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nobbyiscool

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Nice bump!

I'd love to know whether it's "a thing" that home gardeners with limited space look at long range forecasts before deciding what to plant.

I pack quite a bit into my limited space, but because it hasn't been that hot in Melbourne this summer I can't grow a cucumber or a carrot for love or money. On the other end of the spectrum, my strawberries, blueberries and chillis are going ape-sh*t cos we've had some pretty consistent rain that they love.

Would planting according to long range forecasts be considered a bit OTT?
 

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GreyCrow

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Nice bump!

I'd love to know whether it's "a thing" that home gardeners with limited space look at long range forecasts before deciding what to plant.

I pack quite a bit into my limited space, but because it hasn't been that hot in Melbourne this summer I can't grow a cucumber or a carrot for love or money. On the other end of the spectrum, my strawberries, blueberries and chillis are going ape-sh*t cos we've had some pretty consistent rain that they love.

Would planting according to long range forecasts be considered a bit OTT?
Thats why 'Almanacks' got published

Its why for years The Advertiser had planting guides for 'best weather' growing

I used it for my tomatoes etc
 

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Got given a couple of those half wooden barrels like the wineries use.

Great height and very convenient for a small garden area, they look pretty good as well.
 

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Nice bump!

I'd love to know whether it's "a thing" that home gardeners with limited space look at long range forecasts before deciding what to plant.

I pack quite a bit into my limited space, but because it hasn't been that hot in Melbourne this summer I can't grow a cucumber or a carrot for love or money. On the other end of the spectrum, my strawberries, blueberries and chillis are going ape-sh*t cos we've had some pretty consistent rain that they love.

Would planting according to long range forecasts be considered a bit OTT?
Just water more

and use this
 

1989

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I am not a gardener at all, hence why I'm here.

I have five well established mop top trees in my backyard. The kid who has been mowing my lawns for about three years likes to dump the grass clippings around the bottom of the tree trunk. I've just been told that this can kill trees, so have removed the clippings.

Does anybody know how long it might take to kill a tree this way and whether this type of tree would be likely to be affected?

Cheers. 🌳
 

JewellWhite

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Nothing better than spending time in my backyard managing the few things I have. Have built a small area and put fake lawn in, nice shady area under the crab-apple tree to sit and contemplate the world.

I also have onions growing at the moment , and am looking to put some garlic bulbs in.

Was watching community tv and Vasilli came on with this garden in Moreland Vic. The guy has done a fantastic job.


Have you gone this far or are you like me with one or two items and a hope to grow more?
Yes I agree, spending time in the backyard is the most wonderful thing in life. I wish you the best of luck and build your dream site as soon as possible. I've been working on my backyard for a while now. It would go faster if I asked someone for help, but I want to do everything myself, even the furniture. I recently made a superb table out of solid timber logs. I recently bought myself a portable table saw. It's the best purchase I've made in a while. If you click here you too can touch this miracle.
 
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ScrappyCoCo

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I am not a gardener at all, hence why I'm here.

I have five well established mop top trees in my backyard. The kid who has been mowing my lawns for about three years likes to dump the grass clippings around the bottom of the tree trunk. I've just been told that this can kill trees, so have removed the clippings.

Does anybody know how long it might take to kill a tree this way and whether this type of tree would be likely to be affected?

Cheers. 🌳
Basically the water and air will not penetrate the soil where the grass is. Not sure if they are a hardy tree or not ( I suspect they are hardy) but it's great you removed it. It's kind of like how not much else grows around the base of gum trees...they drop their leaves...which are full of eucalyptus oil and it coats the soil with oils and water will not penetrate. Give them a feed with a plant food (not too much) and spread some wetting agent around the area and give it a good water in. The wetting agent (something like saturaid) is basically a detergent that should foam up and 'clean' the soil. They will love it! Mulches are usually coarser than grass so water gets in...but soil tends to go waterproof under most anyway. Wetting agent 2 or 3 times a year is fantastic. Instead of standing with a hose for 20 minutes, scratching the soil sometimes it is still dry, 5 minutes with the hose after wetting agent gives a deep soaking. This promotes deep root growth instead of shallow, which is better for when hot weather arrives. Having said that....they might be about to drop their leaves and go to sleep for winter?...still wouldn't hurt to do and again at the start of spring.
 
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I am not a gardener at all, hence why I'm here.

I have five well established mop top trees in my backyard. The kid who has been mowing my lawns for about three years likes to dump the grass clippings around the bottom of the tree trunk. I've just been told that this can kill trees, so have removed the clippings.

Does anybody know how long it might take to kill a tree this way and whether this type of tree would be likely to be affected?

Cheers. 🌳
It will only kill them if its against the trunks and causes rot.
Probably better to mulch your lawn clippings and add that to the base of the trees but not touching the trunks

Lawn being green needs lots of brown to get it to break down into good compost
 

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Basically the water and air will not penetrate the soil where the grass is. Not sure if they are a hardy tree or not ( I suspect they are hardy) but it's great you removed it. It's kind of like how not much else grows around the base of gum trees...they drop their leaves...which are full of eucalyptus oil and it coats the soil with oils and water will not penetrate. Give them a feed with a plant food (not too much) and spread some wetting agent around the area and give it a good water in. The wetting agent (something like saturaid) is basically a detergent that should foam up and 'clean' the soil. They will love it! Mulches are usually coarser than grass so water gets in...but soil tends to go waterproof under most anyway. Wetting agent 2 or 3 times a year is fantastic. Instead of standing with a hose for 20 minutes, scratching the soil sometimes it is still dry, 5 minutes with the hose after wetting agent gives a deep soaking. This promotes deep root growth instead of shallow, which is better for when hot weather arrives. Having said that....they might be about to drop their leaves and go to sleep for winter?...still wouldn't hurt to do and again at the start of spring.
It will only kill them if its against the trunks and causes rot.
Probably better to mulch your lawn clippings and add that to the base of the trees but not touching the trunks

Lawn being green needs lots of brown to get it to break down into good compost
Cheers. Very helpful. Much appreciated. :thumbsu:
 

Mofra

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Has anyone here planted bambino bougainvillias?
I have a window with a small balcony and fence I want to cover with a smaller climber (grown from a pot) and this seems to be a decent choice.
 

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Bit of advice needed, I'm trying to put some hanging plastic planters across the top of an ugly (old asbestos) fenceline, so drilling is out of the question needs to be hung.

Anyone know apart from Bunnings if there's a good cheap place to buy some? At $17 each it quickly adds up.

Also looking to put the cascading Dichondra Silver Falls plant, again anyone know either a good value Melbourne based nursery?

Most of my purchases are from Bunnings but seeing if there's anything better out there.
 

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Anyone ever successfully moved an avo tree which is about 4 years old?
Nope
Two of mine are still in glass jars with water
Should really plant them

Woulnt be that big would it?
Take forever to grow.
Get right under it and dont break the main root and youd think itd be ok
 

PoppedCorn

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Our first one actually went better inside in jam jar full of water on the windowsill than it did outside
Mind u it is winter
Ive put the newer jam jar ones outside now but fully undercover
They seem to be doing ok
Very long stems tho as they search for light

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