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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megzee Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:22pm

No worries JD....if you don't want to use your fresh chilli stock, the supermarket cheap bottled chilli paste version is a cheap alternative..
Good luck veggie brother.......

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:28pm

Sounds like a potent mix there Megzee, I'm going to give it a try. Would not want to get it in the eyes either...

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megzee Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:36pm

It's a beauty Seaslug.......yep the eyes are a no no.......and don't go for a piss during the manufacturing process.......if you get my drift...
It's one of those ones you can dose up pretty heavily but the straining process is key so as not to block the spray bottle....

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:42pm

Yes the old chilli d..., roger on the straining. I recon granny should coat the bamboo whipping stick with it

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megzee Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:46pm

Mate, I reckon that old Mekong Tiger has a few Viet Kong tricks up her sleeve and chilli would be on the light side...

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seaslug Wednesday, 9 Dec 2020 at 6:52pm

I can only imagine....

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garyg1412 Friday, 11 Dec 2020 at 8:45am

The old beer trick Indo mentioned works a treat on snails and slugs. Just make sure you don't own a Labrador as well like I did who slurped the whole lot up early the next day slugs, snails and all.

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seaslug Friday, 11 Dec 2020 at 9:14am

haha, what a good Labrador

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seaslug Monday, 14 Dec 2020 at 3:03pm

Forget the Battle of the Bands, its the Battle of the Birds

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Blowin Monday, 14 Dec 2020 at 3:31pm

Ring necks !

Been too long since I’ve seen one of them.

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seaslug Monday, 14 Dec 2020 at 3:55pm

Bloody things 28's.

Mr Einstein has a sore foot so came for a sit down and bit of TLC

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Blowin Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 10:21am

Chrissy eve goodness. The rains have come and the land is alive. You can just about feel the greenery pushing up from under your feet.

Olives

More mulberries ( ! )

Lychees

Summer citrus cranks onwards

Blueberries still happening

Pineapples coming on

Longans

Bananas loving the rainfall

Avos gaining weight and numbers with the water

Black sapote in flower

Jaboticaba showing

Heidi mangoes looking good still

Persimmons

Macadamias

Green green green

Calypso mangoes

Calypso goodness

This time last year was burnt , brown and depressing

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san Guine Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 10:54am

Nice one Blowin, happy Christmas to you and yours

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Island Bay Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 12:15pm

Looks wonderful, Blowin!

Happy Christmas and eat well.

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tiger Friday, 25 Dec 2020 at 2:00pm

Serious fruit tree envy there Blowin, everything is thriving! You're not wrong with the comparison to this time last year. The environment seemed hostile back then, and it's just lush and bountiful this year. How big/mature is your jaboticaba tree? Wait until you see that thing in full flush, it's a sight to behold. You probably don't want to hear it, but the waves have been very good over my way!

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Westofthelake Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 12:11pm

Not my place, but my mothers. Every year for the last 30 or more she has always grown vegies in the old above-ground-swimming-pool-spot. This year at xmas I noticed she has put in some netting, and it works really well.
I've had gardens on and off for many years, but like others struggle to maintain the motivation when my vegies get eaten by birds and pests. Anyway might give it another go next year. There's a lot of inspiration on here so thanks again for sharing.

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freeride76 Tuesday, 29 Dec 2020 at 12:16pm

I'm getting more into livestock.
so much easier converting carbon, nitrogen and oxygen into proteins via animals than plants.

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proctor37 Saturday, 10 Apr 2021 at 2:13am

Looks great. I also started to put it in my garden because I want to eat my own vegetables and don't buy them in a supermarket. But, apparently, rodents also want to eat my vegetables.

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AmandaKY Tuesday, 13 Apr 2021 at 10:21pm

I don't put it in the garden, but yeah, rodents can bring you a lot of trouble. Last week my roof was leaking and I found holes in my roof and vents made by squirrels.

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Blowin Wednesday, 21 Apr 2021 at 3:38pm

Pretty sure it was Supafreak who alerted me to the identity of the Nam Doc Mai mangoes we’ve got growing. He was correct. As soon as I tasted them I was transported to SE Asia. Not sure if it’s because the flavour is so evocative of great times overseas, because we had relatively few Nam Doc Mai fruit amongst a sea of other mango types or whether the Nam Doc Mai are simply the tastiest of all varieties, but they were soon a firm favourite of the harvest.

This inspired me to try and propagate a few more Nam Doc Mai trees from the seeds of our sole existing tree. It’s always rewarding growing something particularly from seed and especially if it’s useful or edible. Interesting that the Nam Doc Mai is often polyembryonic, meaning that it can get multiple sprouts off the single seed. Apparently one of the sprouts is the result of sexual reproduction and therefore the fruit will differ slightly from the parent tree, whilst the rest of the sprouts are pure clones of the parent so that their fruit will taste exactly like the mother tree.

Cant wait to try them all and find out for sure which is which.


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Patrick Saturday, 5 Jun 2021 at 9:18am

Yum, I've eaten a lot of Nam Doc Mais in Thailand.

What's everyone doing in the garden now? I got a good crop of spuds earlier in the year, double what was in this pic. It was my first time growing them.

Now I've moved to a new place with established olive trees and I've started pickling this lot. They should be ready in about four weeks. My first time doing this as well.

The previous owners set this place up well, lots of herbs, small fruit n citrus trees, dug up carrots the other day and pak choi and other greens are going well. Spud plants scattered around too.

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mowgli Tuesday, 7 Sep 2021 at 9:46pm

those olives look amazing.

