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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:02 pm

Yeah, too cold still at night here too, and probably can't really rely on the weather to plant out tender plants until mid November
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:18 pm

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Been sunny then rain here every day for the last week, plants are loving it.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Sat Sep 21, 2013 1:32 pm

Today I got a whole lot of pigmix compost and a couple of bales of peastraw, but it is pissing down, so I can't do much. I have been building compost heaps and clearing an area where I will build a chicken run. Jobs next week are to complete the "dingo fence" to dogproof my vege garden, to collect a big pile of seaweed for composting/ making compost tea out of, and finishing the chook run.

Snow peas and sugar snap peas are cranking, as are the broad beans.

I should take some photos...
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby Philfy Vermin » Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:26 am

a what?

are you saying its cross between the two?

sounds toxic.


edit: nevermind, looked them up, grafted, not crossbred, so therefore not necessarily a deadly poison like a hybrid would be, i would imagine they wouldnt be available very far from where they are made tho, so it might take a while before you can get them here.

probably be a good business to get into if you have skills with that sort of thing.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby Philfy Vermin » Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:05 pm

from what i read its a very specialist job doing that grafting, when i did learn about grafting, for citrus and kiwifruit, about 15 years ago, im pretty sure we were told that soft stem grafting was impossible.

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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:56 pm

alot of commercial tomatoes are grafted, so I'm guessing it's the same as that, using potato as a rootstock. Apparently people have done it for years, it's just the first time it has been done commercially. Pretty cool if you have a small space to grow stuff- perfect for bag growing
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:37 pm

cool, thanks for the grafting pic.
And your chilli-cat would be quite a mild variety, looking at the pale fur colour?
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:45 pm

I went to the Seven Oaks Seed exchange in Chch yesterday- very cool, even if I missed out on the lovage and the majority of the potatoes.
Got:
three varieties of Jerusalem Artichokes (large purple skinned, large white skinned, and small brown skinned)
two varieties of old potato ('Aunty Mary' -old Taranaki, and 'Irish Fir'- small, tan, orange fleshed)
Sweet corn seed
tubers of Tropaelum tuberosum- a climbing nasturtium with edible tubers. My weed radar tells me this is invasive as, so it is going into a container. Research online suggests eating it decreases testosterone in male rats...
Two varieties of pumpkin (grey crown and large orange)
Basil seed
Hollyhock seed

I cut down a shitty old hebe this morning to make room for the artichokes, and found asparagus shoots. Not many- but bloody awesome 8)
So yeah, I really need a paddock, rather than a rental backyard
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby FC » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:52 pm

Get a tarp?
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:09 am

A tarp in Welly would probably just get torn to shreds, and take out everything as it did it.

Yep, -1 here this morning- and I left the bean seedlings outside. That should harden them up, or kill them. Tough love.
Sorry beany babies! :cry:
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:45 pm

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runts caught up! did my first harvest and bought some new seedlings, trying to raise some chillies from seed, think it's hot enough now.

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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby mark tyler » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:11 pm

J wrote:found some

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closer look at the graft, not too bad.
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put them straight outside
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cat grafted to a chilli plant
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that is ultra cool!!! where did you find them?
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby mark tyler » Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:19 pm

sweet, gonna get some of those for sure
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:46 pm

Should I have my chilli seeds under a light at night? I just put them outside during the day, bring em inside at night. I'm probably just getting impatient...it's only been two days!
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:47 pm

Just the last lot I tried didn't sprout at all ;)
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:59 am

yep, mine haven't sprouted yet. On top of the router is a good idea, thanks
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:08 pm

My router doesn't really get hot, haha. Bought a heat pad instead.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby akaxo » Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:29 am

might be a bit of an old fashioned suggestion but on top of the hot water cylinder works too for a warm spot with a stable temperature.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:10 pm

I'd have done that but Hot water cylinders are either in the roof or outside here, it's plain fucked.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Oct 28, 2013 4:30 pm

Harvested all my rainbow chard cos it was going to seed. Blanched and froze a whole lot of the leaf like you would spinach, and am making sauerkraut for the first time- rainbow chard stalks, red cabbage, garlic and onion leaf, coriander and parsley. Now I just have to wait a week or so.

Also harvested a heap of parsley, rocket and other herbs and made herb pesto, and hung up a whole lot to dry.

