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Yes, I have one lemon tree thats espaliered, but the poor thing has never had any fruit as we've been in drought for the 4 years since it was planted. It'll be getting some grey water too! We've also got a very stunted grapefruit which'll get a bit, and I"m hoping there'll be enough left to make it worth planting a mango. Here's a photo of the lemon:
*link missing* Its a bit hard to see a green tree against a green hedge.... You can also see the little grapefruit on the left against the fence - planted at the same time! Its had lots of problem with citrus canker so I've had to keep cutting it back.
Hmm... Does 3 trees qualify as an orchard?


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My tractor... do i get a prize if its the biggest?? :roll:

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it is moveable, with about 6 people to lift.

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Wow thats a ripper :lol:


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hey RJH, i couldnt get to see any of your pic links, they didnt work? :?


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Great thread, I hadn't looked at this forum before!


I would like to build a tractor, to get rid of weeds in my "dead area" of the garden, between the garage and fence.

what would be the lightest materials I could use, without it being flyaway?


Tish :)


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There's a product you can buy called QUBELOK . It's 25mm square aluminium tubing with plastic joiners. It would be ideal for making lightweight chicken tractors.


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We used poly pipe for the frame, covered with aviary mesh. The polypipe is very light and reasonably flexible (we built a dome with it); the mesh gives enough weight to keep it on the ground but still moveable. Major concern is predators digging underneath, even though we included a wide "skirt" around the outside. Judy

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HillbillyGirlWA wrote:
hey RJH, i couldnt get to see any of your pic links, they didnt work? :?


You gotta love msn don't you. Here they are again:
The original tractor, which I sold: *links and images missing*
This is the sort I'd do if I could: (with apologies to the photo owner - I lost the reference)
And this is my sad lemon tree:


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We have our fruit trees growing on Espalier. It leaves room for other things that way. Perfect for small suburban backyards.


What is Espalier??


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Just thought people might be interested.
There is a small article in the latest issue of "Organic Gardener" about a chicken tractor (page 22).
Website link is to this site: http://www.thechickentractor.com.au

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darrssy wrote:
We have our fruit trees growing on Espalier. It leaves room for other things that way. Perfect for small suburban backyards.


What is Espalier??


Its when you train a tree to grow flat agains a frame or wall. Its great if you don't have space for a tree, as it doesn't take up much space. You can do it with most fruit trees. Here's a page with a better picture: http://www.homegrowngardens.org/garden/garden.html It doesnt matter what you use for the frame - wires, trellis, a wooden frame. I used concreting reo as I had it lying around.


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I have two tractors like this one. The frames were given to me with rusty iron and rotten mesh hanging off them and in and ugly state. I have left the bottom unmeshed as it's not really needed here and the chicks get more access to fresh grass. I have to move them VERY slowly though as there is a risk of pulling the cage over the chicks after trapping a toe. I have found that it's best to move the tractor at night so all are safe in bed!

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The silkies belong to a friend who didn't have time to care for the sore eye of the brown one. Happily she is well and returned to her home now.


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Found this on the web from "Better Homes and garden"

http://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/better-ho ... cken-coop/

Nice little tractor, complete with plans, material list and good diagrams on how to build it.

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Blue Lace that looks great that little tractor..I need to build something like that for my next nursery pens. As my other ones are now full of veges .

Jocler thanks for that link..I watched them making that on telly the night they did this. It was pretty good. I didn't agree with the six full sized chooks being in it though as it would have been too overcrowded. Six bantams is a good number though. I have two bantams in mine and it's probably not big enough for them even.

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Ive been away for a bit, and since I was last here the website has had an overhaul. Looks great.

I have posted these before, but here are some pic's of my chicken tractor made specifically to rotate around raised beds.

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It takes 2 comfortably and four if you keep up the green feed and rotate every few months.

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