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Fast screening/hedging plants

Started this discussion. Last reply by DARREN JAMES Jan 10, 2018. 15 Replies

Hi folks,I've been away from this site for ages, so I'm thrilled to see that it's still ticking along.I'm looking to create a temporary screen or hedge for a particular area of the garden. In the…Continue

Tags: hedge

AGI pipe x 3 lengths

Started Jan 7, 2017 0 Replies

I have 3 lengths of slotted 55mm diameter AGI pipe. 1x4.2m, 1x3m and 1x I don't know how long (as it has never been used so is not expanded). Still has sock, but some damage to sock as it was…Continue

Plant identification

Started this discussion. Last reply by pat pierce Feb 10, 2016. 24 Replies

Hi all,Does anyone know what this is? Is it edible? Is it related to elderflower? It's a small shrub, looking quite a bit like elderflower, but obviously not that.…Continue

Is this the wrong time to be planting beans?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Braz Jun 3, 2015. 5 Replies

Is this the wrong time to be planting climbing beans? I usually grow them as a shoulder season crop, switching to snake beans and winged beans in summer and peas in winter. Will beans grow over…Continue

Tags: seed raising


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Rob Walter replied to Dave Riley's discussion Hedges : living fences and food lines
"Yes, but it grows so slowly!"
Oct 25, 2018
Rob Walter commented on Sid Saghe's photo


"My approach with aphids and other sap suckers is to ignore them and treat ants as the real problem. If you cut off the ants, then natural predators will win, but if the ants continue farming the aphids, the infestation can persist."
Oct 14, 2018
Rob Walter replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Broad Beans
"I'd love to get hold of some of the commercial varieties that are bred for the subtropics - Doza, Cairo, Nanu, Nasma and Warda are all supposed to flower sooner and be more disease-resistant to tropical diseases than the silly old varieties…"
Oct 14, 2018
Rob Walter commented on Dave Riley's blog post Ferment updates: KimChi, Knäckebröd & Filmjölk
"I've just finished my first jar of green pawpaw kraut and I was seriously impressed with it. Fortunately, I have another three jars, so I can continue to be impressed for some time yet. It's a great way to deal with the excess green fruit…"
Oct 14, 2018
"Interesting stuff, Dave. I quite like that lemongrass has to be replaced after a few years, as that emphasises its ease of removal. I'm gardening on Brisbane clay and builders rubble, so deep roots are not especially important to me. For…"
Sep 9, 2018
"My reservation about vetiver is that I believe it's a pain to dig out. Lemongrass, on the other hand, can be levered out with a fork with minimal effort. That's important to me because I'm a renter and because I tend to change my mind…"
Sep 9, 2018
Rob Walter replied to Ashara's discussion Wanted: Talinum triangulare/Surinam spinach
"I've emailed Ashara, as even though this is not the best time of year for Suriname spinach, I think I can provide it."
Aug 9, 2018
Rob Walter replied to Dave Riley's discussion 5 Seasons Calendar: adding ‘sprinter’ and ‘sprummer’
"I can't quite make a five season year work in my understanding of my own garden. I think there's too-cold-for-some-things - which is mid-June to mid-August; then warm-enough-for-everything; then too-hot-and-humid-for-many-things, which is…"
Jul 25, 2018
Rob Walter commented on Che Corrie's photo

First attempt at making yoghurt

"I look forward to updates on the latest batch, Che. I hadn't heard about the calcium chloride thing, so I think I might give that a go (although there's nothing much wrong with my yoghurt currently, I'm always looking for shortcuts)."
Jul 17, 2018
Rob Walter commented on Che Corrie's photo

