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  1. Sell, Swap, Free, Wanted

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

    Question Papayas

    So by now you will have worked out that pawpaws can be finicky to say the least. They like rich, freshly composted, well drained, sandy or gravelly slightly soil low in clay content & high in...
    So by now you will have worked out that pawpaws can be finicky to say the least. They like rich, freshly composted, well drained, sandy or gravelly slightly soil low in clay content & high in calcium. They enjoy having the raw compost thrown directly over their root area as they will send up...
    So by now you will have worked out that pawpaws can be finicky to say the least. They like rich, freshly composted, well drained, sandy or gravelly slightly soil low in clay content & high in calcium. They enjoy having the raw compost thrown...
    So by now you will have worked out that pawpaws can be finicky to say the least. They like rich, freshly composted, well drained, sandy or gravelly slightly soil low in clay content & high in...
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  2. the Decoy

    Corn killers.

    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.

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  3. Steve

    Question - Citrus Problem

    I struggled with hard black vertisol clay soil that even with lots of gypsum I couldn’t get even the hardiest of fruit trees to do well. Now it’s much the same this season as it’s been so dry but...
    I struggled with hard black vertisol clay soil that even with lots of gypsum I couldn’t get even the hardiest of fruit trees to do well. Now it’s much the same this season as it’s been so dry but I’m hoping with watering and this red clay that I’m on now it may be kinder to the citrus. All the...
    I struggled with hard black vertisol clay soil that even with lots of gypsum I couldn’t get even the hardiest of fruit trees to do well. Now it’s much the same this season as it’s been so dry but I’m hoping with watering and this red clay that...
    I struggled with hard black vertisol clay soil that even with lots of gypsum I couldn’t get even the hardiest of fruit trees to do well. Now it’s much the same this season as it’s been so dry but...
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  4. ClissAT

    Qld DPI reference & resources website

    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
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  5. Steve

    Question 2018...What will you do differently?

    Quite a list there Steve in those few words! ;) Something to think about regarding those so called weeds. The plants that volunteer to grow in a given spot are what grows best in that spot. 'Weeds'...
    Quite a list there Steve in those few words! ;) Something to think about regarding those so called weeds. The plants that volunteer to grow in a given spot are what grows best in that spot. 'Weeds' are good at that. But what 'weeds' really are, are fertilizer volunteers. They are volunteering to...
    Quite a list there Steve in those few words! ;) Something to think about regarding those so called weeds. The plants that volunteer to grow in a given spot are what grows best in that spot. 'Weeds' are good at that. But what 'weeds' really are,...
    Quite a list there Steve in those few words! ;) Something to think about regarding those so called weeds. The plants that volunteer to grow in a given spot are what grows best in that spot. 'Weeds'...

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  6. Mark

    Pineapple growing

    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no real return at the end of it. I did manage to get a good crop of corn this year though. Each plant...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no real return at the end of it. I did manage to get...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no...

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  7. DarrenP

    What are you harvesting/picking?

    Pulled up half a bed of carrots yesterday 3.5kgs. Dehydrated them this time except small ones froze those. Already have about 5 kgs frozen. Also picked all the Mexican black bean and striped them...
    Pulled up half a bed of carrots yesterday 3.5kgs. Dehydrated them this time except small ones froze those. Already have about 5 kgs frozen. Also picked all the Mexican black bean and striped them for seed. 375grms worth. Very prolific will do much more next time
    Pulled up half a bed of carrots yesterday 3.5kgs. Dehydrated them this time except small ones froze those. Already have about 5 kgs frozen. Also picked all the Mexican black bean and striped them for seed. 375grms worth. Very prolific will do...
    Pulled up half a bed of carrots yesterday 3.5kgs. Dehydrated them this time except small ones froze those. Already have about 5 kgs frozen. Also picked all the Mexican black bean and striped them...

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  8. mooncat

    First mangoes ....sunburnt??

    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the...
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the trees go into a state of dormancy for a few months whilst still having reserves in their branches.
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the trees go into a state of dormancy for a few months...
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the...

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  9. Mark

    Growing grapes in subtropical climate SE QLD

    Hi @Tyrone you've got hops growing also! Well done mate! I really enjoy seeing people grow things that are "not supposed to grow" in their climate but they have a go anyway and often get...
    Hi @Tyrone you've got hops growing also! Well done mate! I really enjoy seeing people grow things that are "not supposed to grow" in their climate but they have a go anyway and often get fair-good results. It's the freedom of knowing as a backyard grower that you are not necessarily growing...
    Hi @Tyrone you've got hops growing also! Well done mate! I really enjoy seeing people grow things that are "not supposed to grow" in their climate but they have a go anyway and often get fair-good results. It's the freedom of knowing as a...
    Hi @Tyrone you've got hops growing also! Well done mate! I really enjoy seeing people grow things that are "not supposed to grow" in their climate but they have a go anyway and often get...

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  10. Bea

    Holiday Greetings and thoughts on What to grow

    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been coddling some orange thyme for a few months. I am down to maybe two teeny tiny plants with three sets of...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been coddling some orange thyme for a few months. I am down...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been...
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  11. Berkeloid

    Question What's happening to my sweet potato?

    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never need to start roots again. We take a length of...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...

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  12. Mark

    Fruit Saver fruit tree net to protect against fruit fly, birds, & animals

    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your house. Well I have just discovered its name. Its a vinegar fly called Drosophila. There are probably many...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your house. Well I have just discovered its name. Its a...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your...

