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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…

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

Winter - is this what we can expect now?

This year has been most unusual. Not only has it been a very late start to the cooler conditions, but it has also been unusually wet. Now we are getting what looks like a very early start to warmer conditions again.

This is the season when we can out in the garden all day and not be lathered in sweat, when the pests are usually in hibernation - no fruit fly, no cabbage moth, etc,…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 26, 2016 at 15:28 — 11 Comments

Green Tomatoes - new for me

This year I have tried growing Green Zebra tomatoes for the first time with good success. The above plant was also a departure from my usual practice of starting from seed. Although I did start the parent plant from seed, but this plant was started from a thinning out of leaders which I did to produce a tall…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 16, 2016 at 9:36 — 14 Comments

They shall not pass! How do you keep out the pests from your garden?

Pests come in all shapes and forms. Obviously the bigger they are the more damage they can do, but often it is easier to keep out the larger than the smaller. The larger pests, wallabies, possums, rats birds, etc. need a barrier to stop them from doing damage which is not always easy to erect, but once you have them in place are usually effective.

As I garden in a lot of above ground containers, (old baths, laundry tubs, sacks, etc.), it stops some of the access that normal garden…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 8, 2016 at 9:06 — 13 Comments

Avocadoes - not giving up yet!!

Hi everybody,

Those who have followed my ramblings about how my avocadoes did not get pollinated in Spring, will no doubt be a little fed up with the accounts of the lack of success that I have had to get pollination occurring. Having said that I don't recall anyone else raving on about how good their…

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Added by Roger Clark on March 1, 2016 at 17:15 — 13 Comments

Growing in PVC tubes

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Added by Roger Clark on February 7, 2016 at 12:32 — 12 Comments

Tomato taste test - which ones do you like?

I am a member of the Diggers Club. Now I know that some BLF members have said that this is a very expensive…

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Added by Roger Clark on November 27, 2015 at 12:01 — 14 Comments

Can we all learn from rain events?

The recent wonderful rain that has turned my place from a desert like area with brown crunchy grass and struggling fruit trees into something that is now flourishing is not only great for the spirits but also possibly a provider of lessons. 

For example, my hedge of Pomegranates has not been a provider of much fruit, and while the bushes are still relatively young, they have often produced flushes of flowers, but very little has come to maturity. My thinking was that as these are best…

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Added by Roger Clark on November 10, 2015 at 7:13 — 6 Comments

Avocado trees - pollination

Avocado trees only flower once a year. So when they flower and they usually have a lot of…

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Added by Roger Clark on September 25, 2015 at 7:26 — 17 Comments

Growing fruit trees

Having just attended a very busy two days of the Qld Garden Expo in Nambour, I should share some of the things I learnt from talks attended there, before they disappear from the memory. Peter Young of Birdwood Nurseries related that most commercial growers of fruit trees are now restricting the height of their trees to around 3 metres. This done mainly because of WPHS issues for their pickers, all fruit can now be picked from the ground. The growers have pruned the trees so that they spread…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 13, 2015 at 10:00 — 9 Comments

Weed Tea - Turning weeds into friends

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…

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Added by Roger Clark on June 16, 2015 at 17:51 — 28 Comments

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