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  1. JP 1983

    Gardening What is this bug on my tomatoes?

    To me that looks like a queen ant. I can't tell the species without more information about location. If you're in Australia, it is spring (and we've had a lot of early spring rain) and the young queens are out and about looking for new nesting locations. It will only be a concern if you have...
  2. JP 1983

    Any experience growing wheat?

    The only advice I'll give is that wheat, like corn, is wind pollinated so if you want some good heads you'll need to sow in a dense clump (like 2m x 2m), not in a single thin row.
  3. JP 1983

    Is woodchip good or bad for a vegetable garden bed?

    Throw some blood and bone on top of the woodchip (don't water it in) and you'll get your answer for why it allegedly depletes nitrogen. I found this out quite by accident only a month ago. I was crumbling b & b on my potted citrus which has a woodchip mulch, getting it ready for spring growth...
  4. JP 1983

    Kale tips

    Ah, kale. The one green I cannot eat! About two years ago I started adding kale to my morning smoothies. Within a week I broke out in this horrid rash over my abdomen. So I troubleshooted my diet and stopped eating certain things for a month. Sure enough when I came around to ditching the kale...
  5. JP 1983

    My pea's

    Flowers will set within a few days, you'll have your first pods forming within a week! You can harvest them at any stage of their development. Eat them young if you like crunchy, sweet whole pods, leave them longer (2-4 weeks) if you want fat peas.
  6. JP 1983

    Is this a fruit

    Nice find! Cissus rotundifolia seems to have edible berries and leaves. [Link] This plant comes from the wilds of Somalia and is also used extensively in Yemeni cuisine, apparently!
  7. JP 1983

    Pepper browning on vine

    Poke your finger deep into the soil. If it feels wet, leave it. If it feels dry, water it. :) Overwatering will be the likely problem if the brown patches on the fruit feel soggy and mushy to the touch. If they're kinda dry and hard, it'll be a sun issue. In the latter case, make sure your...
  8. JP 1983

    Is this a fruit

    I took a quick search through my native foods directory and I didn't see anything like that one. The leaves are quite distinct; I didn't see any native plant like it but this could be due to incomplete information on my part. The closest thing I saw was Brazilian nightshade, an invasive weed...
  9. JP 1983

    Durian Tree

    Durian are tropical fruit (originating from Malaysia/Indonesia) so they'll grow well if you've got rich soil and plenty of rainfall and humidity. The trees can grow to be gargantuan (25-50m or 80-160 feet), so keep that in mind for planting location. You do not want 2-5kg (6-15 lbs) durian fruit...
  10. JP 1983

    Gardening Suggestion for Pot Garden in suburban Brisbane

    Dwarf citrus are great companions. The only caveat is to make sure they're well-draining. My citrus hates being sodden (all the leaves go curled and rotten over time - this is now the second time I've stripped it back to a stem just so it had a chance to survive winter and it's sprouting back...
  11. JP 1983

    Is this a fruit

    Sorry mate, I can't ID that one! Where abouts are ya?
  12. JP 1983

    Pepper browning on vine

    How much water are you giving them? How wet is the soil? Capscicums and chillis don't like to be overwatered; it will cause the fruit to rot on the plant.
  13. JP 1983

    Question binging on fermentation videos right now

    Radish is great. My wife makes that all the time (Korean style - it's called ggakkdoogi; they have another one with whole small radish called chonggak kimchi - you could easily sub french radish for chonggak radish to make it - leaves and all!!) We recently did a whole-clove garlic pickle. Some...
  14. JP 1983

    Hi from Sydney's Inner West

    Love Warragal greens! They grow wild near my apartment so I don't need to do so myself. Basil will always die off in winter, when it is also vulnerable to black fungus; it's what they do. Same with chilli (esp. in Sydney/cold climates). However, you can overwinter both plants to avoid the...
  15. JP 1983

    Pumpkin plant not producing

    Aye, hand pollination may be the way to go here. It takes a bit of timing and observation of your plants, but you can pull some good yields if you've only got one or two vines to tend. I found this decent guide with really nice photos of the morphological differences between male and female...
  16. JP 1983

    Comment by 'JP 1983' in article 'Seafood Pasta Salad, or, What to do with so much mint.'

    My favourite use for mint is in Vietnamese rolls. You can buy packets of Vietnamese rice paper pretty cheap. I'll eat a whole plant in a day if I have wollam ssam for dinner! I made an article about Wollam Ssam here for those interested in trying it.
  17. JP 1983

    Strawberry runners

    Yep, or a thin coat of mulch to retain the moisure, then coax the runner under the mulch layer till they start shooting up leaves. You can also train the runners around the inside of the rim of the parent pot and let them sprout there and replant, or even let them stay there for next year after...
  18. JP 1983

    Question What to do about salty soil?

    I'd also consider planting pigface in the area. As long as it has full sun and fairly well-draining soil (aerate it with a pitchfork or aerator before planting), pigface is amazing at drawing salts out of soils. Pigface is a native Aussie succulent creeper usually found growing abundantly on...
  19. JP 1983

    Question How to use fresh cow manure?

    Aye, you shouldn't use fresh cow pats (as with pretty much all manure of any kind). You can let the pats bake in the sun somewhere until they're dry (even in the field), then use them by mixing with soil while tilling etc, or throw them in a compost pile. You don't really need to worry too much...
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