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Looking for some advice for a new gardener

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 19. 17 Replies

Hi, I am new to gardening in the ground and so far all my efforts in pots either turned up diseased, dead, or overrun by pests.My husband's helped to allocate a new plot in our backyard in a U-shape…Continue

 

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Elaine de Saxe replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Oh I see ... thank you Jeff. Btw, the link above gives a 404 yet I found the info by searching on the site :-\."
Mar 19
Jeff Kiehne replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/plants/fruit-and-vegetables/specialty-crops/pests-and-diseases-of-mushrooms Arthropods A variety of small fly and midge species are pests of mushrooms. The larvae feed on the fungal mycelium in the compost, but may also…"
Mar 19
Roger Clark replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Yvonne, The earth worms that you want to see in your garden soil are not the same as the ones in a worm farm. The ones in worm farms are compost worms (very small or thin and suited to being kept in a container, away from the sun and they are fed…"
Mar 18
Elaine de Saxe replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Find the warmest spot for the Zucchs - all the curcurbit family love the heat and don't do well in the cool. Nutgrass: either douse it with herbicide (and repeat as each nut sprouts) or dig it by hand. I did the latter, it took some time but I…"
Mar 18
Yvonne Chua replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Thanks for that Lissa! I'll keep an eye out for it in the library :) "
Mar 18
Yvonne Chua replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Yup, we do have nut grass here unfortunately and so the weed mat left by the previous owner really saved us. We just had to roll them out. But I've only used half of the garden bed to start off so we don't want these guys to come up again…"
Mar 18
Yvonne Chua replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"Thanks for the information! I did initially think about growing what I want to eat (and these selections are) once I started reading about companion planting and rotation, I thought that maybe this was also where I was going wrong. I am located on…"
Mar 18
Yvonne Chua replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"No, and I haven't thought about earthworms either. I am still hoping to establish the bed first before I try my hand at composting etc. Should I put them direct into the ground after the compost settles or do them separately like a worm farm?"
Mar 18
Elaine de Saxe replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardener
"I have heard this but have never known any details. What sprays Jeff and used for what purpose?"
Mar 18
Lissa replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"Yvonne - I am currently reading a marvellous book which I would highly recommend to a beginner or advanced gardener by a local expert (Flaxton) JEFFREY HODGES called THE ORGANIC GARDEN. Brilliantly simple and easy to follow it has advise on…"
Mar 18
Jeff Kiehne replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"Chemical Residues may be in Mushroom compost they use some nasty sprays."
Mar 18
Dave Riley replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"Back in 1978 I was living in a Clifton Hill terrace, Melbourne. I'd work night duty and en route home in the AM, I'd go for a swim in the local indoor council swimming pool. Happy days... Lap swimming . Then I'd work a bit in the veg…"
Mar 17
Dave Riley replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"As for predators: Mixing up the plant species in the bed; growing healthy plants; bagging; netting; hand removal of bugs; spray with a water stream.... Depends on who visits. But then the best principle i reckon is what you lose on the swings you…"
Mar 17
Roger Clark replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"In my experience, Mushroom compost is good to increase the water holding capacity of your soil if it's mixed in, but it is not like your own home made compost, it doesn't contain much in the way of nutrients. I would recommend that you…"
Mar 17
Lissa replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"Best way to learn is to just start planting. Here in Brisbane with our heat some things are better grown in winter - brassicas, caulis, beans, peas. Coming into the peak veg growing season so have some fun. Less pests to deal with during the cool…"
Mar 17
Elaine de Saxe replied to Yvonne Chua's discussion Looking for some advice for a new gardner
"The key to success in gardening is having a healthy soil. If you're starting with bag mixes then you will need to add microbes and worms. Buying some compost for starters (until yours is ready to use) and some worm castings too will help to get…"
Mar 17

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At 5:33 on March 17, 2017, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Morning Yvonne, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). We were all new gardeners once and what a wonderful journey you are about to embark on. Growing your own Fruit and Vegetables is so rewarding. 

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One is the GARDEN VISITS, 2017 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR here. I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas. 

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF…..

At 22:01 on March 16, 2017, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Yvonne. 

 
 
 

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