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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:56 am 
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I just put an order in to Green Harvest - needed more lucerne seed and a few other things not readily available so took the opportunity to order a few different things like horseradish and a few things listed as suitable for hot humid conditions. Will report how they go. The parcel should arrive this week. :)

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 8:37 am 
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Whats krachai Cackles? And you havnt got any ginger on there! :lol: You know you have to start planting your ginger in August :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:39 am 
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http://www.greenharvest.com.au/Plants/krachai_info.html - new to me too :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 9:48 am 
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Great list!! Put your horseradish in a pot or it'll take over the joint. I got sunflowers too this year. Just had a bunch of seeds arrive this morning from Diggers. :D

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Wow, Cackles.....I've been struggling to come up with a list of things to grow in my 2 metre x x 4 metre spot for my three chooks and your list sorts that out for me. A couple of questions, though - I'm in Melbourne and will the things on your list suit the climate ? Anything I should leave out given the size of the garden beds ? Any advice will will be seriously considered.....Regards, Pug. :shock:


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:54 am 
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Thanks cackles! Ironic I asked where was your ginger and its part of the same family. :lol:

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Hi Pug,

In Melbourne I'd leave off the galangal and snake beans and you will have trouble with the lemon grass it dies with frost I have to overwinter it in a pot. Rhubarb and silverbeet can grow big.

Cackles I've just put an order in for Diggers now I'll have to check out these guys I haven't been able to find welsh onions for years YUM spring onions on steriods and perenials.

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Interesting you should say that about Lemon Grass. I live up here in the Southern highlands in NSW, quite a few frosts and quite a few minus degree nights...brrr... I put lemon grass in about 5 years ag and honestly, I now have the hugest clump you have ever seen. Cant kill it lol. have even divided it in half on quite a few occassions and given half away to friends and family. so I think the stuff can grow in cooler areas !! Its growing on the South west side of the house too... so should be quite exposed to the winds but it is about 1.5 metres away from a little Magnolia along side a path .... dont know if that is helping to protect or not ......

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I never pretended to have green fingers, but

My lemon grass sulked for a season and then died.
In two years I have never managed to grow a single pumpkin.
My "unkillable" mint died, yet I can't get rid of the eau-de-cologne mint (anyone like some??)
A chook ate my rhubarb plants.

Yet I have avocado plants flourishing.
Strange world.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 3:37 pm 
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yeah.... I cant get pumpkin to grow either!!! Ive even tried the " never fail" method of emptying ALL the seeds onto the compost / manure/ straw pile..... zip nada zilch lol but I can grow lemon grass lol

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:50 pm 
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What a wonderful list! I assume you have a large area for planting. I wish I did. I have some Queen Anne's Lace and Bronze Fennel seeds that I'm not sure if I'll have the space for the plants once they mature LOL!

As for pumpkins, I put in some butternut seeds last year just to see what would happen (from a store bought pumpkin) and they practically took over the backyard LOL! I got some great pumpkins off the two plants. I've heard hand pollinating can help. Just got my insect attracting seeds from diggers so I'm hoping that these will attract the pollinating insects into the garden. I've got two Jap pumpkins (grown from seed - another store bought pumpkin LOL) so I'm going to see if they do as well as the butternuts.

I'm also going to grow them up a trellis this time to see if I can control them a bit more.

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I have never managed to produce a pumpkin either. They need a long growing season and it's just too short in Canberra. Well, I'm blaming it on my location anyhow! I was advised by a nice BYP person to try Turk's Turban pumpkins though - she said they were more forgiving than other types.

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Start your pumpkins under glass or plastic in August. You can even get those mini hot houses from bunnings for around $30

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 21, 2009 12:44 am 
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Thanks ill try the turks Turban.....under a mini hot house(just so happens I have one of those !)..... sigh......home cooked pumpkin soup here I come lol

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I can grow the buggers, but the cows or the chooks end up eating them! :cry: :lol: Many a time Ive got to pick a pumpkin only to have the chookies beat me too it first and there is just a hollowed out shell left. Be handy if I celebrated halloween I guess! :lol:

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