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Video of The Lost Garden of Heligan

Started May 21 0 Replies

This is about a video that I found quite intriguing. It is about a lost garden, which was run down since the 2nd World War. It was once one of the most spectacular gardens in England, consisting of a…Continue

Tags: Heligan, of, gardens, Lost

Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jun 27. 3 Replies

One off my bucket list, we visited the Narangba Nursery which is run by a young couple and they are doing a good job.  They have their own tissue culture bananas and quite a few exotic and native…Continue

Tags: aqueum, Syzygium


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Jan 4. 2 Replies

I have been a bit off with a gummy hip and between spending time walking through the garden, I have also been youtubing, if there is such a word.  One of the videos I came across under the heading of…Continue

Tags: garden, videos, chair, lounge, from


Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Sep 19, 2020. 9 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



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Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 26th SEPTEMBER - DIANNE AND GRAHAMS SPRING GARDEN VISIT'
"Dianne, I searched high and low and I don't have anything floral to wear,  So I will just have to wear a bright pink Tshirt.  Looking forward to the GV and seeing our gardening friends.  I know you have put in a lot of work and…"
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"There's nothing wrong with those gas burners, the gas light is good as well.  I would love to try that biogas system but the other two that live here are not in agreeance.  If the solar cookers that I am after, come back into stock, I…"
Sep 14
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post 'Tis I in my milk crate herb garden.
"Can you spin the Bo staff, I tried with a bigger staff but my brothers were much better at it, The garden is looking nice and green, and still heaps of variety growing. Is that the Tatume with the big green leaves or a pumpkin?"
Sep 3
Christa commented on Doreen's photo

Main no dig vegetable garden

"You have done well Doreen, I love the little beds with quite a few veggies I noticed.  The poppies are quite pretty at this time of the year. Do you have shade cover on those beds, or this that tree shade."
Sep 1
Christa commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Slowly coming along

"Sid, Have you thought of looking for a ground water supply, maybe you can sink a well.  As Dave said, vetiver is good for pulling up water, but what if there is no water aquifers around.  If there is no water around, then I would mulch,…"
Aug 31
Christa replied to Joe Wang's discussion Manure wanted
"Excellent advice Dave, we had 2 bags of horse poo left over which was left bagged for a couple of months.  When they were opened, the odour was strong. I had to hose them for a while to keep the neighbours happy.  Ah, the 3 m's -…"
Aug 25
Christa replied to Joe Wang's discussion Manure wanted
"Joe, there is plenty of racehorse manure at eaglefarm area. Just be aware that it must be stable manure as some field horses have access to nutgrass.  Drive around the suburb and see it beside the road.  We take replacement bags with us."
Aug 24
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Skills based survival in the group Prep-steaders
"I could eat grasshoppers cicadas and crickets, if they were cleaned and roasted over a fire. They are supposed to be the tastiest.  Rats? don't know about them. The rest I could eat if they were clean. Just purchased a reprint of an old…"
Aug 23
Christa posted a status
"Can anybody recommend a very good dehydrating book? Please."
Aug 23
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Skills based survival in the group Prep-steaders
"Well I don't know about this, but if you are hungry and need to survive, here is an option for you.  I love the last few words on this website. Not for the weak stomachs but some people have this as a delicacy."
Aug 19
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Skills based survival in the group Prep-steaders
"That is wonderful Paul, my grandfather had pigeons in the roof in Europe during the war. It was their food to keep their strength.  Eggs could only be bought on the black market.  What amazes me is that you don't have to feed them,…"
Aug 19
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Skills based survival in the group Prep-steaders
"You are so right, Paul. We rely too much on google these days. We have a large selection of books and they are general knowledge.  What meat supply can you live on.  Do you have poultry?"
Aug 18
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"Ah, you mean a parabolic cooker, they are about $650.  It is almost impossible to buy a proper boxed sun oven or global oven at the moment, one that can cook 2 pots next to each other, (like a rectangle box) We have heaps of wood burning…"
Aug 16
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"Thank you Paul, for sharing your daily work.  You can live without relying on electricity.  You have solar panels and batteries.  I did not know about the using under 52volt is OK.  Your bio-gas lantern would just run like…"
Aug 15
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"Pardon my ignorance, but what is a zombie apocalypse. Is it a movie I missed.   I think my thoughts are changing on this subject. My aim was to be more self reliant when things become difficult such as food shortages, power shortages, fuel…"
Aug 13
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"Paul, do you cook some food in a solar cooker?  Can you recommend any? I've looked on the net and the boxed ones appear to work best.  I need more info on this subject.  Not many books on building solar ovens.  I have a…"
Aug 12

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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 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…

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