"Funny you should mention Backyard Aquaponics in Perth as this is where I get my supplies and they are very helpful people. Thanks for starting the group. I inherited my system from my Son who has now left home so my husband and I are growing the…"
I'd love to check out the aquaponics system somtime, I don't think it is something I'll be trying anytime soon but who knows, maybe you will inspire me. It sounds complicated but very cool having to adjust the pH without…"
The Comfrey died but should try again now there is more water about. The aquaponics is evolving I'll let you know when it is tweeked and you can come and have a gander if you like. I'm in the world of adjusting PH without…"
Lovely to meet you, you live rather close to me, I am in Thornlie. I'd be very interested to hear more about your aquaponics, that is what my brother wanted me to set up (and he doesn't like fish or veges) but I wanted a more…"
Great to have another Perth person on board my postcode is 6111 what about you? Currently Hubby and I are exploring Aquaponic have been left a set up when our Son moved out of home
"I have planted a roma & a grosse lisse tomato. The cherry tomatoes are fruiting madly but there is only one plant that has tomatoes of a decent size. The potatoes are cropping well. I planted more seed potatoes today will see if it works. The…"
"Looks awesome Craig. I live in Perth WA I am harwesting potatoes, cherry tomatoes, dwarf bean varieties. Coriander & parsley are seeding. Corn, capsicum, cucumber , zuchinni, tomatoes. lettuce and watermelon are on their way. Chickens are laying…"
The babies are growing. With difficulty I gave two of the babies to my son & his girlfriend to hand rear at her request. I remembered my best pet being a day old chick from the pet shop that I called Hetti. She was a loyal companion…"
"I am in heaven. The Sussex Rooster did his job and I now have 12 baby chicks from 2 Mums. They are seperated from the rest of the flock in a smaller pen within the large enclosure. 3 days old now and already out and about with their Mums scratching,…"
"Picked broad bean & spinach to add to onion & quinao for tea tonight but the meat eaters came over so I ended up buying pizza..so expensive but great to catch up with the recently moved out of home!!"
I'd love to check out the aquaponics system somtime, I don't think it is something I'll be trying anytime soon but who knows, maybe you will inspire me. It sounds complicated but very cool having to adjust the pH without chemicals. Depending on what people call 'chemicals' and what you can add that is 'fish friendly' I am sure there are many different things that could be used.
In regards to the comfrey, you can sometimes get plants in the herb section at Bunnings and some nurseries, otherwise when mine get a bit older I can try and propogate some from the roots for you (I was planning on trying this down the track).
Lovely to meet you, you live rather close to me, I am in Thornlie. I'd be very interested to hear more about your aquaponics, that is what my brother wanted me to set up (and he doesn't like fish or veges) but I wanted a more traditional vege garden. I have only just bought a house and have torn everything out of the backyard. I have planted some fruit trees and herbs and am getting ready to lay my retic and then build my veges gardens. I did grow some veges when living with my parents but the soil was incredibly poor and the couch often stole all the nutrients so I am looking forward to finally having a decent plot.
How did you end up going with your comfrey? I currently have 7 plants and they all seem to be doing ok, a friend who is also growing it swears chook poo is great.
Looking forward to sharing gardening ideas with you.
I've been reading a bit more about Comfrey growing . I found this info that may be helpful:
Comfrey prefers humus-enriched soil (abounding in aerobic bacteria, fungi and micro-elements) to artificial fertilisers. It likes a slightly alkaline soil at pH 7.2 but will also grow well in acid soil. It is only when comfrey roots get down to the subsoil, that the plant is able to draw up minerals from deep down; the plant then reaches its maximum in food value, in vigour of growth and palatability for stock feed. Plants will produce copiously with a plentiful supply of water, but dislike being waterlogged.
One gardener had got it growing really well in a big tub first and then transplanted it into the garden.
Hope this helps.
Responding to your question about growing comfrey. Can you give me a bit more info. What have you planted-big roots, small plants;just one or a few at a time? What is your soil like-sandy, stony, clay,dry, wet? Comfrey dies right down in winter if it is cold and sprouts again in spring-are you sure it's not just winter dormant?
If you let me have a bit more info I may be able to help.
Hi Theresa glad to find a fellow green thumb in Western Australia. Have just dug up my crop of spuds grown under straw, not a big crop but an easy way of growing them. Having major possum problem, the back verandah is fortified to keep the little darlings off of the new shoots on the grape vines. They are also chewing their way through the new shoots on the lemon in a tub and a new passionfruit plant.It is a great weekend for gardening!
The worm farm workshop at Ecomatters was informative. The idea was to use what they had, so the legs were recycled Acacia trees. As for worm pee, if you are getting little, does that mean you need to dampen it sometimes?
Hello Theresa. Welcome. Great to see another member from WA. There is a small contingency here. If you type Western Australia in the search box in the top right hand corner of this screen you can see who else is here. You could start a group if you like. Anyway, have fun oooobying!!