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Originally posted by smudge smudge wrote:

Something very therapeutic about keeping a garden. 20 years ago I had about 5 times as much garden as I have now but it became too hard. If the geese didn't attack my sweet corn, the wind would take it out. Or the sheep would eat my pumpkins and watermelons. Plus I used to give away far more than we could eat, so now my household is only 3 people down from six, I have downsized. I'm trying to justify making it bigger but I know I wont be able to control the turkeys. I really want to grow kumara again just like in the old days. could grow enough to last all year and pumpkins, and - ohhh well - one day!

I also have about 50 swan plants and have just sown around 100 seeds.


Well I'll be buggered I never knew you could grow swans from seed, thought they came from eggs, you really are a clever bugga Smudge LOL
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Originally posted by MATTOO MATTOO wrote:

Hi Guys,
In Auckland and having problems finding seedlings online for delivery.
Most seem over run or out of stock.
I've exhausted all the material I have for seed raising with some dodgy seeds for some plants.

Any suggestions appreciated.

Suggest you try Nichols Garden online service ( Dunedin ) ... good prices & quality products along with next day delivery.
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Why ask me?  I just do the heavy digging/lifting.  Acting under orders
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hi matto, kings seeds northland has a great variety
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Thanks guys.
Will look into those options.
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I have never tried Nichols seeds in Dunedin but have tried Kings and yip they get a thumbs up from me. Last year i bought a pkt of Yates beefsteak tomatoseed. There were 15 seeds in the packet !!!  This year when i got my Kings beef tomato packet i counted them , over 60 seeds in a pkt. 
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I’m in lvl 2 and went to mitre 10 when opened. Seedlings were huge! Chilli plants were 30 cm high! Bunnings had 6 pod seedling trays for $1.98 
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A fortnight or more ago I planted my bean seeds namely 4 varieties each of dwarf & runners.

Since then have been in anticipation of seeing seedings emerge but to date nada !

Finally in desperation I dug up a couple of the seeds about 15 mins ago & was somewhat relieved to find the seeds have sprouted the beginnings of stalks about 25 mm long & are also developing a root structure but given the time they have been in the ground would have expected them to be more advanced.

Admittedly the weather of late here in Jaffaland has been wet, cold &  windy so maybe that is the reason but raises the question of should they be left alone or dug out & replaced as have read that if they are slow to develop then the plants are likely to lack vigor.

Have noticed beans can react rather strangely at times in various localities eg My runner beans one year planted in Auckland had been making satisfactory progress but were well away from picking or for that matter even flowering. Therefore during a visit to Greymouth was staggered to find folk down there were already picking theirs.

I would have thought the Greymouth climate would have made growing a lot of vegs down there marginal, let alone have them thrive!  

  
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temp has a lot to do with it…I had 50 corn seeds I planted yesterday eaten by blackbirds this morning grrr gardening huh 
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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

temp has a lot to do with it…I had 50 corn seeds I planted yesterday eaten by blackbirds this morning grrr gardening huh 

Yeah I had the same problem initially with the bloody blackbirds, thrushes & mynas digging up the seeds ... hanging tinsel etc. that worked short term but finally all that was achieved ultimately was to create a pseudo premature xmas decoration.

Could not buy any netting due to the lockdown so had to resort to scouring the property for bits & pieces which are serving the purpose in the time being but am apprehensive re having to lift them once the seedlings begin to emerge ... whenever that might be.

Police came around last night & said there had been numerous complaints my dogs were chasing people on bikes so told them "No way .... my dogs don't even have bikes ????????
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I buy from Polynet down south & they deliver anywhere. Netting is an essential product.I use their microclima.

They have flexible fibre rods for making your own tunnels. Easy as. and I got that shipped too.
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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

temp has a lot to do with it…I had 50 corn seeds I planted yesterday eaten by blackbirds this morning grrr gardening huh 

I plant my corn seeds in seed trays and then plant out when they are about 75mm high. Planted the first of them in the trays about a week ago.
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Bazza, those guys in greymouth planted a year earlier.

To protect your seeds with no netting.
Use some bamboo sticks and lie them over the planting lines.
Or grab some dead tea tree branches over the zone.
They don't need light just warmth and moisture.
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reelcrayze the birds picked the seeds out of my seedling trays! I don’t have a glass house space but may make cold. Frames out of old wooden windows 
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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

reelcrayze the birds picked the seeds out of my seedling trays! I don’t have a glass house space but may make cold. Frames out of old wooden windows 

Wow , your birds are more aggressive than the ones down here. Mind you I have to take my seeding trays inside each night to beat the frost and yesterday they never came out of my shed as it snowed for a couple of hours Cry
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yeah I do think I have a couple hardcore blackbirds I think the slug gun may come into play. The corn had that pink poison on them as couldn’t source organic during lock down easily, I wonder what effect it has. I left a filled tray with no seeds out last night and it’s all pecked up this morning so I think poison didn’t effect….
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Right here is this years garden challenge !!!!

For all those who have a bit of space only requirement.

There is a ancient gardening method that comes from American Indians and South America. It’s genius as it’s companion planting on a small scale that provides its own support, cover, nitrogen fixing etc…

It’s called the THREE SISTERS planting. Very simple.

On its smallest scale. You create a small mound and plant one corn seed, one pumpkin seed and one climbing bean seed. This challenge allows just one planting or multiples of these if you have the space.

The corn grows fastest and becomes a stake for the climbing bean and shades the Pumpkin. Pumpkin does weed control via shade, keeps moisture in and creates mulch. They all require different nutrients and feed each other and share 3 layers of light. 

Ive heard about it for years and never tried. This year is the year. Feel free to join and we can compare pics as they grow and crop.

The challenge for gardeners has been laid down.👊👋

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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

yeah I do think I have a couple hardcore blackbirds I think the slug gun may come into play. The corn had that pink poison on them as couldn’t source organic during lock down easily, I wonder what effect it has. I left a filled tray with no seeds out last night and it’s all pecked up this morning so I think poison didn’t effect….

May be wrong but pink coating on some seeds is not a poison as we know it but a preservative to prevent deterioration ... very much doubt
if any poisonous additives would be allowed or in the unlikely event they were then surely they would require clear warnings to the affect!
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thanks Gazza. Bugger it would have been a quick fix to my problem £
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Originally posted by Reel Deal Reel Deal wrote:

Right here is this years garden challenge !!!!

For all those who have a bit of space only requirement.

There is a ancient gardening method that comes from American Indians and South America. It’s genius as it’s companion planting on a small scale that provides its own support, cover, nitrogen fixing etc…

It’s called the THREE SISTERS planting. Very simple.

On its smallest scale. You create a small mound and plant one corn seed, one pumpkin seed and one climbing bean seed. This challenge allows just one planting or multiples of these if you have the space.

The corn grows fastest and becomes a stake for the climbing bean and shades the Pumpkin. Pumpkin does weed control via shade, keeps moisture in and creates mulch. They all require different nutrients and feed each other and share 3 layers of light. 

Ive heard about it for years and never tried. This year is the year. Feel free to join and we can compare pics as they grow and crop.

The challenge for gardeners has been laid down.👊👋


It sounds great but pumpkins use so much water. I have had a few goes at growing giant pumpkins and I'd easily give those things 10 litres or more a day. On tank water that's a real issue. On the other hand though not every sweetcorn and bean plant needs its own pumpkin Big smile. Interesting idea.
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