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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:21 am 
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Since we've just moved to our new property I'm in need of setting up my veg patches. The area I've chosen is quite open and I've noticed we get some very strong winds from the North/North East and the South. Can anyone suggest a good harvestable wind break that doesn't get too huge? Do they need to be tall trees?? I don't want to block out the sunlight. I was hoping a hedge of rosemary or even lemongrass would deflect some of the wind.

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This is the area looking north(ish) :D I'll be setting up on the other side of the fenceline. Also the Septic tank (bottom right) leaches out into this area. Will this be a health issue?

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 Post subject: Re: Wind Breaks
PostPosted: Sun Dec 26, 2010 3:09 pm 
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You could try saltbush as a quick-growing windbreak, while slower-growing plants take hold. In your area you can grow lillipillies, which are a native plant with lovely crisp tart pink berries, and there are dwarf varieties which grow no higher than 1 - 1.5m tall, which hedge fantastically. Saltbush is human-edible, with large silver-grey leaves, and again hedges very well (and is native). (I'm big on using natives where possible).

The septic will encourage excellent growth in the plants in that region and the produce shouldn't be a problem.


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 Post subject: Re: Wind Breaks
PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 9:46 am 
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If you go the way of saltbush you will need to be wary about the variety you choose. Ask your local DPI about the best variety and where to source it.

Many saltbushes need a drier climate and higher temperatures than the mid north coast will provide. Many farmers thought saltbushes were going to be the answer to salty and drought prone soils only to find they just didn't establish. However, since that time, much varietal testing has been done by DPI and agronomists have a much better handle of what types will grow where.

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 Post subject: Re: Wind Breaks
PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:04 am 
The septic leaching out in the area will be great for the plants/trees! Its not a concern "fertilizing" from the roots, only a health issue if you use sprayers that contact the plant/tree above the ground. Thats what our council stipulated when i set up my septic irrigation system anyway...

One thing to consider is that if you do have strong winds and the windbreak is in soft, wet ground, they might become unstable.

What we will be doing is putting some 3m high posts up with galvanized weldmesh (big stuff like concrete reo) for passionfruit to grow/climb over it as a windbreak for our future veggie garden, and the windbreak i chose for our property is a row of Leighton Greens, which bear no fruit etc but grow immensely high at around 1m/year.


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 Post subject: Re: Wind Breaks
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:40 am 
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chookyinoz wrote:
If you go the way of saltbush you will need to be wary about the variety you choose. Ask your local DPI about the best variety and where to source it.

Many saltbushes need a drier climate and higher temperatures than the mid north coast will provide. Many farmers thought saltbushes were going to be the answer to salty and drought prone soils only to find they just didn't establish. However, since that time, much varietal testing has been done by DPI and agronomists have a much better handle of what types will grow where.

Mike


Interesting Mike - I didn't realise that! Mine were sourced from Armidale, which is a very similar climate to where I am now (cold dry winters, hot dry summers), so I was fairly confident they'd do ok if I didn't utterly neglect them. It's a place that supplies Old Man saltbush seedlings in bulk, so I figure they know what they're doing :)

OK my tush. I have saltbush _everywhere_ and the damn chooks won't eat it! I wanted pre-sale (pre-salted) chook for dinner!

Luckily it's also a native produce plant (adds a nice salty bitterness to things) and the goat adores it, so all is not lost.

Two plants got totally neglected for almost 12 months, but they got TLC about 6 weeks ago and they're going berko. I regularly tip-prune to encourage bushiness (I dry and eat the leaves) and it seems to be keeping them to a reasonable eight.


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 Post subject: Re: Wind Breaks
PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:31 am 
Shayne's Aunty who is a real foody, put on a big dinner at her place recently. She went on and on about the lamb... it was very special and quite expensive "Saltbush Lamb".
We couldnt really tell the difference, but it was nice lamb and it fetched a higher price because of the ritzy sounding name of what the lambs ate :roll:
Sounds like an easy way to increase profits :D


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