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Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Sep 19. 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. 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. 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

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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



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Christa commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Done all that you said Andrew and still have no pictures. When I try to open thumbnails, it says storage ning gave an invalid response. Its only half a site without pictures."
Nov 11
Christa commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Hi Susan, Unfortunately can't see any photo's of your garden, The site has been playing here for a few weeks. We had 3 of our hives ruined by Sth African small hive beetle. They must have come in after a split. Keeping our fingers crossed…"
Nov 10
Christa replied to Joe Wang's discussion soil, soil and soil?
"Deep soil testing will be a great advantage for fruit trees. Especially if you tell them you want to grow fruiting trees, then they will detail specific levels of the mineral elements or lack thereof. If you are buying an empty block of land with…"
Oct 31
Christa replied to Scarlett's discussion Wicking beds of awesomeness
"Site is playing up for me, can't open any pictures on Scarlett's wicking bed notes.  Also no banner or normal heading on site. Anyone else with this problem."
Oct 24
Christa commented on Scarlett's blog post Weevils - junior/ young adult near future fiction
"Hi Scarlett, Are you still gardening, you gave us some great gardening hints in the past. Monsanto is a dirty word to me. It must be one of those companies taking over the world in the book.  Good luck."
Oct 24
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Bee hive cover

"It's purty, Rozie, right down to the lace curtains.   Ian is not going to try to compete.  "
Oct 21
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.
"Use whatever works for you, I think.  Live mulch has too be better than dry mulch, which is what we use due to convenience.  Most plants and fruit trees grow OK with greenery at their roots, even shallow rooted trees as in nature, the best…"
Oct 18
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Following the sun for garden success

"Sorry Andy, it must be the grey matter playing up again.  Hope the banana goes well in the bag. We have a Senorita banana in a tub out the front yard growing through the poinciana tree, waiting for a flower.  It keeps needing water. Your…"
Oct 6
Christa commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Following the sun for garden success

"Dave, good video, it all comes down to being able to get a tree to grow tall enough to reach some sunlight and then it can compete with it's neighbouring trees for flowers.  I think when sunlight is limited, we need a dedicated sunny…"
Oct 6
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's video

October Garden Tour

"Your garden has got the spring growth happening, which is good.  Pity about the bamboo, but I learnt something, I did not know the roots spread so far.  We have the gracilis bamboo so hopefully it does not get so big.  Some of those…"
Oct 6
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"Cheryl, Ian can give you an empty hive if you need one.  Although Andy has kindly offered to help you, you can leave the bees where they are, unless you wish to make another hive for your garden or the old hive box wood is…"
Sep 30
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"Yes Cheryl, Our son came over to help.  It's amazing. we noticed one of the hives were very quiet and calm.  Another lot was feisty and nipping our neck and arms, we wore our head veils but forgot to put on long sleeves. Have a go…"
Sep 29
Christa commented on Doug Hanning's photo

I love dinner 28/09/20

"I can see a nice healthy stir-fry in that lot. Great work, you will have to get yourself a basket and yell out Veggo or Fruito, as you come in. Nice tomatoes and greens, makes me peckish."
Sep 29
Christa commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
"Just split our three stingless bee hives today( Tetragonia carbonaria). Two of them were full and one not so full but we spit it anyway.  They can weigh nearly 14 kilos when full.  We also have a log with australophebia australia that…"
Sep 28
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Well done with the new venture in the nursery,  It should work well and give plenty of stock for the future. I was thinking of starting the sugar bale growing system and I might plant vetiver on the low level of the garden to trap water flow."
Sep 25
Christa replied to Roger Clark's discussion Warning on dangers of storing garlic in oil
"We had the same problem with chillies in oil, they went off so we don't do that any more. "
Sep 25

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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)
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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.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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