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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


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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 18, 2019. 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, 2019. 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 Dianne Caswell's discussion Chillies, Capsicums and Tomatoes and a Recipe for Sweet Peppers Stuffed with Fetta in the group HERBS & SPICES, Culinary, Medical, Other
"Yum!  I can vouch for them.  They were delicious and not too hot to enjoy.  The cheese after taste is great.  It takes an experienced gardener to be able to grow so many different types of chilli plants.  "
5 hours ago
Christa commented on Christa's photo

Amla fruit 18_1_2020

"Yes, it is the reason most Indian women probably have lovely long hair.  I believe it rejuvenates hair loss as well. Another thought is that it improves cholesterol problems, and it makes an excellent chutney.  I am hoping to find an…"
5 hours ago
Dianne Caswell commented on Christa's photo

Amla fruit 18_1_2020

"Fabulous, obviously loves living in the pot you have it it. Now what will you do with it, I know it is used for washing your hair. "
5 hours ago
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Amla fruit 18_1_2020

Our Indian Gooseberry is finally fruiting. It has lovely ferny leaves and produces a good health giving berry. I think we might transfer it from tub to the ground.
5 hours ago
Christa replied to angela holmes's discussion Sweet potato pests????
"I grow mine in a polystyrene box and it seems to be doing ok.  The box is up high so the runners hang down on concrete path.  I don't want them to overrun the ground. "
Christa commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Overrun by Sambung - anyone want cuttings?

"Hi Sid, That Sambung looks good.  I would love a cutting, just wondering what suburb you live in for pick-up."
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Jaboticaba Fruit Time Jan 2020

"Just found a recipe where you wash the whole fruit, put them in a saucepan with enough water to cover, then boil for 20 mins and mash with a potato masher, strain and boil a little longer and then add sugar to clean puree and bottle. …"
Jan 8
Dianne Caswell commented on Christa's photo

Citron Jan 2020

"Love it, I would like to Candy some of these when you have a glut. Thanks for sharing ..."
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Jaboticaba Fruit Time Jan 2020

"Fabulous Christa,  this is a beautiful tree, can't wait to try these, have you decided what you will make with them yet. My Yellow Fruited this year but all the fruits dried out in the heat before they came to maturity."
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Jaboticaba Fruit Time Jan 2020

"Oh my gosh.  I wish I could get one of these to survive at my place. "
Jan 7
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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)
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

Christa's Blog


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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