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    I'm on board for the most part, plant diversity, using local manures instead of chemical fertilizers, mulching for weed suppression & pest control through encouraging beneficial predators are all great. You lose me if you go down the mystical/magical path though!
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    Organic soil issues

    Sulfur is the way to go, it can take a few months to break down & change the PH though, so be patient & don't put too much on.
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    Question best place for a 'citrus / fruit' grove or sorts?

    First up, I love you're plan! I wish there was an app to plot out a garden, but the ones I found don't have nearly enough room for all the things I want to plant, so I go back to the pen & paper method too :) If you have access to a rotary hoe, it may pay to mix a bit of non clay soil & organic...
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    Hello from Upstate NY

    Welcome, it sounds like you're off to a good start. You never stop learning, other gardeners are a great help, but the best teacher is the garden itself! Another great youtube channel is Edible acres, they are up your way in the finger lakes area. May give you some good ideas for what grows...
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    Backyard to food forest

    Hi Charles, I didn't do any tilling at all, it probably would have been a good idea to speed up the improvement of soil health, but I think the planting in raised beds & mulching heavily will still get the job done. Greenhouse is almost finished, just have a door to make, then seal up any gaps...
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    Question What are people using for snails?

    I hear ducks are better pest controllers around the garden than chickens, they can be noisy though. Or let your kid free range, the french eat snails right? Anything to attract natural predators may help- ponds for frogs, rock piles for lizards, small bushes/shrubs spread around the garden that...
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    Backyard to food forest

    Thanks, it's been a busy few months, I wanted to get the basics sorted over autumn/winter- the Soil, Mulch & fruit trees in the ground so it could all settle in. Anxiously waiting for spring & summer now, when it will really take off. i just ordered a whole heap of herb & perennial seeds from...
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    Backyard to food forest

    I decided on clear polycarbonate. Insulation isn't a huge concern, I just wanted a frost & bug free space for seedlings & cabbages. I make a lot of fermented foods & it takes so long picking the critters out of the cabbage! Should have it all finished by Wednesday I hope, it's due to rain by...
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    Harvested the oca

    Wow, that's quite the harvest Robbie. How do you like to eat them?
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    Backyard to food forest

    I took advantage of the nice weather today to make a start on the greenhouse. It measures 2.4 wide x 3.6 meters long and 1.8 to 2.4 meters high. I ran out of short screws & couldn't be bothered going out again today, so will continue it tomorrow. I also keep forgetting to get the concrete blocks...
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    Question Interspecies Tree Refinement

    There are limited species that like to play together from what I understand. Look up 'the tree of 40 fruit' for an idea of what is possible with grafting - plums, cherries, almonds, apricots, nectarines all on the same tree. Then you have the hybrids eg- plumcots & apriums where the fruit is...
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    Hi from the Adelaide Hills

    Welcome Marika, I spent a number of years in FNQ & wonder the same thing during winter. There are plenty of friendly folks around here that would love to hear all about your successes & failures, so you're not alone anymore :)
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    Backyard to food forest

    Thanks Marika, the fruit trees are mainly dwarf varieties & will be pruned to keep them small, so the roots shouldn't wander too far. The drainage channel runs between the beds & trees as well, so if anything, the roots will stop there chasing the water. Moisture wise, I have more than I want...
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    21 Days Eating Only What We Can Grow

    Good on you Mark! How is your herb selection? I love making tea from things I collect around the garden. Mint & Basil make a great base, then you just add things & see how it turns out.
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    Transplanting comfrey

    Hi Paul, they will be fine to plant now, I put some into the ground last week about that size & they've taken off. Or you could let them go a bit longer, divide them as you transplant & put some pieces back in the box to grow again.