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. Sherry Robitson

    Seed storage

    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed stored in an envelope and a couple of silica gel packs for moisture absorption. They stored well,...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed stored in an envelope and a couple of silica gel...
    Some seeds will last longer than others, but nearly all seeds should last at least a couple of years if stored correctly. I tried to store seeds in an airtight jar in the fridge, each type of seed...
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  2. letsgo

    Banana Plant

    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(
    When you bag I would recommend that you place some netting or mesh over the open end - we lost half a bunch recently because the possums or foxes found out how to get under the bag :(

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  3. 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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  4. letsgo

    Fruit Flies

    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose,...
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose, and need a strong tie to keep them in place). Here's hoping
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose, and need a strong tie to keep them in place). Here's...
    Ooh, that's reminding me to be on the lookout. I've got similar netted bags for individual fruits and hope they'll stay tight enough to last the season (but the toggles I have seem to be loose,...

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  5. Dione

    The struggle is real!

    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned...
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned veggies.
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned veggies.
    Great effort with the toms. I had no idea they could do so well in the cooler weather. Will have to try this to avoid the fruit fly season. Guess that would go the same with the other thin-skinned...

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  6. Steve

    Growing Chives

    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
    Cheers @Dione I need to start a proper rotation too. Good advice.
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  7. C.J.

    Overwintering Peppers

    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric...
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric blanket in the base of his mini greenhouse to give a little extra warmth All my babies and seeds.
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric blanket in the base of his mini greenhouse to give a...
    How about a mini greenhouse in a part of the garden where it's in sun most of the day? The greenhouse kits are pretty reasonably priced these days - one of our past members uses an electric...
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  8. Flatland

    Avocado tree dropping leaves

    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've tried everything to save them and always failed eventually after a long protracted period of leaf...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've tried everything to save them and always failed...
    Yeah, avos are very fickle (as we know) and sadly leaf drop usually is a sign of an impending slow death as it's often hard to pull a young avocado tree back from stress but it is possible. I've...
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. ClissAT

    Potato growing in containers without water

    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone green so I just bunged them in to see how they would go. Here are the Royal Blue plants (taken a...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone green so I just bunged them in to see how they would...
    I know it's more like a garden bed but technically it could be called a big container... On the left, I have planted Royal Blue's and the right I have several old shop purchased potatoes gone...

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  13. ClissAT

    What is it & what is eating it??

    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when we realised its juicy mature fruits were sour but the characteristic nipple like knob at the top of...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when we realised its juicy mature fruits were sour but...
    Seville is traditionally a bitter orange, which makes sense. Even when ripe they aren't favourites for fresh eating oranges. I had a similar dilemma with a mature tree we had in our acreage when...

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  14. 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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  15. Flatland

    When do you prunr

    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on my wish list for the next big road trip. I don't...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer Springs). The West Coast and Invercargill are on...
    Thanks Oskar! :) It sounds like you've done a bit more travelling around the South Island than I have (I've only gone to the Marlborough Sounds, Christchurch, Queenstown, Dunedin and around Hanmer...
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  16. letsgo

    Crop rotation

    Oscar, re the neighbours hedge.... if even one single leaf or 1000 leaves & branches lean over your side, prune them off. Its downright disrespectful of neighbours to let their hedges get that...
    Oscar, re the neighbours hedge.... if even one single leaf or 1000 leaves & branches lean over your side, prune them off. Its downright disrespectful of neighbours to let their hedges get that tall in closely settled suburbia. I know you can't moderate the height, but you are allowed to remove...
    Oscar, re the neighbours hedge.... if even one single leaf or 1000 leaves & branches lean over your side, prune them off. Its downright disrespectful of neighbours to let their hedges get that tall in closely settled suburbia. I know you can't...
    Oscar, re the neighbours hedge.... if even one single leaf or 1000 leaves & branches lean over your side, prune them off. Its downright disrespectful of neighbours to let their hedges get that...
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  17. Flatland

    rabbits and friut trees

    Hmmm yes, large sausages or skinned rabbits Mark?
    Hmmm yes, large sausages or skinned rabbits Mark?
    Hmmm yes, large sausages or skinned rabbits Mark?
    Hmmm yes, large sausages or skinned rabbits Mark?

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  18. 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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  19. Flatland

    What to do with compost thst has gone yuck?

    I have a "little pig" tumbling composted...tragically expensive, insulated so it does get quite hot in there (too hot for compost worms) and it's never made compost in 28days despite a similar...
    I have a "little pig" tumbling composted...tragically expensive, insulated so it does get quite hot in there (too hot for compost worms) and it's never made compost in 28days despite a similar claim. It does however make great compost in a few months. BUT...I've found the best compost in the...
    I have a "little pig" tumbling composted...tragically expensive, insulated so it does get quite hot in there (too hot for compost worms) and it's never made compost in 28days despite a similar claim. It does however make great compost in a few...
    I have a "little pig" tumbling composted...tragically expensive, insulated so it does get quite hot in there (too hot for compost worms) and it's never made compost in 28days despite a similar...
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. ClissAT
    Love it! x 3

    Container Gardening

    I admit to being a bit thick at times! :p I remember planting pigeon pea & pawpaw seeds a few yrs ago, then wondering why they didn't come up. So I planted more & when I checked a couple days later...
    I admit to being a bit thick at times! :p I remember planting pigeon pea & pawpaw seeds a few yrs ago, then wondering why they didn't come up. So I planted more & when I checked a couple days later it looked like the soil had been disturbed. Still the penny didn't drop until that second batch...
    I admit to being a bit thick at times! :p I remember planting pigeon pea & pawpaw seeds a few yrs ago, then wondering why they didn't come up. So I planted more & when I checked a couple days later it looked like the soil had been disturbed. Still...
    I admit to being a bit thick at times! :p I remember planting pigeon pea & pawpaw seeds a few yrs ago, then wondering why they didn't come up. So I planted more & when I checked a couple days later...

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  23. Mark

    Cherry alternatives for a warm climate

    Yes I've done that now... :)
    Yes I've done that now... :)
    Yes I've done that now... :)
    Yes I've done that now... :)

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  24. Mark

    Dragon fruit (pitaya)

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

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  25. Sasha Bushell

    Soil testing and maintenence

    I'm interested to know what you think!
    I'm interested to know what you think!
    I'm interested to know what you think!
    I'm interested to know what you think!
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