Fruit & Vegetable Growing

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    Sell, swap, give away, or ask for seeds, cuttings, plants, recyclables, tools, etc in this section.
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  1. letsgo

    Garden knife

    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
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  2. Sherry Robitson

    Seed storage

    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed stored in an envelope and a couple of silica gel packs for moisture absorption. They stored well,...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed stored in an envelope and a couple of silica gel...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed...
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  3. Director
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    Dragon fruit support frame.

    Stevo, if you had watched Mark's video blog, he did an episode on a different way of planting the dragon fruit. he planted in a big pot on top of a stump. No word yet on total success but it...
    Stevo, if you had watched Mark's video blog, he did an episode on a different way of planting the dragon fruit. he planted in a big pot on top of a stump. No word yet on total success but it looks good to me. Really you just need the height and a way for the branches to 'hang'. Oops just...
    Stevo, if you had watched Mark's video blog, he did an episode on a different way of planting the dragon fruit. he planted in a big pot on top of a stump. No word yet on total success but it looks good to me. Really you just need the height and...
    Stevo, if you had watched Mark's video blog, he did an episode on a different way of planting the dragon fruit. he planted in a big pot on top of a stump. No word yet on total success but it...

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  4. letsgo

    Coconut Palm

    That looks very promising. My two dwarf coconuts are only in their first year in the ground so I've still got some waiting to go....
    That looks very promising. My two dwarf coconuts are only in their first year in the ground so I've still got some waiting to go....
    That looks very promising. My two dwarf coconuts are only in their first year in the ground so I've still got some waiting to go....
    That looks very promising. My two dwarf coconuts are only in their first year in the ground so I've still got some waiting to go....

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  5. letsgo

    Banana Plant

    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(

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  6. Mich_L

    Question Dragon Fruit fungal and plant care help

    Yep, what Clissa said... There's no problem with two or three stems coming up from the base if it's climbing up a big post and then branching out from the top but grouping them together is not...
    Yep, what Clissa said... There's no problem with two or three stems coming up from the base if it's climbing up a big post and then branching out from the top but grouping them together is not ideal.
    Yep, what Clissa said... There's no problem with two or three stems coming up from the base if it's climbing up a big post and then branching out from the top but grouping them together is not ideal.
    Yep, what Clissa said... There's no problem with two or three stems coming up from the base if it's climbing up a big post and then branching out from the top but grouping them together is not...

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  7. Ash

    Growing from seed

    Yes I have to say I am also not growing anywhere near as much as last year. Even though I have now discovered a method to grow good food here, I am actually worn out from the experimenting &...
    Yes I have to say I am also not growing anywhere near as much as last year. Even though I have now discovered a method to grow good food here, I am actually worn out from the experimenting & worry! I am fiddling around the edges actually. A little this & that at most. There has been so much rain...
    Yes I have to say I am also not growing anywhere near as much as last year. Even though I have now discovered a method to grow good food here, I am actually worn out from the experimenting & worry! I am fiddling around the edges actually. A...
    Yes I have to say I am also not growing anywhere near as much as last year. Even though I have now discovered a method to grow good food here, I am actually worn out from the experimenting &...

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  8. Comfort

    Question Do you plant seeds or seedlings?

    If I only need a 2 or three of something I buy transplants. I like to start tomatoes and peppers in late January and do step up potting as the plants grow bigger. This gives a big head start...
    If I only need a 2 or three of something I buy transplants. I like to start tomatoes and peppers in late January and do step up potting as the plants grow bigger. This gives a big head start because Texas heat is unpredictable and having larger plants out as sum as possible is a big plus. I can...
    If I only need a 2 or three of something I buy transplants. I like to start tomatoes and peppers in late January and do step up potting as the plants grow bigger. This gives a big head start because Texas heat is unpredictable and having larger...
    If I only need a 2 or three of something I buy transplants. I like to start tomatoes and peppers in late January and do step up potting as the plants grow bigger. This gives a big head start...
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  9. letsgo

    Fruit Flies

    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose,...
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose, and need a strong tie to keep them in place). Here's hoping
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose, and need a strong tie to keep them in place). Here's...
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose,...

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  10. Dione

    The struggle is real!

    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned...
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned veggies.
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned veggies.
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned...

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  11. Steve

    Growing Chives

    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
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  12. C.J.

    Overwintering Peppers

    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric...
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric blanket in the base of his mini greenhouse to give a little extra warmth All my babies and seeds.
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric blanket in the base of his mini greenhouse to give a...
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric...
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  13. Flatland

    Avocado tree dropping leaves

    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've tried everything to save them and always failed eventually after a long protracted period of leaf...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've tried everything to save them and always failed...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've...
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  14. Steve
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    Question How many edible plants do you grow?

    So true Mark. My wife and I were just thinking through all the little projects I've done since we moved in and once you start listing them you realise you've done a fair bit. I just can't wait...
    So true Mark. My wife and I were just thinking through all the little projects I've done since we moved in and once you start listing them you realise you've done a fair bit. I just can't wait till some of these trees start producing. At the moment they are just twigs in the ground... :cool:
    So true Mark. My wife and I were just thinking through all the little projects I've done since we moved in and once you start listing them you realise you've done a fair bit. I just can't wait till some of these trees start producing. At the...
    So true Mark. My wife and I were just thinking through all the little projects I've done since we moved in and once you start listing them you realise you've done a fair bit. I just can't wait...

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  15. Berkeloid

    Question How much of a Dragonfruit is edible?

