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    @ ootai,

    So here are my hedges.








    You mentioned after you trimmed yours up they looked bad. The best way to thicken them from the ground up is to cut a lot from the top. Hedges will try and fill in if they can't grow taller. When I first started my hedges around our fence, these hedges were all ~1 meter tall. I let them grow to about 2 meters then hacked off a 1/2 a meter. I did this several times growing. This kept them thick. Now I keep them at about 3.5 meters tall which I use my ladder as the height guide. Now they are "trained" (if you will) to get thicker lower. They offer great privacy, a lot of green to the yard and shade along them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    I've just planed 2 Avacado trees
    I have 2 Avocado trees going as well. One is 3 meters tall now, the other about 2. One was grafted from tree here in Thailand, the other from seed from a nursery in the states which I snuck on the plane. They are both doing well. The key with them from what I read is they do not grow bark to protect from the sun so around here they get torched quickly. They need sun but shade at the same time. Best place is where they get sun early morning or late afternoon but not all day.

    Now whether they fruit or not will remain to be seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Now whether they fruit or not will remain to be seen.
    Nice, we got ours from a Thai couple who have a farm with Avacados & Durian, they don't seem to have taken shade precautions and they seem to produce well so we'll see and good luck with yours too. That hedge is a monster, are you sure it was wise in the longer term? i suppose you can always pay someone and supervise later in life

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    I think the problem with the hedge here is not enough water. When they were planted they started off fine but then I went to work in Indonesia and they never got watered except when I came home for holidays. It is so frigging dry here at the moment they everything is shriveling up. I will take a few pictures later so you can see.

    I wish my missus had come from a different part of Thailand that wasn't so dry. I think the best thing for me to do is rip them all out and start again following your tip to get them to thicken up.

    As for your hedge it is massive, I think you should export it back to the Us so Trump can use it on the southern border instead of needing to build a wall.

    I see you have the same type of ladder as I have. Did you get yours here in Thailand? I brought mine with me from Aussie.
    Got any baby tortoises yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    That hedge is a monster, are you sure it was wise in the longer term?
    Honestly I knew they would grow tall. I had seen that around certain areas in Thailand but told my wife its better then a ugly cement wall that turns black. We ordered 250 of the shrubs from a wholesaler down in Lopburi. They were $1.75 each. He ended up bringing 305 and my wife negotiated a big discount on the 50 extra. Not sure why he brought 55 over. Anyway we planted them ~2 feet apart. We were able to cover the wall from the front of the house around the back and to the kitchen. As it turns out the extra ones helped out. I borrowed our neighbors Kubota mini back hoe tractor and just trenched along the wall and planted them. It was a big family event as my Dad was here with me from the states and he helped plant them as well. My BIL, SIL and Niece helped as well. Amazingly only about 4 died and I replaced them. But to your point Yes I knew it was going to be a chore to keep them nice but you know being retired I have all the time in the world and its great exercise and I enjoy it after they are done. At some point I may show somebody how to do it and let them use my tools.

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    As for your hedge it is massive, I think you should export it back to the Us so Trump can use it on the southern border instead of needing to build a wall.
    Yeah, I agree on Trump wall. It would look at lot better and I bet all the tree huggers would like it....

    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I see you have the same type of ladder as I have. Did you get yours here in Thailand? I brought mine with me from Aussie.
    I brought it in my cargo container from the States. Great ladder. Its funny, My FIL wouldn't use it at first. He swore by his one 4 meter bamboo deal. Now, we do not have one Bamboo ladder around. He uses the aluminum one all the time. Its a bit heavy for him so I move it out for him but after that he is good to go. I extend the ladder straight out when I trim up our Bamboo groves. That too is a interesting chore. I will see if I have any pics of that job......

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    Got any baby tortoises yet?
    Not yet but the 2 males are humping one of the females constantly. I have had to keep her away from the bastards so she can eat and relax in peace. Its the funniest thing to watch them get after it and the noise the male makes. . They are all very big now. The 2 big males are about 28" in diameter and weigh upwards 30lbs. The older female is about 25" and 25lbs. The other little one is about 18or so inches and 15 or 16lbs. We thought it was a female but may be a male.

