Food & Dining The Vege Garden Thread 2018

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    Gosh, I’d love a flow hive too! Also thinking of converting disused spa which Airbnb nutters have kindly emptied, into a massive planter with maybe a feature tree, it is above ground but we could then take down the spa fence, anyone done anything like this?
     
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    Just picked this 5.8 kg Jap pumpkin. Juicy as when first sliced and not too large a seed hollow. One of our favourite pumpkin varieties. Having some with BBQ dinner tonight. NodGrog as BBQ chief chef:

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    Convert it to a natural pool - should be able to grow out some silver perch to plate size in less than a year.
     
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    That's a great idea, and you're already half way there with a wicking bed system. Just drill out an overflow in the side and fill the bottom with aggregate and a feeder pipe, it'd make a cracking veggie garden I reckon.

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    Or make a pond out of it? As far as I know, ponds don;t required pool fencing? (You'd have to confirm that).

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    Anything over 30 cm deep needs a fence unfortunately (in NSW at least).
     
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    You could take it one step further, by having an aquaponics system with fish
    Backyard aquaponics make a splash in suburban Canberra

    (I like the concept, but it would be beyond my level of expertise).

    The concept has been used on a large scale forfor centur in Mexico City, which is built on a lake site. They made floating gardens upon which they grew crops. A small area of this still remains on the outskirts of the city.
     
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    Ok I’m with it today. Didn’t understand last night.

    A great value add could be to convert the spa into a “pondless” water feature. Minimal evaporation, no algae, no mosquitoes, no safety issue so no fencing required. Cheap to run and only turn on when required.

    Here’s ours in a raised garden bed area close to the deck above and area below:

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    Simple idea with no plants could be:

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    Water Reservoir with small submersible pump is hidden under rocks / pebbles.
     
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    That’s looks fantastic! It’s not on a platform but built in from ground level into a limestone surround, I am not explain8ng it very well, it is in a semi enclosed area off one lounge area, unfortunately with the pool fence it is like being in prison, it also has a jack built “pergola” which looks like it would come down fairly easily to me. The electrician was over last week so I got him to disconnect it all and take down the jack built lighting conduit around it, looks like you could just push that bit over, pretty big area internally which unfortunately dominates that area.
     
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    I’m a massive fan of water features as I love the calming sound of water flowing and the look of water moving. Literally drowns out unwanted surrounding noise. There can also be lights built in to add to the ambience. No fencing required so it would really add value both visually and through soothing water sound.

    For more ideas search google using “modern pondless water feature” then click on “images”.
     
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    Charlie from Selling Houses did this last week - Inverloch episode
    It didn't appeal to me but worth a look
     
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    Two more framed nets knocked over yesterday afternoon, only 6 more to go! They seem to be working well, saw 2 bees in and out of one of them whilst I was working on the others and watched a cabbage white butterfly fail miserably in its attempt to gain access.

    Juts hope the merbau screening timbers are hardy enough to last a few winters. Seeing how may drill bits I've snapped so far on pilot holes I'd say they were up to the job.

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    I read that and thought that you'd destroyed all your framed nets.

    Once you've done all the frames, you should live up to your username and build a proper gate.
     
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    You need this...

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    It will be interesting to know how you go since traditional ginger is not the Japanese Ginger you get in a restaurant.

    Japanese ginger is Zingiber mioga
    Myoga - Wikipedia

    You can get it in Australia from Diggers, Daleys Fruit, All Rare Herbs and others.

    Its on our "test plan" for growing stuff. but I haven't got some to try just yet.
     
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    My wife had looked into these at one stage but given the size of our property she thought the cost might be too great. She’s going to have another look into it given your comment.

    Thanks.