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What are you growing? 2018

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So thought I’d start a thread about what your growing in your space, whether it’s vegetables in the garden, herbs on the sill, aquaponics, crops on your farm or taking over the local urban farm plot.

Picked up a few of rosella plants today from the local nursery. This will (hopefully) be enough for a batch of rosella saison and a few jam jars. 

Second lot of garlic is a couple of weeks away from harvest.

Red onions getting to a point of harvest and tomatoes about to go in, along with the jalapeño plants.

Lime tree is still spitting out ripe limes, continuously. 

Avocado trees are starting to look healthy after a hard winter.

Im looking forward to this growing season for sure. 

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I only have a small area for vegetables but manage to squeeze a bit into raised garden beds.  At this time of year I have lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and herbs growing.  The last couple of years I have been getting into the heirloom varieties.  I have a dwarf Lisbon lemon and dwarf Tahitian lime, both have a large amount of fruit on them.  The dwarf peach is only in for its second year but has fruit coming on.  Everything seems to grow well with my own compost.  I need about half an acre to grow what I want .  Now to find some space for hops

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Other than hops, just a pot with sweet cherry tomatoes. Swmbo wants to have a vege garden when we buy a house though so once that happens there will be more things.

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Only fruit and vegetables at the moment, thinking of growing hops at some point. Currently growing:

Cucumber
Tomatoes
Pumpkin
Bunch of green leafy stuff that looks like weeds to me, my wife ensures me it's edible though
Mandarin
Orange
Passionfruit
Figs
Cherries
 

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1 hour ago, Otto Von Blotto said:

Other than hops, just a pot with sweet cherry tomatoes. Swmbo wants to have a vege garden when we buy a house though so once that happens there will be more things.

Mate, nothing better than home grown stuff, I’m with your SWMBO. ??

Brisbane, just about grow toms all year. 

 

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1 hour ago, Hoppy81 said:

Only fruit and vegetables at the moment, thinking of growing hops at some point. Currently growing:

Cucumber
Tomatoes
Pumpkin
Bunch of green leafy stuff that looks like weeds to me, my wife ensures me it's edible though
Mandarin
Orange
Passionfruit
Figs
Cherries
 

Nice one. I’ve got a few mandarin’s as well. Espaliered along a fence. I want to put more in for sure. Best tasting fruit ever.

ive got one fig from diggers, Purple Heart, not even sure why I got it, I don’t like figs ha ha

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There's about a million different plants in my garden. The useful ones are kumquats, nectarines, apples, crab apples, lemons, herbs (many), snow peas, shelling peas, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, passionfruit, hops (my wife killed the smothering snow peas so they are all trimmed and trained now)  ... planting tomatoes very soon.

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14 hours ago, The Captain1525230099 said:

ive got one fig from diggers, Purple Heart, not even sure why I got it, I don’t like figs ha ha

I reckon you could make some pretty awesome wild fermented beers with figs.

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15 minutes ago, porschemad911 said:

I reckon you could make some pretty awesome wild fermented beers with figs.

Yes, I guess I could. 

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Hi all,

Great topic. Im in Adelaide put my summer vegies in a few weeks ago. Got cherry and full size tomatoes, lettuce is still going, sweet corn and a few herbs. Also have mandarine, plum, lime, lemon and fig trees. Winter harvest was great had heaps of beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and spinach. 

 

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That is a sweet space Hilltop.

I am growing lots of stuff.

I decided to do something about the local community garden which had been badly neglected and overgrown.  This is actually what it looked like in September of 2017. A weedy mess.  The few volunteers that remained were basically sitting around looking at one another arguing about whether dandelions were weeds or not (not a word of a lie).  I just sort of rocked up and started pulling weeds...

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and, with the help from my volunteer friends, we turned it into this ...

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Now it is overgrown in a very different way.

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That's me on the left in the hat talking with a couple of people from the council about why irrigation should be an essential part of garden design.

