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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:36 pm 
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Cheers, It took a while to convince my daughter of the necessity of this course of action, but now she wanders round the yard picking up leaves and grass to add in.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:01 pm 
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Love it Gaz. So twin barrels, what's the plan? I'm a rookie composter and just started building mine recently so any hints or tips would be appreciated. From my researching I understand mixing the greens with the dry, then whatever the chooks don't eat also go in with any of their poop etc.

I have an ubundance of ground cover down the back of our block made up of leaves, fronds, sticks etc that I want to put to good use during summer as we can't burn off in summer. I've been collecting charcoal from our winter burns then hopefully with the addition of above mentioned I think we should get some really good compost going, do you think I'm on the right track?

Also got to get a bath tub worm farm going


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:55 pm 
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Sounds good to me. I'm only at amateur compost status, but I believe something like lots of brown stuff and a bit of green stuff is the go. Add air and micro organisms and off you go.

This was interesting... http://www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/c-n-ratio/

The worms are good, but I reckon we would need about 5 can of worms farms to deal with just the kitchen scraps.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:21 am 
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This chilli plant is probably the biggest I've ever grown, if I stretch out the branches it's as tall as I am. I think it was a hungarian orange.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:22 am 
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So I just pickled some more.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:45 am 
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Nice one Gaz. What's the heat factor like with that variety?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:24 am 
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They have a little bit more poke than a jalapeno, but only just - I'd take a punt they would be 3000-5000 scovilles

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2014 9:07 am 
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Otherwise known as hungarian carrot chilli?

I enjoyed reading your thread. Especially when you grew that little pumpkin ;)

The potato towers are excellent - might try that idea. The bricks double as ambient heat and also easy to harvest. You could try one with a bit of builders plastic down the bottom 1/4 to retain some moisture and compare results.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:21 pm 
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Not a bad idea jayendra, they do dry out pretty quick. Getting punished by snails at the moment :bat:
Just googled the carrot chili, they look pretty similar, not sure if they are the same though.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:29 pm 
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Awesome thread! Gives me hope for my suburban backyard ;-)

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:49 pm 
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Thanks katmac, I just keep on planting until something grows :crazy:

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