Hi from Perth, Western Australia

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Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286145 Jonnybo
Tue Dec 22, 2015 6:00 am

Hi from Perth, Western Australia: Growing anything and everything I can in the middle of Suburbia:

Soil: Ancient, leached dune systems, comprising of virtually no available nutrients or minerals and the "soil" is hydrophobic.

Climate: Cool and wet during the winter (use to be at least, less rain these days and warmer), Warm to hot to very hot during the Summer and perfect for the rest of the year.

My goals: To supplement my diet with home grown fruit and vegetables and shade my house with trees to keep cool in Summer: Currently achieving about 70% of my vegetable needs including herbs, chillies, garlic etc. Fruit prduction equals 0% as I have only been in my current home/property about 3-years. Waiting for Bannanas and plum to mature (not long now) Mango tree is a lost cause :( (bad stock I believe) Also in to making jams and marmalades and pickling excess stock from wild picked fruits and/or from friends or family that grow their own too. It's all about swapping and trading and saving money and eating real fruit and veg. Oh and I forgot to mention I have a range of citrus trees that are difficult to grow due to the challenges listed below. (getting there though)

Challenges: the climate, poor soils, pests and diseases (such as Phytophthoras)


Jonnybo :salute:

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286146 doofaloofa
Tue Dec 22, 2015 7:58 am

good day

and happy solstice
ina wrote: die dümmsten Bauern haben die dicksten Kartoffeln

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286147 ina
Tue Dec 22, 2015 8:22 am

Hi Jonnybo - welcome to -ish!

I have happy memories of Perth (your Perth, that is - much closer to an entirely different Perth now!) Visited there a loooong time ago for a few days... memories of sunshine, blue sky and sea...
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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286149 Green Aura
Tue Dec 22, 2015 11:50 am

Hi, Jonnybo, welcome to Ish. :wave:
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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286154 Flo
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:06 pm

Jonnybo wrote:Challenges: the climate, poor soils, pests and diseases (such as Phytophthoras)
Jonnybo :salute:


Hi Jonnybo and welcome. If it cheers you up, we have the same problems here but in different ways.

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286217 Jonnybo
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:06 am

Ahh yes do go on FLO? Its is frustrating but I must admit I enjoy the challenge.

I imagine in Northumberland its more a problem with the cold and low rainfall on the flats?

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286218 Jonnybo
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:09 am

Just recently put up shade cloth over my patch we've been hitting up to 40 degrees celsius here and there
something of a novelty (or even heard of?) for northern Latitudes

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286223 ina
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:53 pm

Oh yes, we do know shade cloths... used more commonly on tunnels in summer, when they get too hot! At the moment the problem is mostly floods. And wind...
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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286224 Jonnybo
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:24 am

Well there you go (shows my ignorance) ...Yes the floods look shocking throughout northern Britain and the destruction of historical buildings, very sad.

Where as we had another dry year....

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Re: Hi from Perth, Western Australia

Post: #286228 maple
Thu Dec 31, 2015 11:57 am

hi Jonnybo and welcome ...hope you had a good holiday week down under ....


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