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Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 25. 1 Reply

Has anyone come across this, inside a pawpaw ?   It looks like a couple of embryos.  This type of pawpaw is often without seeds or just a couple of seeds inside.  The fruit was not quite ripe enough…Continue



Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 18. 8 Replies

We have had an abundance of different types of mushroom types coming up in our backyard amongst the mulch.  Does anyone know a good book on fungi - how to identify edible and toxic types.  One lot…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Mar 11. 5 Replies

We just picked a persimmon from our tree and put it in the fridge where it softens up ready for me to have on yoghurt for breakie. We picked it on the weekend and so it has gone soft since then. …Continue

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Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion A call for help.
"Not many Brisbane suburban gardeners would be able to help due to block size,  Maybe people further out Dayboro way or Samford area, may be able to help.  Sorry. "
Nov 11
Christa commented on Susan's blog post Start of November - oops, I missed a month.
"Your suburban farm is thriving. You must have had rain there.  We are still waiting for a good fall to put water in the tanks.  Your mulberries look great, we have birds coming in for a feed on ours. I don't mind sharing.  The…"
Nov 2
Christa commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"That's a lovely little pond with the buddha sitting there amongst the azolla, it looks natural and cool.  I am not into aquaponics, but I love ponds surrounded by plants.  Hope it all go to plans Lily."
Oct 30
Christa commented on Sid Saghe's photo

New Compost unit!

"If you had a post hole digger, you could dig deep holes in the bottom of the bins in the dirt and put the fish etc in the bottom and cover maybe but a heavy bucket or bin of it so it doesn't get dug up by dogs or cats etc. You could then cover…"
Oct 28
Andrew Cumberland replied to Christa's discussion WEIRD PAWPAW
"I've seen similar in a capsicum but never a pawpaw.  "
Oct 25
Christa posted a discussion


Has anyone come across this, inside a pawpaw ?   It looks like a couple of embryos.  This type of pawpaw is often without seeds or just a couple of seeds inside.  The fruit was not quite ripe enough to be sweet but the possums would have got it if we hadn't picked it.See More
Oct 23
Susan replied to Christa's discussion Diane & Graham in South America photo's
"How cool is this!  And that you two have the time to post photo's while on holidays. "
Oct 22
Andrew Cumberland replied to Christa's discussion Diane & Graham in South America photo's
"I like the simple top design on the hives.  "
Oct 20
Andrew Cumberland favorited Christa's discussion Diane & Graham in South America photo's
Oct 20
Christa posted a discussion

Diane & Graham in South America photo's

Here’s a couple of pics for the BLF site. Of all the places to find native bees and Asian Jak Fruit ?? Right up on top of Sugarloaf Mountain Brazil.…See More
Oct 20
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Great use of plastic milk crates, Dave. You could put them up on an old coffee table and they would be more accessible for bad back gardeners.  A row of sugar cane bales between them for insulation.  "
Oct 12
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.
"Big changes in your backyard as well Dave.  You seem to be more organised and arranged, I don't know if that is better or not.  I can see a big wide pathway though your garden now..  Your vetiver production is a definite big…"
Sep 29
Christa commented on Susan's blog post September glory
"Wow, Susan, you are an inspiration to us all. September glory indeed, your garden is holding out well.  So much food now and in the future.  I hope others are having the same goodness from their garden. Those blueberries look very…"
Sep 29
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Bat population in South-East Queensland affected by mass starvation event
"We still have the little critters calling in to our yard each night. They squabble over their tucker each night., the dogs seem to leave them alone now.  Our neighbour on the other side is selling out so that is more trees that will be…"
Sep 22
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT to Susan's Patch in Gympie'
"We were planning to go Susan, but unable due to leg problems. The terrain may be a bit rough, but it sounds like everyone will have a good time.  Dianne that Rick's Garage is an old fashioned Cafe with some 50'-60's atmosphere.…"
Sep 17
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Bench garden out the front

"Andy, Is that lovely seat on the verge or beside your driveway?  I had a sinilar thought a year or so ago and was told that we cannot place a seat on council land.  It seems a silly negative rule to me.  It would be nice to sit and…"
Sep 13

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Happy to grow things. Always loved gardening. My garden has changed from decorative to edible then recently, some edible fruit trees, some decorative plants, and orchids, bromeliads and succulents.
Many of my plants are to attract bees and butterflies.
Things have slowed me down a bit, but I love to learn about plants and happenings in gardens.
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Posted on May 11, 2019 at 12:43 8 Comments

My gardening abilities have been curbed a bit lately and have led me to reading more about different ways to increase the goodness in our soil which is the engine of our plant growth and the machine that nature provided to help us be more reliant in the future.

So much has been learnt by reading and listening to the advice given and seeing the soil improvements by Ernst Gotsch and like- minded individuals.  They have seen the damage in different counties of…



Posted on August 25, 2018 at 16:00 28 Comments

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch is what we hear from some of the best gardeners.  Whether it be the slow natural way as in the forest (what drops and rots from above) or the introduced mulch to speed up the forest floor.  As we only have 2 large poinciana trees on our block of land, and they only have very fine leaves and tiny twigs that fall most of the time in winter, we have to supplement.

My mother-in-law Gardener, who gardened here first, used grass mulch from the grass…



Posted on November 22, 2017 at 12:13 8 Comments

Just a few pics to show some of my garden.  We are planning to move some of the citrus so they can be together in same location. They need watching, and spraying with oil wash for bugs. Easier to do in one area. The persimmons are holding on to a few fruit but this rain is upsetting them now.  The red Shahtoot are giving me lovely long fingers of fruit.  The white Shahtoot has been potted up.   The Lamb Hass avocado should keep good company with the Dwarf Wurtz.  My order of little bananas…



Posted on December 16, 2016 at 12:53 12 Comments

My vine has produced some nuts. These nuts are named Plukenetia volubilis.

Here are some notes from a site    

Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca peanut, is the seed of a plant that grows in the highlands of Peru. Despite being a fairly recent discovery in the health community of the United States, sacha inchi has been cultivated and used as a food source for 3,000 years in the Amazon rainforest. The fruit that these seeds grow in is…


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At 10:05 on March 27, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Thanks so much Christa, The GV's are great, I love coming together with our group. It is the Hosts that we should thank as I know that week before the Event is a big one, they work so hard. We all know how successful your GV was. 

At 7:15 on January 10, 2018, Adam Baker said…
Hi Christa, thanks for you welcome, sorry it took a while to get back.. xmas period was pretty hectic!
At 20:03 on February 5, 2016, Vinay Nellipudi said…
Thanks for your friend request :)
At 10:52 on September 23, 2015, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome Chris.  Sorry you had a bit of trouble joining up mate.  You should be right now.  Feel free to let me know if you have any questions about the site.  Enjoy!



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