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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:53 am 
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Doh! :bash:

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:07 pm 
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I had to go back to the previous page to find out why Simo is beating himself in the head with a stick... At the top of a new page.

Put the stick back on the hugulkultur row.

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Simo,

you have certainly picked a beautiful spot in WA!


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:38 pm 
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Found a free source of wood chip mulch (mostly pine) about 2 min from my house :joy: used it to mulch pathways through the food forest, now where ever I see a patch of green that it not covered as part of the paths I know I have a spot for more edible plants.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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sigh, whenever we do woodchips the termites go through it so fast :(

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:26 am 
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I definitely have termites in the area, I am hoping that my WA termites are slower and lazier than your supercharged tropical QLD termites and will prefer the nice moist buried logs in the hugelculture swales and leave my wood chip paths alone, if not it is just natures way of breaking down organic solid matter into nice rich humus to help build better soil for the food forest.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 10:13 pm 
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Another trip to Tass1trees (this time the one on Toodyay road opposite Jane Brook), came home with cardamon, arrow root, bay leaf tree, Anna apple, gooseberry, thornless raspberry and a heritage autumn fruiting raspberry. :joy:

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Aah more holes to dig. Have you got much fruiting now Simo? We look to be having a bumper year.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:14 pm 
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Simo wrote:
I definitely have termites in the area, I am hoping that my WA termites are slower and lazier than your supercharged tropical QLD termites and will prefer the nice moist buried logs in the hugelculture swales and leave my wood chip paths alone, if not it is just natures way of breaking down organic solid matter into nice rich humus to help build better soil for the food forest.


Better to know where the termites are than where they have been.

Give them some easy food away from your house and keep them there.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:10 pm 
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Faye wrote:
Aah more holes to dig. Have you got much fruiting now Simo? We look to be having a bumper year.


Wet warm start to spring certainly gets things going, most of my trees are still small so not that productive bt still I am getting lemons, cumquats, and passion fruit with tamarillos mulberries and blue berries coming along nicely.

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My fruit trees have been getting pruned, sprayed, fed and watered and boy are they happily fruiting :grin:

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 10:39 am 
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Any advice on the berries Simo? Have you got any other than bluberries. I am thinking if buying some.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Not sure I am an expert on berries Faye this is my first year growing them but here is what I do, I know they prefer acidic soil and have heard that pine needles as mulch will acidifying the soil so I have a dedicated raised soil bed for berries with pine needle mulch. The vine type berries like boysenberries spread like wild fire via self air layering and suckers in the right conditions so another reason to have a dedicated bed and you need to keep and eye on them. Vine berries will need support for the canes and fruit on two year old canes so pruning and training will be needed.

The berries I am growing are:

Strawberry
White mulberry
Black mulberry
Blue berries
Midjin berry
Boysenberries
Young berry
Logan berry
Thornless raspberry
Heritage autumn raspberry
Gooseberry
Goji berry

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Here are some of my Berries in the berry bed.

One year old boysenberry on fence, should get some fruit this spring/summer :joy:

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Blueberries forming on one year old bush, should have removed flowers before berry set to encourage plant growth this year but couldn't resist.

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This is the logan berry I got form PLJ

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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I split the pot of arrowroot into four separate plants and put them on the upside of one of my swales where the ground should stay more moist and they will help with erosion control.

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Gooseberry went in against a fence at the foot of my bed that has potatoes in this year. I remember as a child plucking golden ripe gooseberries from their delicate paper lantern type coverings in my grandmothers back yard in Spearwood, nothing looks or tastes anything like a Gooseberry and I have wanted to grow them for years but I never could get them started from seed so I gave up and bought one. Seems to be growing very well so far.

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End view of my two veggie beds with potatoes in, right side of gate is the gooseberry and left side is the thornless raspberry, trees in front are the Tamarillos, head of security guards the gate.

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