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#1397271 - 14/12/2016 22:46 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
Simmo FNQ Offline
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Now the hot and humid dry season has started here I have planted some wing beans, snake beans, half a dozen different Asian greens, sweet potato, Ceylon spinach, corn, a few varieties of eggplant, chilli's, capsicums, basil, ginger, turmeric, jap pumpkin plus a few other varieties of pumpkins I am testing to see if they can cope with the heat.
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#1397272 - 14/12/2016 22:46 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
cold@28 Offline
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Thanks Scott and RF. It's been lovely, quite a change, and the dust will stay settled for days.

What sort of chillies have you planted Simmo?


Edited by cold@28 (14/12/2016 22:47)
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#1397274 - 14/12/2016 23:00 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Habanero, Jalapeno, Cayenne and another 3 which I can't remember the name of. I love chillies and love to have a mix of all different heat levels.
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#1397276 - 14/12/2016 23:21 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Only kidding Ron...if you look in the dictionary under Boring sh!thole you will find a map of El Arish...only good use for a golf course is to grow kangaroo feed anyway isnt it..?...

Do you guys grow any Taro..?..its a good potato substitute ..a wwoofer staying with us eats about 5-6 kg's a week of it..

Hey Simmo,do you have pigs and chickens to eat any excess and how do you go with bugs and grasshoppers up there...?

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#1397280 - 15/12/2016 00:26 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Simmo FNQ]
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Originally Posted By: Simmo FNQ
Habanero, Jalapeno, Cayenne and another 3 which I can't remember the name of. I love chillies and love to have a mix of all different heat levels.


Love chillies too. I've only got birdseye in a couple pots, that I grew from seed. I've been buying habaneros & cayennes from Pea's at Rusty's and make my own chilli sauce (chillies, garlic, lemon juice, blend, bottle). Sadly I'm not a very good gardener, but I do make a good chilli sauce - without sugar.
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#1397285 - 15/12/2016 07:53 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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How much room does taro take up Pogo? have had some succes with sweet potato but not in my new beds they are only 1.5x3m. Asian greens will be there for sure, actually pretty much what you have sounds good Simmo.

0.6mm here. Doesn't look like much more for the next 8 days or so.
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#1397287 - 15/12/2016 08:52 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Wouldn't this be nice for all of us in the north?

GFS is off its rocker again or is it? It did a pretty good job modelling the last lot of rainfall along the QLD coast.

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#1397289 - 15/12/2016 09:42 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Yes HF actually performed the best i can remember on that last event shocked , could be a damp xmas with possible low anywhere from the gulf to Pilbara. That map indicates we will be under SE boring stuff though. Gvale wants some NW stormage smile


Edited by Ronfishes (15/12/2016 09:43)
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#1397290 - 15/12/2016 09:55 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: scott12]
Simmo FNQ Offline
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Originally Posted By: scott12 (pogo)

Hey Simmo,do you have pigs and chickens to eat any excess and how do you go with bugs and grasshoppers up there...?


In between pigs at the moment. Will probably be getting some in January. I have about 50 Chickens and a few Turkeys so they can polish off a bit. The goats love pumpkins and mangoes so they are set and my Jersey loves pumpkins, greens and sweet potato.

Grasshoppers are not too bad. Pumpkin Beatles are pretty annoying this year though. I just give things a spray with some pyrethrum if there are too many. I try not to use it too often though as I have bees and it is toxic to them too. The only other things I use when needed are natures way spray and eco-neem.

Lets hope that GFS comes off. Though I think most people in the west would be happy if that xmas cyclone part did not come to fruition. Long way off still and nothing for us in the next 8 days.
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#1397292 - 15/12/2016 10:08 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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The alert at Bilyana appears to be faulty at the moment, hopefully it's fixed soon..

Fingers crossed it's a wet Xmas/NY period.
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#1397346 - 15/12/2016 19:53 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Weekly climate note HERE

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#1397391 - 16/12/2016 13:43 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Looks like a bit of monsoonal activity may not be to far away HF..very humid today..

You have done well Simmo to keep your place going despite a horrible run of dry years for you..do you grow any bananas or bamboo..I have been harvesting a few tasty shoots from my mature clumps lately...a bit of rain and humidity seems to have them shooting madly..

Ron,taro doesn't really need to be planted in your most valuable bit of garden space..because it looks like an elephant ear you can plant it around your garden anywhere..just scruff up the soil a bit though and give them some fert...we use a fair bit of it so I do grow a few 1m wide rows in a 100 sq metre patch and use sweet potato as a ground cover between it ..during the last month of really hot dry weather I never watered it so it died back to the tuber but leaves are already sprouting again with the rain..it does like water and humidity so we are coming into a good time to plant some..

You want to know where some of our government climate change funding goes...?...I have sent about 1000 suckers of a couple of different varieties down to a Uni in Melbourne,over the last 3 years where they are growing it in climate controlled greenhouse's to test growth rates under different environmental conditions such as different levels of Temp and Co2 ..this is meant to show what will happen in the South pacific islands(where Taro is a staple food) as climate change occurs..

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#1397398 - 16/12/2016 14:42 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Interesting Pogo.

Pic of an old bridge near Yungaburra on Tinaroo currently 33.8%

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#1397417 - 16/12/2016 20:19 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Nice blob to the south with patches of red.
Fair bit of lightning, and constant rolls of thunder.
Temp finally starting to drop.
No rain yet. Fingers crossed.
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#1397418 - 16/12/2016 20:26 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Got to Bilyana today, there was 129mm in the gauge thats fallen over the last 14 days compared to 2mm recorded at the alert. So the alert is definitely broken lol.

The models continue to point toward a wet Christmas.
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#1397419 - 16/12/2016 20:39 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
cold@28 Offline
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Rain. For the moment.
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#1397421 - 16/12/2016 21:00 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
drivenunder Offline
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Left Lotus Glen at about 1715, and the heavens open - massive rain drops and the heaviest rain I've seen in ages. Drove through it about about 40kms, wipers full ball - reckon rain rate was about 100mm/hour! Huge rainfall - awesome!!
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#1397425 - 16/12/2016 21:43 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
cold@28 Offline
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Sounds like fun drivenunder.

It all slipped to the west of us again.
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#1397428 - 16/12/2016 23:25 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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Must have been a few mm not too far away from you 28.There were some convective clouds forming around when I was heading home early afternoon.
Kowanyama with a nice score 70 odd mm in an hr this arvo.


Edited by Ronfishes (16/12/2016 23:26)
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#1397439 - 17/12/2016 09:35 Re: Far North Queensland Wet Season - Cardwell Northwards December 2016 [Re: Raindammit]
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We got *just* on 2mm yesterday evening from a continuous very very light sprinkle that you couldn't hear on the roof.
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