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FRUIT TREE PRUNING AND GRAFTING WORKSHOP

A “hands on” workshop led by Nicholas Miles of the Rare Fruit Society on the art of pruning all types of fruiting trees and grafting of new bud wood onto an existing tree.

Includes practical demonstration and a chance for all participants to get the secateurs into action on the trees of the Fern Ave Community Garden.


When: 12:30pm, Saturday 21st July 2007

Duration: most of the afternoon.

Where: Fern Ave Community Garden, 18-20 Fern Ave Fullarton

Cost: $10 covering Nicholas’s costs and includes tea and coffee. Payable on the day.


Booking essential! To ensure everyone at the workshop has a chance to be actively involved, only 15 places are available for participants. To book, please call Matt Brennan on 0403 355 602  or email fernie at brennan dot net dot au (replacing the at with '@' and dot with ',').

Please bring your own secateurs and grafting knife is you have one (not essential). Nicholas will also have a few, quality Victornox grafting knives for sale (approx cost $30). Please indicate your interest in purchasing a knife when booking.


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Pests and Diseases / Grey mouldy looking aphids on Brasicas
« on: April 30, 2007, 09:37:11 PM »
The young foliage on our winter brasicas has been infested by clumps of gey aphids appearing in really heavy density. Becase I can't get to the garden every day to manually control them, has anyone some suggestions on control techniques? A gardener suggested "dipel" - tho that looks more specific to cabbage moths (which we also have). I will try companion planting with Dill per David's earlier suggestion to try to limit their impact.

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Growing Vegetables / Chilli bushes and seed saving
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:19:21 PM »
I have a belt of different chilli bushes in a corner of the garden (habanero, cayenne'ish, jalepeno and a thai bush). I expect that they cross pollinate madly and that the seeds are not worth saving for replanting or offering to others?? Is this true?

Also, the thai chilli bush has come along from seed. He's not an ornamental but a genuine, bum burning, grown from seed beast (what David Thompson the Thai chef bloke calls a "scud"). This is my second go at growing the bush - it seems only happy in the hot, humid weather and may be well out of place in adelaide... never the less, this year i have two bushes that are only just now fruiting. The bushes are in "wells" of reasonable soil in an otherwise clay garden but the thai chilli's leaves are yellowing off dramatically.

So my second qn is: is this just seasonal or could there be a reparable lack of a trace element, food or soil pH?

Merci,

  matt  :)

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Fruit trees / Shaping an out of control Tahitian Lime
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:11:36 PM »
Helloa,
        I am lucky enough to have a very successful tahitian lime. It is now 4 meters tall and I am having a lot of trouble getting the fruit. So I'd like to shape the tree and keep it at ladder height for harvesting.

So I'd like to ask the forum:

 - where does new fruit grow - is it only on new growth?

 - is it ok to give it a pretty savage height reduction?

 - i understand it's generally a good idea to prune a little to keep airflow and sunlight moving into the tree - when is the best time to prune?

 - the tree lives happily on otherwise ugly clay soil with a seeper hose under mulch from a eucalypyt stump - what can i do safely to help feed the soil for the next growing season and when should i do same? if i dig a little, i can see the roots at the drip line.

she is a lovely beasty and i'd like her to be happy next summer - any tips greatfully received!

  matt

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General Discussion / Fern Ave info?
« on: April 03, 2007, 05:23:19 PM »
Hi all, I wondered if it would be ok to create a "section" of topics related to Fern Ave Community Garden. Basic idea would be to:

- provide a place for folk to find out what is on at Fernie (and what Fernie is on about),
- post info about working bees, meetings, Open Days, Seed Saver network and Cancer Care activities.

So this is a question for David I guess - is it ok to do this? I don't want to dilute the use of this helpful site with some of this stuff if inappropriate -  but if you think that it would be appropriate then it would be quite handy in the absence of a Fernie website (approaching PASA or Soil Assoc might be another avenue).

Good/bad/indifferent??

  matt brennan

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Growing Vegetables / Late Tomatoes?
« on: February 27, 2007, 07:38:44 PM »
Hi, our tomatoes have had an indifferent year (though the ones with late arvo shade have done ok). I've some space with good sun and have seen the odd plantation in the southern suburbs that seems to run happily into late autumn.

I'd like to ask if any one has advice on planting tomatoes late - ie: now. Is it possible - and if so, what varieties would you suggest (assuming planting from moderately advanced seedlings)?

Cheers,

  matt

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Fruit trees / Fruit Tree Pruning course or course convener
« on: February 27, 2007, 07:34:26 PM »
Hello - at Fern Avenue Community Garden we have many fruit trees. Some, like the fig and olive trees have expert care. However a bulk of stone fuit and citrus trees are largely uncared for. We are hoping to arrange a half day practical workshop (??) on fruit tree maintenance and are looking either for an established course or someone with the necessary experience and desire to arrange a small course.

Topics might include:

 - shaping/pruning - with hands on demo for variety of trees
 - feeding
 - thinning of crop (our apples where well over bourne this year)
 - harvest (eg: pears - when to pick)
 - protection of crop (sun, bugs, disease)

Has any one suggestions on:

 - who might be able to arrange this course - we're happy to fund appropriately,
 - when in the year it would be a good idea to practically demonstrate pruning and shaping the Fern Avenue trees

Thanks and regards,

  matt

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