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Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ron Hyde 9 hours ago. 5 Replies

Well we are going to have a go at Sausage making at home.  Ian has not…Continue

Tags: sausages, at, home, making, and


Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 2. 1 Reply

To my disgust, Ian made the decision to have a registered catcher come and remove the pythons from our yard.  We had 5 of them moving around in our shed. Maybe it is mating season, he managed to bag…Continue

Tags: 1/10/21, relocation, Python

Video of The Lost Garden of Heligan

Started May 21 0 Replies

This is about a video that I found quite intriguing. It is about a lost garden, which was run down since the 2nd World War. It was once one of the most spectacular gardens in England, consisting of a…Continue

Tags: Heligan, of, gardens, Lost

Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jun 27. 3 Replies

One off my bucket list, we visited the Narangba Nursery which is run by a young couple and they are doing a good job.  They have their own tissue culture bananas and quite a few exotic and native…Continue

Tags: aqueum, Syzygium


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Christa replied to Ron Hyde's discussion Almost Ready
"Nice Bunch, what type are they? Looks like you may need a ladder later on.  Well done Ron."
6 hours ago
Christa replied to Joanna's discussion Cut down tomato plant to let it re-grow
"Joanna, if it is a special tomato, taste wise, you could always take a good cutting and strike it in water, after a couple of weeks it will shoot and then plant.  Always plant a tomato a couple of inches deeper than you think.   But…"
7 hours ago
Ron Hyde replied to Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
"Good luck with it Christa"
9 hours ago
Dianne Caswell replied to Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
"We are so pleased to call you both amongst our closest friends. Truly we can't wait to try the Fare of the Salumist, Yum!!! "
Dianne Caswell favorited Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
Christa replied to Joanna's discussion Mysteries holes
"Yep, Christmas Beetles, come out to see who's naughty or nice."
Andrew Cumberland replied to Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
"Don't forget your bestie!!!!!  I'm even happy to be a crash test dummy. "
Oct 21
Andrew Cumberland favorited Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
Oct 21
Barbara Tealby replied to Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
"Wow!  Hope you'll bring some along to a GV for us to try."
Oct 21
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Cherry Tomatoes ready for the freezer.

"Thanks for sharing Dave.  So you only freeze the toms after picking and they are for cooking later on for sauce etc. You also pick and dry them straight away while fresh. These dehydrated toms go into olive oil to keep.  How long do you…"
Oct 20
Dave Riley favorited Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
Oct 20
Joanna replied to Christa's discussion Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.
"Yummy! Have Fun!"
Oct 20
Christa posted a discussion

Something Hubbie hasn't done for over 55 years.

Well we are going to have a go at Sausage making at home.  Ian has not done this since he left for Vietnam War.  I will be his assistant, wish me luck.  We have just purchasing some butchers gear and fillers and we have both natural and collagen casings for the sausages.  We should be able to have some Tomato and onion, Herb and Garlic Italian Salsiccia sauages and my…See More
Oct 20
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's video

October Jaboticaba Update. Grimals fruiting and first sabara flowers.

"You are welcome Doug, they are ripe now, plenty of dark ones. Yes with your new skills, you could stumble through their gardens."
Oct 19
Christa commented on Susan's blog post End of August 2021
"Gee Whiz Susan, if Angela hadn't commented on your August blog, I would not have seen it.  You always manage to do well with your strawberry crop up high on the fence.  I am interested in your yellow pieces of place with all the bugs…"
Oct 16
Christa replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion No grid power in the group Prep-steaders
"Looks like thing have changed Andy,  I found this website that is a bit confusing for me HERE.   Are you on single phase or 3 phase?  So please correct me if I am wrong but are we allowed to add 5 kw of solar panels to our…"
Oct 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.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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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…

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