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    Discussions about growing specifically in a TROPICAL climate
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    Latest: Dragon Fruit Flowering time again! ClissAT, Nov 19, 2019 at 11:12 PM
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  2. Subtropical Climate Only

    Discussions about growing specifically in a SUB-TROPICAL climate
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    Latest: How to use this forum Mark, Nov 18, 2019 at 3:30 PM
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    Discussions about growing specifically in a TEMPERATE climate
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    Latest: How to use this forum Mark, Nov 18, 2019 at 3:31 PM
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    Discussions about growing specifically in an ARID DRY climate
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    Latest: How to use this forum Mark, Nov 18, 2019 at 3:33 PM
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    Latest: Hello from Montana Walt, Nov 19, 2019 at 12:52 PM
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  6. Sell, Swap, Free, Wanted

    Sell, swap, give away, or ask for seeds, cuttings, plants, recyclables, tools, etc in this section.
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  1. Pauljm

    Zucchini

    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the soil. These days you could use a yoghurt container or...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...

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  2. ClissAT

    Yuzu citrus wanted

    Check out this seller not sure how "legit" they are so can't vouch for them but they do sell Yuzu seeds and intend to have plants ready to sell by March 2019 - might be worth a look.
    Check out this seller not sure how "legit" they are so can't vouch for them but they do sell Yuzu seeds and intend to have plants ready to sell by March 2019 - might be worth a look.
    Check out this seller not sure how "legit" they are so can't vouch for them but they do sell Yuzu seeds and intend to have plants ready to sell by March 2019 - might be worth a look.
    Check out this seller not sure how "legit" they are so can't vouch for them but they do sell Yuzu seeds and intend to have plants ready to sell by March 2019 - might be worth a look.
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  3. Flatland

    Young stone fruit trees should fruit be removed?

    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more...
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more thinning than others.
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more thinning than others.
    Indeed the limbs have to be strong enough to take the weight if the fruits, especially mangoes and apples and there is a science to fruit thinning based on each variety of fruit. Some need more...
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  4. Ash

    Question Young apple tree trunk attacked

    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic looks like a much better solution. I'd like to think (hope) the chicken fence in the ad is more to...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic looks like a much better solution. I'd like to...
    That's remarkably cost effective...electric fence helped keep feral deer out around here too...and that was just a few strands. Not sure it worked for wallabies/Roos though. The stuff in the pic...
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  5. Letsgokate

    Yellowing leaves on citrus

    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much sulphur as that can throw out lots of other micro...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...

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  6. Jarrett

    Question Yellowing Citris Seedling

    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to depleted nutrients, too big for the container,...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
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  7. Skippyherron

    Would you live next to a strawberry farm?

    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
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  8. Darryl

    Would like to know your thoughts on Hoophouse for market garden project

    Darryl, Lots of good advice so far and good luck on your endeavour. Another intensive market gardener you may wish to check out is neversink farm based in Northern New York state U.S.A. Lots of...
    Darryl, Lots of good advice so far and good luck on your endeavour. Another intensive market gardener you may wish to check out is neversink farm based in Northern New York state U.S.A. Lots of interesting videos and ideas you should be able to use for your venture.
    Darryl, Lots of good advice so far and good luck on your endeavour. Another intensive market gardener you may wish to check out is neversink farm based in Northern New York state U.S.A. Lots of interesting videos and ideas you should be able to...
    Darryl, Lots of good advice so far and good luck on your endeavour. Another intensive market gardener you may wish to check out is neversink farm based in Northern New York state U.S.A. Lots of...
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  9. Steve

    World's Smallest Chilli Plant??

    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:
    yeah needs more steroids :trainingweights:

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  10. Flatland

    Withholding period for sulphur

    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
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  11. Flatland

    Why does one almond tree suffer more than the other?

    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
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  12. Mark

    Question Why do I need to wait for mushroom compost to go white?

    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the flushes that the farmers find uneconomicAl.
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...

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  13. Mark

    Why are my banana bunches so small?

    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of...
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of water. I'll be monitoring them closely!
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of water. I'll be monitoring them closely!
    Good sun - at least 8 hours. I have a few new bunches coming on and I'll have to see how they go but there should be no excuses this season because I have given them a good feed and plenty of...
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  14. Les

    Question Whoflungdung Mulch

    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
    So I just coated my bed in it. Seems well composted and the chicken poo is in generous supply. Hopefully my new trees love it:)
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  15. ClissAT

    Who's using grey water on their garden?

    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use enough water in my household during a 24hr period to...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
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  16. Jenni

    Who is Eating my Veggies? and its not me!

    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:
    :ROFL::ROFL::ROFL: Is that orally or topically??:ROFL:

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  17. Ezra

    Question Which veggies should I mulch?

    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
    I made this post about compost which will hopefully help you.
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  18. Mark

    Which is best real soil or aquaponics for growing vegetables and fruit?

    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not...
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not be as dramatic as wine I still reckon soil is the best medium.
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not be as dramatic as wine I still reckon soil is the...
    Veggies grown in soil always taste better to me. Same grapes grown in different areas have different qualities and in my opinion vegetables are no different even though the taste factor might not...
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  19. Mark

    Which fertiliser is best for plants? 3 major fertiliser types tested.

    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.

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  20. Raymondo

    Where have all the bees gone ?

    If my memory serves me right, Mark has a video that mentioned his dad has native bees and I am fairly certain he also sells them.
    If my memory serves me right, Mark has a video that mentioned his dad has native bees and I am fairly certain he also sells them.
    If my memory serves me right, Mark has a video that mentioned his dad has native bees and I am fairly certain he also sells them.
    If my memory serves me right, Mark has a video that mentioned his dad has native bees and I am fairly certain he also sells them.
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  21. Mark

    Where can I get Hexies Raised Garden Beds?

    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those two smaller ones in the video for my dwarf avocadoes and then two large rectangle beds 700 mm high...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those two smaller ones in the video for my dwarf...
    Yep that's the ones. They seem to be pretty strong. The end posts are plastic but I doubt they would deteriorate (even in the sun) plus they are guaranteed for 5 years. I ended up getting those...
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  22. Letsgokate

    When to grow spuds in Sub Tropical climate

    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
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  23. Flatland

    When do you prunr

    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on my wish list for the next big road trip. I don't...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
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  24. Jack H

    What’s on my Lettuce?

    Cheers for the advice ClissAT, Been harvesting these lettuces as a cut and come again for about 2 months now so I wasn’t too happy seeing the discoloration. Will look into a copper spray for these...
    Cheers for the advice ClissAT, Been harvesting these lettuces as a cut and come again for about 2 months now so I wasn’t too happy seeing the discoloration. Will look into a copper spray for these beetroots. Thanks :D
    Cheers for the advice ClissAT, Been harvesting these lettuces as a cut and come again for about 2 months now so I wasn’t too happy seeing the discoloration. Will look into a copper spray for these beetroots. Thanks :D
    Cheers for the advice ClissAT, Been harvesting these lettuces as a cut and come again for about 2 months now so I wasn’t too happy seeing the discoloration. Will look into a copper spray for these...

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  25. Les

    Question Whats wrong with my peach tree?

    Nsw. Googling your suggestions looks like you are right on the money.
    Nsw. Googling your suggestions looks like you are right on the money.
    Nsw. Googling your suggestions looks like you are right on the money.
    Nsw. Googling your suggestions looks like you are right on the money.

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