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WEEDS - Pro's and con's

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jun 8. 3 Replies

There is an old discussion on Weeds back in 2009.  This is a reply to that discussion, that seems appropriate to me.Reply by …Continue



Started this discussion. Last reply by Fiona Ryan May 31. 11 Replies

One of the most abundant fruiting plants in my yard are Plinia, genus Myrciaria then variety e.g. Sabara.  They come under the Myrtacaea family as does Eugenia and Psidium.  The jaboticaba are the…Continue

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RUNNING OUT OF ROOM TO GARDEN (or can I keep my fruit trees cut low)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Barbara Tealby May 21. 23 Replies

This photo was taken a couple of years ago.  Since then we have moved some bins to the front yard between front verandah and front tree,  The back garden is nearly full and running out of sunlight. …Continue



Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Walter May 8. 4 Replies

This is something I am going to try as soon as we get side shoots from my old Pawpaw plant. I know of others who have done it, when they have had a very good tasting plant.  The advantage is a strong…Continue



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Christa commented on Susan's photo

That time of the year again

"That strawberry is so tempting to pick Fiona, with more behind it.  Thank you Susan for sharing, I always knew you were a good strawberry grower. I will do exactly that and see if my ruby gems succeed.   I think these ruby gems are…"
23 hours ago
Christa replied to Susanne's discussion Easy citrus marmalade
"My job was the prep work, to quarter the oranges, and using scissors, I would cut centre stringy bits off, and pull or slice pulp segments off skin, then I would lay down the quarter skin on the board and with a sharp knife, cut off the pith and…"
Christa replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Growing Raspberries in Brisbane
"Thats a big cane, Fiona.  Pity you don't know the name, but it looks good for fruiting. Raspberry come in 2 types. Florocanes and Primocanes - fruiting in different seasons.  Some of our members may have Willamette. These are the ones…"
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Peach tree
"This is from my experience, which is amateurish, but as soon as the fruit is picked, we prune back to little finger thickness and leave wood about 18 inches long to an outer facing bud.  This is done when weather is still warm. Keep the top…"
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Peach tree
"Ross, Is there a particular reason for choosing a dwarf peach tree?  Sometimes it would be for a small space or for easy fruit access.  Netting is easier for a dwarf fruit tree.   I have had a dwarf peach tree and also a peach…"
Christa commented on Susan's photo

I’m a real farmer now

"This place has a table breed HERE.   Not such a pretty face, one that only a mother could love.  We night call in when we visit Dianne's place next time, so I can admire the other breeds. "
Christa commented on Susan's photo

I’m a real farmer now

"You are definitely a true self sufficient woman,  more than I could say about myself.  Well done. The poultry was very well dressed, reminding me of our youth, when this was a real treat, a sunday dinner for special days. We went for a…"
Christa commented on Susan's blog post End of June harvests and a whole lot of nothing happening with the brassica’s
"Tomatoes look great, quite productive, are you bringing some to GV tasting at Roger's.  I have one lonely tomato and if it ripens in time I might bring it. The cabbages not heading up, do you think it's the weather not cold…"
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Bad Eggs can cause salmonella -- like recent outbreak in VIC backyard chickens
"The grotty eggs can go in a planting hole in the ground for extra fertilizer.  I heard they can absorb smells in the fridge if left uncovered, is that true.  Maybe I won't have runny eggs anymore if they are risky. Scrambled eggs…"
Jun 27
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Vegetable and Fruit Storage: Reusable Produce & String Bags
"Our local Op shop has just put their prices up.  I went to buy an old net curtain to cover my plants and they wanted $20.  We used to be able to buy them for about $2 - $5."
Jun 25
Christa posted a status
"You could be right about restrictions, Doug. I bought mine in Qld., but paid more for them. They are super dwarf cavandish."
Jun 24
Doug Hanning commented on Christa's status
"Not sure if these can be sent over the border?"
Jun 24
Christa posted a status
"Kyogle Nursery have super dwarf Nathan Banana for $19.75 only 4 of them."
Jun 24
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Vegetable and Fruit Storage: Reusable Produce & String Bags
"Thanks for those great hints Dave. You are always generous with sharing your knowledge.  I have in fact purchased a set of bags that you mentioned and also a tea gadget, saves tea bags and they had on special some other string bags for $10.…"
Jun 24
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Some Purple yams

"Wow, with you holding that thing, it looks huge compared to it sitting on the ground. That would feed a big family and it keeps well.  It is definitely worth growing.  Will it grow from a piece of the tuber or do you need an aerial…"
Jun 23
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Some Purple yams

"Have you eaten them before, Doug.  I noticed they are quite high in tannins.  I too, can relate to eating everything on your plate."
Jun 21

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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 June 19, 2020 at 11:06 3 Comments

When all my fruit trees finally produce an abundance of fruit, I will have a way to save and store harvests.  With my many Ball-mason jars and even my old vacola bottles, will have some use.  

This AMERICAN cooker is 30 quart or 28.5 litre pressure canner will more than suffice.  I also purchased a Secure Grip lid lifter: Premium Bottle tongs. …



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…


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At 12:02 on February 2, 2020, Vivienne Hallman said…

 Thank you Christa for your kind welcome.  Yes the body is a little slower than it used to be, but the mind has accumulated a lot more wisdom with age!!

I look forward to sharing and learning from the group.

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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