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  1. JoshW

    Galvanized Garden Beds

    No need for adhesive, it's made to just grip itself. It might come loose as it gets old (take years of sun exposure) but it will be 10x better to replace than scraping glue when it degrades. As for filling, I usually go 2/3rds of cheap mulch - I don't have access to wood or I'd use that. The...
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    Galvanized Garden Beds

    To add further - look at stock troughs and pre poly water tanks for human and stock consumption - all galvanised. Grain silos - all galvanised. Like I said, use that neutral soil and it'll be all apples. We specifically grow our acid lovers like blueberries in pots to avoid using acidic soil in...
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    Galvanized Garden Beds

    Hi @Chelle P, welcome. I did extensive research and found galvanised steel is perfectly safe to use for edible crops (including root crops). Zinc etc that makes up the coating van be found in nature (and our foods) after all. The only thing to look out for is using acidic soils and fertilisers...
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    Question Prevent grass growing in raised garden beds

    Save your time with weed mat unless youre going a proven commercial product. I got $$ matting from bunnings and its wider than garden bed and still have grass in my lowest raised bed. Easiest way to prevent grass is depth, I have no issues in my tall (approx 80cm high) beds. Lay the bottoms with...
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    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Oh and here's a bonus progress pic of some tongue of fire beans i currently have in one of my OG beds I built back in 2020 - the other has spuds in it and we all know how they hide the harvest, or lack therof haha
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    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Spectacularly Mandy, I'll grab some updated piccies tomorrow. Here's a couple from the other day - some Anaheims, black jalapeno and regular jalapeno
  7. JoshW

    My Homebrewing Escapades

    That sounds like they were at the secondary ferment/carbonating stage and have either mixed up their sugar ratios, or bottled too early and got a bottle bomb. You really need to leave the beer until you get stable readings for at least 3 days. Yeast can stall and then surprise, your hard work...
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    My Homebrewing Escapades

    Giving pressure fermentation a whirl. I'm not fermenting with temperature control yet, going under pressure gives a bit more headroom if we get a hotter day but primary benefit is I pick this up when it's done and into the fridge and serve once cold without having to carbonate. It won't last...
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    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    The joy of these beds Mandy is that it requires minimal effort to build. Sheets of tin are standard sizes - 1 cut for the ends is it. You don't need the fancy corner caps (but recommended) - again only 2 cuts to a standard length of 80cm so no waste. Wood on top - minor trimming for long sides...
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    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    And netted - will tidy up the ends at some stage
  11. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Hopefully this is clearer
  12. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Pic is deceiving, can walk all the way around
  13. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    One down (bar the shadecloth, seedlings and mulch of course)
  14. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Im absolutely wrecked after today. 4m³ shovelled today in 33° heat - off to pick soil up tomorrow but doubt I will be in any shape to finish these off. Also for anyone wondering how I get soil/mulch in have included my ramp solution - no way am I shovelling at both ends! Will be filled by this...
  15. JoshW

    Pallet Project's

    Mrs is using it as pot stand atm. Chooks decimated it in one day and it never really recovered. I've been meaning to make it deeper but hard with pots all over it. Holding up fine without any treatment
  16. JoshW

    My Homebrewing Escapades

    Thanks for the recipe Dave, if I ever get some cheap maple syrup I will definitely give that a crack. That's about $70 worth of syrup over here I reckon.
  17. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    So existing soil. Then cardboard/newspapers. Some old bricks after that. Some old sleepers. A palm tree that's annoying me. Then I'll fill with my usual coarse bush mulch till 2/3. Then top with veggie mix. The grass never makes it through that, so not propping with weed mat or anything.
  18. JoshW

    My raised bed adventure - Hugelkultur inspired

    Another step closer, really need to get a wriggle on before the inevitable heatwave when mother nature works out she shouldn't still be snowing in November
  19. JoshW

    What did you harvest today? Megathread

    Been very time poor lately. Pulled the garlic and some beetroot. 11.5 500ml jars pickled beetroot. 10 x 250ml jars garlic powder. Didn't save as much as hoped, very poor season - still snowing within an hour away. Silly weather patterns. Still, we got a lot, some people lost the lot so have to...
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