    Where would humanity be Bill if it wasn't for people like you pioneering what foods to eat! :twothumbsup: How did you cook it?
    Where would humanity be Bill if it wasn't for people like you pioneering what foods to eat! :twothumbsup: How did you cook it?
    Where would humanity be Bill if it wasn't for people like you pioneering what foods to eat! :twothumbsup: How did you cook it?
    Where would humanity be Bill if it wasn't for people like you pioneering what foods to eat! :twothumbsup: How did you cook it?

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  16. Steve

    Question Growing Grapes

    Yeah Steve, the Menindee's are a good and reliable variety. I had a couple of these that put up a good effort in the hard, dry black vertesol but eventually gave up the ghost as I couldn't tend to...
    Yeah Steve, the Menindee's are a good and reliable variety. I had a couple of these that put up a good effort in the hard, dry black vertesol but eventually gave up the ghost as I couldn't tend to them in the dryness of our weather the last 18 months or so. But I've re-instated both Menindee and...
    Yeah Steve, the Menindee's are a good and reliable variety. I had a couple of these that put up a good effort in the hard, dry black vertesol but eventually gave up the ghost as I couldn't tend to them in the dryness of our weather the last 18...
    Yeah Steve, the Menindee's are a good and reliable variety. I had a couple of these that put up a good effort in the hard, dry black vertesol but eventually gave up the ghost as I couldn't tend to...

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  17. Donette

    Question Dragonfruit vine support to stop falling over

    If you ever cook up the flowers please start a new thread and give us your taste test with a few pics! :twothumbsup:
    If you ever cook up the flowers please start a new thread and give us your taste test with a few pics! :twothumbsup:
    If you ever cook up the flowers please start a new thread and give us your taste test with a few pics! :twothumbsup:
    If you ever cook up the flowers please start a new thread and give us your taste test with a few pics! :twothumbsup:

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  18. ClissAT

    Who's using grey water on their garden?

    It's fantastic for extra nitrogen and a great water saver, especially over summer. The soil improves after a good stint of the enviro sprinkler and the trees, shrubs, grass, grows wonderful...
    It's fantastic for extra nitrogen and a great water saver, especially over summer. The soil improves after a good stint of the enviro sprinkler and the trees, shrubs, grass, grows wonderful for several weeks later. No - we do mulch and fertilise our fruit trees though. We have an...
    It's fantastic for extra nitrogen and a great water saver, especially over summer. The soil improves after a good stint of the enviro sprinkler and the trees, shrubs, grass, grows wonderful for several weeks later. No - we do mulch and...
    It's fantastic for extra nitrogen and a great water saver, especially over summer. The soil improves after a good stint of the enviro sprinkler and the trees, shrubs, grass, grows wonderful...
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  19. ClissAT

    Potato growing in containers without water

    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone green so I just bunged them in to see how they would go. Here are the Royal Blue plants (taken a...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone green so I just bunged them in to see how they would...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone...

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  20. Mark

    Pineapple growing

    Amazing how well they're doing in that pot! So hardy! I love growing pineapples :)
    Amazing how well they're doing in that pot! So hardy! I love growing pineapples :)
    Amazing how well they're doing in that pot! So hardy! I love growing pineapples :)
    Amazing how well they're doing in that pot! So hardy! I love growing pineapples :)

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  21. ClissAT

    What is it & what is eating it??

    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when we realised its juicy mature fruits were sour but the characteristic nipple like knob at the top of...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when we realised its juicy mature fruits were sour but...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when...

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  22. Dione

    Seed suppliers.

    I was wondering if that was the case - the ones on the site are listed as sprout specific seeds - I wondered when I found 3 different snow pea (same botanic name) available at 3 different prices...
    I was wondering if that was the case - the ones on the site are listed as sprout specific seeds - I wondered when I found 3 different snow pea (same botanic name) available at 3 different prices at big W - I thought they might have been treated slightly differently
    I was wondering if that was the case - the ones on the site are listed as sprout specific seeds - I wondered when I found 3 different snow pea (same botanic name) available at 3 different prices at big W - I thought they might have been treated...
    I was wondering if that was the case - the ones on the site are listed as sprout specific seeds - I wondered when I found 3 different snow pea (same botanic name) available at 3 different prices...
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  23. letsgo

    No dig potatoes

    Aargh, sorry...they dont really make it obvious they have that kinda programme...wonder if it's too late?
    Aargh, sorry...they dont really make it obvious they have that kinda programme...wonder if it's too late?
    Aargh, sorry...they dont really make it obvious they have that kinda programme...wonder if it's too late?
    Aargh, sorry...they dont really make it obvious they have that kinda programme...wonder if it's too late?

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  24. Flatland

    When do you prunr

    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on my wish list for the next big road trip. I don't...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
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  25. letsgo
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    My Raised Veggie Beds

    Thanks Oskar, yeah the cauliflower didn't really do anything, they got some tiny heads which we did eat. I spent yesterday sorted out beds and planting some lettuce, and sweet spuds, basil...
    Thanks Oskar, yeah the cauliflower didn't really do anything, they got some tiny heads which we did eat. I spent yesterday sorted out beds and planting some lettuce, and sweet spuds, basil etc Still have the big covered bed to do which has the cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage etc as they have...
    Thanks Oskar, yeah the cauliflower didn't really do anything, they got some tiny heads which we did eat. I spent yesterday sorted out beds and planting some lettuce, and sweet spuds, basil etc Still have the big covered bed to do which has the...
    Thanks Oskar, yeah the cauliflower didn't really do anything, they got some tiny heads which we did eat. I spent yesterday sorted out beds and planting some lettuce, and sweet spuds, basil...

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