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Christa's Discussions

HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa 6 hours ago. 7 Replies

Not long ago I mentioned that I was not going to buy any new trees unless I disposed of some excess plants.  But, I got a reminder of an order from Daleys, so I had to get it as it was a rare…Continue

Tags: TO, COVID, 19, DUE, TREES

WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Aug 13. 6 Replies

After we mulch our prunings, we usually leave it in heap on the ground, to break down. We emptied the aerobin and went to add the aerobin compost to the heap,  We found some eggs in the heap.  They…Continue

Tags: snake, Python

THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONTRAPTION

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jul 13. 3 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

Tags: WEEDS

 

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Latest Activity

Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 13th Dec - Doug's for a CHRISTMAS PARTY'
"There will be 2 of us attending, as I need my driver and chief gardener at the moment.  Really looking forward to seeing this interesting garden."
5 hours ago
Christa replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Sometimes he acts so freakish but he does have excellent knowledge on growing the plants I would like to collect and grow.  Thanks again for the seedling,  I bought that book from a sth american book seller and the only ones left in print…"
6 hours ago
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"I have a seedling with your name on it. I have wanted that book for a while. Its in this video if you want a laugh. Watch "Flying Fox Fruit Freak Comes out at Night" on YouTubehttps://youtu.be/KqQXK0AIkP8"
9 hours ago
Christa replied to Roger Clark's discussion I'm Stumped on Avocados - Why is it so?
"My dwarf Wurtz is flowering again after a couple of years and fruiting.  We have moved our Lamb Hass to a different location. This site may explain better than I did…"
20 hours ago
Christa replied to Roger Clark's discussion I'm Stumped on Avocados - Why is it so?
"We have puzzled over this subject for years.  What type of trees do you have Roger?  It is a matter of cross pollinating I think. Between the A and the B, when flowering, one (A or B) starts the day as a female and hopefully the other (A…"
23 hours ago
Christa replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Great video, thanks for sharing. I have looked at the pages on the net about this club and read some of their newsletters.  They hold so much information, wish I could tap it all.   It doesn't grow that big, maybe a yes…"
yesterday
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Found this youtube channel of california rare fruit growers. This particular one, the first tree gaubiju is one that i have grown from some seeds. I will keep one for you- it grows big, yes,yes,yes. They have some interesting garden visits cant…"
yesterday
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Yeah Christa its the pouteria viridus, have you tried them? They are amazing, along with mameys. My trees are grown from seeds of fruit I bought at Tropical fruit world. The marang looks like a breadfruit/jackfruit cross, a guy called Robert…"
yesterday
Christa replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Yes, that's the clue, but I should have timed it to that state. It can take a few months.  Don't you think.  I am about to cut one open tonight with ice cream.  The persimmon I have, reacts the same with the calyx lifting…"
yesterday
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.
"Yeah Christa been lean pickings. Probably a good thing for me, lol. Might be getting a couple of lucumas and two more green sapotes (pouterias are another of my favs) and maybe a marang after I get back from next week at Straddie. Just picked some…"
yesterday
Christa posted a discussion

HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.

Not long ago I mentioned that I was not going to buy any new trees unless I disposed of some excess plants.  But, I got a reminder of an order from Daleys, so I had to get it as it was a rare plant.  My aim is to stick to the jaboticaba type plants, mainly Myrciaria, Plinia and Eugenia family, for their fruit. We have a good stock of these plants.  Once they grow well, they will provide more fruit than blueberries and most ground berries .  We will hang onto the blueberries and the citrus for…See More
Thursday
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Nagaskiwake loquat and nanas

"Gee Andrew, didn't you climb trees in your school uniform and rob the fruit from branches that hung over the fence, We went to school in Moorooka area and there were Mango trees, loquat trees a few grapes and mandarins all hanging over the…"
Thursday
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Grimal jaboticaba budding out

"Give it a go, nothing to loose. I believe the Grimal with hybrid red and sabara are good companions for cross pollinating.  The small Cherry rio grande rootstock can be used for grafting, I would have to search my notes to know what scions to…"
Sep 10
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Beautiful cinnamon

"Yes, they start with a red leaf which fades a little. Yours looks very healthy, mine is growing in shade. Wonder when you can harvest the bark for quills?"
Sep 10
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Grimal jaboticaba budding out

"Beautiful sight, are there any bees hanging around?  You know you can cross pollinate if any other plants of similar genus, are flowering.  We will have to keep records of when they flower.  My reds are no where near flowering age…"
Sep 10
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Guanabana!

"I, for one, will be very happy to see your food forest, Doug."
Sep 6

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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.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
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Christa's Blog

CANNER FOR THE FUTURE

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. …

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FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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…

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ARE WE MULCH JUNKIES? AND HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING US? YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH.

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…

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SOME OF MY GARDEN NOV 2017

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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