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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Perry

    Question Ginger Root

    G'day ClissAT, Thank you for your reply. I did not know that the Ginger came into flower. I am making Mongolian Beef and I needed a small amount of ginger. In the Supermarket the price was $30...
    G'day ClissAT, Thank you for your reply. I did not know that the Ginger came into flower. I am making Mongolian Beef and I needed a small amount of ginger. In the Supermarket the price was $30 kg. When I purchased mine to grow it was $16 kg. I am pleased. I have a large bed growing now. I...
    G'day ClissAT, Thank you for your reply. I did not know that the Ginger came into flower. I am making Mongolian Beef and I needed a small amount of ginger. In the Supermarket the price was $30 kg. When I purchased mine to grow it was $16 kg. ...
    G'day ClissAT, Thank you for your reply. I did not know that the Ginger came into flower. I am making Mongolian Beef and I needed a small amount of ginger. In the Supermarket the price was $30...

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Steve

    Question 2018...What will you do differently?

    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds...
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds I initially. I might even do a seperate post on the whole thing.
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds I initially. I might even do a seperate post on...
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds...

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Perry

    Question Ginger in my garden

    There seems to be quite a few differing opinions on ginger. I probably wouldn't go with the wet sack during storage as it's prone to fungus and rotting. You'd normally either keep it dry at room...
    There seems to be quite a few differing opinions on ginger. I probably wouldn't go with the wet sack during storage as it's prone to fungus and rotting. You'd normally either keep it dry at room temp a few weeks (max) or in a ziplock in the crisper. I don't find ginger as easy to grow as either...
    There seems to be quite a few differing opinions on ginger. I probably wouldn't go with the wet sack during storage as it's prone to fungus and rotting. You'd normally either keep it dry at room temp a few weeks (max) or in a ziplock in the...
    There seems to be quite a few differing opinions on ginger. I probably wouldn't go with the wet sack during storage as it's prone to fungus and rotting. You'd normally either keep it dry at room...

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  16. Mataeka

    Question Bubbles in pot saucers?

    The plants were doing great - tomatoes so they were lapping the water up but it seems they've finally realised its winter and most have carcked it - not before an awesome bounty of tomatoes has...
    The plants were doing great - tomatoes so they were lapping the water up but it seems they've finally realised its winter and most have carcked it - not before an awesome bounty of tomatoes has been provided first though. Newly planted plants are doing great :) That's crazy how much gas it creates!
    The plants were doing great - tomatoes so they were lapping the water up but it seems they've finally realised its winter and most have carcked it - not before an awesome bounty of tomatoes has been provided first though. Newly planted plants are...
    The plants were doing great - tomatoes so they were lapping the water up but it seems they've finally realised its winter and most have carcked it - not before an awesome bounty of tomatoes has...

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  17. Perry

    Question Iron Garden Bed

    G'day Letsgo, My word you certainly did a fantastic lob, well done. A very interesting project. It has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much for your reply. Cheers Perry
    G'day Letsgo, My word you certainly did a fantastic lob, well done. A very interesting project. It has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much for your reply. Cheers Perry
    G'day Letsgo, My word you certainly did a fantastic lob, well done. A very interesting project. It has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much for your reply. Cheers Perry
    G'day Letsgo, My word you certainly did a fantastic lob, well done. A very interesting project. It has given me some great ideas. Thank you so much for your reply. Cheers Perry
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  18. Mataeka

    Question Pine Straw Mulch

    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during...
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during the larvae stage, I believe the stat I read was 1sq metre of BSFL eats 15kgs of compost in a day....
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during the larvae stage, I believe the stat I read was 1sq...
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during...
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  19. 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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  20. Berkeloid

    Question Citrus and ash vs compost pH

    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the time to balance out the citrus with ash purely so the volume of citrus is not too great for the...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the time to balance out the citrus with ash purely so...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the...
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  21. Jarrett

    Question Yellowing Citris Seedling

    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to depleted nutrients, too big for the container,...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
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  22. Elliott

    Question Fruit Fly Nets

    Yes I have several nets shaped to cover trees and they cover them well. Buying the material in straight lengths would be ok also as long as the piece was big enough to fully cover. I think most...
    Yes I have several nets shaped to cover trees and they cover them well. Buying the material in straight lengths would be ok also as long as the piece was big enough to fully cover. I think most people buy the rectangle lengths when they are covering raised beds etc rather than trees.
    Yes I have several nets shaped to cover trees and they cover them well. Buying the material in straight lengths would be ok also as long as the piece was big enough to fully cover. I think most people buy the rectangle lengths when they are...
    Yes I have several nets shaped to cover trees and they cover them well. Buying the material in straight lengths would be ok also as long as the piece was big enough to fully cover. I think most...
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  23. David - coona

    Question What is your plan for winter veg planting

    Hehehe point taken!
    Hehehe point taken!
    Hehehe point taken!
    Hehehe point taken!

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  24. Helen Auriga

    Question Red Spider (2 spotted) mite

    There's your answer! The pot mix is old & worn out, so the plants are struggling & have no resources to withstand the fresh onslaught. If the plants are not bearing yet, you could try saving them...
    There's your answer! The pot mix is old & worn out, so the plants are struggling & have no resources to withstand the fresh onslaught. If the plants are not bearing yet, you could try saving them by repotting into brand new potting mix after hosing off the old soil & the whole plant too. Then...
    There's your answer! The pot mix is old & worn out, so the plants are struggling & have no resources to withstand the fresh onslaught. If the plants are not bearing yet, you could try saving them by repotting into brand new potting mix after...
    There's your answer! The pot mix is old & worn out, so the plants are struggling & have no resources to withstand the fresh onslaught. If the plants are not bearing yet, you could try saving them...
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  25. 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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