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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Oct 2018, 16:59

You NEED to take your soil pH. That is bedrock stuff. Buy a kit, buy a cheap pH meter buy both. If it is acid (pH under 7) you need lime, if it is alkaline (pH > 7) no lime, use gypsum. Spread some potassium sulphate, more if you have alkaline soil.

Dig in lots of organic matter, compost and cow or sheep poop. Spread mulch to stop the sun baking your soil. Gardening 101.
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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Oct 2018, 17:33

Sprintcyclist wrote:
johnsmith wrote:With trees I'm going to put in peach, nectarines and figs.

I'm just waiting for wifey dearest to find a job, then while she's at work, out will come my chainsaw to make some room.
By the time she gets home it'll be to late :gsp

that might not lead to matrimonial harmony or the best end result for your garden


we had made a deal shortly after moving here that she could keep her tree's if she cleaned up the mess and raked the yard .... a few days later she hurt her back so was unable to keep up her end of the bargain. Her back is fine now and has been for a few weeks, but she still has never pick up a palm frond and I doubt she knows what the garden rake looks like. Should she complain, I'll remind her of the deal and buy her some flowers ...she'll get over it pretty quickly :bgrin
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Re: Gardening

Postby Aussie » 14 Oct 2018, 17:34

.....but wifey dearest likes her palms (cause she never has to deal with the mess).


I hate palm trees. Not one within cooey of where we are now. Fuck palm trees. Dirty bloody things drop shit everywhere.
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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Oct 2018, 17:39

HBS Guy wrote:You NEED to take your soil pH. That is bedrock stuff. Buy a kit, buy a cheap pH meter buy both. If it is acid (pH under 7) you need lime, if it is alkaline (pH > 7) no lime, use gypsum. Spread some potassium sulphate, more if you have alkaline soil.

Dig in lots of organic matter, compost and cow or sheep poop. Spread mulch to stop the sun baking your soil. Gardening 101.



I filled my garden bed with bags of soil specifically for tomatoes and vege's. Bed is about 4 inches deep, with plenty of drainage since it sits atop a retaining wall.

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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Oct 2018, 17:39

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.....but wifey dearest likes her palms (cause she never has to deal with the mess).


I hate palm trees. Not one within cooey of where we are now. Fuck palm trees. Dirty bloody things drop shit everywhere.



you and me both. They're ore trouble than they are worth
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 14 Oct 2018, 17:49

4" deep???

Try 40" deep!

Tomato seedlings: trim off all “branches” and plant it with just the tip showing: all that stem will send out roots, meaning your plant gets more water/nutrients!
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Re: Gardening

Postby johnsmith » 14 Oct 2018, 18:43

4" is just the depth of the bags of soil (i said 4 but upon reflection it's closer to 10. Two concrete sleepers deep and they're 150 mm wide each). Then under that is more soil. By the time it gets to that depth the tomatoes will be established.

We'll see how we go this year, if it doesn't work then next year I'll go deeper. I've had success in the past in pots that were about the same depth so I didn't think i had to go deeper.
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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 16 Oct 2018, 17:39

At last! Got a message from the tractor guy, he got my email but forgot.

Hope he can do the work, will make next April a lot easier!
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Re: Gardening

Postby Sprintcyclist » 17 Oct 2018, 18:44

HBS Guy wrote:At last! Got a message from the tractor guy, he got my email but forgot.

Hope he can do the work, will make next April a lot easier!


Good news.

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Re: Gardening

Postby HBS Guy » 17 Oct 2018, 19:14

Yeah, then find someone with a dingo to roughly distribute the gravel in the trenches, I can do the final spreading of gravel.

Might be able to visit the Salamanca markets this next trip!
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