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Karen - your idea of Garden Tours, sounds like our Open Garden scheme here in Aus. You pay a nominal fee to look through a garden which can be large or small and the money raised goes to a specific charity. I guess there are similar schemes in your big country anyway. We have learned so much from visiting various gardens - everything from different methods of composting, growing natives and so forth. The next big one we are going to is in February in Canberra (approx 260 kms away) where there is a whole morning of learning the rights and wrongs of keeping backyard chickens or chooks as we refer to them here. The day is aptly named ''Chooks in the City'''and is to try and encourage more people to take up having their own chickens in suburban backyards. Yet another step towards being partly self sufficient!
I have only just started my veg patch within the past 6 months, but already have given away so much excess produce, tomatoes, chillis, passionfruit, in fact I took a huge box to my local gym yesterday and the lady were very pleased to be able to all help themselves to the free produce.
Karen - I wish you well with your group, it sounds fantastic and very interesting! Also I have googled the book Food Heroes that you mentioned and intend to order it, it certainly looks a great read.
Lila - Yes both Aus and New Zealand have huge wine industries. Provides lots of work for backpackers coming here on working hols too.
I think we export to over 100 countries now (UK being one of the biggest importers of our wines) You will also find our wine in your country - we saw it everywhere when we were over there in 2005. No matter which state you visithere, there is always a wine growing area to stop off in and grab a few bottles as gifts. I envy the italian migrants here who still brew their own wine at home, some of it almost knocks your socks off, but I guess it is what they are used to.
I can't wait to get a grape vine going just so that I can sit underneath it in filtered sunlight and pluck the grapes off - well at least before the birds get to them anyway!
My Hungarian Wax Peppers are doubling in size each day - the supermarket is now asking $10 kg (approx $4.50 per pound) so I am glad I managed to grow them, especially as the floods throughout Aus will cause massive shortages of veg and fruit.
Happy gardening all.
Lyn, I think I have seen 3 silkies stand on each others back for food. heeee. I do not spray anything on my veggies and I put compose on them when they are growing. It usually takes 8 months for my compose pile to turn the dark rich dirt that my garden needs. Can't wait to eat them.
Robert, I have 2 peach trees, one of which is a Sam Houston (low cold chill hrs.) and bloomed and produced last year. Its about 6 yrs old. My horse likes to nibble and rub on it and broke a few branches.
Charlie, our well is at 250 and when I water my hydrangea, they turn blue so I am sure its acidic.
Connie, I guess in Denton you probably get some real cold weather. I would use pvc with some cloth to protect them during those cold nights/days. I have not had to cover anything 2010 or yet. Do you have a lot of stones/rocks to remove?
Hi again Robert - yes I did have one small bush of them last season, which grandson cleaned out of blueberries. I was just so shocked when the thing finished fruiting and then promptly died on me!! That's gratitude for you.... Our blueberries work out $20+ per kilo (2.2lbs), the punnets only have 250gms in them, enough for one person!
I currently have a Cranberry plant growing in front garden too, it is struggling and I am keeping it wet according to instructions, but not sure how I will go. I am a huge fan of Cranberries - again something that we can only get dried (as craisins) or just lately over christmas - frozen, so when I saw them I almost bought out the freezer section, as I think they were only a special for Christmas (to go with the turkey!) and have never seen them stocked before.
Perhaps our climate is just not right for them - they are imported from USA anyway. I like to use the dried ones in macadamia and burnt butter cookies!!
Now peaches - we finally got our peach tree (2 types grafted onto one) this past season, going well, plenty of greenery and then suddenly 3 peaches. Ah - me thinks one each for the family at home!! Went to pick them and discovered the chickens had stretched up and eaten the inside of 2 of them and left just shells resembling a bell!! Husband ate the solitary peach and said it was delicious!!
Next season perhaps. Good Luck with your peach growing. All my fruit trees are planted inside the chicken run as I saw a gardening program where they said the chicken manure and scratching etc is good for the fruit trees, and to plant them all inside their run. So we have apples, limes, peaches, olives, lemons and a kaffir lime tree all coming along well. Peach tree is now too high for the little silkies to reach unless they stand on each others backs!!
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