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. 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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  2. 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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  3. ClissAT

    Who's using grey water on their garden?

    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use enough water in my household during a 24hr period to...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast things dry out. My biggest problem is I don't use...
    Well the rain disappeared as quickly as it arrived so I've been back to bucketing grey water onto everything for a couple weeks now. With these very hot dry days, it is amazing just how fast...
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  4. letsgo

    Coconut Palm

    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)
    Well, that's a reasonable timeframe - I thought it would be longer. I'd love to make our own coconut milk/cream for Thai dishes from our own tree :)

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  5. 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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  6. Mark
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    Veg Showcase Mouse Melon

    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a...
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a general trace elements mix and see how that goes. :)
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a general trace elements mix and see how that goes. :)
    Giving them regular water? If the plant is thriving but it's just the fruit that's not holding then it could be an insect stinging the fruit or a deficiency - perhaps give them a water of a...
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  7. Kasalia
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    Veg Showcase Perennial Leeks

    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and all, when I harvested a perfect, decent sized bulb - just one. I dont know if I should eat it, frame...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and all, when I harvested a perfect, decent sized bulb -...
    LOL I felt the same way when I moved here and had to start buying garlic!!! Cant remember the last time I actually bought garlic in Vancouver. You may understand my unbridled joy, photos and...
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  8. Ash

    Growing from seed

    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed in a toilet roll cut in half, filled with a mix of seed raising mix and compost. Once they have...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed in a toilet roll cut in half, filled with a mix...
    A good way to get seedlings started early is to grow them in a sunny windowsill; actually once they germinate they don't even need direct sunlight. I grow them in a shallow plastic tray, each seed...

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  9. Dione

    Seed suppliers.

    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
    I too can vouch for both of those seed suppliers. My only beef with Boondie is the turn around; it took a lot longer for their seeds to arrive. Both have excellent germination rates, in my experience.
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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. letsgo

    Garden knife

    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
    Lino knife...very interesting, I must check one out next time I'm in the big green shed. :D
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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