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1 hour ago, James of Bayswater said:

New gardeners should watch out for retailers selling seedlings out of season.  One lady member  was all excited that she had scored punnets of pumpkin seedlings at the big warehouse and she had bought so many she was offering them to the community garden. 

Pumpkins are at the very end of their season.  Those seedling will produce nothing and were virtually worthless but that didn't stop them charging her full price for them.

I have nothing against the big warehouse, in fact I am indebted to them in many ways, but the practice of selling out of season seedlings to gardening newbies is just wrong.

Agree some retailers lack knowledge and appropriate staff to advise new gardeners. 

Not a fan of picture packets of seeds either as greeny points out. I have found they tend to normally lack vigour and tend to be second rate seed, so I avoid.

Think the maxim of "you get what you pay for" applies.

Pays to buy directly from known reputable Vegie Seed Suppliers.

Cheers YB

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2 hours ago, James of Bayswater said:

GREENY1525229549 , The Seed Collection is based in Ferntree Gully - my neck of the woods.   I put a large order in two years ago but I must admit I have been disappointed by the germination rates especially of anything more exotic.  It was great that they sell small samples at $1.20 a pack but not so good that they didn't germinate well.  You should be fine with your selection though as they are easy growing.   

Also in Ferntree Gully is the Wholefoods shop where I scored my spinach seed over the counter - and the seed supplier was Eden Seeds who I highly recommend and have always enjoyed excellent germination rates with their seeds.

I can remember a packet of Chinese cabbage from 2 year ago which was shocking for germination but the rest seem to have been ok.

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2 hours ago, YeastyBoy said:

During my other day job (Essential Service) I have noticed a number of recently dug over lawns/flower beds for presumably vegetable patches?

New Vegie Gardeners, fantastic. 

Cool YeastyBoy...  agree mate.

Been a gardener since I was a kid... but only has been possible again now with rain. 

Bloooooody rabbit was in there again today I nearly did me block - but I am hoping that I might finally have got the last cuppla ways of getting in now closed - third time lucky I am hoping!

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5 hours ago, The Captain!! said:

Im still growing fruit/veg from seeds I bought 8-10 years ago. 

Yes mate put in some more spinach today off seeds from the old plants... my old Grandfather showed me how to harvest radish seed... learnt from there.

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3 hours ago, James of Bayswater said:

based in Ferntree Gully

My father is from Upper Ferntree Gully. My Grandad built his home and lived there for 70 years in Tarana Ave. beautiful spot

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On 2/20/2020 at 7:40 PM, Aussiekraut said:

Yeah, the chillies look like Bhuts. 

I've really neglected my chillies this year. I had a ripper of a harvest last season with quite a few kilos of red, yellow and purple Cayennes, Chocolate Habaneros, Red Naga Bhuts and some Butch-Ts. Oh yeah and some yellow Fatalii as well. This year it was just too hot and dry. I have a few Cayennes, had a fair few Bullhorns and some Choc Habs are popping up now, after I nursed the plant back to life.

 

Its been an odd season for sure. I planted red cayennes and Habaneros in late October from Bunnings stock and they just went nowhere for ages. Ended up with a nice crop of cayennes in the last 2 weeks but the Habeneros didnt fruit until late Feb and still haven't ripened.

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21 hours ago, Bearded Burbler said:

Cool YeastyBoy...  agree mate.

Been a gardener since I was a kid... but only has been possible again now with rain. 

Bloooooody rabbit was in there again today I nearly did me block - but I am hoping that I might finally have got the last cuppla ways of getting in now closed - third time lucky I am hoping!

Rabbit and vegetable pie would go nicely with a good pale ale.

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13 hours ago, UncleStavvy said:

Its been an odd season for sure. I planted red cayennes and Habaneros in late October from Bunnings stock and they just went nowhere for ages. Ended up with a nice crop of cayennes in the last 2 weeks but the Habeneros didnt fruit until late Feb and still haven't ripened.

Yeah it was in Sydney too. Tomatoes did ok and got a lot before they got smashed with the 46 on NYE and the 48 a few days later. Hurt my eggplants too and ensured I basically got no hops harvest. My eggplants came back before the rains hit and they got wet feet and went backwards. They are back now and producing in April.

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34 minutes ago, Greeny1525229549 said:

 My eggplants came back before the rains hit and they got wet feet and went backwards. They are back now and producing in April. 

At least the Eggplants are having a go still Greeny - that is a beautiful thing after such a shite season!

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I have noticed that my eggplants and capsicums seem to produce later each season.  I tend to grow them together as well (at home).  I considered it could be due to changing climate or perhaps I am planting them later as I do tend to hold off until after Cup day to plant them out.    I am not sure but I am not complaining as they make a welcome contribution late in the harvest that I enjoy very much. 

On a grimmer note I received a message from a lady who holds a plot at a community garden....

"Sadly Covid-19 restrictions prevent anything other than watering and harvesting for a period of 20 minutes only.  Of course social distancing in practice along with sanitising hands when handling taps, hosing and gates.

No more planting, weeding or digging. So sad for those who grow in abundance to share with family and friends. This is also vital exercise for us, and the opportunity to do something that is productive and worthwhile.

Plot holders are aware of the restrictions and while not necessarily happy with them, do hope the garden is not closed completely as I believe some already are.

I will never complain about weeding again!"

I do my best to comply with the restrictions but I don't understand how an individual weeding or digging or planting in an expansive community garden is going to spread the virus.   On the other hand I appreciate that most community gardens are incorporated and there are legal liabilities to be considered.

 

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Some more nice home produce for dinner tonight.... the Spinach has been pretty happy with more rain and I got meself a cracking mushie as well 😆

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