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The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update 
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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
Love your footpaths, is that the back of the house ?

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Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:23 am
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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
Well done - what a great idea!


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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
the problem with planting citrus next to the house, is the house :shock: ..... footings are bricks and mortar, mortar is lime and will leach into the soil for years, citrus like acid, as disccused, so they will suffer forever, that is also why your strawberries didn't thrive, i would move the citrus to the back corner and grow the veges next to the house.
the eaves of a house make it hard for plants to get rain and need extra watering.
good luck, your yard is looking great. :clap love the roses.

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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
I wouldnt have thought that would have been too muh of an issue in this case as the house appears to be timber so would only have a few piers in the vicinity of the Citrus, but the path might be :hmm

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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
I haven't had any problems with the citrus thriving in the way of leaf or fruit. In fact the kafir was stunning before I got stuck into it. The citrus were well in the ground and established before the path was laid too, and their soil level is above the path, so run off is mainly from the bed on to the path :shock:

Main problem problem has been the citrus wasp which is why I have cut back so hard. Strawberries were totally neglected. Really the soil quality is proving to be my greatest challenge jsut so sandy, and oily on the top as well.

As you can see the citrus are thriving after a good mulching, rain and a fair trim. 8 weeks since the photo on the first page.
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I'm also getting some good growth from the snow peas beans and cucumbers underneath.

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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
looking good!!, :thumbright
with your "oily soil" i'm guessing you mean that it is water repellent? By increasing the organic matter in the soil and using a soil wetter, you will see progress. Do you find when you water, it runs off instead of being absorbed,
there are miles of products available to help your soil become less hydrophobic, but using a mild dishwashing detergent (earth friendly) diluted down and watered over your soil may help ( i would try a small squirt to say 9 litre bucket or watering can). try over a period of time to try and let it work
Not alot you can do for citrus gall wasp , prunings should not be put into the compost though, bag them up and throw away before they hatch and start again.Fertilize your tree to promote health and growth of citrus.

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I used grey water from my kids bath drained out through plumbing hose onto that bed for 3 years. They only bathed in earth friendly washes so it helped the soil water absoption a lot. But mostly it is just sandy, we can have the heaviest downpour but before too long it's looking dry again. It's hard to explain but it doesn't matter how much organic you put into it, the softest sandiest stuff always makes it's way to the top. We live in a sand belt, which is just the opposite of living on clay, and is what needs continual work. :|

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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
looking fabulous now, whatever you are doing, keep it up. :thumbright

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Just following all the good advice I got from the forum..Thx :thumbright

Still there is that horrid neglected corner inthe back yard to tackle yet. :(

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Post Re: The best and worst of my garden ~ idea's please ~ update
easy fix............duck pen. :lol:

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