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  • The lack of rain is fairly difficult here in SE QLD at the moment. We were teased a bit a couple of days ago and got enough water in the tanks to stretch things out for another couple of weeks, but at the moment it feels a bit like prolonging the inevitable - having to buy in water.

    We are currently getting buy with hand watering plants with watering cans only, mulching heavily to reduce water loss by evaporation and just accepting that some plants just aren't going to survive.

    I would love to hear any strategies that others are using.

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    The lack of rain is fairly difficult here in SE QLD at the moment. We were teased a bit a couple of days ago and got enough water in the tanks to stretch things out for another couple of weeks, but at the moment it feels a bit like prolonging the inevitable - having to buy in water. We are... The lack of rain is fairly difficult here in SE QLD at the moment. We were teased a bit a couple of days ago and got enough water in the tanks to stretch things out for another couple of weeks, but at the moment it feels a bit like prolonging the inevitable - having to buy in water. We are currently getting buy with hand watering plants with watering cans only, mulching heavily to reduce water loss by evaporation and just accepting that some plants just aren't going to survive. I would love to hear any strategies that others are using. More
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  • I use grass clippings as mulch around my garden all the time and have never had a problem, although I can see that this might be an issue if I were to pile it up thick.

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    Hydrangea advice
    •   D.I.Y.
    •   Saturday, December 06 2014, 12:35 AM
    Hi Fredrika

    Assuming your Hydrangeas are old growth, if you look down a stem, you will see new buds developing. some of the buds will probably be small, while some will be larger and stronger looking. Identify the strong looking buds and prune just above them. These strong looking buds are the ones that will produce the best growth and the best flowers next season.

    If the flowering has occurred on new growth (growth from this season) you may not see any strong buds. Just prune about one third - just above a node.

    Good luck with your hydrangeas :) I have just found a video that you might find useful. I have added a link to the video here.

    regards

    Janelle
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  • Janelle Bauer replied to a discussion, Hydrangea advice
    Hi Fredrika

    Assuming your Hydrangeas are old growth, if you look down a stem, you will see new buds developing. some of the buds will probably be small, while some will be larger and stronger looking. Identify the strong looking buds and prune just above them. These strong looking buds are the ones that will produce the best growth and the best flowers next season.

    If the flowering has occurred on new growth (growth from this season) you may not see any strong buds. Just prune about one third - just above a node.

    Good luck with your hydrangeas :) I have just found a video that you might find useful. I have added a link to the video here.

    regards

    Janelle
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  • Janelle Bauer started a new discussion, Cumquat recipes
    Cumquat recipes

    I have a lot of cumquats ripening and falling to the ground on my tree. A friend has the same. We usually get together and make Jam, and will do again, but I am wondering if anyone has got an interesting recipe for using cumquats in ways other than for Jam?

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  • Janelle Bauer replied to a discussion, Native Bees
    Hey Guys

    I just found these:
    http://www.nativebees.com.au/Contact-Us
    http://www.aussiebee.com.au/buy-stingless-bees.html
    The second one, has a list of contacts for QLD and NSW. There is also some details about Native Bees outside of these areas - it appears that their native range does not really go much beyond NSW and QLD. Seems a little strange, perhaps the species in the other states are more solitary or less able to be kept in hives??
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