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Re: My Table Top Project Down Under

Post  jimmy cee on Sun 29 Sep 2013, 7:24 am

So much fun taking photo's and letting everyone see how your progressing.
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Post  Rambo on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 2:14 am

Thanks everyone, glad you're enjoying the snaps.

Finally filled in my Trellis ( see photo) 

Halfway up the rear trellis is a temporary roll of shade cloth and black plastic for instant use if the weather turns bad. We get big hail here and heavy rain sometimes, I'll move it to the top once the plants get more established.

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Post  sanderson on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 12:59 pm

Beautiful trellis system.
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Post  Rambo on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 9:07 pm

Thanks Sanderson.

Green Caterpillar poop and damage. I think I got most of them (20) 
with twizers and the nest with web. Are these a common moth that eats some lettuce?




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My first squash on the way.
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Post  Rambo on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 10:09 pm

This was one of the caterpillar that did the damage. Can anyone tell me if it's a common one and how to deal with it other than physical removal? They were quick to infest and I would hate to lose other plants. Thanks.

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Post  sanderson on Wed 02 Oct 2013, 10:47 pm

Caterpillar of Leaf Roller Moth (Tortricidae)??

I Googled Queensland, Australia caterpillar
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Post  Rambo on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 2:37 am

@sanderson wrote:Caterpillar of Leaf Roller Moth (Tortricidae)??

I Googled Queensland, Australia caterpillar
 Yep, that's him. Removed more of them again today by hand, they are active high on the plant mostly in the morning, but I'm finding them hiding down low as well. A few more goes at them with my trusty tweezers and should have eliminated them. 

Found out what was munching on my new Broccoli seedlings, it's a Little bright green bug similar to a ladybug walking around on the MM. Little bugga ate 9 shoots in one day, so had to replant my seeds, covered this time till 2-3" high. 

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Post  sanderson on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 3:16 am

Okay, I'm stumped.  Looks like a ladybird but there are no spots on the rigid fore wings.  Please post or PM if you find out what it is.  And, is it a good guy or bad guy.
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Post  sanderson on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 1:25 pm

Laydera, I saw this during my search last night but none were green like Rambo's.

Rambo, any chance you submit this photo to your local gov't?
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Post  Rambo on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 4:45 pm

@sanderson wrote:Laydera,  I saw this during my search last night but none were green like Rambo's.

Rambo, any chance you submit this photo to your local gov't?
Yeah sure, the local gov are very good and have quite detailed info available.

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http://thebeatsheet.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/GoodBadBug-FINALscreen22Feb3.pdf


http://www.vegetableswa.com.au/documents/goodpractice/PestandDisease-v5.pdf

http://www.daff.qld.gov.au/plants/field-crops-and-pastures/broadacre-field-crops/integrated-pest-management/a-z-of-predators,-parasites-and-pathogens
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Post  sanderson on Fri 04 Oct 2013, 7:50 pm

Thanks, I did look at The Beat Sheet last night.
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Post  Rambo on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 5:07 pm

Another 2 weeks passed - Update Pics.




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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 5:19 pm

Looking at your updated pictures helped me realize why we refer to y'all as being "down under."  Just kidding, it wasn't too much trouble to turn this computer upside down to view your benches from the correct angle.   Worth the effort, I'm here to tell 'ya.  Nonna

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Post  TxGramma on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 5:27 pm

funny post rofl lol! rofl
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Post  Rambo on Sun 13 Oct 2013, 5:33 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Looking at your updated pictures helped me realize why we refer to y'all as being "down under."  Just kidding, it wasn't too much trouble to turn this computer upside down to view your benches from the correct angle.   Worth the effort, I'm here to tell 'ya.  Nonna
Haha, thanks. 

Just out of interest, those 3 - 4x4 boxes are consuming 10 Gallons ( 50 Lts ) of water per day total, hardly ever see any drip out of the drain holes ( no they're not blocked) so these are thirsty times with temps around 77-100 most days.
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Post  murarrie25 on Mon 14 Oct 2013, 4:09 pm

Rain would help none here in Brisbane a little moisture at night  keeping things alive.
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Post  sanderson on Mon 14 Oct 2013, 9:28 pm

Rambo,  Mulch helps keep the MM moist.  Reduces the loss from evaporation.  I use fresh wood chips, others use straw (not hay), shredded bark, pine needles, etc.  I take it that you haven't even hit the full blast of summer. sunny
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Post  Rambo on Tue 15 Oct 2013, 9:33 pm

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Thanks Sanderson, I thought about mulch but I like to keep an eye on what walks around on top of my MM and digs up my seeds etc. I may try it in one box after harvest.

I've learned a lot about plant placement from my first year, things I thought should go at the back need to go to the front etc. Plus I'm putting all leafy greens in the one box next time. 

Some thing's I thought would climb didn't, just chased the sun, so they can go to the front, fall down and grow around the box.

Nope, full blast of summer still to come.bounce
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Post  Nonna.PapaVino on Tue 15 Oct 2013, 9:59 pm

Oh, Rambo, what a treat to live vicariously through your summer while we're putting most of our beds "to bed" here in Oregon.  Ripe tomatoes just a memory, peppers...gone, eggplant (aborigines) merely a memory or expensive at grocery store.  Keep us stoked for next year with your summer posts, won't you?  Nonna

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Post  sanderson on Tue 15 Oct 2013, 10:25 pm

@Nonna.PapaVino wrote:Oh, Rambo, what a treat to live vicariously through your summer while we're putting most of our beds "to bed" . . .  Keep us stoked for next year with your summer posts, won't you?  Nonna
Rambo, I second the motion.  Keep posting to keep us stoked
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Post  Rambo on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:11 am

Keeping the Stoke going ...Very Happy 

My pest control consultant, he eats caterpillars out of my hand. 

Looking good

Growing down

Growing sideways

Growing up
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Post  sanderson on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:18 am

@Rambo wrote:Keeping the Stoke going ...Very Happy 

My pest control consultant, he eats caterpillars out of my hand. 

And his name is ??  What kind?  That's so cute.
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Post  Rambo on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 12:26 am

I'm not sure what he is, he is rather cute and fearless, just appeared one day. He potters around my feet when I'm working on a box. That's a bit of yellow patty pan squash he's eating that I threw to him, probably regret doing that if I catch him pecking at the ones on the vines.
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Post  Rambo on Sun 20 Oct 2013, 6:04 pm

I'm guessing this is an Assassin Bug?
Sure looks like he's stalking something.
I've got a number of these hanging about.

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