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As growers, we all have to deal with the many issues that go along with the attempts to produce a crop of food that has not been invested with preditors or miserable representations of what should be growing due to lack of water, nutrients etc. 

I rely on netting and various watering regimes, drip, micro-sprays, wobblers,  to try and get something on the table that passes as edible ... not that I am always successful but it sure helps. 

I have just finished building a greenhouse structure that I plan to use for tomatoes and during winter have it covered with a plastic film to create a longer growing season. 

The pic is of the new Strawberry beds I set up for this season ..I now have them all with covers and drip irrigation. 

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Comment by Russell James on December 31, 2018 at 10:47

Hey Christa 

The answer to you Beehive question is yes I belong a Warwick beekeeping group and have just sent the brood box away to one of the members to get it populated with a queen he has produced at his hive colonies. 

As for pollination, I do not seem to have any problems a lot of the time the nets are a snail and slug protection as well as it contains the micro-spray irrigation drift and helps keep the moisture drying out from the ground.

I have the nets off quite often at certain times of the day to work on the beds the only ones I actually work under and try to keep the edges well weighted down are things like  my tomatoes and capsicum


Comment by Christa on December 31, 2018 at 8:14

Maybe a silly question, Russell, but do you have any problem with pollination under those nets.  The only time we have used nets, is to keep insects out.  

Do you have a bee hive?

Comment by Russell James on December 31, 2018 at 7:07

Hey Jeff Kiehne

I have pretty well taken up most of the house block and am now into the neighbour's yard. :-) 

I am not sure of the actual growing area but at the present time I have as permanent beds

8 x 8 mtrs x 2 mtrs 

2 x 10 mtrs x 2mtrs

5 x 16 mtrs x 800 mm 

2 x 16 mtrs x 1. 2 mtrs

1 x 8 mtrs x 800 mm

1 x 8 mtrs x 1.5 mtrs

and a greenhouse I have just finished that is 6 x 5 that I have 3 beds in there, but I am changing it to grow specifically tomatoes so I am going to change the format.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 30, 2018 at 20:19

Thanks heaps for that Russell. 

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on December 30, 2018 at 8:27

How big is your farm.

Comment by Russell James on December 30, 2018 at 6:04

Hey Andrew

I have trialled 2 different types of netting one was veg net by netpro in Stanthorpe and I bought a 1.8 wide part roll special but I believe they sell packs of smaller meterages through an Ebay shop they have,

The second was a roll of Abshade Insect netting 3 mtre wide that I bought through our local co-op and a 50 mtr roll cost me $219 .

For the Brisbane area the shade center at Brendale has the insect netting

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on December 29, 2018 at 19:50

Russell - tell me about that netting please?  Stop fruit fly?  Where did you get it?  How does it cost?  

Comment by Christa on December 29, 2018 at 19:17

Those three varieties seem to suit S E Qld gardens according to LINK .

Comment by Russell James on December 29, 2018 at 10:19


Elaine de Saxe

Lowanna is one of the other varieties I have in and Qh sugarbaby make up the three varieties I have in. 

That what a lot of people don't know is that Standard grown Strawberries make number 1 on the top ten of the list of the Dirty Dozen .... that is produce that is known for the large amount of chemicals used in its production. 

The large-scale "Organic" growers I have seen still use an unhealthy amount of plastic and use fertigation methods, that whereas they may pass an "organic" criteria it is not my idea of well grown or in support of healthy living soil.  

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 29, 2018 at 9:17

Lowanna is a good variety for hereabouts. Not as soft as Joy but much softer than the bullets available in the shops. Christa even the organic commercial ones were sour as. Never buy Strawberries from the shops now.

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