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What To Do Today?

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Comment by Lynn on November 2, 2010 at 3:23pm
LOL! We're still in long sleeves and jersey too! It's turned cold again, and it's not been nice. We are just seeing some sun now...but yes, I do think of our South Islanders, some in the snow, some in the shaky place...and I wish you all a happy summer.
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on November 2, 2010 at 2:37pm
Lyn you have had some great weather. Soon enough you will be saying you don't have enough rain. Think about us in the south island, we are still in winter clothes and plants still in their infancy. Tomatoes are but a dream at this stage.

Ah but we all have our crosses to bear. Lol
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on November 2, 2010 at 2:34pm
For your tomatoes I get an old soft drink bottle and cut the bottom off, add holes to the cap and put in bedside each plant then fill it with water, that way they get what they need. Last year we used old hoses put in more holes then put them in the garden and turned the tap on, it worked well. Watering early in am is good as is mulching the garden. others may have some different ideas as well.
Comment by Kate on November 2, 2010 at 1:53pm
My raised beds are drying out so quickly. I thought about putting in weeper hoses just under the dirt in a grid layout to keep my tomatoes and lettuces happy. Are weeper hoses green....organic...safe or is there a better way to do this?
Comment by Lynn on November 2, 2010 at 1:45pm
The first tomato plants I put in weeks ago are doing ok...not fantastic, but ok. They do have fruit on them, and I am waiting for the plants themselves to flourish with warmer weather. (do we GET warmer weather?!?!?!). ALl my new tomato seedlings are doing great, they will be repotted this weekend. I won't plant them out until they are larger. The zucchini, squash and cucumber seedlings are in the garden, doing well. Mesclun mix and lettuce seedlings all in the ground, spuds up and bushy...no sign of disease. Should be able to dig them in 5 weeks time. Cleared an area for Jerusalem artichokes to go in. All the herbs doing great, lots of seed and cuttings. Sage is flowering at the moment...gorgeous! I need to find some corn seed and get that planted along with more squash, and beans - three sisters method. So...when are we going to be warmer, again?
Comment by Yvonne Nikolaison on November 2, 2010 at 11:10am
Spent a few hours plan ring the first of the summer garden. Some of the seedlings have made ot to the garden, though they are looking a bit sick, they didn't get watered as much as they should have while we were away, so I have planted them plus a seed just to make sure.

sweetcorn will go in this weekend and then plant the beans next. tomatoes are in the glasshouse along with the chilli and peppers.
Comment by Lynn on November 1, 2010 at 10:42pm
Eeps...possums are PROTECTED?!?!! Little blighters! Poor you.
Comment by Tara McFarlane on November 1, 2010 at 10:33pm
lol - your protected possums will be safe - it's non toxic -doesn't poison them, just tastes bad enough that they won't touch it unless they are starving apparently.

It's a product out of the UK, so not sure if you can get it in Aus ( although I would presume so...)

It's quite amazing how much damage a hungry animal can do eh
Comment by Lynda Wood on November 1, 2010 at 10:28pm
haven't heard of it, but will look it up, I'm in Tassie Australia, and possums are protected, but they renigged on our sharing deal!!! I had big aspirations for our garden that now seems to only grow under ugly nettings, Thanks heap Tara, might even get to have my lemons back!!
Comment by Tara McFarlane on November 1, 2010 at 10:16pm
Have you tried a product called Grazers? It seems to work on rabbits and possums - and yet leaves the plants good for human consumption. So far I have been using it on the trees that the bunnies attacked - and as soon as it's been applied, they stop!
I read about it in the Lifestyle Farmer or Lifestyle Block magazine...

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