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The Murraya bite the dust!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Jul 11. 1 Reply

I have recently discovered via that…Continue

Summer Hibernation in Queensland?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sophie Apr 10. 4 Replies

Well I don't know about everyone else out there, but I found this summer to be hard to take. I usually am able to cope with hotter conditions by toiling very early and then very late on hot summer…Continue

Pumpkins have outsmarted me again!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Sep 22, 2016. 11 Replies

Hello,Somewhere, sometime ago, I posted a bit about Pumpkins and how they flower. Well true to form, Clark has covered his face with egg AGAIN.I related how (in my experience), when you plant…Continue

 

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Jeff Kiehne commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"Have a look at gumtree  "free mulch in Brisbane.""
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Roger Clark commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"I have tried getting free wood mulch through the Mulchnet website (I think that what is was called). A friend of mine keeps getting load every few days, as he was living near where some of the guys who drive the trucks live. I registered but never…"
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Jeff Kiehne commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"If you have the space and local government and bad neighbors are not a problem how about getting some free mulch from a  tree lopper  if kept for a couple of years in a pile will decompose  without adding manure  but some grass…"
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Dave Riley commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"I don't compost my lawn clippings at all these past 8 years -- even before that. I may fluff them up if they seem to mesh and intertwine but as Masanobu Fukuoka recommended, always apply your mulch so that it is uneven and contoured. That…"
Aug 11
Elaine de Saxe commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"One thought about mulches: make sure the soil underneath is damp before applying mulch. With so little rain the dew is about all we have in natural moisture this dry season. The dew won't enhance the soil much as it does not penetrate far (I…"
Aug 10
Andrew Cumberland commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"So long as it is not a mulch that mats eg. uncomposted lawn clippings.  That only serves to keep the moisture away from the soil.  "
Aug 10
Dave Riley commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"Mulch does much more than the alter soil temperature. It also retains water by protecting soil moisture and holding any precipitation or dew. It also creates an organic layer that not only breaks down to enhance soil texture and microbiology, but it…"
Aug 10
Roger Clark commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"This is a good discussion, thanks to everyone who has joined in. It's good to get everyone's ideas about the What, the Why, and the Way Forward.  Mulch at this time of year, does not, I believe, keep the moisture in the bed as the…"
Aug 10
Dianne Caswell commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"You have such a big property to maintain. Perhaps cutting back some of the foliage on plants and trees may help as if they don't have as much foliage then they don't need quite as much water. You could use the foliage and…"
Aug 10
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Jeff Kiehne commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"If you are after hessian they use for construction and upholstery and packaging and   for craft would think that the school would purchase. http://www.loganpackagingbrisbane.com.au/shop/catalog/hessian-cloth-18oz-p-88.html"
Aug 10
Elaine de Saxe commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"In deserts, so I have read, mulching with stones keeps the goats away and keeps the soil moist. Move the stone and the tree dies. So mulching with anything to hand is better than bare soil. My mowing guy gave me a whole wool bale of freshly-cut…"
Aug 10
Dave Riley commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"Mowing contractors don't have plenty this time of year as the weather impacts on grass growth. I've found the wet paper engineering cumbersome.Cheap hessian may be better.LINK.If you reduce your bed surface area by laying down trenches, a…"
Aug 10
Elaine de Saxe commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"In the absence of much mulch this time of year - although mowing contractors probably have plenty if you can find them. Anyway ... using newspapers and cardboard will cover the beds, stop them from drying out and concentrate the moisture and keep…"
Aug 9
Dave Riley commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"On slope, from my experience and habit, I'd plant Vetiver along the contour to edge my beds and retain run off.My 'advantage' is that I cannot easily grow trees but I have consciously planted pigeon pea and frangipani (for shade). The…"
Aug 9
Elaine de Saxe commented on Roger Clark's blog post Drying out again
"To stop tree roots from robbing garden beds, little comes close to wicking beds for saving nutrients and water for your plants. However ... there are serious downsides to wicking beds. Cost of purchase or complexity of modifying other waterproof…"
Aug 9

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About me:
I garden on a 5 acre block of terrible soil. Therefore most of my gardening is done in containers where I can control the growing conditions. Old baths, laundry tubs, pots, PVC pipes, above ground wicking beds. I like experimenting with new growing ideas.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Logan Food Gardeners
Bogi
I am interested in:
growing all veges and fruit trees, finding out what to grow, where and when.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Community Involvement, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Community Involvement, Gardening Help
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Drying out again

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 8:50 25 Comments

G'day,

How are things at your place right now in the garden? I have noticed the garden changing - drying out for a while now with no rain to help. The difference between raised beds which are in  full contact with the ground and my containers which are either set up as a wicking bed or simply separated from the ground e.g. sacks, baths, laundry tubs, etc. is most marked. A few weeks ago everything was flourishing, there was moisture in the ground and  watering needed to be minimal.…

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Palagonite update

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 13:35 7 Comments

My Palagonite experiment

 

You may remember that I planted out two identical "Rouge De Marmande" seedlings, each in a wheelie bin with identical growing mixes, except that in 1of the bins I mixed in an amount of Palagonite mineral powder as well.

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Roger's Garden in July

Posted on July 16, 2017 at 13:06 6 Comments

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At 0:13 on November 14, 2015, Andrew Cumberland said…

Hey Roger - if I can't get there tomorrow, can you pop by my place (quite near the GV) to collect it please?

At 17:28 on August 19, 2014, CHERYL SLAPP said…

Hi Roger, glad you have decided to join us.  Any input into growing fruit and vege's in pots welcome

At 17:03 on August 19, 2014, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to our little group Roger.   Hope you find lots of things to interest you.  Don't be shy about sharing your experience with containers.  

 
 
 

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