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    Hyacinth,
    Neighobouring properties are 1 of the biggest problems with going organic in general.
    They spray on windy days & we can cope it & if soil is tested & chemicals found we will be fined, not to mention to whole idea of choose.
    They let weed get out of hand as for them a load of chemicals & a few hours labour has it fixed. But when doing it without chemicals it can take a few days & hard work to clear a weedy patch caused by seed coming on the wind & wing from the next property.
    What grass/pasture do you have?
    Some are better at out competing the weeds then others.

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    hi crazydog

    I have a suburban back yard so my neighbours are certainly much closer than yours and the council doesn't do much - despite me pestering them - to stop the weeds on their land going to seed either.

    And sometimes I just get a bit lazy - I really need to invest in some soil and pea straw but haven't... Not to mention putting up a fence around a potential vege patch so the dog doesn't do any gardening of her own when I'm not paying attention.

    So I've got a lawn of mostly kikuyu, and after an initial treatment of weed and feed to get rid of cape weed and the like, 4 years ago - I hand weed it each spring - seems to do the job. It and the couch are gradually taking over the garden beds which is annoying.

    I also have some wild food like warrigal and parsley and rosemary and sage that I can make pasta "sauces" out of, the chili bush died, so I need to get and plant another one of those. And I look sadly at my neighbour's apricot tree, he doesn't look after it, the apricots are ripe and the lorikeets are scoffing the lot. Sigh.

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    Kikuyu is about the best at outcompeting in summer but dose slow down or go dormint in winter(depending on the how mild or harsh the winter is) so maybe add a little seed of a winter loving grass verity to help get through winter. Also water through some compost tea & the kikuyu will thicken before your eyes just about.
    We like to grow as much of our food as I get time to & instead of flowers my front veradah garden beds have tomatos, sage, strawberrys & some cows peas from the mulch, lol. People think I'm mad but I think it's pretty & useful.
    Our fruit trees went bad this year from the continue rain. And my poor very old rose is very sick from having wet feet for too long.............
    I use alot of herbs in my cooking & feed them to my animals to improve their general health.

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    Really interesting reading your battles with growing organic food CD.


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    ........ But have to ask.........

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I also have some wild food like warrigal and parsley and rosemary and sage that I can make pasta "sauces" Sigh.
    Ooooh, another pasta nut. I love grabbing whatever's ready from the vegie & herb gardens for a fresh pasta

    What is warrigal, what is it used in, what does it taste like & how do you prepare/cook it?

    Hmmm......Perhaps a PM would be better

    Back on topic
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    Kaz Tarja, Thanks for starting this topic & hope you have enjoyed as much as me lol

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    Back on topic
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    Kaz Tarja, Thanks for starting this topic & hope you have enjoyed as much as me lol
    I'm SO glad I started it! I'm loving all this talk about BATTLING THE WEEDS
    "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog." - Edward Hoagland

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    warrigal is sort of used like a native spinach. I not sure if it is native to oz (NSW) or NZ or both.

    Aboriginal community recreates hunter-gatherer culture to solve food shortage : Sustainable Melbourne

    The stalks and seeds are bit chewy, but I pluck off the leaves, chop them up and use them in recipes that call for spinach or basil or parsley - we had some cheese and warrigal filos and there were also spinach filos - and nobody could tell the difference. They do need to be cooked - I reckon - at least wilted - because the leaves are a little bit hairy and taste a bit like grass (bitter?) - raw - that all goes when they're cooked.

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    You know we started growing Old Man Saltbush for seed & leaves a few years ago & find if the livestock have their feeders full of a specail saltbush mix we make they have far lower to zero worm counts.
    My 94 yr old grandfather takes Saltbush as a tea & swear by it for many things.
    I have cleared up QL itch on horses, infected rain scold, alergy affected dogs/cats & livestock.
    I think we can learn alot from herbs & i still use convental medicines to but when I can I opp for a herb.
    I get really bad leg infections that cause cellulitis & then will burst leaving huge holes that sometime ulcerate & I have just healed 1 in 1/2 the normal time with medi honey dressings. With a lot less pain also because your not tearing off any new growing tissue with every dressing change.
    Great stuff this whole thread, really enjoyed that link Hyacinth.

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    Thanks for the linky Hyacinth. Good reading that article & your filos sound yum

    When I searched for warrigal, I was suddenly a tad concerned about your spinach alternative for pasta......
    Example: warrigal ? Dictionary definition of warrigal | Encyclopedia.com: FREE online dictionary ...Dingo meat


    CD, That's terrible to hear you get cellulitis. Not a pleasant condition. so best wishes from me & the pups.

    C'mon Kaz Tarja, how did you go at the nursery????

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    Chipps

    I reckon pommes would get confused about what was what when it comes to aboriginal words.

    I did a search using "warrigal NZ native spinach", dingos probably eat it.

    I have ruby saltbush in my front yard and have tried the berries but they're a bit chewy. Have been meaning to try the leaves but they're very small like rosemary so might take a bit more work. Old man salt bush might be easier to work with. And I'd like to plant some muntries, though the first lot of plants I got died because we had a 3 week heatwave immediately after I got them. Sigh. I planted two quandong trees in my front yard, one died after surviving dog attack and caterpiller attack and the other one lived, although it's original host (corriole?) died. And an erramophila (skuse spellin) next to it. Must get it some new natives, though there is a nice big QLD box and the salt bush nearby. That quandong has flowers on it this year so here's hoping I get some fruit this year. Don't know what they will be like though - it was grown from seed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Chipps

    I reckon pommes would get confused about what was what when it comes to aboriginal words.
    Hey Hyacinth, I'm a 7th generation First Fleet Pomme x Scot x French & still get confused. So have huge respect for indigenous people's knowledge.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I have ruby saltbush in my front yard and have tried the berries but they're a bit chewy. Have been meaning to try the leaves but they're very small like rosemary so might take a bit more work. Old man salt bush might be easier to work with. And I'd like to plant some muntries, though the first lot of plants I got died because we had a 3 week heatwave immediately after I got them. Sigh. I planted two quandong trees in my front yard, one died after surviving dog attack and caterpiller attack and the other one lived, although it's original host (corriole?) died. And an erramophila (skuse spellin) next to it. Must get it some new natives, though there is a nice big QLD box and the salt bush nearby. That quandong has flowers on it this year so here's hoping I get some fruit this year. Don't know what they will be like though - it was grown from seed.
    Awesome stuff, especially about your quandong flowering, let’s hope it bears edible fruit for you.

    We planted a Davidson plum, a native tree with purple fruit that grow from the trunk not the branches. Has serrated leaves similar to a Macadamia tetraphylla , but they were really, really bitter. We got purple stained hands & clothes from them just like when picking mulberries

    DEC | NSW threatened species - Davidson's Plum

    C'mon Kaz Tarja, you must have finished shopping by now

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