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It's time for GARDENING again!

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OK - admit it.

How many of you planted seeds too early because you wanted to get a head start on the local gardeners only to struggle to keep the sickly lanky things alive indoors because you didn't have enough places to keep them whilst you potted them on cos it was too cold and wet outside, and half of the panes in your greenhouse are broken, so now they're all dead and your having to start again LATE! ...........................................................................................................:mad: :mad:

OK - SO! Just me, then? :hehe:

I have to move my tiny (6ft x 8ft) greenhouse so I can get at yet another wall that needs to be rebuilt.:(

I have built my new base, in its new location, under the tuition of a friend. I decided to make it 2 breeze blocks high so i could build 2 b. block high walls running around the inside forming raised beds (easier on the back) for tomatoes, peppers, and perhaps a cucumber (I'm a cucumber first timer).8)

Great! After putting my 4in x 4in lengths of wood on top of the base so I can fix my greenhouse frame and gain even more height, I am now left with the steepest steps up to and down into the smallest greenhouse in christendom.:eek:

I can see for miles on the top step. and i am now going to have to go out and buy some more lengths of wood to clad the base cos b. blocks look dead ugly. This is proving the most expensive bit of DIY ever.

Fortunately I have some pea and broccoli plants that we grew on the course that are still alive, and i have ended up planting onions and very, very, very, late garlic (should have been done in autumn!!!:p :p ) on my kitchen windowsill, so I'll be able to stick them outside next week.

I have also made 2 wood stores (stores made of wood for storing wood) and heeeeey! they look like a normal person made them!!!:lol: :lol:

The birds are all busy creating a rumpus and squabbling, ripping bits off the trees for nesting. I have seen the owls that have nested somewhere near the garden and produced offspring every year that we have lived here (3 years).

Unfortunately the rook colony is also back directly above the children's trampoline (which is now covered in 'white' and large twigs they have dropped whilst nest building. i'm sure they hurl those twigs at one another.

What a NOISE
! It would be a site more quiet living within spitting distance of the M6.

The builders are due to start our house extension within the next couple of weeks, so prepare for Mrs Stresshead from Stressland on the Slopes of the Mountain Stress type posts .....

Perhaps I'll learn how to post photos this year????:)
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gardening again in tropics

Hi Alwin and all
glad to hear that you are into your plants again.:rotfl: Interesting you saying about planting too early. In some of my posts I mentioned that we had a flood here in Mackay, even my daughter had metre more through, still getting insurance, but for our gardens it has been great. I have mentioned to others that I'd put one Pumpkin seed in my small back yard, and it took over the small yard, but after flood (not affecting me) had 2 fullgrown ;) pumpkins, so had to pull out plant as grass so high- all gone now, still some frozen in fridge.

But the passionfruit is yielding 26 fruit and flowers:wink2: . Put in tomato and sweet pea seedlings last week- usually between St Paddy's day and easter here. Seeds are sprouting now- cabbages, flowering plants and more. Our weather is just cooling in mornings- 18C, but still 28C day, as we move towards the winter, but usually sunny all winter and most of year. Sorry you asked about a plant once, Alwin, and I didn't reply- sorry. have been busy getting to drs and spec??? have to garden around 6-7am bcause of sun probs- eyes/skin etc, so great to hear re your plants all
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peach hibiscus -lily

Hi Lily
Marymac from Mackay, Nth Qld. You were talking about the orange hibiscus others mentioned.

I thought I'd let you know that I have had the Hibiscus-Orange Lantern, for a year now. It is mini- just 1.2 metre- and iI cut it back, and flower is interesting, having a distinctive pom-pom hanging from the centre of each flower. It is very pretty- the nicest I have see. very easy to grow, my neighbour took a cutting, and her plant is almost fullgrown. I bought it from Bunnings, I think, but have seen it at Big W.

Having seen hibiscus round Sydney sometimes, I'm sure you could grow it successfully there.
Good luck in your gardening
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