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Sirius631 18-03-2004 07:23 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article , Geodyne
writes:

Subject: The Breedersons revisited
From: Geodyne
Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 08:06:59 +1100

On 09 Mar 2004 21:57:37 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:

Where are you at? I bet it's not the UK :(

I'm afraid not. I'm in dry, dusty, no-fresh-water-to-spare-for-lawns
Australia. Sydney, to be precise.

I've been a regular on alt.pc for many years, but have been so busy
for the last year or two that my pc project (how enviro-friendly can I
make a 1/8th acre suburban block) has been on hold. However this
winter there are going to be a couple of major projects, the most
interesting being an attempt at a conventional entertainment area in a
pc manner, and putting a vegetable garden into the 1.5 m wide space
down the western side of my house. I'm going to experiment and see
just how unneccessary direct sunlight is for veggies inmy climate.

Geodyne

1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(


David Lloyd

Geodyne 18-03-2004 07:27 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(

You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.

Technically, my arable area is 100 square metres, and as I can see a
need to sell the house in a few years (and due to opposition against
my veg garden from within the house), I'm trying to keep that area as
conventional as I can. Hence the next experiment of having the veg
garden down the side of the house.

Geodyne

Geodyne 18-03-2004 07:27 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(

You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.

Technically, my arable area is 100 square metres, and as I can see a
need to sell the house in a few years (and due to opposition against
my veg garden from within the house), I'm trying to keep that area as
conventional as I can. Hence the next experiment of having the veg
garden down the side of the house.

Geodyne

sqArk 18-03-2004 07:30 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
Geodyne wrote:

On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(


You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.


Yes indeed. I have 6 foam boxes on my balcony, and it's only about 4
square meters. Carrots, lettuce, peppermint, tomato, brocolli. It's
great. Makes me sick seeing all the wasted lawns around!

Cam

sqArk 18-03-2004 07:30 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
Geodyne wrote:

On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(


You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.


Yes indeed. I have 6 foam boxes on my balcony, and it's only about 4
square meters. Carrots, lettuce, peppermint, tomato, brocolli. It's
great. Makes me sick seeing all the wasted lawns around!

Cam

Sirius631 18-03-2004 07:28 PM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article u, sqArk
writes:

Geodyne wrote:

On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(


You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.


Yes indeed. I have 6 foam boxes on my balcony, and it's only about 4
square meters. Carrots, lettuce, peppermint, tomato, brocolli. It's
great. Makes me sick seeing all the wasted lawns around!

Cam


I was exaggerating somewhat, of course. :) I didn't catch Geodyne's early tales
of woe about the neighbours from hell, but I guess I have a similar problem.
The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it would be
better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences, which I
don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing space and
what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)

David Lloyd

Sirius631 18-03-2004 07:41 PM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article u, sqArk
writes:

Geodyne wrote:

On 17 Mar 2004 18:49:59 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


1/8th acre? I'd be luck to fit one lettuce in the space I have ! :(


You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.


Yes indeed. I have 6 foam boxes on my balcony, and it's only about 4
square meters. Carrots, lettuce, peppermint, tomato, brocolli. It's
great. Makes me sick seeing all the wasted lawns around!

Cam


I was exaggerating somewhat, of course. :) I didn't catch Geodyne's early tales
of woe about the neighbours from hell, but I guess I have a similar problem.
The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it would be
better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences, which I
don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing space and
what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)

David Lloyd

Geodyne 18-03-2004 09:27 PM

The Breedersons revisited
 
On 18 Mar 2004 19:00:17 GMT, acon (Sirius631) wrote:


You're in an apartment? There's still a lot you can do with an average
apartment balcony. You'd be surprised.


Yes indeed. I have 6 foam boxes on my balcony, and it's only about 4
square meters. Carrots, lettuce, peppermint, tomato, brocolli. It's
great. Makes me sick seeing all the wasted lawns around!

Carrots in a foam box....I am very impressed. They're such a long-term
vegetable.

Beans would be another really good, high-yield crop for that area.

