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. lienS

    Root vegetables

    My soil (haha) is rock and gravel in the southern Andes of Ecuador. Locals who have been growing for years have great success of course but I am newbie, so i use raised beds, pots pf all...
    My soil (haha) is rock and gravel in the southern Andes of Ecuador. Locals who have been growing for years have great success of course but I am newbie, so i use raised beds, pots pf all shapes/sizes and the dog food/cat food/litter bags. Fruit trees and roses do remarkably well here but not ...
    My soil (haha) is rock and gravel in the southern Andes of Ecuador. Locals who have been growing for years have great success of course but I am newbie, so i use raised beds, pots pf all shapes/sizes and the dog food/cat food/litter bags. Fruit...
    My soil (haha) is rock and gravel in the southern Andes of Ecuador. Locals who have been growing for years have great success of course but I am newbie, so i use raised beds, pots pf all...
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  2. ClissAT

    Peanuts

    Homegrown peanuts are worth trying but they do need maintenance because weeds easily grow through the spindly stems and this makes them difficult to pull without ripping our peanuts. I recommend...
    Homegrown peanuts are worth trying but they do need maintenance because weeds easily grow through the spindly stems and this makes them difficult to pull without ripping our peanuts. I recommend growing them in a fresh bed or perhaps a container with a new medium. If you can get a pot full...
    Homegrown peanuts are worth trying but they do need maintenance because weeds easily grow through the spindly stems and this makes them difficult to pull without ripping our peanuts. I recommend growing them in a fresh bed or perhaps a container...
    Homegrown peanuts are worth trying but they do need maintenance because weeds easily grow through the spindly stems and this makes them difficult to pull without ripping our peanuts. I recommend...
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  3. ClissAT

    Newsletter from Katek fertilizer company.

    I am soooooo snowed under... I have to install Birdies raised beds first (in that front section of our patch) and see if I can still get a few more cooler crops in before it starts getting too hot...
    I am soooooo snowed under... I have to install Birdies raised beds first (in that front section of our patch) and see if I can still get a few more cooler crops in before it starts getting too hot again. Then I should have time to install the hoses and give them a working out - I'm still a keen...
    I am soooooo snowed under... I have to install Birdies raised beds first (in that front section of our patch) and see if I can still get a few more cooler crops in before it starts getting too hot again. Then I should have time to install the...
    I am soooooo snowed under... I have to install Birdies raised beds first (in that front section of our patch) and see if I can still get a few more cooler crops in before it starts getting too hot...
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  4. Mark

    Ceylon Hill Gooseberry growing & harvest

    About 3 metres but you can prune them back.
    About 3 metres but you can prune them back.
    About 3 metres but you can prune them back.
    About 3 metres but you can prune them back.
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  5. Mark

    Biggest Avocado in the world would you buy one?

    I've visited RSA twice and can affirm that your price pound for pound for avos is cheaper by 4 x at least! I tried to eat one for breakfast every morning when we were over there :D That'd be good...
    I've visited RSA twice and can affirm that your price pound for pound for avos is cheaper by 4 x at least! I tried to eat one for breakfast every morning when we were over there :D That'd be good to see :thumbsup:
    I've visited RSA twice and can affirm that your price pound for pound for avos is cheaper by 4 x at least! I tried to eat one for breakfast every morning when we were over there :D That'd be good to see :thumbsup:
    I've visited RSA twice and can affirm that your price pound for pound for avos is cheaper by 4 x at least! I tried to eat one for breakfast every morning when we were over there :D That'd be good...
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  6. Perry

    Question Is it normal for Ginger to die back?

    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If you want to optimise production you'll need to dig it up at some point as it will become quite...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If you want to optimise production you'll need to dig...
    It's normal for it to die back - usually starts around autumn - so don't worry too much. You can either dig it up and replant (do this is spring) or just leave it and it will sprout again. If...

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  7. Pauljm
    Love it! x 3

    18 months later..

    I feel your pain regarding lack of sun. I had a great veggie spot till the neighbours planted a hedge which is now about 5metres tall and blocks all the afternoon sun. I've had to stop growing...
    I feel your pain regarding lack of sun. I had a great veggie spot till the neighbours planted a hedge which is now about 5metres tall and blocks all the afternoon sun. I've had to stop growing most things (lettuce goes OK...but I don't eat much salad in winter!!) until the angle of the sun is...
    I feel your pain regarding lack of sun. I had a great veggie spot till the neighbours planted a hedge which is now about 5metres tall and blocks all the afternoon sun. I've had to stop growing most things (lettuce goes OK...but I don't eat much...
    I feel your pain regarding lack of sun. I had a great veggie spot till the neighbours planted a hedge which is now about 5metres tall and blocks all the afternoon sun. I've had to stop growing...