In the garden: potatoes 'Irish Fir' and 'Kowhiniwhini' are up, as are the Jerusalem artichokes and the Nasturtium tuberosum.

Scarlet runner beans are planted out, as are blue beans and cobra runners. Broad beans are flowering, sugar snap and snow peas are maybe a week away. Zucchini and a couple of heirloom squashes have been planted out in cloches. A couple of pumpkin seedlings are just getting ready to take over the world.

I have about 60 sunflower seedlings to plant out or pot up- guess what everyone I know is getting for xmas...

Oh yeah, and my first ripe strawberries this week 8)

In 2 weeks I'll plant out tomatoes and chillies, depending on what the weather does.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:32 am

I planted chillies, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini and corn on the weekend- and immediately we got a couple of 5 degree nights. And the effing dog stood on my cucumbers.

I'm a bit bummed cos the New Brighton community gardens had a plant sale and I missed it. But managed to score a some old varieties of tomato: 'White Cherry', 'Tommy', 'Black Fortuna' and 'Great White'.

I've just got involved with Hand over a Hundy, as a mentor. The aim is to support a family in gaining skills for a lifetime of growing food, from compost to harvest to seed saving.
It's really exciting, and makes me wish I could have a 40 sqm garden, rather than 10 sqm.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:53 am

looking good J
I need to get a photo bucket account so I can post pics on here.

Yeah, have been assigned a family around the road from me- a too cool for school 16 year old, who I think is pretty into it, despite working really hard to not appear to care :) She has exams until next week, so I'm not going to hassle her for a wee while, til she's done.

I'm also being a feelthy plant pusher, and have put in a vege garden for a friend of mine and her son. In return she's going to do some driving for me on planting jobs.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:36 pm

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vege garden- looking a bit bare, as I have just pulled out seeding rainbow beet to make room for the tomatoes to come
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another view. Herbs closest, salads, then potatoes, tomatoes, beans, peas and broadbeans
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getting about a dozen ripe strawberries a day at the moment :)
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:12 pm

After a month of trying to raise chilli seeds I caved and bought some plants from the market this morning. $23 well spent!

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Yellow Moruga Scorpion (is that even a thing?)

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Lemon Drop Pepper.

I got a Bhut Jolokia as well but it fell over in the car and isn't looking too presentable but I'm sure it'll survive.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:25 pm

J wrote:the 3 month old super hots, minus the 5 best ones i took up to my dads house in kapiti
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They're equal parts ornamental and just evil looking.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby buckton » Fri Jan 10, 2014 11:14 am

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First Bhut Jolokia died, getting a pretty sweet collection now, Yellow Moruga is booming but the pods don't seem to be ripening, got some Thai Hot and Salsa from a nursery that was closing, Drop Lemon didn't seem to grow for ages but has taken off after its first fruiting and a prune. Got some unknown mild ones from that nursery too, two weeks ago I got some Hoa Lat, Habanero and finally got a replacement Bhut Jolokia they all seem to be going good except the Habanero is a bit runty. Finally got into Bunnings yesterday while they still had some wildfire seedlings and picked up two Jonah 7 pots (by accident, thought the second one was a Red Moruga) and a Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. They don't seem to have a lot of colour in the leaves but were extremely root bound.
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby dustbinflowers » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:56 pm

I've just moved house and had to abandon my tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, corgettes and runner beans. I've transplanted a whole lot of plants which are sitting looking shocked. My garden is a blank right now. Even if this season is a write off, at least I don't have to move for the conceivable future. MY garden! :)
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby old school punk » Fri Jan 10, 2014 6:52 pm

dustbinflowers wrote:I've just moved house and had to abandon my tomatoes, corn, pumpkin, corgettes and runner beans. I've transplanted a whole lot of plants which are sitting looking shocked. My garden is a blank right now. Even if this season is a write off, at least I don't have to move for the conceivable future. MY garden! :)


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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby PertHJ » Sun Feb 16, 2014 10:58 am

Started a bit late this season, and don't have much of a veggie patch yet, but heres the garden thus far:

Front to back: Rocket, silver-beet, celery, basil and capsicums
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Planter box:
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Hanging baskets:
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Re: Vege Garden 2013/2014

Postby PertHJ » Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:33 pm

Thanks! We're pretty happy with it :D . Can't wait till we extend the veggie garden!
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