Fruit & Vegetable Growing

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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. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  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. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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