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    Here is a pic of the Bamboo grove cut back. My wife really likes these. Offers shade for the outdoor kitchen and BBQ pit. They are a bit messy but I keep them cut back. This is a 2 times a year job and takes about 2 or 3 hours.





    I just lay the ladder onto the Bamboo. Works perfect.



    1 of my Avocado trees



    Yep...you got it...a herd of tortoises. The 2 horn dog males chasing the female. Also when the males fight the "thud" sound they produce ramming each other can be heard anywhere on the property. Its LOUD. I have to always go check because they flip each other over which is a tactic when fighting. I have found one on its back several times.

    Anyway they just roam the property and eat whats available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    1 of my Avocado trees
    interesting - for some reason I thought it was too humid to grow avo's.

    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    I have to always go check because they flip each other over which is a tactic when fighting.
    Fit them up with a self-righting flipper like in robot wars. But don't get carried away and arm and mechanise them

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    Nice, JP.

    Chocolate Lab?
    Not a great dog person, but the Labradors variety would be my choice.
    Smart, wonderful dispositions, and a great fit with children.


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    Not so easy to feed 4 throats, the cat expects plaa tu



    The bombs after midnight of New Year Eve are not very pleasant, so the only day the Master allows us inside.
    And he has to console the older fellows - the young son 3/4y has no problem, staying outside)



    New Year walking and swimming the river - all troubles forgotten)
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    Well I said I would post some pictures to show how dry it is around my place so here they are. I suppose I could use a sprinkler to water the whole place but that would almost mean having it running all day which I think is a bit wasteful.

    Here's the shade house surrounded by desert. At least I don't have to cut the weeds.


    This is the galangal patch how they do it I don't know but they are still going and expanding.


    This was the MIL's yam patch which she has harvested and now not even the weeds are growing here.


    Inside the shade house no weeding to be done and not mush greenery either.


    Same, same but from a different angle.


    The "backyard" looking a bit desperate.


    The front yard looking even worse, I can't believe I raked up all the dead leaves 2 days ago.


    Now to the masterpiece, "the hedge" or mort correctly the line of sticks.


    From the other side.


    A close up of the sticks.


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    As you can see from the last picture I don't think these sticks will grow any leaves down low if I cut the top off so I reckon I would need to start again from scratch.


    And finally for those that are more interested in looking at pussies than dry gardens here you go.



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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Nice, JP.

    Chocolate Lab?
    Not a great dog person, but the Labradors variety would be my choice.
    Smart, wonderful dispositions, and a great fit with children.

    Yeah I have had a few Labs in the states. Great demeanor with people. People that drop by here love to see her. She is always waggin her tail with lots of personality. She is a pup still though, bout a year and a few months

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Now to the masterpiece, "the hedge" or mort correctly the line of sticks.
    .. Not laughing at ya ootai......Laughing with ya....

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    As you can see from the last picture I don't think these sticks will grow any leaves down low if I cut the top off so I reckon I would need to start again from scratch.
    Id say at this juncture they need some help. With really nothing to lose i'd damn hear half them off and water them well.

    As for the front lawn area, By a rain bird and water that. Really doesn't take a lot to keep some of green and healthy versus dying off.

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    Few pics from the casa......



    My golden constantly wants to play fetch the ball. So here is the deal with the 2 dogs, The choco-lab loves to chase it down after I throw it while the golden watches. Once the lab has the ball the golden steals it from her and brings it to me. I avoided weeds here ootai by doing a driveway...



    Road Kill. She just plops down and done.



    I have this big leaved tree (not sure the name). The leaves are huge. It was on its last leg and I started watering it every day. Had to cut it way back. Now it appears to be doing really well. I also fertilized it. It offers a ton of shade.





    This palm is getting huge. It looks really nice but man let me tell you, the thorns on the thing are stout. I bet if I cut one off I could cut wood with it.



    Ahhh Yes. My bearded iguana buddy. This thing is such a character. Been in this tree for easily 5 years. Has an endless supply of Mot Dang. I haven't seen his mate in the other tree recently but I have about 5 or 6 of their offspring running around the place. My lab chases them when they drop down to the ground to go to a different tree.

