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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


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Jan 4. 2 Replies

I have been a bit off with a gummy hip and between spending time walking through the garden, I have also been youtubing, if there is such a word.  One of the videos I came across under the heading of…Continue

Tags: garden, videos, chair, lounge, from


Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Sep 19, 2020. 9 Replies

Not long ago I mentioned that I was not going to buy any new trees unless I disposed of some excess plants.  But, I got a reminder of an order from Daleys, so I had to get it as it was a rare…Continue



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Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Prepper bread (simple and home grown)

"Great try Andrew, you were able to go by trial and error. I wonder how it would cook up with some grated carrot for sweetness. A sweet option could be the addition of smashed banana and cinnamon, yum."
Christa replied to Cheryl Mascali's discussion PawPaws to share / trade
"Sorry to hear about your pawpaw plant, Cheryl.  Do you like curry, apparently the green fruit are excellent for curry.   HERE is a link.  It is supposed to have more papain in it than a ripe pawpaw. Salads and chutneys are…"
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's photo

Pigeon Pea 1

"Pity about the carpet python, they are no trouble. I am sure we walk right next to them and don't even notice them. We just see their skins when they shed. One of the skins is very large.  My only regret is not having frogs, due to the…"
Jul 14
Christa commented on Sarah's blog post Help me plan/dream
"Sarah, You mention that you have a slab of concrete out front, well you could plant some cheap umbrella trees or fast growing plants in half blue wicking drums.  These should create shade and make an area to keep some tree pots. You could fill…"
Jul 14
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's photo

Pigeon Pea 1

"We have noticed the number of possums have really decreased in our yard and the number of carpet snakes have increased. This is natures way of handling problems, now we have too many happy healthy snakes. "
Jul 9
Christa commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"Hello David, Thank you for sharing those great hints on growing and cooking Taro. Do you use the canned corned beef?  I have a large taro plant growing well in a big drum. The trouble for us non-islanders(Samoans} is we don't know which…"
Jul 4
Christa commented on Susan's photo

Glorious winter harvests

"Such a nice picture, full of colour.  You are good at growing those eggplants. "
Jul 1
Christa commented on Susan's photo

Post garden visit harvest

"Well done Susan, are you bottling anything at the moment."
Jul 1
Christa commented on Susan's photo

Farm day harvest

"Wow, spuds from the farm,  and pumpkin, that's half for a camp oven meal.  Pity things are getting a bit dry.  "
Jul 1
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Progress on renewing the front garden

"This will be a lovely site, especially for Rozie, with Roses and pink Tibouchina. Andrew, maybe consider throwing bags of manure in that pit where the banana is growing. When it rains it should go into the soil and encourage worms. Great work Andrew."
Jul 1
Christa commented on Cheryl Mascali's photo

Winter pickings

"Diospyros nigra, Diospyros digyna, Diospyros obtusifolia, or as the common names black pudding or Sapote.  I call them the black persimmon.  My variety is called Superb, but I don't get as much fruit as Cheryl has.   They…"
Jun 30
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

Winter guavas

"That is a huge load on the tree. I've never seen them like that.  You you feed them with anything special?"
Jun 27
Christa replied to Christa's discussion Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum
"No Doug, and it looks like I won't as the plant died while we were away for a week at North Coast.  The one you speak of is hard to get hold of.  I will keep my eye out for it. "
Jun 27
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum
"Have you tasted these Christa? My fav is Syzygium jambos (rose apple) yellow fruit with a pleasant rose water taste.  "
Jun 24
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Juicers, anyone?
"If you are looking for Aussie made then Mod Juicer might do.  HERE"
Jun 18
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Buy Australian?
"Looks like no aussie evaporated milk left.  The foreign ones creep in without us knowing.  There is a website HERE where I type in top left corner -country Australia and whatever food  product you would like to know about. …"
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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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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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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