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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:23 pm 
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Any one got any ideas about what is happening here? I planted seeds form a bought packed and all the other plants produce yellow squash but this plant just keeps growing bigger and bigger fruit with out them turning yellow.

I'm going to see how big it can get.


It's growing a UFO, hope you have your tin foil hat ready :scared2:


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:10 am 
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Some of mine last year did that, they are not that nice to eat when they grow to big but it would be cool to see how big it would actually grow :D

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:12 am 
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I think it is the natural chicken fertilizer that is being left there. The evidence is in the photo that one of your hens has been hiding out under the leaves.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:15 am 
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is the growth of the plant exactly the same as the other plants, ie shape of leaves, flowers etc? Could just be a rogue seed from the packet. curcubits are open pollinated and this one could be some form of hybrid.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:14 am 
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must be a rogue seed, the plant otherwise looks the same as the others :dunno:

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:40 pm 
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Did some research for ya simo, what you have there in a "Green Button Hybrid" I think :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:30 am 
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Boy Gnash, work must be slow. I think you are right, Yates sell the seeds for the green button hybrid and I am pretty sure I bought the "yellow" squash seeds for Yates so a errant seed must have made its way into my packet.

Bloody big button though :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:58 am 
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we grew button squash years ago with similar results, they just keep on growing, the zuccinnis did too, We had squash bigger than dinner plates and zuccs the length of your arm :) sold them all to a dog kennel for tucker :)


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:17 am 
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I built a new wicking bed the other day and documented the process for anyone interested in how I construct my version, as there are many different ways to achieve the same result.

First construct a ridgid walled raised garden bed, if you don't think the total height of your garden bed walls will be high enough to accommodate 30cm of free drainging soil and a large enough reservoir just dig down into the dirt below the raised bed to increase the reservoir capacity. I line the botton of the bed and any sharp pieces with old carpet to prevent the water tight membrane that is going to form the reservoir from being punctured.

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Next, using the appropriate size and type of hole saw, cut a hole for your drainage outlet at the desired height where the reservoir will end and the free draining soil for growing vegies will start.

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Line bed with water tight membrane (I use thick black builders plastic) right to the top edge folding in any extra bits and ensuring a nice tight fit so that the plastic does not get stretched and tear under the force of the water and soil that will be added later.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:27 am 
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Now we need to create some space at the bottom of the bed to allow the water to be distributed quickly and evenly, and to allow rapid drainage of exess water during heavy rainfall. I have used a length of 100mm PVC pipe long enough to reach from one side of the bed to the other. Cut or drill hole in one side of the pipe only to allow the water to escape along the whole length of the bed.

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Place the pipe in the bottom of the bed with the side with the holes in facing down so the pipe does not fill with dirt. Orientate the pipe so that one end opens to the spot where you cut a hole for your drainage port.

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Create more space in your reservoir by placing more sections of pipe or anything hollow and open in the bottom of the bed, then I cover with a layer of straw or hay.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:35 am 
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Insert reservoir outlet through the bed wall and plactic membrane (I use bulkhead fittings)

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Cut two sections of pipe for inspection ports at either end of your main water distribution pipe in the bottom of your reservoir. they need to be tall enough to sit even with the top edge of your bed walls when placed vertically on top of the two ends of the distribution pipe. In one pipe section drill a large hole at the height of the bulkhead fitting so that when in place the water can quickly flow from the water distribution pipe up the inspection port and out the side wall drainage.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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With inspection ports in place cover reservoir media with a material that will allow water trough while blocking the dirt, here I have used old grain sacks but I have also used shade cloth with great success.

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Fill with dirt

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Drink beer, go to bed, wake up with a sore back.

I hope someone finds this useful :wave:

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 1:08 am 
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Thanx I did :thumb:


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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:thumb: Thanks simo, I might have a go at building a few after Xmas

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:12 pm 
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Nice build Simo. I did mine at home and at school exactly the same except I used an elbow to join my inspection and distribution pipe - could not tell if you did and I never used any material between the straw and the soil, I just dumped the soil straight on top. I can see no need to separate the two.


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