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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Hanning Mar 2. 6 Replies

After our local possum learnt to eat a hole in the fruit fly covers on our persimmons, we decided to pick them early.  They are just starting to turn colour, and I usually pick them with a bit more…Continue

Simple Nasturtiums

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sid Saghe Feb 21. 4 Replies

These are some notes from way back in July 2011,  I thought I might bring them back to the future. My back garden used to be covered completely with these plants and flowers, but over time they have…Continue

Tags: majus, Tropaeolum, NASTURTIUMS


Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 25, 2019. 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


Diane & Graham in South America photo's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Oct 22, 2019. 2 Replies



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Christa left a comment for Ian Richards
"Welcome to our group Ian, I noticed that you are interested in Australian native plants.  You may be interested in Australian Bush tucker plants, there are places such as Kumbartcho Nursery and Patens Park Nursery at the Gap, and Northey Street…"
3 hours ago
Christa commented on Valerie's photo


"Good luck Valerie, let us know how you go."
Christa commented on Roger Clark's blog post Working on the garden while in isolation
"You have been busy Roger,  what are you going to plant in that spot now that you have cleared it and with all that mulch on hand?"
Christa commented on Susan's blog post Finally getting to stay home
"You have lots of expertise when planting seeds and seedlings Susan, we are proud of you.  My seedling have not arrived yet from Boondie seeds, but I am prepared with bins and sunny spots.  You will be the envy of us all with those tomato…"
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Quail and chicken update

"We, or should I say, I would love to have a couple of chickens. I think the fox terriers would get used to them but I don't think the big python will take no for an answer. We have had no rats lately and even the possums have relocated. …"
Apr 2
Christa left a comment for Heather Watson
"Welcome to our group Heather.  We are all gardeners who enjoy the same thing - watching things grow.  Hope you enjoy our site."
Mar 28
Christa left a comment for Peter Button
"It's good to see your face Peter, we will all be looking at the internet now for news and to fill in time. This site allows us to share photo's of our gardens and talk about our new plants and harvests and pests.  Happy gardening."
Mar 28
Christa commented on Susan's photo

Excess seedlings taken to work

"You are a generous soul, Susan, especially now.  Your advice, with the banana plants, is a good help.  One bunch can more than feed a family for a while.  "
Mar 28
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Sewing seeds in what?Cow manure fights Coronavirus
"It is getting harder to buy genuine heirloom seeds and if they are open pollinated you have good seeds.  With all the native bees and insects we have in our backyard, we should be able to save the best seeds. I may try the cow poo and see how…"
Mar 27
Christa commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"Have you tried girdling the custard apple. It might force it to flower.  We have one dwarf custard apple tree (Tropic Sun) and a seedling tree and the dwarf is growing well so far.   Blast, you wait so long for a little pineapple and…"
Mar 27
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pandemic gardening: a guide for Autumn planting in SEQ.
"I found this info as well Dave,  Forget the toilet paper, go for seeds now.  If you don't have any, you can order online from Eden seeds, Green Harvest, Boondie seeds, Rare Seeds Australia and more.  I think Lissa put a list on…"
Mar 27
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's blog post Thinking about a virtual GV
"It looks like a eugenia type flower.  I would be happy to see a video of your garden Doug.  A talking video would be great.  Maybe we could have a section or area on this site for our members garden video's, with updates at any…"
Mar 22
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's blog post This week in the Garden
"Doug, I noticed the fruit on your acerola.  We have one that is a few years old but not fruiting much.  Maybe I will move it out to more sunlight and see what happens.  If that doesn't work, we will plant out in the ground.…"
Mar 22
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion CORONA/COVID19 VIRUS AND BRISBANE LOCAL FOOD. in the group BLF Futures
"Good idea, Andy.  Some of us are definitely more prone to hospitalization when this virus gets us maybe! I have been busy looking for which foods such as leaves flowers etc, that I can eat if fresh veggies are harder to come by.  As I…"
Mar 22
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Where's Wally?

"Tell the truth, Dave. He's out buying Toilet paper."
Mar 17
Christa replied to Roger Clark's discussion Egg Plant recipe
"Great recipe Roger, it has ingredients that most people have in the pantry.  Ian has his own veggie plants now and he likes eggplants so this easy recipe will be good.   Baba Ganoush is very nice, I have tasted that before."
Mar 17

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About me:
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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Gardening friendship, Bush Tucker plants, Attracting Butterflies and Bees.
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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 12:02 on February 2, 2020, Vivienne Hallman said…

 Thank you Christa for your kind welcome.  Yes the body is a little slower than it used to be, but the mind has accumulated a lot more wisdom with age!!

I look forward to sharing and learning from the group.

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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