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It is not a model garden,  it is too big to keep neat as a pin and it gets picked over by the public, volunteers come and go and we all have other lives and other gardens but the few hours we can spare each week we do what we can.  I love it.

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Amazing to see @James of Bayswater. I’ve often thought about starting up something like this where I am, however between two properties I really don’t have enough time.

i respect people that put their time in for the community like you and your friends have here. Top notch work there mate. 

I tip my hat to ya.

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Thanks Captain,  I started small.  

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This my nature strip.  It is one of the best things I have ever done.  The neighbours love it (The council doesn't).  Plants sometimes appear by magic, donated by some anonymous local.  People pick at the herbs for dinner and I want them to.  Herbs love a good picking.  It encourages them.  Herbs are generally quite hardy and don't require a lot of care..  Some even thrive on neglect.   I raise things from seed that I collect myself so it costs me nothing.   I love seeing the local kids, clearly on a mission from Mum, come and pick the rosemary.  Hmm.  Guess who's having lamb for dinner...

It is great to see what others do with the space they have so I'll try not to crowd the thread but I do have a lot more to show and tell - some of it could useful to other gardeners too. 

Lately I have been  drought proofing the garden by the use of wicking beds and polypipe irrigation.   It has quartered the time it takes to water the garden and is much, much more water efficient.  But as a result we are a little behind schedule this season and the garden is a little bare at the moment as several beds had to be stripped out and moved (thirsty work).  It's all systems go now though especially since Hughie has come to the party...

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There's James with fantastic vege and herb gardens....and then there's Muzzy with the artificial lawn. Luckily for me I live close to the best greengrocer in Adelaide.

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I put the fake grass in at the height of water restrictions during the drought here a few years ago. Having said that, drought or no drought, I am a sh!te gardener. Where many of you have a green thumb, I have a Round-up thumb. 

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Whenever we have water restrictions I just let the lawn die, and keep the weeds at bay in the meantime. It always comes back when it gets water again. Luckily we haven't had any restrictions for the last decade or so, but I've gone on and off looking after it. Sometimes I just can't be bothered. In this place I don't care because it's a rental and the yard is crap anyway full of rocks and sticks and dirt, but in our new place it's landscaped and not a huge amount so I'll get into it there and make it look nice again. It did look pretty dead on the inspection day, but the gardens themselves looked good.

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I have a fairly good front lawn considering it has many different types of grasses. Eventually I’ll dig it all up and get new turf. I have a 2100L water tank but that lasts about 2 hours when I put the sprinkler on the front. My wife used to think I was an idiot for taking so much care of the grass but since we got the new house she loves it

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My missus thinks it's a bit silly too but every time we walk past a house in the next street over with a lawn that looks like a bowling green she comments on how great it looks 😂😂

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I have replaced every square foot of 'lawn' I can, mainly with garden beds and the spaces in between with mulch.  The garden beds are green enough for me and mulch is basically no maintenance.  

I maintain a couple of other properties so I do my share of mowing but not so much at my place.  I still have some patches of what are essentially mown weeds in the front and back yards here at home but 80% of what used to be 'lawn' is now garden beds or under mulch.  No regrets.

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When I move out to my little property I’ll have live lawn mowers that also contribute to feeding the compost bin and the dinner plate.

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I hear you Captain.  I live in the hope of the invention of the suburban sheep, small enough to subsist on the front and back lawn that will not only keep the grass down but will also be good for a pair of ugg boots annually and a rogan josh at the end of service.

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I sheep farming friend from South Australia has a new breed of sheep he is trialing bred from Albany WA that are kinda like dorpers but have meat like crossy’s and don’t mess up fences. Kinda like a dream sheep really. 

All going well, they’ll be my choice.

There are those Dollface sheep that should go alright in a suburban block but I think they like company which doesn’t really suit a suburban block ha ha.

The feathered variety of lawn mowers are good on a suburban block though. Geese I mean.

 

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Yeah, I prefer this. Unfortunately the yard at the new place isn't as big but I'll still do this to it. This was the olds when I bothered actually maintaining it 😂

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