Got this awesome ‘Native Bee House’ from Diggers -going to install it near the vegetable patch 🙂
It was about $25 dollars
Let me start by saying that i just bought 5 year upgrade to my membership. I want to try to be balanced and objective in my review.
I renewed my membership for 5 years because:
- I love the philosophy of these guys. Old is new again. Im a fan of anything ‘Heirloom’
- The standards they adhere to are second to none. From the Diggers website: “Multinational chemical companies, like Monsanto, can now introduce chemicals into our food supply (ie: G.M. seeds), which threatens our health and the existence of our best plant varieties.” Im glad to know i can get non GM and even certified organic seed from Diggers
- Mail Order Plants – Need i say more?? it is really cool getting a parcel that is marked ‘Live plants’ (the only thing better is when the stamp says ‘live animals’! i own a large aquarium and have fish delivered too)
- The regular magazine / ordering guide. Its full of handy hints and growing tips plus everything you need to know to order from Diggers
- The customer service lady i spoke with today was good at dealing with my complaint about the companion panting chart: http://www.diggers.com.au/shop/product/HCCH/CHART%20COMPANION%20PLANTING.aspx
- I ordered a vegetable planting guide which contained a section on ‘Moon planting’. ‘Lunar gardening is a concept i’m extremely interested in!
The other side:
- I have made a few orders with Diggers and have experienced a couple of issues:
- member ‘free gifts’ show as ‘out of stock’
- lots of items are ‘out of stock’
- Expensive – even member prices are at the top end of what you might expect
- I purchased a companion planting guide for $14.95. It was packed on the bottom of my order and arrived crushed. In its ‘un-crushed’ state, it was a poorly printed piece of A3 paper with no coating or protection. It was impossible to read and i really cant believe that diggers attempted to charge me nearly 15 dollars for this item. My request to return the product was handled professionally!
- My expensive 5 year membership renewal was supposed to include a ‘Gift’. No gift was sent :- ( (customer service assure me that they will sort this out)
- I ordered a couple of citrus trees (limequat and blood orange). The Fact Sheet link for blood orange leads to a 404 error. Diggers make their pot sizing clear and i knew what i was ordering. With this in mind, i don’t think i have ever seen a nursery or department store sell such sickly specimens for $29.95. I felt so let down when i opened the (well packed) box to extract small and sad looking plants – when i paid $29.95 plus postage. i know a ‘Limequat’ is not common, but even bunnings stock Blood Orange- and for $30 i could get a pretty happy looking tree!
It is possible that they trimmed the plants down before packing to reduce transpiration – but this wouldn’t explain the yellowing leaves.
Hopefully they will come good after i plant them out and give them a feed.
On balance, Diggers magazine is a great catalogue, but so far they have given me little other reason to recommend you join.
Come on Diggers – pick up your game!
For seeds, i have had great purchases from ebay seller: ‘Seeds4you’. this seller has a great variety and provides growing notes for each item!
For live plants, try www.gardenexpress.com.au as an alternative.
Its time to RECLAIM another garden!
so its been a while since my last update….
In that time, lots has been happening in the garden… here is the run down:
I left the the plot to manage itself over the summer. This lead to no produce, but an abundance of weeds which upset the neighboring plot holders.\
My friend Souraya and I renovated the plot towards the end of may.
- dug out weeds
- turned the plot over
- spread about 10mm of pea straw mulch
- and planted peas/ snow peas next to the existing stakes
Planting out to early has also been an issue, claiming all my colored chard and spinach seedlings.
I Must Be Patient!
South Side VEG garden:
- cleared out
- dug in cow manure
- mulched with pea straw
- planted rows of Cabbage/ Cauli/ Broc alternating with Pak Choy and mixed lettuce
The back garden is also the home of the ‘self seeded’ pumpkin. This has crept all the way into the carpark but does not seem to set fruit. I’ve tried hand pollinating a few of the ladies… time will tell:
The west is currently supplying my snow peas. Every time i think it is time to pull them out, i get a new crop:-)
North Side (Front Fence):
Replaced the sunflowers with ‘sweet-peas’
hoping they look great soon 🙂
Fence (The garden that ‘God’ forgot}
- planted herbaceous Abutilon
- planted ‘Fox-Glove”seed in sth patch
Flats (Under window of #1, #2)
- Reclaimed a new garden – 7M X 1 M
- no dig philosophy… layered the following:
Masters was the cheapest for most of these supplies
ive had some really good feedback about the new garden….
These guys are a great resource.
I just bought a membership – I’ll let you know if i think its value for money
Here is a link to a Planting Calendar.
Do you know of a better one? Please let me know