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Christa's Discussions

GARDENING FROM THE LOUNGE CHAIR

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

HAS ANYONE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE ANY NEW PLANTS FOR SPRING.

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

Tags: TO, COVID, 19, DUE, TREES

WE FOUND A CLUTCH OF EGGS IN THE BACK YARD.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Aug 13, 2020. 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, 2020. 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

 

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Christa commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"Wow, Susan, you transformed that great gift to suit your personal use. I love the mango preserves and you used the old fashioned vacola bottles.  I have boxes of them under the house (just waiting to buy some stainless steel lids) Those lovely…"
Friday
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post I got me an Air Fryer/ dehydrator/ rotisserie/ defroster gadget
"Good news, Andy, we have an Aldi air fry oven.  I use it everyday to roast my low starch veggies, cauli, bok choy, zucchini, eggplant, mushroom, capsicum, onion and more. About 20-30 mins and it's roasted.  Season with a beautiful…"
Thursday
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Tatume' or 'Calabacita' Squash
"Here is a description I found on this site from Pat -   Comment by pat pierce on February 14, 2016 at 15:23 They are a cucurbita pepo so same species as traditional zucchini can be eaten small like button squash a little larger…"
Jan 11
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Tatume' or 'Calabacita' Squash
"Pat Pierce of BLF, put me on to the tatume, a couple of years ago.  Pat said she especially likes them small size for replacement zucchini, when it's hot.  She sent me some seeds in an envelope.  They can climb up a strong…"
Jan 11
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo
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Hardwood hive

"Good work, both of you.  We need more bee hives in this country according to TV tonight.  "
Jan 10
Dianne Caswell favorited Christa's photo
Jan 10
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"From what I have read and heard, the cavandish banana is already smaller in height and called a dwarf and now they managed to grow a super dwarf which is shorter than the ordinary cavandish.  I have not seen the Nathan for sale lately, we have…"
Jan 9
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo
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Mango chutney

"The only jars I buy now are Ball Mason clear jars (preferred US made).  I did manage to get some brown Mason jars that were safe to use.   I just feel if I am going to grow pesticide free food, then I would use lead free storage jars."
Jan 9
CHERYL SLAPP favorited Christa's discussion GARDENING FROM THE LOUNGE CHAIR
Jan 9
CHERYL SLAPP commented on Christa's photo
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Christa how different is this to the super dwarf cavendish.  Never tried a Nathan so thinking I may need to order one"
Jan 9
Doug Hanning commented on Christa's photo
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Sheez that was for Dianne!"
Jan 8
Doug Hanning commented on Christa's photo
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Lol thats not subtle at all. I love it. We have 6 containers of lychee ice cream, the old way with raw eggs, is so good!"
Jan 8
Dianne Caswell commented on Christa's photo
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Love your little Banana Plant. That Banana would look so cute in my new Fern/Sub-Tropical Garden. We had some new soil added to the garden today so things are beginning to come together again. "
Jan 7
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Doug, you are lucky to be given that plant, as I read it's one of the tastiest and a bit fiddly to grow.   We started with 3 tissue cultures of this banana from up north Qld and have maybe 2 left.  This is the second bunch…"
Jan 7
Dianne Caswell commented on Christa's photo
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Nathan super dwarf Dec 2020

"Looking Great Christa, Enjoy!!"
Jan 7
Dianne Caswell favorited Christa's photo
Jan 7

Profile Information

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:
Information, Products and/or Services, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Gardening Help
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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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