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    Organic soil issues

    Hi Dan thanks for the reply. Time flies it’s been 2 months since the original post. I am getting mixed results from the soil now.I have zucchini plants growing at the expected rate however my broccoli and kale is a lot slower but growing all the same. The most surprising and slowest to grow has...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi again I just did a ph test on the soil. I expected it to be alkaline and was right. Found some Sulfur in the shed. Is sulfur the go or Has anyone got any other suggestions? As stated in earlier thread its a “veggie mix” consisting of organic soil,mushroom compost and sand for drainage...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi and thanks for all the input on this one. It appears the next variety of soil Isnt much better than the last. I have have broccoli and kale in one end that is growing but ever so slowly. The snap peas at the other end aren’t doing much at all. I ended up with about 11 garden beds at our...
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    Transplanting comfrey

    Hi all, I bought some comfrey rootstock that came in the mail a couple of months ago. It now looks as per the below Photos and at least one more plant is coming through. i intend to use it in my compost as well as a natural border in one of my gardens if I can get it to grow successfully. So my...
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    Organic soil issues

    Thanks for that clissat I will keep that in mind. Not sure I qualify as “garden folk” but hey if I keep it up another few years maybe I will know what I’m doing! The ant problem I referred to is them digging mounds in our lawn. I have read they do this after rain to keep their nests dry. And yes...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi Clissat, I am in the Tweed heads region near QLD Nsw border. They aren’t white Ants. Our whole yard is covered in dirt mounds at the moment so I have just been reading up on funnel ants. Unsure if the ants that are in all the dead branches are of the same variety or not. They are small and...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi and thanks for all the comments and suggestions. I have built the beds 600mm high but will only fill them to about 450mm of soil. I was going to put tree branches and organic matter on the bottom of the beds however we have a bit of an ant problem and most of the old tree branches at the back...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi and thanks for the replies. I like the thought of trying to source local soil from a pool excavation however I wonder if the local clay soil would be as much hassle to get right as the organic stuff. If I do have to go the organic again do you think adding sand would help it drain? I’ve got...
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    Organic soil issues

    Hi all, I am looking for opinions on improving the organic soil bought from landscape supplies. I have built another couple of beds and have to buy in soil to fill them. I have found that this soil goes really hard to the point where water can’t penetrate it!. It takes about 10 mins water to...
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    New beds-How many worms?

    Hi and Thanks for the replies guys- as usual I’m trying to do a few things at once and the worms are on the list there somewhere. Thanks again...Paul
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    Backyard to food forest

    Hi Andrew beds look very similar to mine although mine aren’t as big. What made you stain them? Also can I ask where you get comfrey from? I have just bought some comfrey root stock on line so I’m going to give them a go for my compost etc. any tips on growing it? I am on the Tweed- nth nsw...
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    New beds-How many worms?

    Hi all hope everyone is staying safe in these crazy times. I haven’t been on here for quite a while as we moved house prior to Xmas and am now building some garden beds at our new place. I have spent the weekend loading up new beds with organic soil from the landscape supplies. I have used this...
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    Bug Id please

    Hi All, Due to the lack of rain over summer I have neglected my garden a bit as everything that was healthy got smashed by cucumber beetles and other critters. Most of the yellow and black cucumber beetles have now gone however grasshoppers still munching on most things. Hoping now with the rain...
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    Split pumpkin

    Hi All, This is my first attempt at growing pumpkins. The first photo below is one that I think is nearly ready to pick. The skin is pretty hard and I think it is sounding hollow although I am unsure. The second photo shows the one that has the split in it. I read this could be from overwatering...
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    My turn to be in hospital!

    Far out...not good Clissat hope things improve for you.