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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post


    Hey JP how did you train you dog to go into the black tub? Our dogs love getting into the water at the local swimming hole or down at the river (when it has any water in it) but there is no way they will get into the black tub (same as yours) that we bought for the same purpose as you use it for.
    I grab and put them in the water and while I hold them they are happy but as soon as I let them go out they get.
    Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NamPikToot View Post
    Nice Japper, soil looks nice and friable - ours has quite a lot of stone and clay. I take it the hedge is therefore to block the neighbour out.
    Thanks. Yeah we have really good soil around these parts. The hedges are two fold, cover the cement wall and add more green and buffer that loud Thai lady who is always flapping her jaws at her parents.

    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    Nothing quite like a prying and gossipy Thai neighbor......has it's moments.

    Looking good, JP.
    Best to ya on the latest projec
    Yeah this particular neighbor is a loud Thai lady who lives with her parents and is constantly yelling at them. Plus when digging the holes out and cleaning the area prepping to put in the hedges I found they had chipped a hole in in our wall to let the sink and dishwasher water leach into the yard. Now keep in mind, I really never venture back in that part of the yard much but when I started to clean it up I showed my wife and it was on with the neighbor.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    Hey JP how did you train you dog to go into the black tub?
    Well Ootai, I would take her to the Wang River to let both dogs take a swim. When they came back I usually hosed them off and it was in the black bucket. After awhile I started to throw her ball in it and she realized she could chill out and be cool on hot days. When I play fetch with her, she goes after her ball back and forth. When I see she is winded and hot, I say "Go to your Pool". She knows what that is now and goes and takes a dip and will sit in for 20 to 30 minutes blowing bubbles and relaxing.

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    That's some damn neat hole digging, jp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    That's some damn neat hole digging, jp.

    I would say so as well.
    Precise, almost professionally done.

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    Yeah. It's the engineer in me. I made a quick template and laid it on the ground then started digging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Yeah. It's the engineer in me. I made a quick template and laid it on the ground then started digging.
    I don't think it has anything to do with being an Engineer more to do with being a perfectionist.
    I'm an Engineer and no way would my line of holes look like that. Mine would look more like an Isaan native had dug them, I reckon some would even be in the middle of the yard.
    Also there's no way old fat bastard would dig that many holes and live to see the trees/hedges planted.

    Good job

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    Quote Originally Posted by ootai View Post
    I don't think it has anything to do with being an Engineer more to do with being a perfectionist.
    I'm an Engineer and no way would my line of holes look like that. Mine would look more like an Isaan native had dug them, I reckon some would even be in the middle of the yard.
    Also there's no way old fat bastard would dig that many holes and live to see the trees/hedges planted.

    Good job
    Thanks ootai. I did make a template out of cardboard and it worked like a charm. But I do tend to agree attempting to be a perfectionist on things. The engineer aspect was the template...

    BTW, I lost nearly 3kgs doing this project which my body probably appreciates.

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    When I planted my rows of bushes for hedges in the garden, I dug a trench rather than holes. I don't know why, it just seemed a good idea at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy View Post
    When I planted my rows of bushes for hedges in the garden, I dug a trench rather than holes. I don't know why, it just seemed a good idea at the time.
    When we originally planted the first 285 we had ample room to get a small tractor in to dig a trench and it went easy. The downside was we had to move back in a lot of extra dirt while planting but no way would I have wanted to dig that many holes.

    Unfortunately now it would be a huge challenge to get a small tractor in the area so hole digging was easier and better. I was also thankful it had been raining so the dirt was soft and easy.

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    When we had similar done, the people delivering the plants had four lads with them who did the approx 60 yard run in about 40 minutes, including digging.

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    Busy around the property again..



    Pic after I turned my Mulch pile. Coming along quite nice. I use and replenish.



    My Quarry Rock pile and cement rock.



    What will NOT be in my garden after tomorrow..





