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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:07 pm 
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Wow, absolutely lovely Sue ;-).
Juice or cider lol


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2015 10:14 pm 
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Probably just juice this year. I still have some cider. Last year I grafted 3 (old) cider varieties so am anxiously waiting for them to perform. - all organic


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 8:07 pm 
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Picked asparagus today - purple and white.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:31 pm 
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sue55 wrote:
Picked asparagus today - purple and white.


Sue, is there some trick to getting a decent yield? I've got about 15 crowns all derived from the one original, they are growing in a raised bed with truckloads of nutrition and have been settled there for a couple of years now. I can grow amazing tomatoes under the same culture. Any tips?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:44 pm 
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Sorry, no help. The white were here 15 years ago when we bought the place, neglected for the next 10. Dug up and in a pot and forgot for a further couple of years and returned to the garden 2 years ago when the purple were planted. The third bed was discovered still surviving from the originals when we lifted some 'temporarily dumped' (for 12 months) sleepers and then relocated. They get chook poop/compost and Blood and Bone, Lucerne mulch and neglect until I remember to weed and water early Spring. I've never grown Asparagus successfully before so guess the climate is just right - we do get long cold Winters so they have a long dormant period. Most of the plants are male and this year I'll remove some of the female (if I remember)


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:48 pm 
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Sue that's very interesting about your asparagus being either male or female. I have learned something today!
Why aren't the female plants any good? Conversely why is it important to prefer the male plants?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:06 am 
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Male plants have thicker stems and are more productive and flavoursome (sounds like porn - sorry) The female plants will have red berries on the ferny foliage at the end of the season. Like lots of things, the males put their energy into their appearance and the females invest theirs into producing seed. Both plants will reproduce by division.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:59 pm 
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Hmm well I guess that means they're hard to kill. I've been known to lean the axe next to the chookpen gate to encourage laying, so I might try a shovel leant next to the asparagus bed.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:25 pm 
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Self sown tomato seedlings are just like fertile eggs.

At some stage you just gotta say """" NO !!!'''''


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:49 pm 
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I would have a good crop of spinach and lettuce growing if the girls didn't find a way into the house yard all the time..tsk tsk


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:33 am 
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Mine got out a few days ago & took instant liking to my freshly plants snow peas!

It's not like they don't have their own garden inside their extended grassy run.

But apparently the plants are greener on the other side. :gard5 :gard4

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Vege patch, capsicum, chilli, silverbeet.potato, parsley, and batley ( a Lebanese vege used in salads,) elsewhere origano, passion fruit, choko,marjoram, pink lady Apple, granny Smith apple, black boy peach, nashi pear, oranges, mandarins, ruby red grapefruit, lemon, lemonade, locute, pineapple guava, pomegranate, figs,mint.maybe it :hmmm:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:28 pm 
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Andrewschooks, it might be too warm in Qld for asparagus to grow? Maybe the humidity? I'm in the Yarra Valley in Victoria and we get some major frosts here & cold winters. Our asparagus was here when we bought the place, but we had planted some in our old place & it used to produce year round, quite odd! This place has oodles of plants, both male & female. They produce equally well & I would challenge anyone to pick the difference. They need around 2-3 years before you can start to harvest them. As soon as the spears are pencil thin stop harvesting and let them grow their ferns. Once the females start to produce berries you can cut them back. They light light soils & cane mulch. Seaweed if you can get it too. I fertilise every couple of weeks with a good organic pellet fertiliser & mulch them. I only stop fertilising when they are dormant.

Don't feel bad about not being able to grow it. I can't grow mango or avocado :dammm


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2015 8:38 pm 
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However, in my veggie garden I currently have growing,pumpkin, veggie spaghetti, zucchini, crookneck squash, tomatoes, watermelon, Cossack pineapple, broad beans, green beans, corn, lettuce, radishes, rocket, mizuna, onions, garlic, asparagus, capsicum, lettuce leaf basil, spinach, coriander & 2 types of parsley. Oh & horseradish, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, loganberries & silvanberries. Waiting to go out are cucumbers, chillies, okra, more corn & beans, chilli trees, spring onions, more lettuce and I forget what else. I did have some weird cross between a lettuce & silverbeet but it was starting to seed so I pulled it before it got out of control. The chooks love it.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 23, 2015 8:01 pm 
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I need help

Mr sue55 has informed me that he has entered ME in HIS work tomato growing competition. (he doesn't do gardening). Apparently we will be given a punnet of tomatoes (same variety, same source) and are allowed to use any growing technique but cheating.
Any hot tips, secret family techniques greatfully accepted.


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