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Offline Templeton

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #75 on: July 27, 2017, 12:28:32 PM »
MT, how heart-breaking! Could you do something with floating row cover or fine screening material?
I'm needing to do some research into insect exclusion, my seed growing projects have expanded to the point where i need to isolate blocks of plants this summer - I've got some special lines of stuff that i need to keep isolated, and alternate-day caging is probably the way to go.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #76 on: July 27, 2017, 02:31:13 PM »
We're very lucky here in SA, no fruit flies. Up here in the mid north we are still getting blowflies; I don't think they got the memo it's winter.

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #77 on: July 28, 2017, 09:53:17 AM »
have started seeds in a propagator and on a reptile heat mat seedlings have germinated

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #78 on: July 28, 2017, 10:22:31 AM »
We're very lucky here in SA, no fruit flies. Up here in the mid north we are still getting blowflies; I don't think they got the memo it's winter.
I heard the 'First blowfly of Spring' yesterday.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #79 on: July 28, 2017, 03:13:29 PM »
The shiso seeds germinated already, I suppose as I pulled them right off the pods this isn't a surprise. They are only tiny mint family sized seeds though, the ones I purchased are similar to brassica seeds in size. I grew it from a cutting last year and I really liked how it tasted, the flowers and the bees loved it, so I'll grow a couple this year.

Lots of bees visiting the blueberry bush hoping for flowers. Each year it has budded later and later, first year it flowered basically late autumn leading to grateful bees over winter but a loss of all those early fruit to frost. It is acclimatising itself somehow. I thought I noticed some hoverflies about but they could have been wasps. I'm a bit ashamed I still have no flowers for the winter foragers. I'm going to start a bunch of annual flowers this weekend and see which make it. I'm also going to give germinating echinacea another try.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #80 on: July 28, 2017, 06:20:31 PM »
Grub, I don't know, I'm thinking I'd swap my massive crop of winter oxalis for no winter flowering veg/fruit. The bees love it!!!! Bees aren't needed for my winter veg crops!
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Offline nickolya

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #81 on: July 28, 2017, 07:17:47 PM »
Today I sowed my first batch of dwarf tomato seeds to experiment with. Still haven't decided which other varieties to buy seeds for, but I'm enjoying the feeling of anything being possible.

Dwarf Tomato Project varieties
Banksia Queen
Kangaroo Paw Brown
Kangaroo Paw Red
Maralinga
Rosella Crimson
Rosella Purple
Sturt Desert Pea
Waratah

Trying the Craig LeHouiiler dense planting method for the first time to try and save some space. He recommends using a peat-based potting medium, but because I don't like using peat I'm sticking with a good quality seed-raising mix and then topdressing with vermiculite. Hopefully if I watch the moisture really carefully and keep enough air circulation around the seedlings I'll be able to avoid the risk of damping off.

Lots of bees visiting the blueberry bush hoping for flowers. Each year it has budded later and later, first year it flowered basically late autumn leading to grateful bees over winter but a loss of all those early fruit to frost. It is acclimatising itself somehow. I thought I noticed some hoverflies about but they could have been wasps. I'm a bit ashamed I still have no flowers for the winter foragers. I'm going to start a bunch of annual flowers this weekend and see which make it. I'm also going to give germinating echinacea another try.

I recently pulled up a couple of Echinacea purpurea plants to free up some space. I've had them for a few years, and although they are reasonably popular with butterflies the bees around here (both native and honey) seem to bypass them in favour of things like salvias and basil. That said, our bees don't have to face the harsh winters like you get down south, so they might just be being fussy.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #82 on: July 31, 2017, 08:09:34 AM »
Nice list of dwarf toms nickolya. Hope they do well for you.
I'm itching to get things into the ground. Day time temps are in the mid teens but nights still dipping below zero so it's still a little too early. Having said that, I did sow some chicory for the chickens in a seedling tray. Hoping to plant some out next week.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #83 on: August 08, 2017, 08:14:38 AM »
Finally succumbed and planted out some seedlings I got at the B store, some broccoli and lettuce.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #84 on: August 13, 2017, 03:23:06 PM »
I planted a bunch of different types of annual flowers (cornflowers, poppies, alyssum, naturtium) and trying again with the anaheim/marconi that haven't germianted, this time outdoors in the mini-greenhouse. Also sowed some kohlrabi even though it's a massive spacehog for a tiny amount of produce. For some reason I just need to grow it.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #85 on: August 14, 2017, 08:24:56 AM »
I sowed kohl rabi this year for the first time. Never had room for it before. Quite like the taste.

Thought I'd sow some early cucumbers and zucchinis, seeing as the days are getting a little warmer. Lebanese and apple cukes.

