I feel stunned - just returned from BOGI Fair with another load of plants - did managed to get several things on my list TEA, Yellow Jaboticaba, Vanilla vine ( orchard) Pandan Amarylliious, and Atherton Almond so there I was thinking thats it ! no more but even before we got home I have a new wish list !!!!! yellow and red gramachamas, Capulin Cherry ( heres hoping those wonderful cuttings take Dianne ) more figs pecans lets try 
Chestnuts  Hazlenuts walnuts and  Almonds, oh then we will need some more pepper - my pepper vine has disapearred!and then and then =   WILL WE EVER HAVE EVERYTHING  we can grow and can I give up work so I can grow it all? Oh and after last weeks GV I want a Tangelo !!!! 

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  • Elaine you were right of course last night we walked into the chook pen opened the roosting door grabbed a chook and cut its feathers on one wing - 4 chooks 2 minutes tops all over red rover !!!! no wonder the foxes get them so easily at night they just causally opened an eye and watched ! not a single moment ! 

    • nope the chooks werent getting out by flying - the little mink picked up the wire with her head and the others crawled out the she followed !!!! will have to rewire the free range area !!!! 

  • I was at BOGI yesterday too but was very restrained in my purchases.   No more trees purchased, although I did hum and harr over the yellow Jaboticaba.  Space is now a premium but weakened and picked up some more herbs, just have to find somewhere to plant them.  I wish you had not mentioned Tangelo, now I want one.

    • Well done Cheryl, using restraint sometimes is best.  The yellow jaboticaba has not interested me, I thought the flavour was not there.  But the tangelo is something else, with it's juice running down your cheek, yum.  We had a minneola and it was so juicy.   It has been turned to compost when we needed the space for something else. 

  • No we don't really Mary-Ann! Many times I've come home from BOGG meetings with armloads of plants, wondering where I would put them. A lot of them died too :-(

    It's taken me who-knows-how-many years to realise I have a limited garden which will comfortably grow a few plants and that's it really. You have a great space and have almost-endless possibilities with orchards and greenhouses. Finding the right micro-climates for the diversity of plants you have growing is more of a challenge I suspect. Eg the Vanilla Orchid would surely need a warmer, moister climate than the Tea or Cherries. That's the challenge, to modify the existing climate to that favoured by the plants you want to grow. Preparing the soil is another challenge. A physical one, hauling ingredients up and down hills can't be simple.

    Otoh - if you didn't have all those challenges, wouldn't life be infinitely dull? ;-)

    • Elaine and Mary-Ann, many of our plants have come and gone over the years, but I did buy a vanilla orchid vine as we called it then.  I planted it up against the poinciana tree base and it had a little pond closeby. It grew quite a bit about 2 metres long, then I found out that the bug to pollinate it is not here, so hand pollination is required.  One day it vanished when someone decided to clean out the garden and tidy it up.  Does anyone else have problems with nasturtiums taking over their garden.  I missed Bogi fair again this year, (no driver) and I would have loved to sign up again.  

      • Nasturtiums can take over if you let them. Just keep them under control! Easy as since they are short-lived annuals without an extensive root system. Just break the stem off at ground level and heave the growth onto somewhere it can rot down. In situ compost or mulch. Enjoy the flowers and pick the seeds to pickle if you've a mind or just let them self-seed.

        You can probably rejoin BOG online. I pay our subs online tho I did rejoin at the fair one year.

      • send me a message and if you live where I think you do we may be able to arrange a ride to the meetings 

    • yes thinking of putting the vanilla in the greenhouse under the watering system and yes life would be dull if we didnt have those challenges ! people keep telling me to retire but what would i do if i didnt have a job and an endless list - anyway i wouldnt be able to buy all those wonderful plants either ! so off to work tomorrow and plant and weed in the early morning and weed in the sfternoon. Have to catch a chock this afternoon and clip its wings - flies over the fence and just dug up the potatoes - so new potatoes in butter for tea ! YUMMM thats the rewards of hard work ! 

      • I'm told chooks are more easily caught around their bedtime. The guy on River Cottage Australia doesn't know that and makes shambles of catching his livestock, particularly the flying ones.

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