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Avocado trees

Hello Ross, I have a Pinkerton Avo in a pot and they (like a lot of other trees) seem to shed their old leaves just before or as they put out new leaves. Mine at the moment is starting to put out new leaves and flowers. I wouldn't worry about what is happening to the old leaves as long as the tree sends out new leaves soon. I water mine deeply once a week at this time of year and about twice a  week in the warmer months. Last year I got 3 avos which were great. I hope that this increases as…

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Added by Roger Clark on August 18, 2020 at 16:28 — 1 Comment

Tomato Growing what Roger does - please add to this

After my success in growing the Juiciest Tomato at our recent Christmas in July event I thought I would share with everyone what I do to grow this most useful of vegetables, which is really a fruit.

There are more varieties of tomato than any other type of vegetable or fruit. They range in size from ones as small as a currant to whoppers weighing 1 kilo each (Brandywine). We all know how tasty and easy to grow the small cherry tomatoes are, they come up by themselves out of the compost,…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 30, 2020 at 18:42 — 12 Comments

TRAD taking over the world!!!

Well Susan I don't think the pumpkins are winning this war! What do you think? They have climbed onto the fence in places to try to escape, but my money is on the TRAD to catch up and smother them.…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 6, 2020 at 12:08 — 3 Comments

Working on the garden while in isolation

Work while in isolation

Like everyone else on this planet we are currently in self enforced isolation. Thnak goodness we have a large garden to keep us busy. The rain that came a while back has produced incredible growth, mostly of grass and weeds. Unfortunately the rider mower is out of action and all the repair shops have a very long waiting list, so much patience is required, I can hand mow the areas close to the house but the rest of the 5 + acres will have to wait.…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 5, 2020 at 9:29 — 7 Comments

Christmas event at R and B's. We'd like to have a tomato tasting.

Brenda and I would like to prove once and for all that WE grow the best, tastiest tomatoes in Greater Brisbane. So we are proposing to run a blindfold test at the Christmas event at Park Ridge.

Pretenders to the throne will need to bring along their best 1 or 2 varieties, and we will also buy some commercially produced types for testing as well. Those wanting to take part in the tasting, will need to have a friend to assist them. We will sit people down blindfolded at a table and the…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 13, 2019 at 8:13 — 8 Comments

Weeds, just what I need

Wanted,

Your weeds could be what I need!!

Do you have Oxalis in your garden beds? You should know this weed, it is the one that sends up large clover like leaves and has pretty pink flowers around at this time of the year. It is almost impossible to get rid of, as when you pull it up it has tiny little bits which break off and these start new plants. I am after the purple Oxalis, also known as Purple Shamrock. I have plenty of the Green leafed type. It is edible, and has a spicy…

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Added by Roger Clark on August 30, 2019 at 11:32 — 3 Comments

A report on a talk on Fruit Fies from the Nambour gardening show

Fruit Fly talk by Professor Richard Drew

Fruit flies have spread down to Victoria and now some have been discovered in Auckland.



We used to treat with systemic cover sprays but these are not used very much now and growers now have had to turn to less harmful (to human health) methods. These systemic sprays would be ingested by people eating the sprayed fruit as the insecticide travelled into and through the fruit

Adult Fruit Flies can travel 20 to 90 kilometres to…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 21, 2019 at 9:31 — 10 Comments

SAD - but things are looking up!

Back to the world of the living!

 

My summer hibernation is now over, the weather is so much kinder, and I am able to get about outside without frying in the horrible hot sun. The jobs to do outside are many and varied but at least I have some enthusiasm back, which enables me to get stuck in.

My cousin's wife in the UK suffers from SAD, (Seasonal Affective Disorder) - which is caused by a lack of sun in the northern hemisphere. Here we get far too much sun, and while I…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 7, 2019 at 9:15 — 7 Comments

Garlic for the year!!

Lance Percival, an English comedian, of a bygone era (That was the week that was), brought out a song about veges, that has long been a favourite of mine.

Some of it went,

My sister Jean's always eating Beans

My little brother Leeks

I just saw Ma eat a piece of Garlic

Everybody duck when she speaks

So, Lettuce get us to the church by half past two

and if you like Beetroot I'll be true to you

There is more but I'll spare you, I…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 5, 2018 at 7:55 — 13 Comments

Roger's May report- Growing anti Inflammatory plants , etc.

With the weather now much more bearable, it is becoming a real pleasure to get out in the garden and come out of summer hibernation. A holiday in Tasmania in late summer saw us enjoy a few weeks of much cooler weather, but on return, it had obviously rained quite a bit while we were away and the rampant growth everywhere has/is taking a lot of work to get under control again.

The weedy TRAD has grown like Topsy and covers a lot of ground. It will take all of the cooler months to clear…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 15, 2018 at 8:18 — 10 Comments

Growing veges in small containers for whatever reason

BLF seems to get a huge range of people interested in growing veges, herbs, etc. The great majority of people have a suburban context where the garden size is very manageable,…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 16, 2017 at 9:16 — 6 Comments

Drying out again

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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Added by Roger Clark on August 8, 2017 at 8:50 — 25 Comments

Palagonite update

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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Added by Roger Clark on July 16, 2017 at 13:35 — 14 Comments

Roger's Garden in July

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Added by Roger Clark on July 16, 2017 at 13:06 — 6 Comments

Pumpkins update June 2017

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Added by Roger Clark on June 8, 2017 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Roger's Palogonite experiment growing tomatoes

Palagonite, is the mineral mix I wrote about recently after a talk at BOGI. The ratio recommended is 1kg per square metre of garden bed with a similar amount of compost mixed in. You may remember that most of the discussion from my post was centred around the fact…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 9, 2017 at 17:14 — 4 Comments

The dreaded Slump - how do you allow for it?

You could say that I've got the hump because of the slump! Yeah I know, I'm not making any sense as usual, but bear with me. The Slump, is that annoying thing that…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 16, 2017 at 8:36 — 12 Comments

Palagonite - BOGI talk

I made it along to BOGI on Thursday evening for once, It is an hour plus drive from downtown Park Ridge and I often don't make the effort, but I'm glad I did this time. Some of you might have seen the ABC news on Saturday where they also had a segment about the same subject - Palagonite. They showed Polo fields in Qatar, which have been treated with Palagonite and have great results getting grass to grow there.

Palagonite is a mineral mix formed by very specific volcanic activity. Mt…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 9, 2017 at 8:19 — 14 Comments

New Fruit Fly Trap

http://abc.net.au/news/2016-10-11/new-fruit-fly-trap-will-save-fresh fruit-crops-inventor-claims-... Read the article about this. I wonder how much it will be. Surely as it is a product of a respected Uni it should work. It would be a huge boon to not only Organic Gardeners but also the general public, as conventional farmers will be able to grow fruit, etc. without poisonous sprays and this will not only make the…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 11, 2016 at 8:00 — 17 Comments

Refurbishing an above ground bed that does not perform

This bed has been in place for a few years now and has never hit the…

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Added by Roger Clark on August 12, 2016 at 18:09 — 11 Comments

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