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  8. Pauljm

    Are these broccoli ready

    Lovely healthy looking broccoli. I hope you got them picked and processed in time .:thumbsup:
    Lovely healthy looking broccoli. I hope you got them picked and processed in time .:thumbsup:
    Lovely healthy looking broccoli. I hope you got them picked and processed in time .:thumbsup:
    Lovely healthy looking broccoli. I hope you got them picked and processed in time .:thumbsup:

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  9. Mark

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

    Plant it out at any time really once it's established and growing well in the container. Say a foot or two... Avos do well in partial shade initially when it can grow and eventually get full sun...
    Plant it out at any time really once it's established and growing well in the container. Say a foot or two... Avos do well in partial shade initially when it can grow and eventually get full sun but it still will need some good sun for it to grow well otherwise plant it in full sun and perhaps...
    Plant it out at any time really once it's established and growing well in the container. Say a foot or two... Avos do well in partial shade initially when it can grow and eventually get full sun but it still will need some good sun for it to...
    Plant it out at any time really once it's established and growing well in the container. Say a foot or two... Avos do well in partial shade initially when it can grow and eventually get full sun...

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  10. 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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  11. Letsgokate

    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. ClissAT

    Motion Activated Bird Scarer

    Few weeks ago I went out and hose the possums up the butt, much more effective:D
    Few weeks ago I went out and hose the possums up the butt, much more effective:D
    Few weeks ago I went out and hose the possums up the butt, much more effective:D
    Few weeks ago I went out and hose the possums up the butt, much more effective:D

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  15. Flatland

    My citrus need help

    Did you buy the tree from a proper garden nursery or is it a seedling that you or someone started? Seedlings take years to begin fruiting. How much nitrogen do you feed it prior to fruiting...
    Did you buy the tree from a proper garden nursery or is it a seedling that you or someone started? Seedlings take years to begin fruiting. How much nitrogen do you feed it prior to fruiting season? Do you feed it prior to fruiting season? If so, what fertilizer does it get. Does it exhibit any...
    Did you buy the tree from a proper garden nursery or is it a seedling that you or someone started? Seedlings take years to begin fruiting. How much nitrogen do you feed it prior to fruiting season? Do you feed it prior to fruiting season? If so,...
    Did you buy the tree from a proper garden nursery or is it a seedling that you or someone started? Seedlings take years to begin fruiting. How much nitrogen do you feed it prior to fruiting...
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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. Mark

    Jerusalem Artichoke growing

    So after digging up most of my Jerusalem artichokes to give away, and having never had much success with them, this year I just ignored them. So I was quite shocked this am when i went to dig out...
    So after digging up most of my Jerusalem artichokes to give away, and having never had much success with them, this year I just ignored them. So I was quite shocked this am when i went to dig out the "dead" flowers to discover a god 4-5kg of tubers! Just cooked some up for lunch (saluted in...
    So after digging up most of my Jerusalem artichokes to give away, and having never had much success with them, this year I just ignored them. So I was quite shocked this am when i went to dig out the "dead" flowers to discover a god 4-5kg of...
    So after digging up most of my Jerusalem artichokes to give away, and having never had much success with them, this year I just ignored them. So I was quite shocked this am when i went to dig out...

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  22. Mark

    Growing ginger in a food forest

    Thanks heaps for such a prompt reply but if doesn't quite answer my question so I will keep looking... I do appreciate your time. I live in quite a Mediterranean climate so can add humidity by...
    Thanks heaps for such a prompt reply but if doesn't quite answer my question so I will keep looking... I do appreciate your time. I live in quite a Mediterranean climate so can add humidity by turning off the sun during a hot day and adding the customary rain we get at harvest time! . Anyway...
    Thanks heaps for such a prompt reply but if doesn't quite answer my question so I will keep looking... I do appreciate your time. I live in quite a Mediterranean climate so can add humidity by turning off the sun during a hot day and adding the...
    Thanks heaps for such a prompt reply but if doesn't quite answer my question so I will keep looking... I do appreciate your time. I live in quite a Mediterranean climate so can add humidity by...
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  24. 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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  25. 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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