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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I agree the stump should be removed. Quickest is to dig, but easiest is to wait a year then light a bonfire over it and keep feeding the fire for a few days (if it's a big tree stump).
    Yeah the latter is what most seem to do here but it really takes months if not years for it to decompose that way plus the big black dead stump. I just dig them out and if really large I dig down about 2 feet or so and cut it with a chainsaw and call it a day. Its not to bad with the right tools

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
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    Tree stumps don't exist anywhere where my Missus has land as I love digging them out.
    None in our paddies as they damage harvestors etc.

    I was tidying up one block and got this one out, so big my little excavator couldn't lift it so I pushed it to where it now reside on the side of the paddy.



    Took some digging to get it out.
    That's a "Big Sumbich". If I had one that big i'd contract a guy with a backhoe to dig.

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    So today was Mow day as a guy will bring his little dump truck on Sunday to take away my debris pile. He charges me 300 bht and comes about once a month. I never put trash in it, Its always yard clipping or tree trimmings.



    I did my string trimmer to edge the lawns then fired up my mower. I set it low for side yards and much higher for front lawns.



    After mow in side yard.



    I love the Husky mower I have as its a mulcher as well.



    Front yard grass. Its a thin blade and loves the direct sunlight



    Malaysian on side house in shade before I mowed it


    These are some of the big rocks I have to avoid.....



    I am trying to teach it to mow but it definitely has a reach issue. Btw that is one of the 4 Sulcata tortoises we have that roam the property. This one follows me around a lot. It loves Mulberry leaves and I usually cut a branch for it too eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    take away my debris pile. He charges me 300 bht
    Have you considered making your own compost heap? Aside from giving back to the earth in your own garden, it's a great example to set for the locals re sustainable organic gardening.
    Love your tortoises!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Have you considered making your own compost heap? Aside from giving back to the earth in your own garden, it's a great example to set for the locals re sustainable organic gardening.
    Love your tortoises!

    Actually Maanaam I do have a large compost pile. My FIL uses it a lot for his gardens and chili's for fertilizing them. I sometimes add cow shit to it and mix it up then cover it for a few days. Problem is that I cannot use it all so it can get smelling pretty bad. I have offered it to many of my neighbors but they just do not seem to understand its value. But honestly most of my neighbors don't garden at all. Some its due to property lot size, some just do not want to work a bit of land so they just weedwhack it when its unbearable to live in or around. So I keep a basket or 2 every time I mow and spread it around. When I mow the entire property I fill up 5 or 6 of the blue buckets of mulch.

    Thanks on the tortoises. They are cruisers and the neighbor kids love to come see them. They just walk up whenever. I have 2 Males and 2 Females. The biggest one (Pictured) is 22" shell diameter and weighs 26lbs. One of the females is a busy body. She is all over the property and moves rather fast.

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    Easy way to remove a stump is to first drill holes in it. Then pour vegetable oil into the holes. Keep adding oil for the next month, or so. Then light a charcoal fire over it. It will smoulder and burn for about three days. You can then lay some earth over it.

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    The rain just blew in again. Been pretty routine. Good down pour for 45 mins to an hour then blows out and temp drops off to 24- 25c or so.

    Thought I'd post a few more things in my garden as I was out helping wife with her Rose garden...



    Our 1 year old Chocolate Lab. Man is she is a handful. Gets into everything, sneaks up and kills birds. Eats Lumyai fruit until she is sick and she is like a gazelle and can blaze around the place lightening fast.



    Our 9 month old Golden Retriever. This dog is incredibly lazy. Sits around with its tongue out like it worked or something.



    This is the busy body tortoise. She is everywhere and is not shy and will walk right up to you.



    This is the other big female. I saw 3 of the 4 today and decided to take some pics. They come out in the afternoon and graze just before it rains. I did not see the other big male. Again these just roam the land. They are not caged and have full freedom to go anywhere and they do. The other day I was under the truck checking for a place to mount my GoPro and one walked up to me and tried to see what I was doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attilla the Hen View Post
    Easy way to remove a stump is to first drill holes in it. Then pour vegetable oil into the holes. Keep adding oil for the next month, or so. Then light a charcoal fire over it. It will smoulder and burn for about three days. You can then lay some earth over it.
    That sounds like an improvement to what I suggested, and quicker.

