticks.

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stunet commented Thursday, 3 Dec 2020 at 2:28pm

You in QLD Megzee?

Good looking trees.