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vpande
22 November 2009
4
Nov 22, 2009 9:11 pm
nandina nana went very well with my roses in my previous place.
in winter when the roses were bare the nandinas gave plenty of colour. ground covers like pigface, portalucas would look good too.
At my present place my roses are struggling due to waterlogging so I havent underplanted yet.
good luck
nandina nana went very well with my roses in my previous place.
in winter when the roses were bare the nandinas gave plenty of colour. ground covers like pigface, portalucas would look good too.
At my present place my roses are struggling due to waterlogging so I havent underplanted yet.
good luck
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vpande
22 November 2009
5
Nov 22, 2009 7:38 pm
Thanks Fu,
I figured out that a cut coke bottle served as a good funnel to fill the 3 L milk can with Molasses. It was easier to tip out on a hot day when I left the bucket in the sun.
Interestingly the stuff smells exactly like the Bokashi activator. i am wondering if the granulated molasses and yeast is in the bokashi starter too.
thanks a lot :D
Thanks Fu,
I figured out that a cut coke bottle served as a good funnel to fill the 3 L milk can with Molasses. It was easier to tip out on a hot day when I left the bucket in the sun.
Interestingly the stuff smells exactly like the Bokashi activator. i am wondering if the granulated molasses and yeast is in the bokashi starter too.
thanks a lot :D
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vpande
19 November 2009
1
Nov 19, 2009 4:32 pm
I bought a 5 kg bucket of Molasses the other day and have tried to use it in different ways-
dissolved in 9L bucket- approx 2 tbspoons and tipped into vegie patch, citruses
I have a few questions
the bucket method is quite difficult for the lawn. can i make a solution in the seasol 2L hose-on container and hose on the molasses? if so, how much molasses to go into the empty can? it is quite viscous so I am using a syringe to fill the various applicators.
can molasses be used as foliar feed?
frequency? once a month?
Any feedback is appreciated.
:)
I bought a 5 kg bucket of Molasses the other day and have tried to use it in different ways-
dissolved in 9L bucket- approx 2 tbspoons and tipped into vegie patch, citruses
I have a few questions
the bucket method is quite difficult for the lawn. can i make a solution in the seasol 2L hose-on container and hose on the molasses? if so, how much molasses to go into the empty can? it is quite viscous so I am using a syringe to fill the various applicators.
can molasses be used as foliar feed?
frequency? once a month?
Any feedback is appreciated.
:)
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vpande
19 November 2009
32
Nov 19, 2009 3:38 pm
I have been following this post as my EZ turf is the same. It is v-e-r-y slow growing and the gardener who helped us lay was amazed it hasnt needed mowing so far. he is used to the buffalos and couches. surprisingy the turf which gets part shade has shown about 2-3 cm growth. the area in full sun esp the ones which were dry to start with have been very slow to recover and still 50% brown.
I am also noticing flower/seed heads. Is this due to less nitrogen more phosphate?
Fu any recommendations? :?
I have been following this post as my EZ turf is the same. It is v-e-r-y slow growing and the gardener who helped us lay was amazed it hasnt needed mowing so far. he is used to the buffalos and couches. surprisingy the turf which gets part shade has shown about 2-3 cm growth. the area in full sun esp the ones which were dry to start with have been very slow to recover and still 50% brown.
I am also noticing flower/seed heads. Is this due to less nitrogen more phosphate?
Fu any recommendations? :?
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vpande
17 November 2009
12
Nov 17, 2009 9:27 am
murraya paniculata
choisyia ternata ---- both with great foliage and fragrant flowers. Last month's home beautiful had an example of this.

if you are after colour- varieties of leucodedrons/proteas just gorgeous ad you can get great cut flowers too.

just my 2cents
Fu would be better advisor on climate suitbility in your area.
good luck
murraya paniculata
choisyia ternata ---- both with great foliage and fragrant flowers. Last month's home beautiful had an example of this.

if you are after colour- varieties of leucodedrons/proteas just gorgeous ad you can get great cut flowers too.

just my 2cents
Fu would be better advisor on climate suitbility in your area.
good luck
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vpande
14 October 2009
35
Oct 14, 2009 11:16 am
Hi BK
The rolls were a bit dry in one palett but the others were green and moist.
After laying it looked quite brown in many areas with curled leaves. some borders went brown too.
