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  1. Cathie Galbraith on March 8, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Great suggestion!

  2. Case G on March 8, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I asked you about the Macadamia nut sizes and got your reply but only half of it because when it directed me to the video and comments from my home screen your reply wasn’t there and I checked every reply in the comments as well as all the comments. Thanks for getting back to me I think I was over analyzing the situation and not taking the nuts that were shared with the rats and raccoons into consideration. By the way my tree is in solana beach Ca it’s north county San Diego we are about a mile or so from coast my grandfather planted the tree 30 yrs ago and once I got my Nana to stop having it butchered every yr I’ve been getting great harvests of nuts if I beat the critters down there I’m not there constantly so can be a challenge, last thing how much fertilizer does a macadamia nut tree require and any company’s you like. Thank you greatly sure hope to taste a pineapple you grew one these days when I make it over there.

  3. Todd Sines on March 8, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Absolutely. As I am learning to garden and live more sustainable am approaching all my attempts as experiments. Writing down my techniques and results has definitely helped.

  4. Tanja F on March 8, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    I’ve been finding templates online for logging garden activity. I’ve read that it’s easier to start doing this now and then if some day you want to go out and get a certified organic certification, you’ve already got your paperwork in order instead of having to start your paperwork and then wait three years to go for the certification. I don’t know if I’ll want it but it can’t hurt to take a proactive approach. I like the idea of expanding it to some of the perimeters that you mentioned as well. Aloha!

  5. J. D. on March 8, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    …and in tropical Aus we are hoping to get crops harvested before the worse of summer arrives – heat + humidity = mildews and other rots, a monsoon can drown crops. So you plan for the worse, hope for the best and be happy with what you do get.

  6. John Manera on March 8, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    Well apart from maybe regions near the snowy mountains in NSW/VIC border there is no place in Australia that satisfies the conditions you said, which makes sense otherwise I would have heard of Aussie made maple syrup. I don’t usually buy maple syrup often because of the cost, but it is definitely a quality product taste wise. Atleast health wise it is an improvement on refined sugar, even though it is still mostly sugar. Had my ancestors migrated to America rather than Australia, I would not want to live in the coldest parts of the US like much of the midwest, even though I rate maple syrup highly.

  7. My Tropical Obsession on March 8, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Great information!

  8. Case G on March 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    Great topic thank you we will always give thanks !

  9. John Manera on March 8, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    I have a query about sugar maple trees. I have seen videos of people tapping sugar maple trees to get the sap. They then boil the liquid and reduce it down to make maple syrup. I was wondering if you have to live in a state or province such that you have snow in winter or cold winters for the successful tapping and sap flow. I’m not sure if the sugar maple is readily available at nurseries where I live, but it would be terrific if it was possible to do that in the south of Western Australia (I live in Perth). I don’t know of anyone or business making maple syrup here in Western Australia or even in Tasmania or Victoria where the climate can be colder in winter than where I live. My daughter bought me some organic maple butter when she was in Vancouver earlier in the year. In the supermarket Canadian maple syrup can be bought, but it is very expensive. I think you said you have made maple syrup when you lived in Wisconsin.

  10. BobMel simple living on March 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    You’re right. I NEED to get better at this. Best wishes Bob.

  11. Hugh Danaher on March 8, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Hey, I know a guy who does databases.

  12. Rebble Krew on March 8, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Thank you again, for reminding us consumers of information that documentation of information is the most valuable memory,, I always appreciate you teachings and conversations

  13. Chuck M on March 8, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    You’re absolutely right Bill. If you want to be a serious gardener and eventually become an accomplished one, you must keep records. These don’t have to spreadsheet analogs, just good notes on events, work and results that influence your garden each year. I often take my garden journal with me and when I need a break, will fill in salient doings from the day while sitting in the shade. It won’t take long before you realize the value of a garden journal. Varieties planted, variation in culture techniques, events and animal influences, sprays and spray schedules, things that went well, etc. Soon you’ll be looking back to plan for the next planting year. I also incorporate with photos for ID and for pleasure. You can get be a good gardener but journal keeping will make you a great gardener.

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