Angelika Maier

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since Jan 16, 2013
I love gardening, grow a lot of food herbs and fruit. I have chicken and ducks and run a small plant nursery - how blessed am I!
cool climate, Blue Mountains, Australia
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Recent posts by Angelika Maier

What kind of propagation are you doing? I used way less mist, but without soil heating  - 10 to 20 sec per hour. Maybe it would be better to increase that.
1 month ago
Actually yes, you don't really need the bitter almond. There's one supplier here. But he is always out of stock.
1 month ago
So far I didn't care, but it seems to get more and the kids prefer normal potatoes. I don't move dirt around between beds. I wondered about mice but raw potatoes are poisonous. And the seeds of potatoes won't fly very far they drop. It is a mystery. If I get big potatoes with the pumpkins or whatever I plant I don't care but eat them. In the end what a resilient plant, we won't starve!
1 month ago
I don't know about xylitol, I would be careful with these things! Most of us have already dental work in done, so it is more important how to preserve what's left. I eat little sugar and bone broths regularly. With that low electric current, can that do something if you already have fillings and crowns? One simple thing to add: I realised that hygiene really helps, daily flossing and something un-permie: an electric toothbrush!
1 month ago
There are many really good people raising good stuff, I wonder more about the seedlings in hardware stores or the potted herbs in supermarkets. Of course, one would assume that if you own a greenhouse you wouldn't spray because someone has to spray.
Thanks for that! I wondered what it was! No really, I prefer the old sand in pot method. I don't know any reason why you would go hydroponic. I thought it was some miracle thing,but miracles are far and few.
1 month ago
No matter what I plant I harvest purple potatoes. This wouldn't be too bad but most of them grow on the surface rather than under the soil and with the purple potatoes you don't see if they are green. The variety I bought initially was purple Kongo. How do they get everywhere? Sometimes there are thousands of tiny useless potatoes you never get rid of. Do potatoes self-seed? Or so mice and rats drag them around?
1 month ago
I was looking in google for some other stuff and saw these pictures of huge greenhouses, and something didn't feel right. I wanted to know more about how usual seedlings are produced.
I know a lot of people who spend a lot of money buying seedlings and quite some of them buy at the hardware store or a nursery. Of course, none of them are organic. I wonder how much chemical residues are in these seedlings at harvest time especially with fast-growing plants like basil or lettuce? How is seedling production regulated? And how do these seedlings perform in the garden? My guess is that they are grown very fast. What fertilizers does the industry use?
Just wondering, I myself never buy any seedlings it's just interesting to know. Buying seedlings is imo a waste of money.
I would love to harvest tons of currants especially the black ones! But unfortunately, our harvest is small since we have this pesky currant borer around here. I tried to prune all affected stems out cutting them in tiny pieces, I tried to plant around 100 garlic chives around the currant bushes because that is what google said - it did not help. Does anyone has a solution to that borer problem? Everyone has it around here.
1 month ago