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    So I poured me a Stout Margarita and headed out to help the wife in her Rose Garden



    We found this arbor in CM and her roses seem to love it











    Wifey trimmed back a bunch but here are a few still growing

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    Tomorrow it appears I will be on the ladder trimming the Bamboo around the outside kitchen area. Man that shit grows fast.....I just whacked it back big time about 3 weeks ago.......


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    Quite the gardener/landscaper, JP..

    Onya..
    Cheers!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Quite the gardener/landscaper, JP..

    Onya..
    Cheers!!!

    Thanks Jeff.

    Anything to keep me outdoors all is good.

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    ^^^How do you keep your roses looking so good. My one bush gets eaten by insects?

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    Those roses are fantastic, back in Aussie I used to grow some roses but haven't tried here. I'm afraid my front garden is a little neglected as I don't do much in it, too lazy I guess. Anytime I have any energy I go and do stuff in the garden on plants that can be eaten. If you have a look at my latest update to our building thread it shows what's in the front.

    I should also say that trying to control bamboo is like herding cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    How do you keep your roses looking so good. My one bush gets eaten by insects?
    My wife has some Thai concoction she makes up and sprays on them about every month or so. I know the main ingredient is tobacco. She buys a big bag and boils it outside and mixes that liquid with other stuff. Whatever it is, it appears to work very well and is natural. She doesn't use any pesticides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I know the main ingredient is tobacco.
    I've read about tobacco being a natural pest deterrent. Rhubarb leaves are too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    I've read about tobacco being a natural pest deterrent. Rhubarb leaves are too.
    Yet, rhubard might struggle in the tropics - unless being a weird hybrid bred for such climes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    My wife has some Thai concoction she makes up
    Thanks I'll ask mine if she has any friends who know about this "spray".

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Yet, rhubard might struggle in the tropics - unless being a weird hybrid bred for such climes.
    True, I wasn't suggesting to find rhubarb in Thailand, just that there are plants that are effective.
    Leapfrogging off that thought; The poison in rhubarb leaves is oxalic acid, which is also the itchy substance in taro leaves. Perhaps a gardener here would experiment with taro leaf juice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Those roses are fantastic, back in Aussie I used to grow some roses but haven't tried here.
    I passed on the Rose comment to my wife. That is her hobby. She said Thanks! She has some really beautiful multi color ones that bloom. I will post pics next time I see them. She has 16 different varieties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Thanks I'll ask mine if she has any friends who know about this "spray".
    She got the info of a Rose growing page in Thailand. No doubt of Facebook.... There is a place up in CM that grows them for the royal family. Its a Huge rose nursery. We bought some roses bushes there. Its up in the mountains.

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    Well today the Bamboo trimming was out. Wife had different plans. She found a Rock quarry and wants some rock to spread around her roses.

    So off into the mountains of Lampang we went. We get to the quarry and this is really more of a commercial place and they produce sand for cement and construction companies. The rocks are a by product of filtering. My wife talked to the lady at the counter and they said go fill up your truck, no charge.



    Pic of truck before I followed a dump truck to the back of the quarry to get the rock.



    They have some nice rock at the place. It was hot as HELL out there loading rock into my truck



    Back home and ready to unload. Being we had to load the rock by hand it was nice in that we got to pic the rock we wanted. As we left my wife gave the gal 100 bht thanking her. I got some big ones for a future project where I want to build a rock waterfall and small pond water feature. I like large rocks around the place as well.

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    Wife jumped right on the rock deal (even in the heat which is....well.....surprising to say the least). I first made me a whiskey Sour and then headed out to power wash up the truck underneath as I played a bit in the mud ponds and the road was a dirt mud road.


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    The white rocks remind me of a scene out that movie A Good Year (Russel Crowe inherits a vinyard in France). Apparently the white stones around the vines were heat-reflecting and were the secret to really good wine.
    I mention this because, although you're not growing grapes, the white stone may affect the roses, either positively or negatively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    The white rocks remind me of a scene out that movie A Good Year (Russel Crowe inherits a vinyard in France). Apparently the white stones around the vines were heat-reflecting and were the secret to really good wine.
    I mention this because, although you're not growing grapes, the white stone may affect the roses, either positively or negatively.
    The belief is the same, especially during really warm summers where roses do not fair well.

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