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Just wanted to say hi. I have been lurking for awhile using the search to learn as much as I can as I have only been vegie gardening for about 18 months. I live in Brisbane so the information on the site is so helpful, it's a huge learning curve and one I'm thoroughly enjoying.

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Comment by Jacqui on March 3, 2016 at 9:53

Elaine I am fortunate to have a few areas that are free of roots, shade etc and so far that is enough for my needs but as I expand I will definitely need to look at alternatives and wicking beds sounds great.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 2, 2016 at 13:25

With trees like that - and my yard has hordes of Eucalypts along the back fence and a sloping front yard - wicking beds are the simplest solution. No roots are going to steal your nutrients and water. Either use solid bins or pots or make beds with something solid under the plastic sheeting. There's lots of info on this site just do a search. There's buckets of info (isn't there always?) on the net in general but I suggest you start here (BLF) as the authors live hereabouts.

Comment by Jacqui on March 2, 2016 at 9:42

Elaine this is something I am slowly learning. My garden has two huge trees along the back, a Pine and a Casuarina, which not only creates shade but have extensive root systems so positioning the patch has been a trial, but I am slowly getting there.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2016 at 13:37

Jacqui - coolowl's gardening mixim is: Micro-climate is all.

Even from one spot to another in a yard, the micro-climate can vary a lot. Eg my front yard sloping to the west is a hot as summer and winter. It took me 3 lots of places in front and back yards to find the right niche for Blueberries. I've lived here for 14 years and have moved a lot of plants and changed the way I garden many times. It takes time to settle on a spot for a particular plant; 'the more trial, the less error' ;-)

Comment by Jacqui on March 1, 2016 at 10:07

Dianne, I have been a member for a while but have never posted so in a sense am a new member. I think there is another member with the same name as I have come across the odd post when I have been searching.

Comment by Jacqui on March 1, 2016 at 9:55

Thank you ladies for the welcome. 

Lissa, I will check to see if I am able to make the next GV as it’s right on my doorstep.  I coach on Saturday mornings so will see if I can wiggle things.


Dianne I love the thought of a new adventure, it makes life so exciting. I find my garden is the one place I can forget the world, it’s just me and the creatures working together, as they say we all have a purpose although I must admit I am happier when the friendly outweigh the foe.


I live at The Gap Elaine and am so glad you pointed out that where you live can make a difference as I just assumed that all of Brisbane would be much the same, but of course that’s not logical, so much to learn. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 1, 2016 at 9:30

So sorry Jacqui, I thought you are a new member, you know all about us, look forward to meeting you at a GV perhaps.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 1, 2016 at 7:47

Good to hear from you Jacqui :-) Whereabout in Brisbane are you? Can make a difference to what grows best.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 1, 2016 at 6:42

Welcome to BLF it's a great group to be involved in. I'm sure you will enjoy all that is on offer both online and by attending the GVs. First day of Autumn, lovely day to start a new adventure.

Comment by Lissa on March 1, 2016 at 5:14

We have a lot of lurkers Jacqui lol. Don't be shy, just jump in and start commenting or asking.

You might gain a bit more by coming to some of the Garden Visits. The next one is on this Saturday 5th at The Gap. Check the Events listings (top menu) to RSVP to any of them and be sent the address.

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