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Went up to the plantation. Flowers on the Acacia acuminata are just starting, will be a sea of yellow in a few weeks. This years seed giveaway will kickoff in about 3 weeks in the swaps section

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Unripe Sandalwood and Quandong fruits, respectively

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The garden is thriving. :)

 

I noticed a P.Viridis Shipibo starting to form some flowers which is exciting.

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C.Edulis is punching out a load of flowers and a few cacti are busting out fresh pups.  

 

Also planted some more seeds today. 

•Anadenanthera Peregrina

•Peganum Harmala

•Latua Pubiflora

•Codariocalyx Motorius

•Clitoria Ternatea

•Nicotiana Rustica

 

 

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Nice njt, I got my first viridis a while back and it's been covered in ants ever since. Could this be a problem?

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17 minutes ago, Pedro99 said:

Nice njt, I got my first viridis a while back and it's been covered in ants ever since. Could this be a problem?

Hey @Pedro99 

The ants are more than likely farming scale insects. Check on the undersides of leaves and the plant stems and you will see them. My voacanga and viridis that are in the shadier/moister parts are prone to this. Scale is a real pain. Read up on how to treat it before it gets out of hand. Get rid of the scale and the ants will tend to clear out. 

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Duboisia hopwoodii fruit. Have 3 of similar size. Fingers crossed

 

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Duboisia myoporoides. The seed was gifted to me generously from a SAB member earlier this year and was passed onto a local bloke with a good technique for germinating Duboisia spp. He worked his magic and this is the result

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The other day I planted ~ 1 year old ~ Acacia acuminata plantlets (normal + narrow) and a couple other things in the ground. Fingers croseed.  

 

Today I am preparing a GA3 solution for sowing several things, like more Acacia sp, Mandragora sp (I have seeds from all species this year), Hyoscyamus, and some old Ephedra sp. I will also try petalostylis cassioides which I was recently sent. I guess I will treat them as Acacias as the seed is really like an acacia

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Potted a bunch of tricho cuts and grafted some lophs. Put my v.africana in larger pot which was way overdue. (The root system reminded me of mung bean shoots). Caapi, psychotria, T.corymbosa, S.Tortuosum and D.cooperi & pereskiopsis cuttings.. 
I sowed some E.gerardiana seed. It’s my first time growing ephedra so interested to see how it grows. Also got the mixer out the other day and did a big batch of fluffy soil.

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Recently potted up and labelled all of the hybrid seedlings I received from a friend, repotted my tallest PC into a 50L pot. Really need to get it in the ground once I get my hard clay soil transforming into something more living!

Spent some time at my new property planning out our food forest and thinking how I'm going to rejuvinate the clay soil into something better (over a long period of time).

 

17 hours ago, Enjaytee said:

Also got the mixer out the other day and did a big batch of fluffy soil.

Got more info on this soil tek? :p I've not heard of people using a mixer to fluff it up. Guessing it helps with aeration?

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First post in here!

Moved into my new place last monday, done a few small things here and there including planting what at my old place was a lot of plants, but here only makes a very small section of garden.

Mostly have been trying to plan the food forest that will eventuate in the years to come.

Today I spread some peastraw on the first little section I made, as time goes by hopefully the serious amount of organic matter I spread will turn the horrid clay dirt that has been for years a virtual carpark into something resembling soil.

Plants I have include but are not limited to, HBWR, Syrian Rue, multiple random Cactus, Valerian, Strawberries, Mint, Parsley, Sage, Sinicuichi lots of peach trees that came up from seeds at the old place, the mother tree had great fruit so if some of them have similar fruit my little peach tree hedge will be great, if not, at least I have something growing at this stage.

I have lots of things not mentioned, and plan on lots more of course,  but Rome was not built in a day and neither will this new garden of mine be.

 

 

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@XavierDass, I have been reading Dr Redhawks soil series on Permies, he seems like a bit of a guru in the transforming of dirt into soil, I can’t remember any specifics about transforming clay other than smash the organics in there and let the microbes sort it out which is pretty much where I’m gonna go. 

I will try different methods in different sections, there will be hugelbeds and raised beds and comfrey composted patches depending on what the whim is at the time.

The goal is to be able to eat solely from it year round in 10 years time.

Because the old owner was a mechanic and had lots of cars on the block I don’t think I will eat from it for the first few years to let the fungi break down any nasties that might be hanging around.

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@FerdieJ, sounds like we have similar goals.

I've got a few hugels planned -- also heard daikons and radishes can be good for penetrating heavy soils and introducing organics deeper into the earth.

Vetiver grass seems like it also has some uses for our soil-rejuvenation and preservation goals (as well as a great plant for carbon sequestering).

 

For now, we have a lot of weeds covering most of the property and all through the existing orchard -- so we've got some ground cover and free compost while I do my planning! :p

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@XavierDass I use a mixer because it beats mixing up multiple barrows with a shovel. Work smarter, not harder. ;)

My basic soil mix is 50% 3-5mm washed rocks (blue metal, zeolite, scoria, riverstone) 25% premium potting mix and here’s the real secret to a fluffy mix... 25% coco coir. I then adjust the mineral/organic content from this depending on what I’m potting. 

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Finally getting some babies in the ground all seed grown hybrids.

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hi ,

grabbed some pics while some plants in the garden are waking up, finishing or looking bright

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Totally amazeballz! :o

 

..Brung 8 moar fatties in for winter before my little legs gave up for time being :3

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Welcome aboard FerdieJ !! 

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Gimli said:

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Thanks @Glaukus

These came from some I must have accidentally scattered whilst baking with some seeds from @etherealdrifter

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Did a little wild graft on some dragon fruit in the garden. Feels like the weather is now decent enough to nurture it. 
T.pachanoi ‘Quechuas’  (ay @Gimli I got this seed from you last year)

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Sharxx Blue x TPM

 

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(Peru x Juuls) x TPM

 

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TPC x Juuls

 

Before and after. Starting to build that crest army

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Looks like you're growing yourself an axe head @Gimli. Would have been fitting if it were grafted to a lumberjack. haha

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Okay, I got carried away with the knife... Sharxx Blue x TPM

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