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working with nature - sacraficial plantings

Postby gardenlen » Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:26 am

g'day all.

well summer is just beyond the horizon, time to get plantings ready, here in sth/east qld, those summer crops very attractive to our birds, unless we put up covers which can be expensive to begin with, and labor consuming each season and with us we get older, that sort of work gets harder to do, we use raised beds, once built too easy.

and now we are incorporating native or exotic type plants into our growing area, to feed those hungry birds, we got nearly the lot, would go mad trying to stop them dropping in out of the sky.

we use tomatoes, cayenne chillies, wild tobacco, devil weed, wild passion fruit (little yellow tasty ones), why tomatoes and chillies the kingies at least love them so we plant them in our regular gardens then plant others all over the place singly and without stakes, they don't see them and we get good crops, with nut frustration trying to keep birds away.

other sacrificial plants volunteers from the chook yard mulch: sorghum, wheat, sunflowers

any how happy coming planting season, live with in nature

len
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Re: working with nature - sacraficial plantings

Postby Brewer » Thu Aug 21, 2014 10:23 am

Hi Len,

Your post reminded me of an article I read about growing things in 'groves': http://www.jackiefrench.com/groves.html. Similar approach - grow plenty, let the animals have some of it. I plan to try it around the house over the coming years, it will be interesting to see whether it works or whether it just attracts more pests. It seems that around here (on the edge of arid bush) they'll come from miles around to scoff anything that isn't protected, so the pest load is essentially infinite! Having said that, I have a couple of (hitherto) totally unprotected and neglected grape vines, and there always seems to be a certain amount of fruit left behind, so even here they don't actually take everything.
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Re: working with nature - sacraficial plantings

Postby gardenlen » Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:40 am

g'day brewer,

yes we work teh same this year now after he first 2 years driving ourselves mad chasing kingies, the few bugs mostly effect brassicas we deal with using natural pyrethrum. we hadn't reckoned on fig birds as we hadn't seen any but they are here. teh kingies do get some tom fruit but we leave damaged fruit on the vine, seems to also keep them happy along with volunteer sunflowers. got toms planted all around the block they won't find them all. of course one day we may be able to put a cover over our garden beds and some other fruit trees, we have tree toms very tasty we do get some even after sharing with kingies, they do forget where to eat hey, anyway this is our charter live with the natural critters.

its working, on teh wild tobacco and devil weed we also have blue faced honey eater and pale crested rosella having a feed they are no problem around the garden, oh kingies also get into the gooseberries and wild passion fruits

take care
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len

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