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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 Dianne Caswell May 21. 1 Reply

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

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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

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 Barbara Tealby's blog post Juicers, anyone?
"If you are looking for Aussie made then Mod Juicer might do.  HERE"
10 hours ago
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. …"
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Using weedmat as mulch
"Good idea Dave, if it makes things easier and suits your system. The commercial strawberry farmers run this mat over their raised beds and this seems very successful.   Your seedlings look good and healthy."
Jun 10
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's photo


"My custard apple is a dwarf tree and I believe it may be the same variety.  Maybe we will have some fruit soon as it is a few years old.  "
May 24
Christa replied to Barbara Tealby's discussion Gayle D's GV 23rd May, 2021 in the group Garden Visits
"Thanks Gayle, Ken and David for opening your garden to us.  Such a great attraction for insects and wildlife, which is what many of us strive for.  A good reminder that we are only one of the many inhabitants of this world. Most of us take…"
May 24
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's photo


"Yummy, what a lovely breakfast, we don't see too many of those fruit around anymore."
May 22
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May 21
Dianne Caswell favorited Christa's discussion Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum
May 21
Dianne Caswell replied to Christa's discussion Just purchased a Syzygium aqueum
"Fabulous, I look forward to tasting the fruit."
May 21
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Salsas and sauces miscelllaney led me to PeriPeri.
"Wow, one cup of chillies, I can barely handle one chilli, without turning into a sneezing mess.  The rest of the recipe sounds great.  Thinking I am a bit of a wuss."
May 21
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's group Backyard Bakers - all types of bread
"Good way to use up sour dough starter.  I can almost smell it. Keep up the good work Andrew. "
May 21
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Seeding Trays #2

"I'm sure there are a few purty flower seedlings there as well,  knowing your love for flowers etc. "
May 18
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Get an augur for planting.

"Yes Sophie, I agree.  Our petrol driven augur comes with narrow pole bore and 300mm bore and is held  by 2 men.  Our ground  is soft sandy type soil. It was used for restumping the house first, now we use it to dig holes for out…"
May 18
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post Flour experiment 1: pancakes
"Not bad, from a plant to a pancake, well done Andrew."
May 12
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Back Garden #2

"A lovely green picture, Dianne, a nice quiet place to put your feet up with a cuppa. That Amla tree is nice in that pot. The scented pelagoniums should give off a nice fragrance."
May 11
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Making your own flour in the city

"Sounds great Andrew, definitely a way to use beans as an alternative flour. We went through the flour making ways when Y2K was around, remember the end of the earth was upon us. I grew job's tears plants (Coix lacryma-jobi). It was a grass like…"
May 11

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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…

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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