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2.Tomatoes / Re: Aussie tomato Season 2017-18
« Last post by Grub on Today at 04:58:08 PM »
Sticking them in full sun uncovered the moment they break the surface works well (as long as the medium doesn't dry out). Will be doing this in future.
Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you sow or plant out today ... 2017
« Last post by Grub on Today at 04:27:36 PM »
Planted parsnips in the middle of main bed. Since the bed is 1.5m wide its not easy to reach the middle so it makes sense to put either flowers or a long season harvest once crop there. Hopefully they germinate as I've read they don't have a great shelf life and I bought them two years ago. When they are big enough I'll transplant some leeks alongside them.
2.Tomatoes / Re: Aussie tomato Season 2017-18
« Last post by nko77 on Today at 01:17:38 PM »
i went to local  market and there was a seller selling greek tomatoes and ephesus tomatoes so i bought as iv never grown these types before

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Herbs & Spices / Questions about lemon Balm and bees
« Last post by Mukluk on Today at 11:23:19 AM »
I have always been told that lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) attracts bees, I have grown this most of my life and rarely see any bees on them when in flower.  Bees seem to prefer pumpkins and basil and clover and dandelion and basically everything else to lemon balm if they have free choice. 

I have always heard that ancient bee keepers used to rub hand fulls of lemon balm on their hives to keep the bees there.  Recently I met someone who is doing that today.  She claimed that lemon balm has similar chemicals to queen bee pheromones.  I can find no evidence of this other than people simply making that claim.  I have heard of people trying to catch swarms and using lemon balm oil, anecdotally many of these people don't have any greater success than if they don't use it.

I have done some reading and have not been able to find a single experiment confirming or disproving any of these claims.  Can someone please help me find something that has been published and peer reviewed either proving or denying these claims because I would like to know for sure?  Anecdotes are nice but meaningless, actual experiments are far better.  Someone has to be better at using google scholar than I am!
What Plant am I? / Re: Grampians unknown flower
« Last post by JANET on Today at 09:39:42 AM »
thanks so much Bender much appreciated
Vegetable Garden / Re: Root invasion into vege garden
« Last post by Grub on September 22, 2017, 02:45:24 PM »
Okay, that was a morning (more like half a day) of backbreaking work. Thankfully my back held up, bit sore though as are my shoulders.

Main bed completely dug out (a challenge with the limited space in the courtyard), quite a bit of sifting of the gravel layer at the bottom to reclaim as much soil as was practical, lining with several layers of geotextile fabric and then filled back in. Thankfully filling it back in was not nearly as hard as digging it out.

You can see the problem with roots getting in in the shot of the gravel. I'm not expecting none to get in, but if it blocks 80% or more that will be good enough for me, the roots won't be able to steal more in nutrients than I am layering on top each year.

Now I haven't yet checked the small beds to see how well they fared up over autumn and winter with their geotextile. If I stick a fork in there and it's clogged with roots anyway, I'm definitely going to get that sinking feeling.
Weeds, Pests & Diseases / Re: Weed Photos
« Last post by Joe2017 on September 21, 2017, 05:14:37 PM »
Hello everyone, does anyone know the name of this weed?? I can't find it anywhere...
It has purple flowers, its very prolific, if grows in Chinchilla, Qld.
What Plant am I? / Re: Grampians unknown flower
« Last post by bender on September 21, 2017, 08:27:44 AM »
Sandpaper wattle or Acacia denticulosa. It's a beautiful plant and rare in its natural distribution in southwestern WA

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Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you harvest today ... 2017
« Last post by MurrayTart on September 20, 2017, 08:50:27 PM »
Lots of coriander for a pesto, sprouting broccoli, sugar sap peas & first snow peas, spring onions, flat leaf parsley & mint!

Vegetable Garden / Re: What did you harvest today ... 2017
« Last post by pinefamily on September 20, 2017, 07:06:17 PM »
Harvested the first of my late sowed kohl rabi. Not overly big, as I suspect it doesn't like the days getting warmer.

The veggie beds are looking empty now, waiting for the summer crops to get going.
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