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Old 05-04-2003, 06:35 AM
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augie wrote:

There has been lots of DIY and 'fixit' talk here lately, thought you
might be interested knowing about an Aussie email group that discusses
just those things, as well as other house and garden issues.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AussieRenovators/


Just my 2c. Interesting, but it is on Yahoo, so I won't touch it.

Whenever I joined something on Yahoo, I always end up getting html
loaded email, piles of spam, and WWW links open various spam filled
windows.

Try Tapioca, woops Topica


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Q1 - We've got pumpkins growning again (self seeded) and plenty of bees
visiting, which we are hoping will perform pollination. So far one dud
little pumpkin (not fertile) and one still going, but not safely past
the size that it could still turn out to be infertile.

What was the recommended method of hand fertilising pumpkins? I've had
to stop the kids running fingers around inside the flower as they were
always finding 1 or 2 bees already in there.


Q2 - Does anyone know the name of the orange & black bug that like
Horehound?

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John Savage wrote:

Terry Collins writes:
What was the recommended method of hand fertilising pumpkins? I've had
to stop the kids running fingers around inside the flower as they were
always finding 1 or 2 bees already in there.


Pick the male flower, carefully strip off and discard the petals, and
rub the pollen-tipped bit that's left onto the central bit inside the
female flower. Use the one male flower to pollinate any number of female
flowers.


Erm, how do I tell the difference? They all look the same to me.




Q2 - Does anyone know the name of the orange & black bug that like
Horehound?


It's name is Mike, I think. Or maybe it's Bertie, I just forget. :-)

A quick google (horehound pests) led to www.agric.nsw.gov.au and this:

Horehound bug, Agonoscelis rutila, is usually found on the weed


Taah.

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