Rang HG turf to check whether it was effect of beetle treatment. they mentioned about transplanting shock. the last 2 days of rain and cold has actually made the turf appearing greenest since laying (day 5) and also the curled leaves have now opened up and appear normal.
so far so good!
Hi BK
The rolls were a bit dry in one palett but the others were green and moist.
After laying it looked quite brown in many areas with curled leaves. some borders went brown too.
Rang HG turf to check whether it was effect of beetle treatment. they mentioned about transplanting shock. the last 2 days of rain and cold has actually made the turf appearing greenest since laying (day 5) and also the curled leaves have now opened up and appear normal.
so far so good!
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vpande
13 October 2009
33
Oct 13, 2009 2:46 pm
Hi BK
I have the same thoughts re buffalo kiks and couches.
I am happy with my decision of E-Z laid last Friday.
It is still recovering from the transplantation shock. I really love the texture. narrow blade width and soft feel underfoot. we managed to do it ourselves with few helpers and cost us 1.5 K all up for 125 sqm. I think this is good value compared to landscapers quoting 3.5 K for cheaper varieties.
good luck :)
Hi BK
I have the same thoughts re buffalo kiks and couches.
I am happy with my decision of E-Z laid last Friday.
It is still recovering from the transplantation shock. I really love the texture. narrow blade width and soft feel underfoot. we managed to do it ourselves with few helpers and cost us 1.5 K all up for 125 sqm. I think this is good value compared to landscapers quoting 3.5 K for cheaper varieties.
good luck :)
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vpande
11 October 2009
23
Oct 11, 2009 2:50 pm
We got the turf laid last Friday. and guess what there were plenty of earthworms on the root side but I also found several live lawn beetles ::angry:: ::angry::
Rang the turf supplier who mentioned that they were aware of the problem and that theturf has been treated.
Does this treatment last for the entire life cycle? What happens to the next generation?? ie if the beetles have laid eggs ?
Any suggestions Fu?
cheers
vp
We got the turf laid last Friday. and guess what there were plenty of earthworms on the root side but I also found several live lawn beetles ::angry:: ::angry::
Rang the turf supplier who mentioned that they were aware of the problem and that theturf has been treated.
Does this treatment last for the entire life cycle? What happens to the next generation?? ie if the beetles have laid eggs ?
Any suggestions Fu?
cheers
vp
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vpande
5 October 2009
12
Oct 05, 2009 9:42 am
Protea- some grow upto 3 m (my all time fav)
Eucalypts with rounded leaf (almost like bo leaves- gorgeous)
Eucalypt with burgundy foliage (would look great if you have a rendered or pale bricks)
both these eucalypts I have seen in Bunn!ngs- bit pricey but one cant stop noticing and admiring them
:D
Protea- some grow upto 3 m (my all time fav)
Eucalypts with rounded leaf (almost like bo leaves- gorgeous)
Eucalypt with burgundy foliage (would look great if you have a rendered or pale bricks)
both these eucalypts I have seen in Bunn!ngs- bit pricey but one cant stop noticing and admiring them
:D
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vpande
5 October 2009
17
Oct 05, 2009 9:35 am
Me too!
hve watched the last 4 or so episodes. How long has the program been going on?
makes me feel 'normal' as I am in a neighbourhood of sterile formal gardens.
Anyone watching vasili's garden on sundays 8 pm on channel 31?
unfortunately I do not get reception to this one
::smile::
Me too!
hve watched the last 4 or so episodes. How long has the program been going on?
makes me feel 'normal' as I am in a neighbourhood of sterile formal gardens.
Anyone watching vasili's garden on sundays 8 pm on channel 31?
unfortunately I do not get reception to this one
::smile::
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vpande
5 October 2009
17
Oct 05, 2009 9:35 am
Me too!
hve watched the last 4 or so episodes. How long has the program been going on?
makes me feel 'normal' as I am in a neighbourhood of sterile formal gardens.
Anyone watching vasili's garden on sundays 8 pm on channel 31?
unfortunately I do not get reception to this one
::smile::
Me too!
hve watched the last 4 or so episodes. How long has the program been going on?
makes me feel 'normal' as I am in a neighbourhood of sterile formal gardens.
