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WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa yesterday. 6 Replies

After we mulch our prunings, we usually leave it in heap on the ground, to break down. We emptied the aerobin and went to add the aerobin compost to the heap,  We found some eggs in the heap.  They…Continue

Tags: snake, Python

THIS IS AN INTERESTING CONTRAPTION

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Jul 13. 3 Replies

While looking around on that Utube site, I found this interesting contraption.  The yanks do everything in a big way. I wonder what this machine costs.Our son has a vacuum sealer that he uses for…Continue

Tags: Sealer, Vacuum

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

Tags: WEEDS

HOW MANY OF YOU ARE WILLING TO WAIT FOR FRUIT

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

Tags: Jaboticaba

 

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Christa replied to Doug Hanning's discussion Potting info for plinias, eugenias and garcineas
"That Red should be fruiting soon, Thanks for the info on video, although I am not Goofy about garcinias. , I am a bit obsessed by such a good Myrciaria, Plinia, Eugenia plant and maybe Psidium. Actually Adam somehow found my blog about planting one…"
4 hours ago
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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How I cut moringa

"Good cut back, I believe the whole tree can be eaten, but I am not sure how you would use the branches.  The big pieces can be grown as cuttings if you know what to do."
4 hours ago
Dr Archana Patel commented on Christa's photo
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Amla fruit 18_1_2020

"Hello Christa, I saw this previous post about Indian Gooseberrry. this fruit is very good for the immune system. can you please let me know whether you sell this fruit or not? where can I buy this plant? Thanks"
yesterday
Christa replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"Did you know this about Carpet Pythons - After mating, a clutch of up to 30 eggs are laid. Females of this species, unlike other snake species, will care for her eggs, and defend her clutch violently. She coils herself around her eggs, and…"
yesterday
Vivienne Hallman replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"Last week we had a 2m female python in our community garden at Boondall.  The snake catcher who removed her suggested that it was now breeding season so we may see more around."
Wednesday
Sophie replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"ahhaah we were camping years ago and came back from a hike to find two goannas (1.5m+) inside my friends sleeping bag, going at it. Gotta see it to believe it - I tell you!!"
Wednesday
Andrew Cumberland replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"Me too actually.  "
Tuesday
Susan replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"Should have put a photo up.  I'd be interested to see what snake eggs look like"
Tuesday
Doug Hanning replied to Christa's discussion WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.
"We put a 1m carpet snake in a mates sleeping bag when we were camping on an island off Mackay. He still hasnt forgiven me."
Tuesday
Christa posted a discussion

WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.

After we mulch our prunings, we usually leave it in heap on the ground, to break down. We emptied the aerobin and went to add the aerobin compost to the heap,  We found some eggs in the heap.  They were empty and I believe that they are the little metre long pythons we found playing/fighting in the shed. We found a very large skin hung in the trees, that must be their mumma or papa.  Feels good to know these pythons have lived here for many years.See More
Tuesday
Christa commented on Susan's blog post August 2020
"Well done with the lavender Susan, that saves some money.  You must have started them at the right time.  You lucky duck, you have loquats, we both bought a tree at Daleys, I bought a Bessells Brown and you bought a ??? Mine have flowered…"
Monday
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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First broadleaf papaya

"Doug , I suppose it comes down to how much work you want to do to keep this dried fruit looking good. These notes are from the Ball Blue Book of preserving.     Dipping is a pre-treatment used to prevent fruits such as apples,…"
Monday
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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First broadleaf papaya

"Do you spray or soak fruit slices before putting into dehydrator. Slice pawpaw about 1/8 inch with mandolin.   I got rid of my mandolins. Oops! Stir 1 teaspoon citric acid, or 2½ tablespoons ascorbic acid, into a bowl containing 1…"
Sunday
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Free roosters!

"Most people bury the remains that can't be eaten such as feathers etc.  Do you clean the feathers, Jeff? When we were kids, the leftovers used to go under the strawberry patch, "
Aug 7
Christa commented on Ross Carter's blog post Dwarf Nectarine Tree
"Usually after pretty dark pink flowers have pollinated. We cover ours when the fruit is about the size of a pea.  There are quit a few more flowers this year."
Aug 6
Christa commented on Vivienne Hallman's status
"I think some time ago our group discussed garlic growing.  Glen Large was supposed to be a local Laidley or Gatton produce.  My attempt was garlic grown a couple of years back,  mine was Elephant garlic which grew well and had a sweet…"
Aug 3

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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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Christa's Blog

CANNER FOR THE FUTURE

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. …

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FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT

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…

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ARE WE MULCH JUNKIES? AND HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING US? YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH.

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…

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SOME OF MY GARDEN NOV 2017

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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