Just arriving back from a visit to Melbourne visiting family I was amazed at the many many different type of heirloom potatoes that one could buy down there in their equally impressive markets.One paticular type that took my eye was the purple congo and I would like to know if anyone has grown it amongst the many others available.Has anyone tried growing something different with good yields.taste etc .Being the great white hunter/grower that I am, I would like to know of anyone elses…Continue
As I mentioned I'm garden intense at the moment and since my bush turkey fiend seems now to be boycotting the beds she roamed and brutalized so often, I thought I'd risk a plant out. I wanted to plant out some seed spuds -- Nicola -- so I built a series of mounds as is…Continue
If you've followed the saga of my weed problem, and how I'm trying to turn the weed (I'll call it Trans for short,(we are on close terms)) to my advantage. You will know that I had to rely on others, much to my embarrassment, it should be acknowledged, to identify what it is that has been causing me such angst.
I found that drowning the bugger in a sealed drum for over…Continue
Hi everyone, how's the gardening going? I've been busy - as usual - but I've still managed to find a couple of hours to get out in the garden and get stuff done. I have seen a lot of gardening shows/magazines touting that you can have a productive garden with only "1 hour per week"!! I don't know about you, but that 1 hour wouldn't even cover the time I spend watering let alone any maintenance chores. I suppose it could happen, if I didn't mind weeds and could let chaos reign, but I do…Continue
25.04.15 POTATO GROWING WITH LYLE AT SANDGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Big thank you to Lyle (Betts) from the SCG for providing a potato growing workshop for our members, though we did have a couple of ring in's from BOGI in the form of Ed and Louise. Always good when other groups can join us.
What an excellent, no nonsense approach Lyle has to growing spuds.
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My garden appeared dull and stressed. Not much rain. Above average 'Autumn' temps. What's a plant to do?…Continue
Planted 5 each of Ginger and Turmeric rhizomes in November 2014. Harvested today 8th June 2015. Received a Maranta plant from Janet and harvested it too. All three plants were grown in wicking pots under 50 percent shadecloth. The Ginger and Turmeric shared a 200L bin with a seedling Davidson Plum (courtesy of Rob Collings). The Maranta lived in a separate pot with a self-seeded stinging nettle companion.…Continue
This is based on (and is) an open wicking bed (within the area of the garden around where its being laid). Rather than the water being in an open trough, its will be in pipe,…Continue