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  1. JP 1983

    Recommend Electroculture

    One can use iron/steel or brass wire - it's just a little more exposed to decay (rust, oxidation etc), and somewhat less conductive than copper (and obviously silver and gold, being better conductors than copper, are simply out of the question for expense!). I wouldn't ever use aluminium for a...
  2. JP 1983

    Recommend Electroculture

    It is unfortunate when opinions are formed on insufficient evidence. I'll be getting some copper wire to try some experiments with my pot plants this spring. I've already noticed that my mandarin seedling growing in a terracotta pot is doing much better than the one in the plastic pot (both...
  3. JP 1983

    Recommend Electroculture

    You obviously didn't read Christofleau's book ay? The apparatus act like antenna, absorbing natural atmospheric electricity and redirecting it to plant roots, allowing the crops to grow largely disease and pest free without the use of additional fertilisers. "Power consumption problems" are thus...
  4. JP 1983

    Recommend Electroculture

    Because it has been known since the late 18th century that electricity makes plants grow better (watch the first 16 mins). One French researcher, Justin-Etienne Christofleau, wrote and patented many electroculture devices between 1920 and his death in 1938. He has one [BOOK] (English, printed...
  5. JP 1983

    Fig Tree. Am i doing this right?

    Yes, will totally depend on what the rootstock was/is. I think it'll live. Figs are hardy buggers once they're established.
  6. JP 1983

    using wood ash from fire place or fire pit in compost?

    I think the main thing is an easy supply of trace elements which allow the plants to go gangbusters on the secondary metabolites which result in increased disease and insect resistance. I might try putting a cup of ash in my dead pot (nothing grows in it) and see if this will revive the soil.
  7. JP 1983

    Gardening Pumpkin selection

    I nabbed a photo of those small Korean pumpkins, they call them Dan Hobak (lit. sweet/sugar pumpkin).
  8. JP 1983

    Gardening Raised Beds

    If you have the time to spare (and a lot of clay soil on your property), one could very easily build a clay-brick one with a much lower cost than commercial bricks. Waste bricks from a demo might also be cheaper. The main thing will be ensuring the brick walls dont bow out once the fill goes in.
  9. JP 1983

    Aussie Bush Tucker - An Introduction to Common Native Foods of Australia

    i shoved that one in there for you GG!
  10. JP 1983

    Gardening Pumpkin selection

    There is one Korean cultivar my wife likes, she says they're even better than Kents. They're very small, round green pumpkins available in Asian groceries from time to time. Always good to diversify your options! Grow what grows, and grow what you know you'll cook!
  11. JP 1983

    Gardening Pumpkin selection

    For me its definitely taste. Kents are one of the sweetest pumpkin cultivars available and excellent roasted, souped, pancakes, pies, etc; seeds are true to type and they grow like mad. QLD blues are dull in flavour by comparison, but still lively vines.
  12. JP 1983

    Aussie Bush Tucker - An Introduction to Common Native Foods of Australia

    Kurrajong/Bottle Trees is now live [HERE]. [Edit: I managed to condense the references to fit on the original page.]
  13. JP 1983

    hello from the uk

    G'day mate, welcome to the community!
  14. JP 1983

    SelfSufficiant Gardenventure in eastern Germany

    In Australia we have the giant root vole.
  15. JP 1983

    Gardening How often to Water and Fertilize?

    I fertilise when I see my plants putting on new growth. For citrus and banana that can be two or three times per year; pomegranates and peaches probably only need once in spring because they'll go to sleep for winter (even if its not cold there).
  16. JP 1983

    Gardening 'Regret' plants

    How did you prepare this native creeper?
  17. JP 1983

    G'day from West Wales, UK

    G'day and welcome! Quite a different climate to Wales, I bet!
  18. JP 1983

    Hello from Arkansas, USA

    G'day and welcome!
  19. JP 1983

    New Member from New Zealand

    G'day! Sounds like you're living pretty close to the self-sufficient dream!
  20. JP 1983

    What did you harvest today? Megathread

    Desert kurrajongs (Brachychiton gregorii) would grow very well in your area, though, @Grandmother Goose ! They're such beautiful trees, too. The edible seeds are just a bonus!
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