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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

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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



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

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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 replied to Dave Riley's discussion PNG Traditional Vegetables Project'
"Interesting edibles, Dave, We have grown most of them except breadfruit, tu-lip, and water dropwort. The Walangur is an old houseplant of years ago, I still have a couple of pots of them.  The pit-pit was not easy to grow at my place, I think…"
18 hours ago
Christa replied to Stuart and Abby Harvey's discussion Pruning Advice
"Happy to receive questions, there will be others that can help as well.  Depending of height and whether your trees are dwarf rootstock, and also if fruiting has taken place.  Our citrus trees are kept small from the start.  All…"
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post April in the Garden
"Those white Chayotes look great hanging there on the trellis. Do you use the Tatume when they are small squash size?  Everything looks so good at your place Dave. "
Apr 30
Christa commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Sounds like a big clean-up, Sid.  Are you thinking of a big mandala circle for the front yard.  Think about the suns path and exposure when you do a circle garden. North, South, East and West for the high and low sides of the…"
Apr 30
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

20 litre pressure canner thread

"Just the 24 wide mouth tattler lids, if you order in bulk, you may get them without individual boxes. I'm not too worried about how they arrive, I am sure you will do what is needed and do it very well.  Thanks Sophie. "
Apr 30
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"Vivienne, That is a good article on the ability of moringa. The section, "Moringa Seeds And “Sticky Killer Sand” Work Together To Clean Water" by Krista Weidner, is interesting.   Moringa is indeed a miracle…"
Apr 20
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"Dave, have you read about the water cleaning effect of the feathery dry seeds of Moringa?"
Apr 19
Christa commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"We often see them, they are the big black hissing beetle, we find them in the ground under the Poinciana tree.  They are a bit scary to see some times. Chooks love em. "
Apr 19
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"Dave, thanks for sharing those glimpses of the old time ferneries etc.  I remember spending time with some older ladies in Gympie many years ago, who took pride in their verandah display of choice ferns, orchids and cane chairs and pretty table…"
Apr 17
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"My thoughts on a modern cottage garden, is that the colour and perfume that can make up a cottage garden, provides us with all types of insects.  This completes the circle in nature. My choice, is perennials,  colour in plants such as…"
Apr 16
Christa joined Dianne Caswell's group


A Group for those Members who love growing their Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables but would also like to be able to grow Flowers alongside for use as Companion Plants, The House and to Gift to Friends.ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDENMy Idea of the Modern Cottage Garden is not that far removed from the Traditional Cottage Gardens of the 1800's, though we do not have…See More
Apr 16
Christa left a comment for Deborah Watson
"Welcome to our little clan, Deborah.  It is good to see you join our group.  We have conscientious members and old slow members and all sorts, and they are all friendly and willing to help with whatever they can. "
Apr 16
Christa commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"You have done well, fixing a roof is a grubby job, the block will look good this spring with the things you have planted.  Those baskets of fruit and vegies look good, enough for your gang.  Do you think it was too wet for the pawpaw…"
Apr 12
Christa commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post Samford edible food trail
"Loved your farm video, and your shy grandchildren.  The aquaponics system is a big improvement and every thing being automated must make life a little easier.  Someone still has to chop up all the food for the solar food dryer.  What…"
Apr 11
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post The joy of April:out back making things happen.
"The coloured bamboo sticks remind me of a flower, similar to a wild gladiola.  I looked to see what was so green and it was the scuvy weed.  You mentioned once that it does not affect the seedlings, but when I had it once, it grew like a…"
Apr 11
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

20 litre pressure canner thread

"Sorry, I haven't been on BLF for a few days,  That way to order is great, I will have 2 dozen wide mouth please?  If that is possible.  I would be most grateful. We just had our 1st covid vaccine and had some side effects. …"
Apr 8

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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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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…

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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