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. the Decoy

    Passionfruit ripening

    Thanks Clissat for some great info. :thumbsup: In my case my passionfruit are on a drip irrigation so they are getting enough water. The fruit is ripening just slower than in summer. Maybe due to it being...
    Thanks Clissat for some great info. :thumbsup: In my case my passionfruit are on a drip irrigation so they are getting enough water. The fruit is ripening just slower than in summer. Maybe due to it being cooler. Mine are actually going to be moved as they are in pots. We need to move the fence they are...
    Thanks Clissat for some great info. :thumbsup: In my case my passionfruit are on a drip irrigation so they are getting enough water. The fruit is ripening just slower than in summer. Maybe due to it being cooler. Mine are actually going to be moved as...
    Thanks Clissat for some great info. :thumbsup: In my case my passionfruit are on a drip irrigation so they are getting enough water. The fruit is ripening just slower than in summer. Maybe due to it being...
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  2. Pauljm

    Broccolli plants wilting

    If the plants are still firm in the ground when pulled lightly it is not fusarium. This fungal infection weakens the roots allowing the plant to be pulled easily from the soil. Your plants look...
    If the plants are still firm in the ground when pulled lightly it is not fusarium. This fungal infection weakens the roots allowing the plant to be pulled easily from the soil. Your plants look firm in the ground & the young leaves are still standing upright. Its more likely to be a mineral...
    If the plants are still firm in the ground when pulled lightly it is not fusarium. This fungal infection weakens the roots allowing the plant to be pulled easily from the soil. Your plants look firm in the ground & the young leaves are still...
    If the plants are still firm in the ground when pulled lightly it is not fusarium. This fungal infection weakens the roots allowing the plant to be pulled easily from the soil. Your plants look...

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  3. ClissAT

    Water tests, treating for high iron, etc

    Oh yum...Only seem to be found in Japanese restaurants as nibbles or bar snacks...or a little share plate for entree. They have to be cooked (for reasons you mention above) - but edamame are the...
    Oh yum...Only seem to be found in Japanese restaurants as nibbles or bar snacks...or a little share plate for entree. They have to be cooked (for reasons you mention above) - but edamame are the immature beans, usually blanched in salt water and served in their pod (which you don't eat). You...
    Oh yum...Only seem to be found in Japanese restaurants as nibbles or bar snacks...or a little share plate for entree. They have to be cooked (for reasons you mention above) - but edamame are the immature beans, usually blanched in salt water and...
    Oh yum...Only seem to be found in Japanese restaurants as nibbles or bar snacks...or a little share plate for entree. They have to be cooked (for reasons you mention above) - but edamame are the...

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  4. letsgo

    Possum/Bird Netting

    Getting back on track with our orchard covered area. We measured our space and it will be 19.2m x 6m x 4m high in the middle. Hubby is starting to work out the building side of it, then I’ll make...
    Getting back on track with our orchard covered area. We measured our space and it will be 19.2m x 6m x 4m high in the middle. Hubby is starting to work out the building side of it, then I’ll make a final decision on what it will be covered it. You bring up some interesting points @OskarDoLittle...
    Getting back on track with our orchard covered area. We measured our space and it will be 19.2m x 6m x 4m high in the middle. Hubby is starting to work out the building side of it, then I’ll make a final decision on what it will be covered...
    Getting back on track with our orchard covered area. We measured our space and it will be 19.2m x 6m x 4m high in the middle. Hubby is starting to work out the building side of it, then I’ll make...
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  5. Pauljm

    Bokashi tea and liquid fertiliser

    Hi ClissAT, Thank you so much for your detailed reply I will give it a go. Very kind of you to take the time and share your knowledge it is much appreciated. Thanks again, Paul
    Hi ClissAT, Thank you so much for your detailed reply I will give it a go. Very kind of you to take the time and share your knowledge it is much appreciated. Thanks again, Paul
    Hi ClissAT, Thank you so much for your detailed reply I will give it a go. Very kind of you to take the time and share your knowledge it is much appreciated. Thanks again, Paul
    Hi ClissAT, Thank you so much for your detailed reply I will give it a go. Very kind of you to take the time and share your knowledge it is much appreciated. Thanks again, Paul
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  6. Pauljm

    Treated pine beds?

    I agree with us not knowing totally is there is leeching into the soil, but I’d rather er on the side of caustion. As Clissat said we often don’t know if something like this has an effect for many...
    I agree with us not knowing totally is there is leeching into the soil, but I’d rather er on the side of caustion. As Clissat said we often don’t know if something like this has an effect for many years later. Same as taking things like antioxidants. I have a high number of different type of...
    I agree with us not knowing totally is there is leeching into the soil, but I’d rather er on the side of caustion. As Clissat said we often don’t know if something like this has an effect for many years later. Same as taking things like...
    I agree with us not knowing totally is there is leeching into the soil, but I’d rather er on the side of caustion. As Clissat said we often don’t know if something like this has an effect for many...

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  7. Auron Leonhart

    Question Banana plant planting method.