I'll try and get a pic of our latest mulberry haul. The fruit has just gone from barely there to fucken everywhere. So fast the Grey Cuckoo Shrikes weren't aware they'd come good (they have now though, the bastards). Mango trees are heavy with flowers too. Meant to be a wetter than average spring up here on Sunshine Coast so hopefully the black fungus does get a foothold in the flowers as a result.

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stunet Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 7:32am

Big head start moving into a place with established trees, Patrick.

What's your plans for the olives and how you gonna prepare them?

We had a quiet winter down here. My boys all wanted to do some gardening, which meant they planted seedlings then didn't give them a second thought till they bolted.

I'm currently preparing the beds for a big summer. I've also got a passionfruit vine that I planted late last summer that, because it's facing due north, grew all winter and is now occupying twenty metres of fence up to three metres high. The flowers are just starting to appear. Hoping for a purple bonanza.

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Patrick Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 8:11am

Stu, I salted them for one month and then used this recipe, minus the chilli, that I got from the guy who planted them:
'Sterilise jars. Place 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil , little salt, chilli ,lemon and top with water - make sure water just covers olives.
Seal with bakers sheet and lid and enjoy. Leave in jars about 1 month.'

I added some red wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar to some of the jars and chucked in some parsley.

Started eating them a couple of weeks ago. They're ok, the ones in red wime vinegar best so far. I've given away a couple of jars, haven't got feedback on what they think of them yet.

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:05am

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Love this time of the year. Fruit tress blossoming, heirloom broccoli going nuts, and worm farms doing their thing.
Started the worm farms after having constant trouble with rats and mice in the compost bins.
The worm tea that the farms produce is possibly the best thing for the veggies and fruit that I’ve seen. They love it!

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mowgli Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:08am

Is that a peach tree? Wait till you see mine after I gave it a prune a little while back.

That is a serious worm orgy!

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freeride76 Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:10am

Nice one GF.

Spring is the worst time in sub-tropical NSW (imo).

soil moisture dries up, all the winter veggies bolt to seed or get nailed by pests.

Temperate fruit trees do OK, but fruit fly gets 90% of anything with a soft skin (stone fruit).

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:12am

They are peach and nectarine’s. Only a couple of years old.
Also have apples, apricot, couple of plums and olives.
Yeah the worms are amazing, wish I had of got in to it earlier

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goofyfoot Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:13am

The fruit fly must be so frustrating fr76

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freeride76 Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:23am

Not anymore.
I appreciate the peach tree blossom and once a blue moon you find one without the fruit fly grubs in it.

too hard trying to trap or spray.

might get a few mangoes this year.

Fruit is a hard task around here......getting it past the fruit fly, possums, rats, bats and birds is not easy.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:24am

I pretty much give up gardening from now until March.

might grow some sunflowers for fun.

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stunet Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 10:48am

Looks unreal GF. Realise I've gotta get my seeds in the ground ASAP.

I usually wait for the first NEer, but with the odd weather this year that would've meant June.

Also, Patrick, your language appears subdued regarding the taste of the olives, or am I just imagining that?

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Westofthelake Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 11:25am

It's been a while since I had a garden. Probably a bit put off because I wasn't real successful. Whether it was the animals digging up the beds, birds eating the tomatoes, bugs, insects and snails doing their bit, they all added to my gardening frustrations and disappointments.

But this year I have at least made a start and got the seedlings into my raised garden beds. Thanks for the inspiration fellas!

It's called the 'Salad Sandwich' garden. It is inspired by the salad sandwiches I used to get as a teenager from the local corner shop at the beach. At the time I had a bit of a 'pimple' issue so was motivated to improve my diet...

Lettuce, Onion, Carrots, Beetroot, and tomatoes. Put those together with a bit of salt and pepper and you have imho a delectable sandwich. (Cucumber not welcome sorry)

Plus some Celery for the spag bog and strawberries for dessert.

I have also implemented a method to keep the animal diggers out of my beds and at least keep the birds from eating my tomatoes by utilising an old swing set frame and some bird-netting.

Will let you know how it goes, or should I say grows.

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garyg1412 Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 12:06pm
stunet wrote:

I've also got a passionfruit vine that I planted late last summer that, because it's facing due north, grew all winter and is now occupying twenty metres of fence up to three metres high. The flowers are just starting to appear. Hoping for a purple bonanza.

Stu my vine is on its last legs but I have had a purple bonanza the last 4 years. They either fruit or they don't. Each year instead of wasting what we couldn't eat I put a heap of pulp into ice trays and once frozen transferred them to a freezer bag. You can then enjoy a cold treat in the off season or a tasty iceblock for that vodka and soda!!

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indo-dreaming Wednesday, 8 Sep 2021 at 12:29pm

Great time of year right now to throw around some dynamic lifter type fertiliser especially before some rain and also great time to mulch to ensure the least amount of soil moisture loss in the warmer months, makes a huge difference.

If a vegetable garden a mulch like sugarcane mulch that releases nitrogen as breaks down is great. (bark type mulches are great for general garden use, but pull nitrogen from the soil as break down)

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Patrick Thursday, 16 Sep 2021 at 10:03am

Yes Stu, a touch subdued because I didn't think much of the second jar. The first one was terrific though and a neighbour liked the second batch. Will see how the other jars taste soon. Each jar was cured with a slightly different recipe.

There are about eight trees and I mixed all the fruit together but the guy who planted them said I should keep them seperate as they're not all the same variety. I'll do that next time.

I made them so they're barely bitter, almost sweet.

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Patrick Thursday, 16 Sep 2021 at 10:05am

"It's called the salad sandwich garden"
That's the way to go, just plant what you like eating.

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zenagain Thursday, 16 Sep 2021 at 10:09am

Way ahead of you Patrick- my fried chicken is coming up nicely and I should get a nice harvest from my pizza vine.