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All my spuds are in, hectic couple of days getting the beds ready, all the Brassicaceae are doing great chili seeds starting to poke through as is the tomatoes well on their way.
Finally Mr Fothergil has got Sun Gold tomatoes into Australia, only 5 seeds to a packet but looking forward to trying them.
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Tonight a couple of Pork shoulder chops with apple sauce, a few neeps, well swede really, some snowball cauliflower which is starting to go to seed, broccolini, (under the swede) and some fresh garden peas. I will mash the swede with some spuds.
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I used to feel sorry for those in Europe who didn't get to taste spuds, (prior to Sir Walter Raleigh) inventing them but swede is something else.
 
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Went to the Garden Centre in Braeside, they had a wall of chilli took some home and planted the seed, have got a ship load. knew they weren't Birds Eye. Planted some in planter boxes got heaps growing on in pots, rang up the Garden Centre to ask them the name of the chilli. Medusa they tell me, look up Medusa, no heat and about the same as a capsicum. Deflated, will just have to add them to salads.
Got plenty of Birds Eye, Cayenne and Habanero though.
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Medusa, it was a lot quicker germinating than the other chillies though.
 

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Shattering. A name like Medusa you would think they have some bite!

I have some Archos, Poblanos, Anaheims, Serranos and Chocolate Morugas at the moment.
 
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Earthed up my spuds yesterday, turned over two tonne of compost, mulched my rhubarb and 4 beds of spuds. Put all my seedlings undercover (which were hardening off) owing to the bad weather on its way, (happening as I type)
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Any tips for keeping slugs and snails off my chilli plants? I have a little kiddo so trying to avoid blitzem but am considering it.
Put small bowls of beer (can be dregs from bottles, kegs fermenter etc) near or around your plants. They love beer (I think is actually the yeast they like) and will crawl in and drown. Steep slippery sided bowls or containers will catch the most.
 

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Awesome, thanks for the tip. I will put some out. Tired of seeing munched on plants!
 

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An old mate of my dad's ( who was an avid gardener) used to put saw dust around the edge of the garden bed, as long as it was dry the snails wouldn't crawl over it.
 
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Wherever the chilli plants are you can buy copper tape, apparently the snails and slugs will not cross copper. Haymes Paints and I think Porters have copper paint, a bit pricey mind, I have often wondered if that will work. Although after a while in the weather it oxidises and goes that verdigris colour, not sure if they will cross it then.
 
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Fish curry, so pulled a couple of leeks and some garlic which I plant the smaller cloves separately from the main crop.
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Tomatoes laid out in regimental order, got to decide now which ones get a gig and where they will go, and which ones go to neighbours.
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The beer is an ESB of 68 IBU.
Silver beet, my wife will not eat the stalk. Chop it up fine and fry it with garlic. Then she loves it
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Fish curry, so pulled a couple of leeks and some garlic which I plant the smaller cloves separately from the main crop.
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Tomatoes laid out in regimental order, got to decide now which ones get a gig and where they will go, and which ones go to neighbours.
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The beer is an ESB of 68 IBU.
Silver beet, my wife will not eat the stalk. Chop it up fine and fry it with garlic. Then she loves it
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I put copper tape around my pots as per suggestion. Hopefully the little slugs keep off. Destroyed half my plants.
 
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First lot of tomatoes in, splashed out on some weld mesh for supports. First covered the bed with 150 ml of compost and cow manure.
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Some of those on Hydro are in, bought some soluble silica to add to the water this time around see how that goes.
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After giving my rhubarb a good dose of Rooster Booster and mulching a few weeks ago the rhubarb has bulked up from scrawny to quite acceptable. Will be having some for desert tonight.
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