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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 10:35 pm 
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Awesome black capsicum Burnsy, top work :thumb:

Do your eggplant fruit get bored into by grubs like mine do?


Yes they do, the longer I leave them the more they are attacked, the larger one had one hole but the other smaller ones I beat the grubs to. I decided that small is better than none so am watching them this year.

First year I grew them, no holes, but since then they have been shocking if left. Does anyone know what they are?


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:26 am 
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Looks great! We have had those grubs too...I have some lovely eggplants growing at the moment so am hoping the grubs haven't found them yet!

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:10 pm 
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:bash: Darn grubs :swear: :swear:

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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:learn: I have identified the culprit :inspect:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sceliodes_cordalis

They don't really bother me that much as they usually only damage 10% of the eggplant, just cut around it and cook the rest.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:43 pm 
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Been getting one or two eggs a day and found a stash of 9 three days ago in the yard but had suspected for a while that the resident lizard had been keeping himself healthy at our expense. Off to collect the eggs today and look who is there. Caught him before he got his fill but he was not giving up easily. Despite my being in the coup with him he was determined to stay. Will have to run 300mm of fibre board along the front to keep him out until I get the new nesting boxes built.
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Also built a 5 minute garden, dumped a couple of sleepers that were lying around down to make a new strip garden (even the end piece was lying around cut to fit), filled it with mulch from the mulch bay and topped it over with the coup cleanings. Will leave it a week with daily watering before I plant it next week with oregon snow peas and spinach. Planted a heap of garlic today into the wicking bed as well.
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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:48 pm 
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Makin use of space. Love it Burnsy.


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Ended up picking up a fourth egg last night that is from four chooks. Three today so that lizard has definitely been living the high life. I need to get on and put a barrier up so I don't have to keep sharing with him. Sneaky blighter never left any shell behind so till I saw him at it I couldn't be sure I was being robbed.


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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Hmmm, skink getting the eggs........that could be our problem too! They are very athletic....have you managed to keep it out, and if so HOW????

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Hmmm, skink getting the eggs........that could be our problem too! They are very athletic....have you managed to keep it out, and if so HOW????


I put 300mm of hardy board up against the mesh side and it seems to have worked. Before I put the mesh up I had crows stealing them. The neighbour would find the shells littered around her yard where they had dropped them.


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Glad it worked! We have managed to keep crows out by netting over the top, but don't have any chance of keeping rats or skinks out unfortunately....unless we rebuild.......

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:38 pm 
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I have baits (tomcat) around the chook pen all the time to keeps the rats and mice out. It works.

Been getting 3-4 eggs a day since putting up the fibre board from 4 chooks so I am assuming it is working. Be spending some time up there this week building new nesting boxes so I should see if the skink is still around stealing eggs.


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I have been promising for ages to make decent externally accessed laying boxes. Picked up some horse shampoo drums a few weeks back from roadside chuckout and used some left over flooring (termite treated) to knock this together. Just needs a few coats of exteriour paint now to make it completely weather proof. The girls love the idea of opening the drawers to check for eggs. Still working out what I will use to secure them so a fox can't push them in, thinking a dowel through all the handles but that could be cumbersome, for now the rake handle will do.

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Lovely idea!

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 Post subject: Re: de casa Burns
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Nice and simple. Love it

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Also bought another new toy. This one is a Howard Bullfinch and is in working order. Used it to turn over the chook pen, helps stop smells and flys. Chooks love the fluffy fresh soil :thumb:

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