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Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Hanning yesterday. 2 Replies

While looking around on that Utube site, I found this interesting contraption.  The yanks do everything in a big way. I wonder what this machine costs.Our son has a vacuum sealer that he uses for…Continue

Tags: Sealer, Vacuum

WEEDS - Pro's and con's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jun 8. 3 Replies

There is an old discussion on Weeds back in 2009.  This is a reply to that discussion, that seems appropriate to me.Reply by …Continue



Started this discussion. Last reply by Fiona Ryan May 31. 11 Replies

One of the most abundant fruiting plants in my yard are Plinia, genus Myrciaria then variety e.g. Sabara.  They come under the Myrtacaea family as does Eugenia and Psidium.  The jaboticaba are the…Continue

Tags: Jaboticaba

RUNNING OUT OF ROOM TO GARDEN (or can I keep my fruit trees cut low)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Tealby May 21. 23 Replies

This photo was taken a couple of years ago.  Since then we have moved some bins to the front yard between front verandah and front tree,  The back garden is nearly full and running out of sunlight. …Continue



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Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONTRAPTION
"I have a polyscience chamber vacumn sealer and just realised I can fit small jars upright amd larger one laying down, this machine is about a grand but is awsome and used weekly."
Fiona Ryan replied to Christa's discussion THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONTRAPTION
"That is definitely interesting. I'd never heard of a Harvest Right before. It's an expensive bit of kit (nearly $3000 USD) but I suppose if you're going to 'Retire at 40', it may be a practical way of saving every morsel of…"
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While looking around on that Utube site, I found this interesting contraption.  The yanks do everything in a big way. I wonder what this machine costs.Our son has a vacuum sealer that he uses for meat etc.  This may be adapted to do a similar job.  But watch this SITEOne could do herbs, vegies etc and more.  See More
Christa posted a status
"Just a quick note to let you know one of our workers is not well with tummy problems. Dianne is recuperating, We wish her well."
Christa commented on Susan's photo

I’m a real farmer now

"Wow Cres, what a contraption, it looks scary.  My stomach churned a bit looking at it. I must be a bit soft.  Hand plucking is what I can remember when we were kids.  The two eldest children each learned to pluck."
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Light reading - not!

"Just had a quick look at this book, too deep for me.  You need a lab to grow some of them. Knowing which ones are edible is a science in itself, It is amazing though, these growths are the ultimate, when it comes to recycling, they are the best."
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

I canna live without my radishes.

"What a good site, Dave, there is quite a difference in harvesting times in the different varieties. I suppose it is their size that takes some time to mature. There is nothing like the crunch when you bite into a fresh little red radish. We have to…"
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Light reading - not!

"There is a similar book on auction site, expensive but there are not many good detailed books on this subject for sale secondhand. Well done.   We had a load of tea tree mulch delivered last year and the weird fungi that grew in the mulch…"
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Peach tree
"Good choices, Doug, a yellow and a white, both should do well. We have the white.  It is a delicious tasting peach but then I lean to the white peaches and nectarines. "
Jul 4
Christa commented on Susan's video

Asian salad garden harvest

"Lovely fresh salad for the family, what else is a garden for, well done."
Jul 4
Christa commented on Susan's photo

That time of the year again

"Barbara, If they are Redlands Joy, then they are usually a nice tasting strawberry.  I have tried a few over the years, Alinta, Alpine, Temptation, Amsterdam Roze, Lowanna, RedGauntlet, White pineberry and many more I have forgotten the…"
Jul 4
Christa commented on Susan's photo

That time of the year again

"That strawberry is so tempting to pick Fiona, with more behind it.  Thank you Susan for sharing, I always knew you were a good strawberry grower. I will do exactly that and see if my ruby gems succeed.   I think these ruby gems are…"
Jul 3
Christa replied to Susanne's discussion Easy citrus marmalade
"My job was the prep work, to quarter the oranges, and using scissors, I would cut centre stringy bits off, and pull or slice pulp segments off skin, then I would lay down the quarter skin on the board and with a sharp knife, cut off the pith and…"
Jul 2
Christa replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Growing Raspberries in Brisbane
"Thats a big cane, Fiona.  Pity you don't know the name, but it looks good for fruiting. Raspberry come in 2 types. Florocanes and Primocanes - fruiting in different seasons.  Some of our members may have Willamette. These are the ones…"
Jul 2
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Peach tree
"This is from my experience, which is amateurish, but as soon as the fruit is picked, we prune back to little finger thickness and leave wood about 18 inches long to an outer facing bud.  This is done when weather is still warm. Keep the top…"
Jun 30
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Peach tree
"Ross, Is there a particular reason for choosing a dwarf peach tree?  Sometimes it would be for a small space or for easy fruit access.  Netting is easier for a dwarf fruit tree.   I have had a dwarf peach tree and also a peach…"
Jun 30

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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.
I am interested in:
Gardening friendship, Bush Tucker plants, Attracting Butterflies and Bees.
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Posted on June 19, 2020 at 11:06 3 Comments

When all my fruit trees finally produce an abundance of fruit, I will have a way to save and store harvests.  With my many Ball-mason jars and even my old vacola bottles, will have some use.  

This AMERICAN cooker is 30 quart or 28.5 litre pressure canner will more than suffice.  I also purchased a Secure Grip lid lifter: Premium Bottle tongs. …



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…


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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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