    Just another day at the zoo

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    The daughter's garden, area 8x2m that she laid claim to (apart from funding, that was my part), straight edges, no concrete animals - this is her 'serious garden'. She chose the planters, pavers, stones, plants, and put in her share of labour in the October school hols, only casualty of the operation was me walking into a low-hanging sprinkler at a garden centre, not scalped, but enough blood for a one man horror show just pre-Halloween

    Here we are:










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    Nice work.

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    I like your daughter's garden, tell her well done from me.
    Any chance of a picture that shows the whole thing in one frame?

    Not sure that I agree with your restriction of 'straight edges", straight boundaries yes but internally let her free spirit (i.e. artistic talent) rein supreme.

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    Just something a little different.

    As we all know the Thai's feel the cold a little bit more than us so they usually make a fire and sit around it in the mornings.
    Here is the MIL's fire place under the jackfruit tree where the early morning sun shines under the leaves.



    Hopefully none of these fall while they are there.



    Does anyone know the reason that they bang a stick into the top of the jackfruit for, I am told it is to make it ripen more quickly but why does it work?

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    Mani you have a HUGE Jackfruit tree. Ours is on its last leg.

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    Few pics from my wifeys Rose garden this morning.










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    About a year ago my wife and I bought a large tree at a nursery near our home. It happened to have a Bee hive in it. I drove home quite slow while the bees followed and stayed close. I planted the tree and the hive still remained surprisingly. However after about a month it left that tree and moved to another tree we have. The hive stayed there for about 3 or 4 months then was gone. However I know it had to be close by because I see the bees in our flowers and taking water from the lotus pots. Today while I was out in the yard I found the hive again. This time its back near the original tree it arrived in. Is it the same hive, I can't be certain but I will assume it is and its gotten much larger.

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    JPPR your Avocado looks about the same size as ours c1M, ours is one year in the ground from a potted plant.

    We demand more tortoise action shots. Speaking of which and i'm sure you have shared this before, where did you get them and how longs ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    JPPR your Avocado looks about the same size as ours c1M, ours is one year in the ground from a potted plant.
    Ours is about 2 meters tall now and has been in the ground for about 1.5 years. The other one which is a Haas from the US has been growing slow and very different in shape. I will post a pic of it.

    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    We demand more tortoise action shots. Speaking of which and i'm sure you have shared this before, where did you get them and how longs ago?
    555 on Tortoises. I had to walk one male to the other side of the property earlier this morning. Sumbich just will not leave the big female alone.

    Per your request, here are few photos over the last month or so.



    Ever seen a Tortoise sunbathing....Well now you have. This is the smallest one and it comes out and stretches out to warm up. 555



    My niece loves to come over and feed them. The 3 big ones are waiting for the mulberry leaves that my wife was picking



    2 males getting ready to throw down.



    She is a showoff.



    This big male always seems to come out when I am mowing. He follows along and chows the cut grass



    Some tortoise Porn. One humping and the other in her face probably talkin shit. 5555

    We tracked these tortoises down from all over Thailand. 2 were from BKK where clearly they got to big and the owner had no yard. We picked them up cheap. One we got from Ayutthaya and the other in Korat. Again people forget how big they get and the room they need. they are fun when about the size of an orange. My wife is linked to some Reptile group on Facebook. They do come available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post

    555 on Tortoises. I had to walk one male to the other side of the property earlier this morning. Sumbich just will not leave the big female alone.

    Per your request, here are few photos over the last month or so.



    Ever seen a Tortoise sunbathing....Well now you have. This is the smallest one and it comes out and stretches out to warm up. 555

    We picked them up cheap. One we got from Ayutthaya and the other in Korat. Again people forget how big they get and the room they need. they are fun when about the size of an orange. My wife is linked to some Reptile group on Facebook. They do come available.
    555 thanks JPPR, BTW that's not sunbathing that's post coital knackered

    ref buying them, i'd love a couple but would worry that they'l outlive me and me Mrs and then who could be trusted to look after them? a tortoise isn't just for xmas its for your grand children...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    BTW that's not sunbathing that's post coital knackered
    555. Probably so.

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    ootai your MIL actually builds a wood fire? Here in the village its always a trash fire, they gather up plastic bags and trash from their yard and sit around a trash fire. Its good and bad. Its good to see them clean their yards but it stinks.

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