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    Veggie Patch

    Every year I mess about putting a small number of tomatoes and capsicums in pots which usually die when we go off on our annual Winter Walkabout But as we won't be doing any travelling this year because of the mongrel corona virus I have decided to get stuck in and run a decent veggie patch for the first time in well over a decade to keep myself occupied.

    So far I have built myself a 6m x 6m shade house to protect the plants that hate the wind (we seem to have a plethora of wind here) and I have fenced off a 6m x 20m patch with roofing iron to help stop some of the wind and to keep the sheep/roos out.
    As we have cooch grass here I have given all the ground a liberal dose of roundup But I know I will have an ongoing battle controlling it so now I have started to dig and prepare some beds for all the seedlings I have got coming up in seed trays.

    In reality it is much cheaper and far easier to simply get my veggies from the supermarket but where is the fun or satisfaction in that and besides as I am not going to be gallivanting around the country this year I may as well be doing something useful with my time.

    I will try to post pics of my successes/failures from time to time.

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    Looks great so far

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    That does look great. Our vegie patch is abandoned to the weeds while we are away.
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    Thanks for the encouragement Guys, I have aches and blisters all over But it is slowly coming together
    I put a whole bunch of seeds in 4 days ago and didn't expect anything to happen for at least a week to 10 days But the Chinese cabbage and the broccoli sprouted in 4 days So I must be doing something right
    Our bore water here is heavily mineralised and is fairly salty So I will be hand watering with rainwater until the plants get established as the bore water damages the plants if it gets on their leaves, Thank the Gods I decided to install half a dozen 1000l kibbles to collect some extra rainwater for the garden.
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    Lucky you got some seeds trout
    Just went to the local Bunnings and itís like the big roll fairy has switched to seeds
    Not 1 pack of anything left
    I know the Kalamunda Bunnings is **** for stock at the best of times but this was ridiculous
    Iíll drop into one of the warehouses tomorrow and hope the fairy hasnít been there🧚🏿*♀️🧚🏾*♀️🧚🏽*♀️🧚🏼*♀️🧚*♀️
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    Get some seeds on line ( ebay) and create your own seedlings
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    I planted my usually Lebineze Cucumbers a while back they keep getting plenty of flowers but there are no bees to pollinate them since the drought. There are plenty of native trees all in flower at the moment but not a bee in site . Thinking I will have to get a small paint brush & do it my self. I usually get 1/2 dozen fruit a day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1950landy View Post
    I planted my usually Lebineze Cucumbers a while back they keep getting plenty of flowers but there are no bees to pollinate them since the drought. There are plenty of native trees all in flower at the moment but not a bee in site . Thinking I will have to get a small paint brush & do it my self. I usually get 1/2 dozen fruit a day.
    Maybe I should start hiring out my Native Bee Hives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1950landy View Post
    I planted my usually Lebineze Cucumbers a while back they keep getting plenty of flowers but there are no bees to pollinate them since the drought. There are plenty of native trees all in flower at the moment but not a bee in site . Thinking I will have to get a small paint brush & do it my self. I usually get 1/2 dozen fruit a day.
    You can always simply take a male flower and dust the females on cucurbits

    I may have "Jumped the Gun" a bit with my seedlings as we have had 2 days in excess of 36C and we have at least 3 more days of this before it cools down again and they are starting to "Struggle" a bit
    I have been watering at first and last light each day and this is helping But some of them are definitely Not "Thriving" at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trout1105 View Post
    You can always simply take a male flower and dust the females on cucurbits

    I may have "Jumped the Gun" a bit with my seedlings as we have had 2 days in excess of 36C and we have at least 3 more days of this before it cools down again and they are starting to "Struggle" a bit
    I have been watering at first and last light each day and this is helping But some of them are definitely Not "Thriving" at the moment.
    I have X pollinated my fruit trees before when there have been no bee's but as you have found with your seedlings even giving the cucumbers a water in the evening they are struggling in the middle of the day from the heat & it's been about 4 weeks since any rain again. I need to go to the chemist this morning so I will buy a small colouring brush from the Dollar Shop this morning I find them good to dust the flowers.

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