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Scuba Steve Jan 5th 2008 7:43 pm

Growing Veg
 
HOw easy/hard is it to do ion your back yard somewhere like central coast of NSW? Usual stuff like spuds and strawberries etc.

steve`o Jan 5th 2008 7:57 pm

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Originally Posted by Scuba Steve (Post 5743951)
HOw easy/hard is it to do ion your back yard somewhere like central coast of NSW? Usual stuff like spuds and strawberries etc.

because of the warm climate its easier in some respects harder in others

stuff grows a lot quicker and you can grow some veggies all year round
however insects are a pain and if you have fruit trees you also have to guard against parrots bats and possums ( so netting or covering the tree is the only solution )
you may have seen bannana trees with great big plastic bags over the fruit

BadgeIsBack Jan 5th 2008 8:10 pm

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Originally Posted by steve`o (Post 5743998)
because of the warm climate its easier in some respects harder in others

stuff grows a lot quicker and you can grow some veggies all year round
however insects are a pain and if you have fruit trees you also have to guard against parrots bats and possums ( so netting or covering the tree is the only solution )
you may have seen bannana trees with great big plastic bags over the fruit

You need to align the patch N/S. Sun goes through the North during the day.
Find a planting guide - you'll be able to plant all year round.

homewardbound Jan 5th 2008 8:42 pm

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Robertson is the best soil to grow spuds;) If you do a search on selfsufficientish there is a good aussie bunch as well as uk that grow their own on there.

BadgeIsBack Jan 5th 2008 9:50 pm

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Originally Posted by homewardbound (Post 5744119)
Robertson is the best soil to grow spuds;) If you do a search on selfsufficientish there is a good aussie bunch as well as uk that grow their own on there.

Good book by Annette McFairlane called Organic Vegetable Gardening

quercus Jan 6th 2008 8:25 am

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This site might be useful.

http://www.organicdownunder.com/site%20index.htm

youngy73 Jan 6th 2008 9:13 am

Re: Growing Veg
 

Originally Posted by steve`o (Post 5743998)
because of the warm climate its easier in some respects harder in others

stuff grows a lot quicker and you can grow some veggies all year round
however insects are a pain and if you have fruit trees you also have to guard against parrots bats and possums ( so netting or covering the tree is the only solution )
you may have seen bannana trees with great big plastic bags over the fruit

the main reason for putting bags over nanas is to make them rippen quicker and to prevent sun damage so the fruit looks good.

Wol Jan 6th 2008 9:38 am

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I was told that you can't get tomatos to set here - and it's true! I've a tomato TREE out there and damn all tomatos. Cost me $2.50 too.....

Buzzy--Bee Jan 6th 2008 10:07 am

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Originally Posted by Wol (Post 5746415)
I was told that you can't get tomatos to set here - and it's true! I've a tomato TREE out there and damn all tomatos. Cost me $2.50 too.....

That's a bit worrying mate - tomatos are my speciality. I grew 5000 off 21 plants one year in the UK.....

Buzzy

Scuba Steve Jan 6th 2008 10:38 am

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Thanks guys. All I need to get started is a visa.

Geelong Gent Jan 6th 2008 12:45 pm

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Originally Posted by youngy73 (Post 5746316)
the main reason for putting bags over nanas is to make them rippen quicker and to prevent sun damage so the fruit looks good.

Can you do this with women?:p

Sam Jan 6th 2008 12:47 pm

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Originally Posted by Wol (Post 5746415)
I was told that you can't get tomatos to set here - and it's true! I've a tomato TREE out there and damn all tomatos. Cost me $2.50 too.....

Hummmm


We got loads of fruit on our tom plant here in WA

Must be a NSW thing:rofl:

Wol Jan 6th 2008 8:33 pm

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Originally Posted by Sam (Post 5747076)
Hummmm


We got loads of fruit on our tom plant here in WA

Must be a NSW thing:rofl:

With the Iemma government anything's possible.........

Pomster Jan 6th 2008 10:57 pm

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Originally Posted by Buzzy--Bee (Post 5746546)
That's a bit worrying mate - tomatos are my speciality. I grew 5000 off 21 plants one year in the UK.....

Buzzy

We are in Western suburbs of Melbourne- our cherry toms have so far provided about 4 kilos, and they have only just started!
Only one roma tom so far though.
5 strawberries (will not be advertising 'pick your own'!)
Lettuce galore
Chillis galore
Capsicums just starting

Maybe it is the better climate over west?:D

ridds Jan 6th 2008 11:19 pm

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Also try the Diggers Club - excellent seed stock and growing advice


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