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  13. Director

    Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a...
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a species of Pawlonia, not what I want growing where it is. :)
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a species of Pawlonia, not what I want growing where it is. :)
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a...

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  14. Helen Auriga

    Question Ripening squash

    Thanks for that tip. I've hecked my records and its Jaune et Verte squash which is lime green. I'll pick one for dinner and see how it tastes.
    Thanks for that tip. I've hecked my records and its Jaune et Verte squash which is lime green. I'll pick one for dinner and see how it tastes.
    Thanks for that tip. I've hecked my records and its Jaune et Verte squash which is lime green. I'll pick one for dinner and see how it tastes.
    Thanks for that tip. I've hecked my records and its Jaune et Verte squash which is lime green. I'll pick one for dinner and see how it tastes.
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  15. Steve
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    Question How many edible plants do you grow?

    Lemon, fig, cape gooseberry, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, lettuce, coriander, parsley, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, squash, pumpkin, passion fruit, snow peas, beans,...
    Lemon, fig, cape gooseberry, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, lettuce, coriander, parsley, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, squash, pumpkin, passion fruit, snow peas, beans, raspberry, onion, garlic, lemonbalm, nasturtium, radish, sage, valerian, jujube, cranberries, goji,...
    Lemon, fig, cape gooseberry, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, lettuce, coriander, parsley, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, squash, pumpkin, passion fruit, snow peas, beans, raspberry, onion, garlic, lemonbalm, nasturtium,...
    Lemon, fig, cape gooseberry, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, lettuce, coriander, parsley, zucchini, spinach, asparagus, strawberries, squash, pumpkin, passion fruit, snow peas, beans,...

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  16. ClissAT

    Who's using grey water on their garden?

    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use enough water in my household during a 24hr period to...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
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  17. letsgo

    Coconut Palm

    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)

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  18. Director
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    Dragon fruit support frame.

    Getting plenty of fruit and flowers from this set-up - here's my latest update (below) - try to overlook my part nudity... :p Does it get a lot of water?
    Getting plenty of fruit and flowers from this set-up - here's my latest update (below) - try to overlook my part nudity... :p Does it get a lot of water?
    Getting plenty of fruit and flowers from this set-up - here's my latest update (below) - try to overlook my part nudity... :p Does it get a lot of water?
    Getting plenty of fruit and flowers from this set-up - here's my latest update (below) - try to overlook my part nudity... :p Does it get a lot of water?

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  19. Kasalia

    Community Garden

    Well done! I organised a grant to get new lighting at our local tennis centre (Caboolture Tennis) the installation is nearly finished but just to get to this stage took about 2 years of, at...
    Well done! I organised a grant to get new lighting at our local tennis centre (Caboolture Tennis) the installation is nearly finished but just to get to this stage took about 2 years of, at times, frustrating work dealing with contractors and govt paperwork. Volunteer work is rewarding but it...
    Well done! I organised a grant to get new lighting at our local tennis centre (Caboolture Tennis) the installation is nearly finished but just to get to this stage took about 2 years of, at times, frustrating work dealing with contractors and...
    Well done! I organised a grant to get new lighting at our local tennis centre (Caboolture Tennis) the installation is nearly finished but just to get to this stage took about 2 years of, at...

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  20. Mark
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    Veg Showcase Mouse Melon

    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a...
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a general trace elements mix and see how that goes. :)
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a general trace elements mix and see how that goes. :)
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a...
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  21. letsgo
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    My Raised Veggie Beds

    Yes, as Clissa and Kate have stated the key to preventing the growing medium (soil) drying out too quickly is compost and mulching. Adding animal manures also helps to hold water whilst being a...
    Yes, as Clissa and Kate have stated the key to preventing the growing medium (soil) drying out too quickly is compost and mulching. Adding animal manures also helps to hold water whilst being a fertiliser as well of course... I remember about 8 years ago I added too much horse manure to one of...
    Yes, as Clissa and Kate have stated the key to preventing the growing medium (soil) drying out too quickly is compost and mulching. Adding animal manures also helps to hold water whilst being a fertiliser as well of course... I remember about 8...
    Yes, as Clissa and Kate have stated the key to preventing the growing medium (soil) drying out too quickly is compost and mulching. Adding animal manures also helps to hold water whilst being a...

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  22. Kasalia
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    Veg Showcase Perennial Leeks

    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and all, when I harvested a perfect, decent sized bulb - just one. I dont know if I should eat it, frame...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and all, when I harvested a perfect, decent sized bulb -...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and...
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  23. Ash

    Growing from seed

    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed in a toilet roll cut in half, filled with a mix of seed raising mix and compost. Once they have...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed in a toilet roll cut in half, filled with a mix...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed...

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  24. Dione

    Seed suppliers.

    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
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  25. Comfort

    Question Do you plant seeds or seedlings?

    Seeds are definitely the cheaper option, and are the way to go if you are after a particular variety. I like to buy organic, non-GMO seeds; they seem to have a better strike rate than the...
    Seeds are definitely the cheaper option, and are the way to go if you are after a particular variety. I like to buy organic, non-GMO seeds; they seem to have a better strike rate than the commercial ones. Having said that, seedlings are a good way to get a head start in a new season. As an...
    Seeds are definitely the cheaper option, and are the way to go if you are after a particular variety. I like to buy organic, non-GMO seeds; they seem to have a better strike rate than the commercial ones. Having said that, seedlings are a good...
    Seeds are definitely the cheaper option, and are the way to go if you are after a particular variety. I like to buy organic, non-GMO seeds; they seem to have a better strike rate than the...
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