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #86 on: August 14, 2017, 04:49:54 PM »
Almost forgot, also planted tomato seedlings bought at our local Show. Sweet Bite and Mighty Red Improved.
Also sowed some "Early Extra Honey Sweet" corn.

Offline Troppo

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #87 on: August 14, 2017, 08:38:12 PM »
Starting to plant out some tomato seeds for the coming spring and summer. Also sowed 50 of my F2 spag squash seeds and prepping some ground for my red sweetcorn project. Will be planting out some red lines in the next few weeks.
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Offline Grub

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #88 on: August 22, 2017, 03:23:01 PM »
Planted my last purple podded pea seeds in one of the whiskey barrels. I'll have to make sure to save a few pods for seeds this year. My favourite shelling pea for sure.

Also transplanted out a few lettuces but most probably won't make it. These are too delicate and susceptible to bacteria wilt, so I think I'll just direct seed from now on.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #89 on: August 22, 2017, 08:09:16 PM »
Sowed a row of Cascadia sugar snap peas, my favourite snap, and a seed tray of my kale mix.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #90 on: August 25, 2017, 06:28:41 AM »
Sowed Yukomo giant snowpea seeds in a pot with 6 ft bamboo poles and a new pot of rocket and a couple of radish varieties (watermelon and champion).

My local nursery is having it's early spring sale this weekend so I'll be stocking up on their bagged mix. It's a little on the expensive side but I'm over mixing up large batches of my own potting mix at least for this year to save my back and due space constraints.

It's weird that I already feel behind even though it's not even spring proper yet. So many more things I could get started early. I definitely want a nice pot of zinnias this year, I should get on that next.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #91 on: August 25, 2017, 07:47:19 AM »
Today I will be sowing the next batch of beet seeds, as well as some lettuce. Can't remember what variety I have out in the shed.

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #92 on: August 25, 2017, 11:14:38 AM »
It's weird that I already feel behind even though it's not even spring proper yet. So many more things I could get started early.
Very weird - me too. Always feel like what I'm doing should have been done at least a week ago, and whole pile of things that I need to do that won't get done 'til next week...the corollary are all those things that I want to do today, but bloody nature is dragging it's heels and it's still a bit too early.


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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #93 on: August 25, 2017, 11:49:14 AM »
Same debate, wonder if seed I want to use up is too old. Haven't ordered any new, yet! That said I'm busy starting cutting of succulents etc to donate to plant stall for our local Lions Club Open Garden wkend! Leftover veg seedlings go too!
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #94 on: September 02, 2017, 04:03:33 PM »
It's spring!

Sowed troughs of lettuce and spring onions. Planted sebago and royal blue potatoes and zinnias and marigold. Potted up the eggplants and chilli starts (I wish I could find 50mm peat jiffys for a decent price in bulk because the coco-coir ones aren't nearly as good). Sowed a few more that didn't germinate direct into seedling mix. Also sowed all the tomatoes I'm growing again in jiffies as only 2 have germinated and survived outdoors (-2 overnight and up to 40 in the day is too much for the more delicate seedings).

Rain is expected next 3 days so I've fertilised the lawn area. Finished up the raspberry trellis and going to transplant out some strawberries underneath.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #95 on: September 03, 2017, 03:34:54 PM »
Indoors I've sowed okra, eggplant, and chilli. Outdoors under the cloche (cos it still seems so darn cold outside) I've put in punnets: tomatoes, mini cucumber, red pakchoy, purple choi sum, tatsoi, silverbeet, zucchini trombono and black beauty.

I've been at my current property since last autumn. I keep digging up lawn to turn into veggie patch... I still don't have enough room. I'll be one of those people who overtake the verge.

I'm also going to put my purple sprouting broccoli, mini cauliflower and Vietnamese mint into a green curry tonight. Yay! Oh, the joys. [emoji4]

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #96 on: September 05, 2017, 12:09:08 PM »
Planted out red cabbage, rocket, beetrrot and lettuce.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #97 on: September 05, 2017, 01:27:36 PM »
Sowed some radish, corn salad, and Japanese pumpkin seeds this morning. Some more sweetcorn this afternoon.

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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #98 on: September 19, 2017, 04:06:47 PM »
Sowed more peas (Oregon Giant and Super Gem) as the first sowing didn't come up. Too cold I suspect.
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Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Reply #99 on: September 19, 2017, 08:15:16 PM »
Over the last week, I've sown butternut, sunflowers, Queensland Blue pumpkins, Cherokee Wax beans, and zucchinis. Also planted a few pumpkin seedlings, to get an early crop hopefully.