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  1. KathrynJN

    Question Prevent grass growing in raised garden beds

    I hacked into the grass initially with the whipper-snipper (down to the soil) and layed cardboard down first with the beds on top hoping that it would eleviate the problem. My raised garden beds are about 40cm tall and I'm always pulling grass out of them. I don't know if they are coming from...
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    Question My Garlic

    I'm surprised with your big supplier purchased. Sort of thought better of them than that. I found The Seed Garlic shop and ordered ten different bulbs, so we'll see how they go.
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    Question My Garlic

    Thank you Wedgetail. I forgot that it will soon be time to plant garlic again, so I'll have to go in search of some.
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    Recommend Seeds of the New Year

    One food I want to try again this year is chickpeas. I tried a couple of years ago but the grass took over and I didn't get very much. I do have seeds, and by the looks I have to plant them around the second week of May. The other food I need to try and grow much more of is peas, my husband's...
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    Inspired by Mark...and having too much

    I watched an Asian lady cooking one time and she had a bag of pre-made/set-up chips/crisps that she freshly deep fried. So, of course I had to have a go. I Googled the instructions which are basically - slice finely (best with a mandolin), blanch them (sorry, I can't remember for how long)...
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    Question What are your new year's self sufficiency goals?

    Mandy, I also buy herb and some veggies as seedlings as I have trouble getting them started, if at all. One job I really need to do next year is to mulch and get rid of the grass between my raised garden beds. I feel as if I'm constantly dealing with it. Hopefully it will stop grass growing...
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    Finally set up

    Oh dear! I think I have one of those plants in my front yard, never knew what the name of it was. And I would never have thought that I could do anything with it. I watched a few videos. I'm sure my husband's eyes will be rolling in his head if I ever try something with it. Knowing me I...
  8. KathrynJN

    Finally set up

    An update on my cotton. From memory, I think this year's cotton is half the height but everything seems to be going okay. They have been flowering for a month or so. And are forming the bolls. I think the blurry one on the left was the first to flower, so is the biggest boll.
  9. KathrynJN

    Can you ID This Volunteer??

    In regards to freezing pumpkin. I roasted some and froze them and they went white and yuk. I prefer to make pumpkin soup and freeze that instead. Is the vine sending down roots as it grows? One thing I've noticed is that pumpkin will send down roots, as I don't think melons do. That might...
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    Question My Garlic

    Thanks for the info JoshW. Gardening Australia did a video/article on Tassie gourmet back in 2018. I didn't know the name of them, so I'll look more into them for next year. My garden beds are Birdies 385mm high. I do have an area that is a ground garden, so I could try some in there next...
  11. KathrynJN

    Question My Garlic

    Thanks Lunai for your suggestions. I know there wasn't any competition for them and the raised garden bed was in the sun. The only thing might be the soil. Next year I'll try in another bed that has more compost in it and see how I go. Thanks Briztank for your suggestions also. I know I...
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    Question My Garlic

    I have pulled up my garlic and have no idea what I did wrong. I planted garlic from the grocery store, and they all came up. A few seemed to have died, but most of them are like in the photo. Some look like elephant garlic, the one in the middle seemed to be the only one that started growing...
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    Tip What to do with too many chili/habanero/jalapeno/peppers

    Thanks for the chamomile tea tip Lunai. I'm guessing it would work on capsicums as well?
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    Tip What to do with too many chili/habanero/jalapeno/peppers

    This is my first year growing chili, and the two seed packets I bought were the fire & ice, and cayenne. My husband tried a yellow fire & ice and said it tasted like a capsicum, no heat at all. I didn't realise that they would eventually turn red, and I'm guessing the heat increases as they...
  15. KathrynJN

    Finally set up

    Thank you Mandy. Usually I do plant everything separately, but with having the skinny bed I thought I'd try something different. It just didn't work out as planned. As for the cotton, in America they have the boll weavil which decimated crops in the past, and I think because of that they...
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    Finally set up

    An update. As you can see everything is now growing, but I still have a bit of space to plant more. In the long skinny bed in the foreground I randomly scattered carrots, spring onions and radishes, with the idea that the radishes would be harvested first. I twisted all the radishes out...
  17. KathrynJN

    Finally set up

    Cotton was grown out here (in Ipswich) many years ago. I tried in 2020 and one of two seeds germinated. I was like a child at Christmas time watching it grow and seeing a boll open for the first time. I ended up with three 4L ice cream containers full of fluff, ready for spinning. My "long"...
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    Finally set up

    Thanks Mandy. I'd like to have one bed for strawberries, one for cotton and one for raspberries and blueberries. The rest is for successive sowing throughout the year. I also need to set up the gourd tunnel. Half of the rest of the yard on the left will be a food forest, that's the next...
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    Finally set up

    I finally have the garden beds set up and mostly filled. There is still a couple of things I need to add before I can plant, but at least I can take my time with that. Woohoo! d
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    Sowing

    Hi I have a Yates Garden Guide from 1992 that I tend to refer to, and I'm including their planting guide. Hope it helps. I don't know how accurate it is now with the changes in the weather, but at least it will give you some ideas. Garlic is not included, but www.greenharvest.com.au (they...
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