I was exaggerating somewhat, of course. :) I didn't catch Geodyne's early tales
of woe about the neighbours from hell, but I guess I have a similar problem.


You didn't catch my early tales of woe about the neighbours from hell,
because they were *cough* onanentirelydifferentnewsgroup *cough*. :-)

The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it would be
better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences, which I
don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing space and
what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)

As it's trespass, I would either inform the parents that it's not on,
or start calling the police, every time you catch them doing it. If
you talk to the parents, phrase it in terms of the childrens' safety
and see what comes out of that. After all, you spray those apples with
nasty, poisonous chemicals fairly regularly and without notice, right?
;-)

Geodyne


Chookie 24-03-2004 10:51 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article ,
Geodyne wrote:

I'm afraid not. I'm in dry, dusty, no-fresh-water-to-spare-for-lawns
Australia. Sydney, to be precise.


delurking for this thread

Where? I live in Lidcombe.

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

"Life is like a cigarette -- smoke it to the butt." -- Harvie Krumpet

Chookie 24-03-2004 10:51 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article ,
Geodyne wrote:

I'm afraid not. I'm in dry, dusty, no-fresh-water-to-spare-for-lawns
Australia. Sydney, to be precise.


delurking for this thread

Where? I live in Lidcombe.

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

"Life is like a cigarette -- smoke it to the butt." -- Harvie Krumpet

Chookie 24-03-2004 11:10 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article ,
acon (Sirius631) wrote:

The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it would
be better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences, which
I don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing
space and what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)


Approach it as a pc problem. If these people produce anything worth having,
feed them your apples. If, OTOH, they are just feral pests, it might be time
to plant something thorny to deter them from coming in -- brambles, perhaps?

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

"Life is like a cigarette -- smoke it to the butt." -- Harvie Krumpet

Chookie 24-03-2004 11:52 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article ,
Geodyne wrote:

I'm afraid not. I'm in dry, dusty, no-fresh-water-to-spare-for-lawns
Australia. Sydney, to be precise.


delurking for this thread

Where? I live in Lidcombe.

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

"Life is like a cigarette -- smoke it to the butt." -- Harvie Krumpet

Chookie 24-03-2004 11:53 AM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article ,
acon (Sirius631) wrote:

The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it would
be better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences, which
I don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing
space and what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)


Approach it as a pc problem. If these people produce anything worth having,
feed them your apples. If, OTOH, they are just feral pests, it might be time
to plant something thorny to deter them from coming in -- brambles, perhaps?

--
Chookie -- Sydney, Australia
(Replace "foulspambegone" with "optushome" to reply)

"Life is like a cigarette -- smoke it to the butt." -- Harvie Krumpet

Geodyne 24-03-2004 08:02 PM

The Breedersons revisited
 
On Wed, 24 Mar 2004 21:20:10 +1100, Chookie
wrote:

In article ,
Geodyne wrote:

I'm afraid not. I'm in dry, dusty, no-fresh-water-to-spare-for-lawns
Australia. Sydney, to be precise.


delurking for this thread

Where? I live in Lidcombe.


I'm in Glenwood, Chookie; so not far away at all. Although I spend
most of my time working in North Ryde at the moment.

Geodyne

Sirius631 24-03-2004 09:35 PM

The Breedersons revisited
 
In article , Chookie
writes:

In article ,
acon (Sirius631) wrote:

The people next door to me, or rather their kids and friends, seem to use

my
garden as a public right of way and steal my apples. Makes me think it

would
be better to sell up and buy a more suitable property away from such
self-centered, anti-social gits. Or I could just put up bigger fences,

which
I don't particularly want to do because it would cut down the growing
space and what little space I have to sunbathe in private. :)


Approach it as a pc problem. If these people produce anything worth having,
feed them your apples. If, OTOH, they are just feral pests, it might be time

to plant something thorny to deter them from coming in -- brambles, perhaps?


I'm trying to encourage nettles along the fence line, with the excuse that they
make a good fetilizer when soaked.


David Lloyd


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