First attempt at making yoghurt

"I have the same brand of machine, and I love it! Note that another way to make it thicker is to strain some of the liquid out using a cheesecloth. I don't find it's worth the effort, but if you need a more robust texture for some reason,…"
Jul 16, 2018
DARREN JAMES replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"There is also the option of west indian arrowroot ,they do grow a lot smaller than the queensland variety with the same kind of leaf structure but leaves are a bit narrower"
Jan 10, 2018
Christa replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Rob, I have used Golden cane palms in large pots and they soon make a good screen, they grow in sun and shade, you could put one or two amongst the other plants.."
Jan 10, 2018
Mary-Ann Baker replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
" if you are inierested can put some in pots and pass them on at GVs or when we are over that way ! let me know = hibiscus or cannas or gingers or heliconias "
Jan 10, 2018
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"Hi Mary-Ann, Thanks for the offer, but it looks like you're on the other side of town to me. I'm in Annerley, in the inner south, but I think you're up on the north side? My only exposure to Canna species is arrowroot, which has a…"
Jan 10, 2018
Rob Walter commented on Elaine de Saxe's blog post Severe Thunderstorms recorded north of us and south of us in Deception Bay.
"As a back of the envelope calculation, think about how much rain we get in Brisbane and consider whether that's adequate to have a sustainable harvest. We get, on average, 1000mm of rainfall a year. So that's 1000 litres per square metre…"
Jan 10, 2018
Rob Walter replied to Rob Walter's discussion Fast screening/hedging plants
"I really like this idea, except that I think they're a bit flimsy? The spot is fairly exposed and I feel like one storm could see me back at square one."
Jan 10, 2018

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This sporting life

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 17:53 2 Comments

Several of my pea plants have produced sports, or at least offshoots with very different characteristics. They are not from seed, but just growing out of the main stem of the pea plant. They appeared once the main crop was almost totally over. In at least a couple of them, the peas have gone from being sugarsnap (thick-walled pods) to shelling peas (thin-walled pods). The others are still sugarsnap, but the pods are flatter than normal.

This what the sport looks like:…


I only really write about one thing in my blog posts...

Posted on August 2, 2014 at 18:26 15 Comments


So, I guess it's time for the latest update on my battle with them. If you see my previous blog post, I had two areas that were set up to deal with possums. One area was protected with a nylon mesh, combining architectural elements of the Sydney Opera House with the visual appeal of a plastic bag stuck on a barbed wire fence. The other area had a low electrified fence. The…


Back in the game!

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 9:53 6 Comments

This blog post actually started as a private message to Lissa about raspberries, but as I waffled on I thought I should share it with the world.

Should Williamette raspberries be losing their leaves? I have one cane that appears to be dying in a rather tragic-looking manner, and others that are green and cheerful. I'm not used to deciduous plants, so I can't really tell the difference between dying and preparing for winter.…


The grand plan - grafting grumichama (Eugenia brasiliensis) onto Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Posted on February 21, 2013 at 11:57 3 Comments

Gardening in a rental property presents particular challenges. I'm fortunate to have three clearly defined garden beds in which I can do whatever I like. For the last  couple of years I've mostly grown veges, but now I'm moving into the wonderful world of fruit growing as well. I've dedicated one of my garden beds to paw paw and citrus, two fruit trees that produce within a very short time frame. The rest of the yard is basically just lawn, so there are limits on what I can do. The landlord…


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At 19:23 on October 9, 2014, CHERYL SLAPP said…

Thanks Rob, Happy to come for a drive for the yellow dragon fruit cutting can you let me know when is the best day and time for you - I work Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays so any other time is OK for me.

At 21:31 on January 19, 2013, Lissa said…

I was out trying to save my Dwf Avo and chocos this evening with a good drink, too late for those poor Tamarillos, and it actually started to spit. Just enough that I could feel these tiny pinpricks of water on my skin. Do you know of any good long range weather forecasters?

At 21:08 on January 19, 2013, Lissa said…

Hi Rob :)

Tis the way of the hot weather.

Pots are probably the safer option to get them going in this terrible heat. You can put pots in a dish of water when you go away also.

At 8:02 on January 13, 2013, Lissa said…

Hi Rob and welcome. Glad you found your way here ok.

My online name is.....Lissa :) No surprises in this group. I'll send you a "friend request".

Have a look at the Garden Visit group if you would like to check out other peoples gardens each month. All very casual but you need to be part of the group to receive the emails with addresses.

There's lots of great groups covering all sorts of topics you might be interested in along with blogs etc.

At 23:01 on January 10, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Rob :)



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