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Post  Ray'ssfg on 12/22/2012, 6:01 am

The second photo didn't work so trying again.
Cheers
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Post  Ray'ssfg on 12/22/2012, 6:11 am

AUS: Summer has Arrived! - Page 2 3170584802 I have included a picture that gives a better idea of my box set up.
There are 6 4x4ft
I paved around them to stop any weeds
Cheers Ray downunder santa


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Post  camprn on 12/22/2012, 8:02 am

Ray, everything looks absolutely terrific! I like those little round marrows and the chard is beautiful... or is it boc choy?

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Post  FamilyGardening on 12/23/2012, 5:01 pm

Absolutely beautiful cheers Ray!

Thank you for sharing with us!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 12/23/2012, 5:44 pm

TWO ft of MM?!? Shocked No wonder those veggies are so huge! Two ft of MM...I can't even imagine that. How did you mix it up? It's all I can do to tarp/mix 6 inches...

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Post  elliephant on 12/24/2012, 3:58 pm

Ah, you are making me feel like it is cool here (86 degrees F expected here today) but, then again, it's our winter, lol!
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Post  Toady on 1/21/2013, 2:40 am

Erica and Ray (and other Aussies), how are you both going with this crazy weather (and natural disasters), are your gardens still alive? We've had some rain here over the past 3 days, the plants are enjoying it although other places need it more than I do.

I also wanted to share the first seedlings that will be transplanted into my future SFG, I've decided that half of it (6 squares) will be for the bunny garden and the other half assorted vegetables.

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Endive seedlings, just 5 days after sowing.
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Post  johnsonjlj on 1/21/2013, 8:01 am

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Sad little specimens but I forgot to buy carrots and there aren't any big ones left in the garden. Oh well, baby carrots are trendy aren't they?

Erica, how much MM are you growing them in? We have 12" raised beds which are filled with MM, but before we put the MM in, we tilled the soil where the beds would be and mixed MM and compost in. Then we laid our raised beds down (nothing on the bottom of them) over that and piled in the MM. We did that because of root crops and have always had great success with carrots. We also grow them in the fall, winter & spring because they don't do as well in the heat. The MM grows them super sweet and I have a hard time keeping hubby and daughter out of them until they can get larger!! The photo below is my 16 year old daughter, Leah, with her guinea pig Bugsy, who thoroughly enjoys my gardening efforts to provide her with fresh carrots (including the greens) and all the greens she can eat! The one Leah is holding was more than twice as long, but we had to have a taste before giving it to Bugsy! These were planted 9/28 and this one was just picked 2 days ago.

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Post  GWN on 1/21/2013, 11:03 am

Toady
Your seedlings look great and I wish I remembered to save me egg cartons for seed starting.
I hope you are safe with all the fires going on, sounds like a very hot summer there.
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Post  ericam on 1/21/2013, 4:00 pm

Johnsonjlj, I've got about 8" of MM. The carrots that I planted in Feb and March last year did really well but everything since then has been pretty sad. I don't think they got enough sun over winter and then when I planted the next batch in late spring it got hot very quickly.

Janet it has been a record summer here, we had the hottest day on record in Sydney on Friday, it hit 48C (118.4F) in some areas. The heat is contributing to the fires but most of the problem is the cool wet summer last year. Lots of growth happened and no back burning so there's lots of fuel out there in the bush, makes the fires very hard to control.

At one point the other week there was 140 fires in NSW and at any given time at least 40 of them were out of control. Luckily for me I'm in a pretty safe area but my parents and my sister both live near bush so they need to be prepared for anything.

Toady, my garden is surviving but I'm having to water twice a day most days. My tomatoes have now taken off and I'm picking at least 3-4 a day and my cucumbers have slowed down a little bit but I still have more than I need. Note to self, only plant one cucumber next year! Either that or get organised and do pickles...
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Post  Ray'ssfg on 1/22/2013, 3:18 am

Very Happy Hi Folks,
It has not been so hot this past week and my garden has really perked up. There are big fires about an hour away but will not impact on us. It is moving through the forest mostly but comes out into the farming land when the wind gets up. Thursday is expected to be very bad.
Picking a bucket of tomatoes every second day, 12 jars of relish and pickles so far. Also getting about 4 zucchinni and 4 cucumbers every day. Keeping the residents in our court supplied.
Lots of beans, red beet, onions, peppers and lettuce. Have now harvested over $800 worth of veg's since September. Other than potatoes we are not buying any veg's at all.
Planted my first seeds by the moon this week.
Also a good week to feed with seasol so did everything including the roses and all the flowers.
Finally getting some nice carrots as they would not strike in the spring. Well that is what I thought but discovered it was the "minor birds" biting them off. I have now put netting over each bed and presto, I now have seeds coming up everywhere.
I will post some photos.
Toady, yours seeds look strong and healthy, post more photos as they grow.
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