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    Re: What's in your garden this year?

    My garden isn't huge but we have got a veggie patch, empty at the moment, but I will soon be putting in the winter veggies.

    In the main garden, I've got lots of herbs a mulberry tree, a passion...
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    Re: Practicing Frugalism - Tips/Suggestions?

    The best tip I think I have been given being frugal is plan your meals, make a shopping list and stick to it. If you buy meat, try to stretch it - a whole chicken, for instance, can make 3 dinners...
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    While looking for the plants have feelings article, I found this - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2157221/Maybe-Prince-Charles-right-British-scientists-reveal-plants-really-talk.html ...
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    Jembru - there has been some scientific research done (don't ask me where, I just remember reading it some where, I'm sure if you googled it, you'd find it) that said that plants can react with...
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    Sorry it took my so long to answer the question, I missed it - my potbellied fig is on my kitchen counter, it gets a fair amount of light, but not direct sunlight. I have had it in darker areas of...
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    Re: Results from using Mugwort.

    For me, I found drinking mugwort tea helps me to sleep really well and deeply. I remember my dreams better, but as of yet I haven't had any epiphanies! I find, also, that I enjoy drinking it, I find...
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    Re: How's your garden?

    Lol, sorry :P
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    Re: How's your garden?

    I have heaps of things coming up in seed trays - though not everything I've planted seems to be germinating. Sweetcorn, pumpkins, broccolli and passionfruit are all doing well, tomatoes and capsicums...
  9. Thread: Soapwort

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    Re: Soapwort

    These are the recipes I've been looking at
    http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com.au/2010/03/how-to-make-organic-soap-using-soapwort.html

    This is a pic of soapwort
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  10. Thread: Soapwort

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    Soapwort

    Has anyone tried using this? I've got some seeds in a propagator at the moment. Apparently, you can make shampoo, body wash, hand wash, dish soap and home cleansers from it.
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    Re: Help with garden pests

    I went out to check the tree this morning. Zero ants, so thats a good start. I pruned back all the scale infested leaves and any that were showing signs of disease. Poor tree looks a little bald...
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    Re: Help with garden pests

    Definately scale.

    I don't want to use anything that might kill off useful insects, so that rules out diatomaceous earth. Neem oil is a deterrent right? So that would be ok.

    Every time I go...
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    Re: random new family member?!?

    I'm pretty sure I have a half sister out there somewhere too - my dad supposedly had an affair when I was about 7 that resulted in a child - I say supposedly because my dad denies it to this day,...
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    Help with garden pests

    I have a small hibiscus rubera tree in my back garden - I planted it as a seedling, it's now about 3ft tall. I noticed to day that the ants were very busy all over it, on closer inspection I found...
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    Not a herb, but if you are looking for a plant that can survive anything, you can try a pot-bellied fig. I have one as a bonsai (not a true bonsai as I don't do anything to it) I water it when it...
  16. Thread: Hello

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    Poll: Re: New here, out of curiosity.

    Hey! Welcome to the forum. I'm new here too, but it seems like a good place.
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    Re: hobbies

    I love my garden, so most of my free time is spent with my plants, my puppy and my two cats. I sew, paint, sculpt - I used to be a baker, still love to bake, but my oven isn't working, so until I...
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    Re: Watching for signs of Halloween

    Not much happens here for halloween, that I've noticed, but last week I did see the first of the halloween stock in the shops. Some great big plastic cauldrons that would be awesome for my garden :)
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    Jembru - I wonder if maybe your plants are missing something other than water? Have you tried giving them a seaweed solution or some epsom salts (1 tablespoon : 1 litre of water)
    Most herbs like to...
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    Re: I fail at plants...

    My favorite for the kitchen is Thyme. It's easy to grow, likes lots of sunlight, so let it live on a good sunny window sill. It doesn't mind if you let it dry out a little - watering once a week...
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    Getting seeds to germinate

    My garden consists manily of native (australian) plants at the moment - when creating in, my first agenda was to attract wildlife to the garden and create a base of plants that can basically take...
  22. Thread: Family History

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    Re: Family History

    My dads side of the family are Italian. My great grandmother and grandfather fled Italy during WW2 and made it to Ireland with my grandfather, who was four at the time. According to my Grandmother,...
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    Poll: Re: Wine or beer? Or something else? Or nothing?

    I'm not a regular drinker, but in summer, bbq season, I make a mean cocktail! I have been considering making my own liquers this year, with herbs from my garden :)
  24. Thread: Hello

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    Poll: Re: Hey everyone

    Lol - so not much has changed then - I watched the eurovision here and cringed when I saw Irelands act! Those two nutbags! At least they are better than dustin!

    When I was living there I was...
  25. Thread: Hello

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    Poll: Re: Hey everyone

    Hi James! How is Ireland?

    I had good reason for leaving, I lived in Tallaght!
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