    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java....
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java. The fruit are 7 to 9 inches in length and exhibit a characteristic silvery blue color when unripe. The...
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java. The fruit are 7 to 9 inches in length and exhibit a...
    Awesome, hope you get a great bunch! You can tell if what you have is a blue java by the leaf color. If the leaves are silvery green in color, odds are pretty good you got yourself a blue java....
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  9. Lois

    Broccoli and Brussell Sprouts

    So far the cats and dogs are doing a fair job. Only places I notice them are inside house, on verandah groun level and running around the garden itself. I haven't lost any seedlings to them yet.
    So far the cats and dogs are doing a fair job. Only places I notice them are inside house, on verandah groun level and running around the garden itself. I haven't lost any seedlings to them yet.
    So far the cats and dogs are doing a fair job. Only places I notice them are inside house, on verandah groun level and running around the garden itself. I haven't lost any seedlings to them yet.
    So far the cats and dogs are doing a fair job. Only places I notice them are inside house, on verandah groun level and running around the garden itself. I haven't lost any seedlings to them yet.

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  10. ClissAT

    Peanuts

    Well done, I want to grow peanuts at some point.
    Well done, I want to grow peanuts at some point.
    Well done, I want to grow peanuts at some point.
    Well done, I want to grow peanuts at some point.
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  11. Kasalia
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    Veg Showcase Luffa (loofah)

    Interesting, I use to use them a lot as a kid, always wondered how they grew.
    Interesting, I use to use them a lot as a kid, always wondered how they grew.
    Interesting, I use to use them a lot as a kid, always wondered how they grew.
    Interesting, I use to use them a lot as a kid, always wondered how they grew.
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  12. Perry

    Question Tropical Fruit

    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.
    Star Apple seem interesting fruit, look great cut up, never tried one though.

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  13. Perry

    Question Palm Tree

    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a weed species due to its prolific seeding nature. Also it doesn't shed cleanly. Does the tree you...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a weed species due to its prolific seeding...
    Perry, its not an Alexander palm, I realize the petiole or leaf sheath length is far too short in the one you have pictured. I think it might be a Queen (Cocos) palm which in most shires is now a...

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  14. Perry

    Question Ginger Root

    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.
    The 'K' I referred to is K for Potassium the mineral in soil & fertilizer not Vitamin K the vitamin we eat! As in:- N-P-K which relates to Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium.

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  15. Ash

    Question What's eating my produce/plants?

    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to fertilize vine flowers is just pick a male flower & rub it inside the females. Also if the pollen is...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to fertilize vine flowers is just pick a male flower & rub...
    Its amazing how small a hole the bees can squeeze through as long as they can see the flowers, so don't get too despondent yet Ash. You may find them in there in anycase. The other way to...

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  16. ClissAT

    Tomato & Capsicum diseases

    Wow this post needs to be pinned, so great helpful info :)
    Wow this post needs to be pinned, so great helpful info :)
    Wow this post needs to be pinned, so great helpful info :)
    Wow this post needs to be pinned, so great helpful info :)

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  17. ClissAT
    Informative x 3

    Crop Rotation & Fertilization

    Depends on what is lacking in your soil or potting mix as to whether EP will help or hinder. A good foliar spray is Potassium which is very easy to apply on a regular basis. Everything grown in...
    Depends on what is lacking in your soil or potting mix as to whether EP will help or hinder. A good foliar spray is Potassium which is very easy to apply on a regular basis. Everything grown in our soils & mixes benefits from K.
    Depends on what is lacking in your soil or potting mix as to whether EP will help or hinder. A good foliar spray is Potassium which is very easy to apply on a regular basis. Everything grown in our soils & mixes benefits from K.
    Depends on what is lacking in your soil or potting mix as to whether EP will help or hinder. A good foliar spray is Potassium which is very easy to apply on a regular basis. Everything grown in...

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  18. AndrewB

    My potted garden

    In winter I make vegetable hot pot in the slow cooker. (& you could add some chunks of meat if desired) Just a heap of colourful veg cut into big chunks & tossed into a lot of broth & cooked on...
    In winter I make vegetable hot pot in the slow cooker. (& you could add some chunks of meat if desired) Just a heap of colourful veg cut into big chunks & tossed into a lot of broth & cooked on low for an hour. Don't stir it. That way the broth remains clear & the veg stay in nice chunks each...
    In winter I make vegetable hot pot in the slow cooker. (& you could add some chunks of meat if desired) Just a heap of colourful veg cut into big chunks & tossed into a lot of broth & cooked on low for an hour. Don't stir it. That way the broth...
    In winter I make vegetable hot pot in the slow cooker. (& you could add some chunks of meat if desired) Just a heap of colourful veg cut into big chunks & tossed into a lot of broth & cooked on...

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  19. DarrenP

    Grape vine novice

    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be treated the same. Once pruned I think they need a rest period with no water or fertilizer. Then...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be treated the same. Once pruned I think they need a...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be...
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  20. Lois

    Holes in small capsicum

    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
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  21. ClissAT

    Raised Garden beds made from blue drums

    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or had more time for more garden. This guy has even added irrigation. For me personally, I would make...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or had more time for more garden. This guy has even...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or...
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  22. Bea

    Plant ID

    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...

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  23. Rory Edwards

    Question Growing Mandarins in the UK

    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are Mediterranean. So for the indoors portion of the...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
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  24. Daniel.Mav

    Orchard Design Ideas

    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden central to get the most sun, the orchard on the higher ground for the best drainage, and the poultry down...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden central to get the most sun, the orchard on the higher...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden...

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  25. Bea

    Question Papayas

    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
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