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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 replied to Dave Riley's discussion Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the First)
"I think there is a fair amount of water particles in the soil anyway, or we would have a desert.  The long roots search them out and by keeping long roots live or dead, creates tunnels for water to penetrate the soil. Your vetiver roots should…"
Christa commented on Dave Riley's video

Soil is a living organism

"It all goes back to the way mother nature farms our soil. Other than animal life above the ground, there is not much soil disturbance going on. Our planet earth must have been a very fertile place before human interference came along. This is a good…"
Jun 9
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Garden tour Autumn 2019

"My Midgen berry is growing well but no berries seen but there are lots of birds in that area, so unlikely to harvest any berries.  Things are a bit slow in our patch.  Your madagascar bean harvest is great. Citrus are great especially all…"
May 27
Dave Riley commented on Christa's blog post FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"The drawback is bushfire risk. The more dead stuff on the ground, the more fuel there is laying around for Summer. A work around may be this exchange. ...and livestock grazing."
May 26
"This is fascinating Christa but I don't know if I would have the patience to do this as they lay out.  I am starting an intermix of my fruit trees and natives on the farm and I can tell you that nothing will be "removed" from the…"
May 25
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Gaiter - aide

"I was just jesting, Dave. My foot attire is very similar, they are great, you can hose them out. Do mosquitoes bother you out there at your suburb. We still have them even though it is getting cooler now."
May 25
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT to Susan's Patch in Gympie'
"Looking forward to a more distant visit, I think the area is called Glenwood which is about 40k just north of Gympie. "
May 24
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Gaiter - aide

"Not sure about your level of safe protection, Dave, but I love the colour of your garters, I mean gaiters.   We must take good care of our tootsies now,  Other half has to wear leg protection now, he has ankle to above knee leg…"
May 24
Christa was featured
May 24
Christa replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion NORTHEY STREET CITY FARM ORGANIC MARKETS AND NURSERY 19-5-2019 in the group Garden Visits
"We really enjoyed ourselves at the Northey St GV., it has been a few years since we have been there and it was busy but still comfortable to walk around.  Plenty of fancy puppies and unusual looking choice dogs.   Plenty of stalls…"
May 21
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Supporting the Soil Carbon Sponge
"This is basically the best info on learning about our climate change problems, Dave.  I have downloaded the Acres magazine so I can read it a few times.  I would love to have a summary in layman's words.  Thanks for…"
May 18
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Coastal Vetiver Project

"Dave, what does Holocene mean?  SITE  shows details of a Holocene area in Deception Bay.  Is this an old era or the latest era?"
May 17
Christa commented on Christa's blog post FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"My interest in Gotsch's Syntropic planting methods etc was first raised by you, thanks Dave.  There are others who have followed his trail, but he was the scientist who started these experiments. My aim was to inspire those with acreage to…"
May 13
Dave Riley commented on Christa's blog post FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"My online Vetiver Network just shared this: Syntropic Agroforestry: A syntropic farming guidebook. 51pp I can't rule on direct backyard applications but this image from the very thorough guide answers a few questions about the DIY: Obviously…"
May 12
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion SYNTROPIC AGRICULTURE
"Great reading Dave, I spent a couple of hours reading that site and the different subjects.  We are on the same wavelength.  I wish I could turn back time and start again, knowing what i know now.  Gotsch uses Acacia mangium as well…"
May 12
Dave Riley commented on Christa's blog post FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT
"Thanks for the great link Christa. I am working my way thru the references. I posted some more Syntropic snippets HERE. The use of logs confused me but then I found this: The systematic cutting and positioning of the pruned organic matter on the…"
May 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 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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