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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 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…"
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
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Frog Hotel
"Love it Dave,  where do you find these hints.  We have been waiting for years to attract frogs to our garden, alas! no luck. The music of green tree frogs would be great.  We will try this.  So far we have bee hotels, lizard…"
Aug 11
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post Environmental warrior... or dirty old dumpster diver?
"Funny you mention dumpster diving I was viewing a utube video, where an average looking couple would search through bins at rear of shopping centers and take home clothing and toys etc and resell them at garage sales for next to nothing. …"
Aug 6
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Pine Rivers Show
"Well done, both of you. A reward for your efforts. "
Aug 4
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Self sufficient in the city?

"Silly me, I made a boo boo and addressed Dave when it should have been Andrew Cumberland, sorry about that."
Aug 2
Christa commented on Travis Franklin's blog post Foraging
"Foraging is something our members do at Garden Visits with permission of the owners. It is a good way to obtain cuttings to grow and excess food from our gardens."
Aug 1
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Self sufficient in the city?

"Dave, your tiny farm helps us learn that a house is not everything, some edible plants in the space left will help us to be self reliant and contribute to our living costs. By being self-reliant we often recycle as much as we can and use worm farms…"
Aug 1
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Self sufficient in the city?

"Gee whiz, Jeff, you got my attention.  The supercapacitor is new to me.  Graphene is also a new product that I have not read about.   Good product for the future."
Aug 1
Christa commented on Roger Clark's blog post A report on a talk on Fruit Fies from the Nambour gardening show
"Good report Roger, unless everyone puts fruit-fly traps in their yard, I feel we are losing the battle.  Surprised to hear that they are travelling south, I thought the cold might stop them, but then our temperatures are not as they used to…"
Aug 1
Christa replied to Valerie's discussion Garden Visit at Andy on Sunday 14 July in the group Garden Visits
"Good to see a few new members at your garden visit, Andy.  I did not go around the back garden as I was sitting and having a chat with Paul and Becky and Michael under the loaded cumquat tree.  The pesto making lesson was interesting and…"
Jul 23
Christa commented on paul's photo

solar cooking

"Paul is it an aussie Sunoven or U.S.   The cost is the only thing that put's me off. Have you cooked a stew and a Fish in it."
Jul 23
Christa commented on Roger Clark's photo

Nematodes on tomato roots 001

"There are good and bad nematodes in the soil. The beneficial nematodes eat insects etc in the soil and love compost.   There are bad nematodes that inject their saliva into the roots which causes the gall type growth on the soil and then…"
Jul 7
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Savoury oats

"I haven't tried this but think it might be tasty,  Oats did bring my cholesterol level down when I was having them."
Jul 5
Christa commented on Lissa's event 'Food Preserving and Sauce making'
"Good to see the old ways coming back. Every old Queensland home usually had a box of Vacola bottles under the house or in the shed. Ours are empty, dozens of them. Mum had a pantry full of fruit and sauces in the 70's. We still have the old…"
Jul 2
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…"
Jun 16

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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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