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. 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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  2. 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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  3. Mark

    Dragon fruit (pitaya)

    Super fruit! :D
    Super fruit! :D
    Super fruit! :D
    Super fruit! :D

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  4. 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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  5. ClissAT
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It happens instantly upon application of the water & shows yellowing in the oldest leaves within a few days...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It happens instantly upon application of the water & shows...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It...

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  6. Becca
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    My Humble Garden

    Thanks Mark! I'll have another go with this one! Think I'll sacrifice a couple store bought cukes this time! Till I get the flavor right! Like Oskar said! It hurts to grow something only to have...
    Thanks Mark! I'll have another go with this one! Think I'll sacrifice a couple store bought cukes this time! Till I get the flavor right! Like Oskar said! It hurts to grow something only to have it become inedible! ☹️
    Thanks Mark! I'll have another go with this one! Think I'll sacrifice a couple store bought cukes this time! Till I get the flavor right! Like Oskar said! It hurts to grow something only to have it become inedible! ☹️
    Thanks Mark! I'll have another go with this one! Think I'll sacrifice a couple store bought cukes this time! Till I get the flavor right! Like Oskar said! It hurts to grow something only to have...

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  7. Tim C

    All my babies and seeds.

    Wow! I would love to see some of these exotics in person! What a wonderful garden! Ann in Texas
    Wow! I would love to see some of these exotics in person! What a wonderful garden! Ann in Texas
    Wow! I would love to see some of these exotics in person! What a wonderful garden! Ann in Texas
    Wow! I would love to see some of these exotics in person! What a wonderful garden! Ann in Texas

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  8. 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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  9. Mark

    Synthetic grass/turf around my vegetable garden

    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.

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  10. Steve

    Mushroom Kits

    I keep peeking at mine every now and then but the soil still aint white! :D
    I keep peeking at mine every now and then but the soil still aint white! :D
    I keep peeking at mine every now and then but the soil still aint white! :D
    I keep peeking at mine every now and then but the soil still aint white! :D

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  11. Steve

    Potato Growing

    Think you have all done an excellent job, Spuds are on my list when it's a bit cooler. Well done Steve sounds like you have done an awesome job on limited space. My son lives in an apartment...
    Think you have all done an excellent job, Spuds are on my list when it's a bit cooler. Well done Steve sounds like you have done an awesome job on limited space. My son lives in an apartment building several floors up and his balcony is filled with pots, tins, water cans, whatever he can get...
    Think you have all done an excellent job, Spuds are on my list when it's a bit cooler. Well done Steve sounds like you have done an awesome job on limited space. My son lives in an apartment building several floors up and his balcony is filled...
    Think you have all done an excellent job, Spuds are on my list when it's a bit cooler. Well done Steve sounds like you have done an awesome job on limited space. My son lives in an apartment...

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  12. stevo

    Fruit Fly Trap - commercial type

    Masters discount on garden products is now 40% so I might pick up some more baits. Must be about 15 in one trap and 10 in another. So catching them which is great but not seeing the numbers Stevo...
    Masters discount on garden products is now 40% so I might pick up some more baits. Must be about 15 in one trap and 10 in another. So catching them which is great but not seeing the numbers Stevo saw which is also great :)
    Masters discount on garden products is now 40% so I might pick up some more baits. Must be about 15 in one trap and 10 in another. So catching them which is great but not seeing the numbers Stevo saw which is also great :)
    Masters discount on garden products is now 40% so I might pick up some more baits. Must be about 15 in one trap and 10 in another. So catching them which is great but not seeing the numbers Stevo...

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  13. Mark

    Question Why do I need to wait for mushroom compost to go white?

    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the flushes that the farmers find uneconomicAl.
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting already....you are just going to be picking the...
    Can only try... the compost bags are certainly easier and cheaper and even if it fails you still have great compost for the garden. The thing about the bags is that they have been harvesting...

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  14. Flatland

    My citrus need help

    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
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  15. 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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  16. stevo

    Passionfruit

    Ohhh how exciting... great stuff :cheers:
    Ohhh how exciting... great stuff :cheers:
    Ohhh how exciting... great stuff :cheers:
    Ohhh how exciting... great stuff :cheers:

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  17. stevo

    Question Tips for Corn?

    Yes, best in winter (in the subtropics anyway) :) Your corn is late - so was mine... and ours only got 3 feet high but the cobs formed good :confused: Pumpkin and other cucurbits will usually do better...
    Yes, best in winter (in the subtropics anyway) :) Your corn is late - so was mine... and ours only got 3 feet high but the cobs formed good :confused: Pumpkin and other cucurbits will usually do better through a subtropical winter than in summer as long as a freak frost doesn't hit them!
    Yes, best in winter (in the subtropics anyway) :) Your corn is late - so was mine... and ours only got 3 feet high but the cobs formed good :confused: Pumpkin and other cucurbits will usually do better through a subtropical winter than in summer as long...
    Yes, best in winter (in the subtropics anyway) :) Your corn is late - so was mine... and ours only got 3 feet high but the cobs formed good :confused: Pumpkin and other cucurbits will usually do better...

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  18. boo

    Anyone know of a good cucumber variety to grow in a subtropical climate?

    I might rip that plant out anyway and plant something else. With the size of your garden you'd be finding new things all the time!
    I might rip that plant out anyway and plant something else. With the size of your garden you'd be finding new things all the time!
    I might rip that plant out anyway and plant something else. With the size of your garden you'd be finding new things all the time!
    I might rip that plant out anyway and plant something else. With the size of your garden you'd be finding new things all the time!

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  19. Ash
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    First watermelon harvested and banana talk

    Certainly interesting to see how this part of the tree can be used as a food.
    Certainly interesting to see how this part of the tree can be used as a food.
    Certainly interesting to see how this part of the tree can be used as a food.
    Certainly interesting to see how this part of the tree can be used as a food.

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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. Mark

    Question How to keep cabbage moth of vegetables?

    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!

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  23. Daniel.Mav
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    New Land New Garden

    Yes as Clissa pointed out there are certain edibles you can underplant in an orchard - Eden style - and it's very pretty plus useful. However, practically, keeping the main patch separate to the...
    Yes as Clissa pointed out there are certain edibles you can underplant in an orchard - Eden style - and it's very pretty plus useful. However, practically, keeping the main patch separate to the orchard is the best option for the effective/maximum growth of sun hungry veggies like tomatoes and...
    Yes as Clissa pointed out there are certain edibles you can underplant in an orchard - Eden style - and it's very pretty plus useful. However, practically, keeping the main patch separate to the orchard is the best option for the...
    Yes as Clissa pointed out there are certain edibles you can underplant in an orchard - Eden style - and it's very pretty plus useful. However, practically, keeping the main patch separate to the...

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  24. Mark

    Question Is free compost from the dump/tip safe to use in the garden?

    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
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  25. 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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