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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…


Added by Christa on December 16, 2016 at 12:53 — 11 Comments

Mid December and greenness everywhere


Added by Susan on December 11, 2016 at 17:30 — 16 Comments


Can anybody tell us when they are ready to pick never done it before we have 2 trees that a full but don't know when they are ready to harvest ?

Added by Terry & Angela on December 11, 2016 at 13:49 — 23 Comments

SOJOURN AT KARLA'S - Nov 26 to Feb 25 2017

I have been so lucky that my first house sit has been somewhere so beautiful. And for three whole months to boot. 

Enough time to sort out the excess of personal belongings I managed to bring with me despite selling, giving away, donating or throwing out the majority of my belongings. I have a rented…


Added by Lissa on December 10, 2016 at 19:30 — 14 Comments


Well Summer is here. We have felt the brunt of the first storms for the Season, some of us left with a mess to clean up and others with some lovely rain added to their tanks. As we feel the extremes of Summer so do our Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, Plants and Trees. Whilst some are very good at coping with the stresses of Summer others need help. So it's time to think about how we can help our plants along.

Mulching is important, as is keeping the water up. There are many forms of…


Added by Dianne Caswell on December 3, 2016 at 12:19 — 17 Comments

I'm so darn empirical that I suffer from the green thumb fidgets.

I now and then ask myself,"Why don't you leave well enough alone?"

But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...

As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas…


Added by Dave Riley on December 1, 2016 at 2:35 — 7 Comments

Fun Dog

Wish I knew what park uses this sign ... made my day.

Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 29, 2016 at 18:36 — 8 Comments

Gardening Nov 2016

This month's harvest

  • 8.3kg sweet potato
  • 3.04kg zucchini
  • 2.85 kg tomatoes
  • 1.1kg jap pumpkin
  • 44 blueberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 300g perpetual spinach
  • 150g kale
  • 100g leafy greens
  • 375g Madagascar beans
  • 4 chokoes…


Added by Sophie on November 25, 2016 at 16:00 — 12 Comments

Almost the end of spring and I want shade 2016

I've decided I need a shade tree to go in the backyard.  Let's face it - I want some grass, but I also want to be able to sit out in my backyard and enjoy it.  Hence a shade tree.   It must be deciduous, relatively small, not necessarily productive (if it is - can't have fruit fly prone fruit as I will not be keeping small enough for netting) but beautiful if not.  Jacaranda's and Poinsettia's are out -> Jacs are too big and the Poins are too wide.  Something about the poinsettia's height…


Added by Susan on November 20, 2016 at 14:00 — 18 Comments

The garden in November: 'Death has come to so few.'

It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.

Main events: the frangipanis…


Added by Dave Riley on November 19, 2016 at 13:30 — 3 Comments


last nights dinner - we managed 1/4 each so enough for tonight as well ! so yummm…


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on November 15, 2016 at 5:56 — 4 Comments

Brisbane Northwest Rainstorm 12/11/16

Be careful what you wish for. Today my wish came through for rain but unfortunately in a huge 30 minute downpour which is one of the heaviest I've seen in Brisbane. It was so heavy that my camera couldn't properly take photos on its 'smart mode' and thus I didn't quite get these taken right when it was the heaviest. Still they speak for themselves.…


Added by Phil on November 12, 2016 at 16:33 — 16 Comments

PERSIMMON TREATS Asian Persimmon pronounced Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro)

By no means, am I expert with growing these trees, but I can report on my experience with my 2 itchy trees as I call them.  Maybe I should call them touchy trees.  

Susan has asked me to put into words what and when I do, with my Persimmon trees, so here goes.

This variety is a non-astringent, self-fertile, small size tree about 2 ½ metres high.  

My trees are quite a few years old now, approximately 15 years.  First I had one plant in a pot for a while, then was advised…


Added by Christa on November 11, 2016 at 10:00 — 5 Comments

November in the Garden

Hi Everyone,

Well wasn't today just a barrel of fun!! 30 degrees at Wynnum but I went to Roger's garden visit today which is out west a bit and it was 35!!!!!  I frantically ran around watering everything this morning before potting up some left over rosella seedlings and a Listada De Gandia eggplant to take.

We have been harvesting nectarines for the past 2 weeks now.  Every 2nd or 3rd day I go out and get about 1Kg.  It's been great.…


Added by Susan on November 6, 2016 at 20:14 — 9 Comments

Caper White Butterfly Migration

For only the second time ever (for me), the Caper Whites are migrating. Reading about them, they do it frequently so it's pot-luck if you see them.

The first migration I saw was in Brisbane while driving down Cornwall Street Annerley, clouds of them were heading steadily north-east. As indeed they are today and for several days since, white butterflies are fluttering by in Deception Bay.

Some have come into my yard and are sipping nectar from the Lucerne. There are a number of…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 6, 2016 at 10:00 — 9 Comments

Indian Red Eggplant

Bought the seeds from the guy at Gin Gin, forget his name :-(

An elegant little plant not looking much like a traditional Eggplant (Aubergine). Smaller leaf, more compact growth. And in full flight with a half-dozen ripe fruit, looks like a small Christmas tree.

Easy enough to grow in the Eggplant fashion - plenty of minerals, gypsum and water. So far has not been attacked by those lady-bird look-alikes which munch the leaves.

I never salt Eggplant slices and I always…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 5, 2016 at 17:00 — 17 Comments

upcoming events

Subjects I would like to see in upcoming events.

1.       Learn about eatable flowers and how to use them.

2.       Learn about eatable weeds and how to use them.

Added by Darryl Simpson on October 30, 2016 at 10:42 — 2 Comments

Oct 2016 Many firsts in the Garden

This month was definitely the best month yet! Lots of firsts. I’ve started keeping a harvesting inventory. This month we harvested:

  • a dozen lettuce sized salad greens (green lettuce, mizuna, shungiku, speckled oak, some beetroot leaves)
  • 600g broadbeans (thanks Rob, that's from your one seedling from Susanne's GV!)
  • Some 30 x stalks of perpetual spinach
  • Basil, parsley, coriander, chives, origano, rosemary at leisure
  • 100g nasturtium capers…

Added by Sophie on October 26, 2016 at 18:00 — 9 Comments

breakfast on the hill -


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on October 24, 2016 at 7:00 — 15 Comments

October firsts

Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed everyone's company on the weekend at my garden visit and can't wait to go to Roger's.  Sophie, just wanted to say your sweet potato was delicious!! Very sappy (stained a bread board) and not pretty (went a sort of dull grayish colour) but was really good and tasty.  Smoother than the orange variety. I'm gonna try to grow some from cuttings of the skin but if not, I'd love some leaf cuttings.

Know how I was showing off the black sapote fruit…


Added by Susan on October 20, 2016 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

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