Anyone watching vasili's garden on sundays 8 pm on channel 31?
unfortunately I do not get reception to this one
::smile::
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vpande
3 October 2009
14
Oct 03, 2009 10:44 pm
for Melb Eastern subs- 0ne st0p spr!nklers supply empire Zoysia for about $9.50 per sqm addl delivery $77
for Westerb subs - Fu's friend from Wang- simmo can provide it for $9.50 per sqm till derrimut no addl delivery charge- you need to collect it yourself from derrimut
bk and hawgl i hope your questions are answered.
cheers,
vp
for Melb Eastern subs- 0ne st0p spr!nklers supply empire Zoysia for about $9.50 per sqm addl delivery $77
for Westerb subs - Fu's friend from Wang- simmo can provide it for $9.50 per sqm till derrimut no addl delivery charge- you need to collect it yourself from derrimut
bk and hawgl i hope your questions are answered.
cheers,
vp
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vpande
30 September 2009
5
Sep 30, 2009 11:56 am
native hibiscus- my neighbour has it and we love the purple flowers even in winter.
Alternatively few posts, a trellis and jasmine/passionfruit/ pandorea creepers
native hibiscus- my neighbour has it and we love the purple flowers even in winter.
Alternatively few posts, a trellis and jasmine/passionfruit/ pandorea creepers
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vpande
30 September 2009
10
Sep 30, 2009 11:50 am
Just updating!
I spoke to Fu's friend in Wangaratta (google empire Zoysia in Wang)
Very informative and he convinced me it'll do just the same or even better than buffalos minus the watering (once a week or if it rains is enough unlike other turfs that need intermittent watering) He's selling it for $9.50 per sqm incl delivery till Derrimutt. so all those in western subs can really benefit if you can take your ute and get it home.
I do agree why the major suppliers are pushing buffalo due to ease of availability and higher cost. Also unlike the buffalo turf, they can only deliver on wed,thurs, fri, sat. due to interstate sourcing
we have decided to go ahead with Empire and sourcing from a sprinkler place in Eastern subs. they also sell it for the same price but delivery is additional.
Fu's friend also mentioned testing soil ph prior as 6.5 is the preferred ph and one needs to add lime/dolomite to adjust.
Big Thank you to Fu for educating us with this great variety of sustainable turf for the future! ::
shall keep y'all posted after the turf's laid!
cheers,
vp
Just updating!
I spoke to Fu's friend in Wangaratta (google empire Zoysia in Wang)
Very informative and he convinced me it'll do just the same or even better than buffalos minus the watering (once a week or if it rains is enough unlike other turfs that need intermittent watering) He's selling it for $9.50 per sqm incl delivery till Derrimutt. so all those in western subs can really benefit if you can take your ute and get it home.
I do agree why the major suppliers are pushing buffalo due to ease of availability and higher cost. Also unlike the buffalo turf, they can only deliver on wed,thurs, fri, sat. due to interstate sourcing
we have decided to go ahead with Empire and sourcing from a sprinkler place in Eastern subs. they also sell it for the same price but delivery is additional.
Fu's friend also mentioned testing soil ph prior as 6.5 is the preferred ph and one needs to add lime/dolomite to adjust.
Big Thank you to Fu for educating us with this great variety of sustainable turf for the future! ::
shall keep y'all posted after the turf's laid!
cheers,
vp
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vpande
21 September 2009
4
Sep 21, 2009 10:36 pm
Thank you for your feedback. I recently visited a family who have kikiyu and loved the texture. our garden beds are a lower than the turf so invasion by runners would be rapid. We are inclining towards shade tolerant buffalo varieties as large area gets shaded by the house.
:)
Thank you for your feedback. I recently visited a family who have kikiyu and loved the texture. our garden beds are a lower than the turf so invasion by runners would be rapid. We are inclining towards shade tolerant buffalo varieties as large area gets shaded by the house.
:)
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vpande
21 September 2009
7
Sep 21, 2009 10:23 pm
Hi nessbrown,
Are you in canberra?
Here in melbourne I got decent sized leucadendrons (100mm pots) for $6 each. got safari sunset x2 and few proteas. for frosty days they have yates drought shield spray. beside the fence line you might be frost protected too unlike the open empty spaces.
Happy gardening!
Hi nessbrown,
Are you in canberra?
