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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 18. 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. 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

Tags: Kei, Jiro, Ki, Ichi, Mar


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Feb 3. 4 Replies

We are sometimes unaware of the actual food source that we are growing in our own yard. If survival on green leaves were possible then maybe we could do OK.  Here is a …Continue

Tags: leaves, green, Edible


Started this discussion. Last reply by GayleD Sep 29, 2018. 14 Replies

Many moons ago in my childhood, we grew a huge willow tree in our backyard.  Many good times were had in and under the willow tree.  My father built an oversized see-saw beside this tree, and with…Continue

Tags: plants, propagating, for, water, Willow


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Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Great use of plastic milk crates, Dave. You could put them up on an old coffee table and they would be more accessible for bad back gardeners.  A row of sugar cane bales between them for insulation.  "
Oct 12
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.
"Big changes in your backyard as well Dave.  You seem to be more organised and arranged, I don't know if that is better or not.  I can see a big wide pathway though your garden now..  Your vetiver production is a definite big…"
Sep 29
Christa commented on Susan's blog post September glory
"Wow, Susan, you are an inspiration to us all. September glory indeed, your garden is holding out well.  So much food now and in the future.  I hope others are having the same goodness from their garden. Those blueberries look very…"
Sep 29
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Bat population in South-East Queensland affected by mass starvation event
"We still have the little critters calling in to our yard each night. They squabble over their tucker each night., the dogs seem to leave them alone now.  Our neighbour on the other side is selling out so that is more trees that will be…"
Sep 22
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT to Susan's Patch in Gympie'
"We were planning to go Susan, but unable due to leg problems. The terrain may be a bit rough, but it sounds like everyone will have a good time.  Dianne that Rick's Garage is an old fashioned Cafe with some 50'-60's atmosphere.…"
Sep 17
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Bench garden out the front

"Andy, Is that lovely seat on the verge or beside your driveway?  I had a sinilar thought a year or so ago and was told that we cannot place a seat on council land.  It seems a silly negative rule to me.  It would be nice to sit and…"
Sep 13
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"Hi Lissa, great to hear from you. Hope all is well.  We are happy with our little bees and have put them closer to the house so we can supervise them.  The Austroplebeia australis name covers a few existing types now under the same…"
Sep 11
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"We are very happy to announce the arrival of new bees to our backyard. We have a new stump out the back, with a brood of Austroplebeia australis.  They came from inland Queensland around Quilpie area.  The little stingless bee that is a…"
Sep 10
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post Tiny farm tales... August 2019
"Good goings on at your place Andrew, you have a real production line with the quail. It must be fun to see them when they hatch.  How long does a quail bird live? I often wonder which seed would be best to keep. The first flowering or the best…"
Sep 3
Christa commented on Roger Clark's blog post Weeds, just what I need
"Roger, Somewhere in my seed packets I have purple large leaf oxalis, I was going to grow them in a large pot, but I don't think it is what you are after.  The large green leaf with pretty pink flowers has a white turnip type root, quite…"
Aug 30
Christa left a comment for Christopher Simpson
"Welcome to our group, we are a friendly bunch of gardeners and willing to help with questions if you have anything. Happy Retirement."
Aug 27
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post It's that 'Neither/Nor' Time of year, isn't it?
"Yes Dave, we are just guinea pigs when it comes to mother nature. Don't like to whinge but this is the second time in a year that our tanks are dry.  Last year we had 2 tanks so we put in another big tank for extra water supply.  We…"
Aug 25
Christa commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"You have tried quite a few things and you know the problems involved.  Every thing has to be lugged up or down the hill. Dave has the best solution with vetiver grass. My thought was to help get vetiver on the go, my version of a snake, is to…"
Aug 21
Christa commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Have you tried  laying felled timber to control rainwater flow.  Also you can make a rain sock like the roadworks men use for controlling flow. .  A long sock, like a snake about 6 inches wide, made of shade cloth filled with old soil…"
Aug 20
Christa replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion GARDEN VISIT - 11th August 2019 - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs in the group Garden Visits
"Thank you Gayle, for sharing your garden again.  So many new things to see and learn.  The pots of grass look very artistic and inviting to sit on. It is literally a patch of grass.The bees are multiplying and living on plenty of native…"
Aug 17
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post The Climbers & Ladders Gallery
"This is by far the best use of aerial space and a great deal of food can be harvested from this type of gardening.  Unfortunately there are only a few small areas left for me to locate pole growing places as I have too many trees…"
Aug 13

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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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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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