    So this above is my process for planting grass.... I let a big section of my back area grow until ready to seed and then get out my mower and mow it all down and have it caught in my mulch bag. Then I spread it out in areas and water it a bit. I do this 3 or 4 times a season.

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    I rescued a radiated rat snake ('racer') from our dogs in the garden a couple of nights ago. It had a couple of small bite marks but seems OK.

    It's staying in the snake house while I wait to hear if Korat Zoo want it or not.




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    ^ Anyway, it was in our garden.

    I dropped the snake off at it's new home this morning. This was a lucky one, the dogs killed a common rat snake in the garden yesterday before I could rescue it.



    This guy just grabbed it out of the box with his bare hands... and got bitten for his trouble. He didn't seem to mind.



    And into the bag it went.


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    One less cat in the neighbourhood thanks to Bruno early this morning at about 3.00 am.

    Break the curfew and get mauled.

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    ^^ I grew up with copperheads, carpet snakes, redbelly black, Black, Brown and the occasional Tiger and Taipan snakes in Oztralia and 4 days ago I was fighting a small cobra in our garden before Bruno took over.

    Snakes don't bother me much but those fierce Tokgars give me the creeps. One leaped off the wall at me about 1 month ago when I was trying to noose and release it and the fvcker scared the living shit out of me.

    Gardens can be a fun or nightmare place depending where you live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    One less cat in the neighbourhood thanks to Bruno early this morning at about 3.00 am.

    Break the curfew and get mauled.

    I trust you're not taking pleasure from this act.
    With all due respect, your Bruno should be shot.

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    ^ I hate it when any living creature is killed but the cats come into the garden, climbing 2.5 metre walls to get at the dog food and shit is going to happen.

    Bruno is never allowed past the front gate unless restrained and I make sure of this!

    Let's just say the cat owners should be shot.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    fierce Tokgars
    You mean Tokays? (Gecko)

    Yeah those bastards are mean and relentless. I just off'd one the other day. Started that barking around my wall area. I tracked it down. I had work gloves on so I just grab the thing and even with leather gloves on you can feel the power of their jaws. I tossed it out on the middle of the backyard so my dogs could see what one was. That 12" long gecko fended off both my dogs for quite awhile and then tried to run up a lime tree. I finally whacked it with my shovel and buried it. Word is, once they get into your house area and drop eggs that hatch, they get up in your roof area and wall cracks and are a pain to eradicate. They have some value in that they eat Jingjocks and Toads but I happen to like all the toads that run around our place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    ^ Anyway, it was in our garden.

    I dropped the snake off at it's new home this morning. This was a lucky one, the dogs killed a common rat snake in the garden yesterday before I could rescue it.


    Been to that zoo 2 or 3 times. Was about 5km from where I worked. Lots of good little restaurants along the road to it. They also have a clubhouse type deal to host parties.

    Cheers, glad the snake has a new home.

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    Some don't get on well with nature and it's cycles.

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    ^^^^ Sadly our dogs have nailed several cats. We have a 2.2m perimeter wall and the dogs never go out apart from walks on a lead.

    Why cats insist on coming in I don't know. I've even leant tree branches against the inside of the wall to give them an escape route. I don't really know what else I can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Sadly our dogs have nailed several cats. We have a 2.2m perimeter wall and the dogs never go out apart from walks on a lead.
    Same us. My Lab has bagged one cat. Was over quick. Have never seen another one since. Our bigger issue is the neighbor in our corner area. He lets his chickens roam his backyard. Some times they get into a dust up and one fly's over the fence into our yard to an eagerly waiting dog who wastes zero time and grabs it and runs around the yard with it in its mouth. I quietly toss it in the trash and say "Atta girl".

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    This morning I was digging around our well to remove some dead shrubs and replace with some flowering ones the wife bought. I was digging and banging away and then I look up and this fella came up from between the brick and the well tube.





    Curious little fella. Sat there watching me for the longest time



    Finally came out as I watered the new plants. Did not seem all that worried about me. About a foot long or so.

    I really enjoy the nature around our place.

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