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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jun 2018, 10:33

I would love to be buried under my apple trees, assuming one of my family would inherit and move into my house. Even if they replaced cider apples with desert apples. Or have my ashes scattered around a cherry tree.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jun 2018, 14:30

Bought two books:

Mycorrhizal Planet


The Apple Grower


Both by Michael Phillips.

Since I can’t do anything in Tassie this year I can edumacate mesel’, eh?

90% of trees will apples and pears, might add a quince if I can find room, a crabapple or two ditto.
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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Jun 2018, 15:05

HBS Guy wrote:Bought two books:

Mycorrhizal Planet


The Apple Grower


Both by Michael Phillips.

Since I can’t do anything in Tassie this year I can edumacate mesel’, eh?

90% of trees will apples and pears, might add a quince if I can find room, a crabapple or two ditto.



put in a fig .... and I mean a real fig tree that produces figs........ not that crappy useless things you aussies call a fig and whose only purpose is to block or break water pipes.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jun 2018, 15:43

Yeah yeah and a lemon tree ana peach tree . . .just let me buy another hectare. . .
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jun 2018, 16:53

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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Jun 2018, 17:48





don't do that to me :mad . My stomach is doing backflips. I love figs. Had three fig trees in the backyard growing up. Two green one black. Black tastes better but either one will do me.

The ones you buy at the shop are flavourless crap.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Jun 2018, 18:16

OK, will try and fit a genoa fig tree in somewhere.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 23 Jun 2018, 12:21

Couple great articles on animal manures:

[url]http://australseedlings.com.au/document/NPK-Nutritional-Values-of-Animal-Manures.pdf
[/url]Australian which is nice. However, a more thorough look is needed.

This site gives some more detailed info;
https://modernfarmer.com/2015/05/get-a-load-of-our-manure-guide/

Preparing for the visit last April I rang this mob looking for sheepshit (average nitrogen and phosphorous, nice high potassium) but none to be found. The mob I bought from offered me feedlot cow manure. I refused. I was thinking the unhealthy way of life for cows on a feedlot, eating grain not grass, manure belly deep, antibiotics galore etc. There is another reason: the cows are fed grain, that means their poop is higher in nitrogen (grain has more protein than grass) and nitrogen might be OK for sweet corn and cabbage, not for fruit trees. So I made the right decision maybe for the wrong reason. :roll :bgrin

Reading the Jacky French “Soil Food” book and she does state a truism we need to heed:

No matter how good your soil, if you take stuff out you need to put stuff back in.


We do not recycle our poop for very good reasons so will always need to add something to our soil, some organic matter. Manures are a good way. If you see bags of cow poop outside a farm only buy them, nice and cheap, like $2/bag, if you know it is a dairy farm. Age the manure a month or two, no real need to compost, cows eat grass so the manure is not hot.

Horse poo—full of weed seeds. Composts or make a manure tea to spray onto leaves. For fruit trees sheep poo is good. Pig manure is good but high nitrogen so not for fruit trees. Magnificent manure tho, has N & P & K and likely all sorts trace elements.
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