Here in melbourne I got decent sized leucadendrons (100mm pots) for $6 each. got safari sunset x2 and few proteas. for frosty days they have yates drought shield spray. beside the fence line you might be frost protected too unlike the open empty spaces.
Happy gardening!
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vpande
20 September 2009
3
Sep 20, 2009 9:04 am
Leucadendrons- avail in shades ranging from pale yellows to burgundy. gorgeous, long lasting cut flowers too
Proteas- look for shorter varieties as some get to 3 m bushes
Osteospermums as 'fillers' for the bottom 40 cms of garden bed
all are south african 'natives' and do well with native soil in aussie climate. easy to propagate too.
Happy gardening
Leucadendrons- avail in shades ranging from pale yellows to burgundy. gorgeous, long lasting cut flowers too
Proteas- look for shorter varieties as some get to 3 m bushes
Osteospermums as 'fillers' for the bottom 40 cms of garden bed
all are south african 'natives' and do well with native soil in aussie climate. easy to propagate too.
Happy gardening
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vpande
19 September 2009
1
Sep 19, 2009 8:14 am
Hi All,
I have been looking at getting turf laid for front and back yard (approx 100 sqm all up) we have water tanks (6000L)
i am a keen vegie and fruit gardener and hate to spend the precious water on turf (would rather use it on my edible garden)
Empire Zoysia sounds appealing but most suppliers are discouraging me from getting it. Melbourne does get frosty during June-July and extremely hot and dry during peak summer in Jan-feb. The suppliers mentioned that Zoysia prefers the hot humid Qeensland climate and the moderate NSW climate. trying something from the tropics may be a constant struggle. They are suggesting buffalo varieties. Is there a buffalo variety that is part shade tolerant, soft to touch, not too vigorous (I'd rather spend time on my edible garden than lawn mowing 100 sqm every 3 wks) Matilda? King's pride?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Vp
Hi All,
I have been looking at getting turf laid for front and back yard (approx 100 sqm all up) we have water tanks (6000L)
i am a keen vegie and fruit gardener and hate to spend the precious water on turf (would rather use it on my edible garden)
Empire Zoysia sounds appealing but most suppliers are discouraging me from getting it. Melbourne does get frosty during June-July and extremely hot and dry during peak summer in Jan-feb. The suppliers mentioned that Zoysia prefers the hot humid Qeensland climate and the moderate NSW climate. trying something from the tropics may be a constant struggle. They are suggesting buffalo varieties. Is there a buffalo variety that is part shade tolerant, soft to touch, not too vigorous (I'd rather spend time on my edible garden than lawn mowing 100 sqm every 3 wks) Matilda? King's pride?
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Vp
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vpande
5 March 2009
6
Mar 05, 2009 1:14 pm
we had junction boxes in the centre of the rooms for fans but they also require a provision for fan wall plates and a beam to which fan can be fixed. Our builder goofed up a bit.
Outdoors we had jn boxes for outdoor light and one for a sensor but apparently the sensor cant be put in as the jn box lacks additional cable for sensor. so, in conclusion- make sure you know exactly what you will be getting and whether it caters for your requirement.
good luck
we had junction boxes in the centre of the rooms for fans but they also require a provision for fan wall plates and a beam to which fan can be fixed. Our builder goofed up a bit.
Outdoors we had jn boxes for outdoor light and one for a sensor but apparently the sensor cant be put in as the jn box lacks additional cable for sensor. so, in conclusion- make sure you know exactly what you will be getting and whether it caters for your requirement.
good luck
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vpande
19 February 2009
6
Feb 19, 2009 5:09 pm
Sorry couldnt post the pics yet as my expertise with the digital camera is limited. Shall try posting them on the weekend.
The one we got is the one with 9 lights all at same level with the long strings (for staircase) - last one in Beacon's catalogue clipping. and the other one (short one)which you posted is at the entry. beside them , in the hallway we have energy saver downlights which generally are used so power consumption is limited.
Sorry couldnt post the pics yet as my expertise with the digital camera is limited. Shall try posting them on the weekend.
The one we got is the one with 9 lights all at same level with the long strings (for staircase) - last one in Beacon's catalogue clipping. and the other one (short one)which you posted is at the entry. beside them , in the hallway we have energy saver downlights which generally are used so power consumption is limited.
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