G'Day from Newcastle

Les

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Hi Everyone

Im from Newcastle NSW. I found Mark's channel when looking for solutions to my weed garden :)

Combined with binge-ing episodes of River Cottage, Mark's channel really got me motivated to get really stuck in to getting the most out of an unutilised area of my yard.
 
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Les

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Thanks for the welcome AndrewB. When I bought my place the area used to be a vege patch and I used it for broccoli, cauliflower and beans. It got ravaged by white moths so I gave up on it.

I have cleared it all out and was in ripped out a couple of tree stumps and found a massive termite nest. So am now in the 21 day period after treatment where I cant disturb the area.

From my planning I will have about 12m2 to use. I am targeting things we will use like spinach/kale, carrot, onion, brocoli, leek, beans and onion.

Unfortunately my plan to build hugel beds have been thwarted by the presence of termites but I have decided I will do something similar but using straw instead of wood. I will get them composting before covering with soil.
 

Les

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Theres no convincing the boss that it's fine. In the end any organic matter is going to work. Straw will just break down way faster. More room for compost :)
 
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AndrewB

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I know all about those moths, they did a number on my broccoli & cauliflower last year. If you have the space, put in a little frog pond, between the frogs & lizards, the moths are not much of a problem this year.

Also, bunnings sell a cheap grow tunnel that is really handy while things are establishing to stop them being eaten.
 
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What a great organic-friendly idea Andrew...I hate the idea of the cabbage dust so I’ve stopped trying with brassicas. I don’t have space for a pond but might try again with a cover seeing as they don’t need fertilising...
 

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I LOVE River Cottage made my first mead from local honey after watching the show. purchased my first dragonfruit cuttings after watching Mark posing under his pot on a tree stump . I've always loved the taste of dragon fruit but not so much the price . Coles here in Kurri Kurri had some very sad looking small white flesh ones for $3.50 each ther were not much bigger then a small school box pear now I have one 3 year old cutting and about 10 , 6 month old cuttings need lots of patients because we have had shocking weather .