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Finally got into the veggie garden today after weeks of neglect and was pulling out the large clumps of grass in the sweet potato patch when I partly uncovered a sweet potato so thought I might as well dig it out and what a beauty it is 1.7kg. Even with the super market shelves getting emptied we will be right for another week eating this big boy.
Garlic is it a herb, spice or vegetable which ever it is one of the most used flavourings in cooking.
Anyway growing garlic i did put a search in to see if there were any threads on it didn't find anything so here we go what i learned over the years and from garlic growers here in Tassie.
When selecting garlic it should be clean free of moulds and insects the roots should be compact and firm. remove the cloves from the bulb, you are after the largest to medium size the small one's use in the kitchen.
Before planting soak for 24 hours or over night in water with some seasol added this will help with germination and give it a good start.
Garden prep: Choose an area that has good drainage and that you don't need for up to 9 months. It is best to have a cover crop in and dug over about a month prior to planting with a ph of between 6 and 7. Plant in rows 15 cm apart and spacing of 10 cm. Plant the cloves 2 cm deep or the first knuckle of your finger with the pointy end up on the...
So i only had my bees for about a month now and decided to purchased a new flow hive just over a week ago and have recently moved the bees into the new box, The old box had ten frames with a fall super and the new box is a 8 frame with the flow frames.
I movet over about 3 days ago and today they swamed but lucky enough for me they come back to the hive in about 30 mins so I took the chance to split them so now I have two hive, hahah well that didn't take long at all.
I'm guessing to why they swarmed is because the new hive was smaller and also the super was not ready to use as they have not drawn comb out on them frames yet and they were using the brood nest as a honey store so the queen could not lay anymore eggs.
Well that was a good lesson early on in my journey as a beekeeper hopefully I will not make the same mistake again
So as discussed a wee while back in another thread, I utilised a small part sun/shade area of the back garden and built me a raised hugelkulter mound out of left over garden logs and branches (rather than cut and chuck). Covered and packed in compost and some left over soil, whacked in a few seeds / seedlings and see how it goes.
Seems to be growing okay with the recent big rains really giving it a huge soaking, plus it soaks up rain run off as per the below.
and now a couple of weeks post the rain and some sun it's kicking on well...even the old tree log shot out some new growth from underneath. Lettuce has come on (just now) as too the zuc's. Leeks and Strawberry's (old runners) surviving too.
Anyhoo....what's Dougalkulter?? Well when I was looking at this mound the other day it reminded me of Dougal the Dog (from those old enough to remember) from the Magical Roundabout show of the early 70's....
I'm giving Companion planting a go at the moment and I am using an old "self watering pot.." I thought while building this "does anyone else seal the water overflow with fly screen to prevent mosquitoes?"
I would also love to see what successful companion pot combinations people have achieved, above I am attempting Climbing Spinach, Oregano, Thyme and Rosemary.
Just wanted to share my worm farm, made from and old esky that was sadly broken a few years ago. As I was generating more green waste that my worms and compost containers could handle I decided to increase my worm farm capacity by using this old esky and a few scrap materials from my garden.
I set it up next to my old worm farm, in a shady spot at the back of our block.
As you can see, the esky has seen better days
I levelled the esky on top of a few old milk crates. It does have a slight slope to the hole. I made sure to flood test, then dribble test to make sure that the worm tea will end up in the bucket
I just purchased a Tumbleweed Worm Cafe from the big green shed. I know it not exactly DIY but there is some minor assembly required so im calling it DIY'ish .
While we have only had it a few days now and new to worm farming we are happy with the product and ease of use, the kids are almost fighting over who gets to feed the worms in the evening.
We used to throw away the food scraps like alot of urban households. It will take several months to see the rewards from the worm farm but the main goal is to minimise the purchase of liquid fertilisers and utilise the worm tea and castings in the veggie garden instead.
If any one has any good tips on creating a successful worm farm i would appreciate the info.
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I thought some maybe interested in one of my other hobbies growing mushrooms Yellow, Pink and QLD Oyster Mushrooms as well as lions mane mushrooms. Just recently i have seeded wine cap mushrooms in hardwood wood chips around the garden and i aim to start growing shiitake mushrooms soon.
A couple of pic: yellow and qld oyster mushrooms and the lions mane some times known as pompom.
The yellow oyster has a slight chewy texture good for stir-fries and soups the qld oyster is a good all rounder, (having mushroom risotto with salmon tonight) Lions Mane mushroom has the same texture as crab meat some say it tastes like lobster or crab it doesn't but it does make a great mock crab cake.
For those who don’t know what a Potager Garden is....
“A potager is a French term for an ornamental vegetable or kitchen garden. The historical design precedent is from the Gardens of the French Renaissance and Baroque Garden à la française eras. Often flowers (edible and non-edible) and herbs are planted with the vegetables to enhance the garden's beauty.”
https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki
OK now you know what it is... my question is.. I have a lovely very large walled garden 18m x 15m and I would like to design a Potager garden.. but it has also to be practical.. I’m in a powered wheelchair.. so it will be raised beds.. but also beautiful as you only design this once!.. so what shape would you do? I’m thinking of doing a spoked wheel... but I’m concerned about accessing the middle. .. this image is just an idea...
Hi everybody! I’m looking for online stores to order some heirloom seeds from, for a decent price. I have heard good things about, “rareseeds.com”. Does anyone else have some favorite sites they like to use or direct me to a thread, where this has already been discussed. Thanks. ~A Massachusetts Man
Well got mum settled into the new place we bought her, lovely little 5 acre property 3 houses down from me in my street, this rain has been beautiful
House has 1 massive dam and a run off into a secondary one, all full and complete with 1 petrol and 1 electric pump that irrigates the entire 5 acres
I want to get into solar, however the door to door people around here keep trying to sell me $20,000 systems. is there a way to reduce the cost by buying it in parts? I am electrically savvy but I have not worked around solar before. what are the key things you need to know about it? any help from not a salesman would be great! thank you.
Last Friday night on the way home i found a free water tanks on the side of the road
So after permission from the wife and off i went with the trailer
By the time i got there one was gone but this one was left
Well 9" grinder in hand and a little time later it turned into these
Pretty happy with the result
Just need to fill with some old hay , compost and soil now
Always great when you get more Veggie beds
I live in Pennsylvania, I'd love to start some plants for my garden from seed this year (as opposed to buying plants like the previous 4 years). When should I start seed? Any recommendations on what to use as a small greenhouse, too? Our indoor space is... Tight lol
Just looking for some suggestions on the best plants to grow in Ohio. My grandma is an avid gardener and has always grown standard flat green beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, and various other veggies.
Just curious what other, or more specific varieties, other people with similar climates have had good success with!
Onions? Lettuces? Leeks?
Low maintenance and easy would get you bonus points because I'm somewhat of a newbie.
All is appreciated!
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