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  1. 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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  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. 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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  4. Mark

    Dragon fruit (pitaya)

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

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  5. Mark

    Tip How to grow avocado tree in clay soil to prevent root rot fungus

    A fellow YouTuber (Carol Ann) made me aware of this excellent fact sheet resource for growing avocados: In this PDF they recommend metalaxyl granules as a way to help prevent Phytophthora root...
    A fellow YouTuber (Carol Ann) made me aware of this excellent fact sheet resource for growing avocados: In this PDF they recommend metalaxyl granules as a way to help prevent Phytophthora root rot. I haven't heard of this product before so I might try and get some for my trees since this...
    A fellow YouTuber (Carol Ann) made me aware of this excellent fact sheet resource for growing avocados: In this PDF they recommend metalaxyl granules as a way to help prevent Phytophthora root rot. I haven't heard of this product before so I...
    A fellow YouTuber (Carol Ann) made me aware of this excellent fact sheet resource for growing avocados: In this PDF they recommend metalaxyl granules as a way to help prevent Phytophthora root...
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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Mark

    Question Brown rust spots on mulberry tree leaves

    OK will do - we're coming into the cold season so I'll give it trim down and a good feed in spring. See how it goes then...
    OK will do - we're coming into the cold season so I'll give it trim down and a good feed in spring. See how it goes then...
    OK will do - we're coming into the cold season so I'll give it trim down and a good feed in spring. See how it goes then...
    OK will do - we're coming into the cold season so I'll give it trim down and a good feed in spring. See how it goes then...

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  10. 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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  11. Mark

    Question Dragon fruit vine sudden die back problem

    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Mark

    Cucumbers in pots

    hiya Phantom Commenter, i just saw this post, looks like I've missed a lot around here. Maybe I should be trying this method. My chooks are beating up my cucumber plants. cheers
    hiya Phantom Commenter, i just saw this post, looks like I've missed a lot around here. Maybe I should be trying this method. My chooks are beating up my cucumber plants. cheers
    hiya Phantom Commenter, i just saw this post, looks like I've missed a lot around here. Maybe I should be trying this method. My chooks are beating up my cucumber plants. cheers
    hiya Phantom Commenter, i just saw this post, looks like I've missed a lot around here. Maybe I should be trying this method. My chooks are beating up my cucumber plants. cheers

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  15. letsgo

    Yellowing leaves on citrus

    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much sulphur as that can throw out lots of other micro...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation system. I would guard against using too much...
    I agree with Ken re the pH being out of balance. It can happen if the soil gets too dry then watered & redries. It can happen like that during winter if the trees aren't hooked up to an irrigation...

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  16. 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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  17. Mark

    African Horned Cucumber from Hell!

    A couple of similar ones that aren't aggressive and are better to eat are the West Indian cucumber happy to send you some seed let me know via personal conversation if you want any (seed offer...
    A couple of similar ones that aren't aggressive and are better to eat are the West Indian cucumber happy to send you some seed let me know via personal conversation if you want any (seed offer here) ... (pickled example here) and also I believe the Mouse Melon is really good to grow and eat...
    A couple of similar ones that aren't aggressive and are better to eat are the West Indian cucumber happy to send you some seed let me know via personal conversation if you want any (seed offer here) ... (pickled example here) and also I believe...
    A couple of similar ones that aren't aggressive and are better to eat are the West Indian cucumber happy to send you some seed let me know via personal conversation if you want any (seed offer...

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  18. Mark

    Tip Easy and cheap DIY Fruit Fly trap

    The trap is good but using the commercial attractant is much more effective!
    The trap is good but using the commercial attractant is much more effective!
    The trap is good but using the commercial attractant is much more effective!
    The trap is good but using the commercial attractant is much more effective!

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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Mark

    Handy vegetable planting guide for Brisbane and South East QLD

    Sorry for the delay in answering David. I am 90kms north of Perth near Guilderton Western Australia. 7kms from the coast. no real diversity yet , I just grow the easy things like lettuce, tomato,...
    Sorry for the delay in answering David. I am 90kms north of Perth near Guilderton Western Australia. 7kms from the coast. no real diversity yet , I just grow the easy things like lettuce, tomato, garlic, capsicum, chillies, cabbage(red and green), broccoli, cauliflower, peas, green beans,...
    Sorry for the delay in answering David. I am 90kms north of Perth near Guilderton Western Australia. 7kms from the coast. no real diversity yet , I just grow the easy things like lettuce, tomato, garlic, capsicum, chillies, cabbage(red and...
    Sorry for the delay in answering David. I am 90kms north of Perth near Guilderton Western Australia. 7kms from the coast. no real diversity yet , I just grow the easy things like lettuce, tomato,...
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  22. 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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  23. Mark

    Which fertiliser is best for plants? 3 major fertiliser types tested.

    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.
    I used to watch Gardening Australia on my own as my wife couldn't stand 'that pommies accent'. She saw him at the same show and loved him. He retired not long after and she was heart broken.

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  24. 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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  25. 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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