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. DarrenP

    What are you harvesting/picking?

    Oh Lois, how I wish I could skite and say it was down to good work! No, its down to sheer good luck that anything is growing at my place right now. The few brassicas that survived out of the 3...
    Oh Lois, how I wish I could skite and say it was down to good work! No, its down to sheer good luck that anything is growing at my place right now. The few brassicas that survived out of the 3 punnets planted (cauli, broc, cabbage), managed to grow on the smallest bit of grey water. What's...
    Oh Lois, how I wish I could skite and say it was down to good work! No, its down to sheer good luck that anything is growing at my place right now. The few brassicas that survived out of the 3 punnets planted (cauli, broc, cabbage), managed to...
    Oh Lois, how I wish I could skite and say it was down to good work! No, its down to sheer good luck that anything is growing at my place right now. The few brassicas that survived out of the 3...

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  2. ClissAT

    Food Forest at Cow Shed

    Certainty all gone gang busters, well done. The rain has done it all a world of good. Be good if you can find or have found some better solutions for your soil :)
    Certainty all gone gang busters, well done. The rain has done it all a world of good. Be good if you can find or have found some better solutions for your soil :)
    Certainty all gone gang busters, well done. The rain has done it all a world of good. Be good if you can find or have found some better solutions for your soil :)
    Certainty all gone gang busters, well done. The rain has done it all a world of good. Be good if you can find or have found some better solutions for your soil :)

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  3. Bea

    Just Peppers

    As I stated earlier about capsicums (the larger varieties) being harder to grow here this season has started off just the same. I planted several "easy to grow" banana caps in a new raised bed...
    As I stated earlier about capsicums (the larger varieties) being harder to grow here this season has started off just the same. I planted several "easy to grow" banana caps in a new raised bed about 6 weeks back and they're looking stressed as anything... I suspect the soil (supposedly chicken...
    As I stated earlier about capsicums (the larger varieties) being harder to grow here this season has started off just the same. I planted several "easy to grow" banana caps in a new raised bed about 6 weeks back and they're looking stressed as...
    As I stated earlier about capsicums (the larger varieties) being harder to grow here this season has started off just the same. I planted several "easy to grow" banana caps in a new raised bed...
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  4. Pauljm

    Zucchini

    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the soil. These days you could use a yoghurt container or...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings and pressed the cup just a little into the...
    Something my grandfather used to do to prevent snails and slugs attacking his seedlings was to use waxed drink cups. He cut the bottoms out of them and placed them upsidedown over the seedlings...

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  5. Ray Speed

    Fruit tree collection growing

    That all sounds wonderful Ray. Separating the chooks from your orchard area sounds like a grid idea :)
    That all sounds wonderful Ray. Separating the chooks from your orchard area sounds like a grid idea :)
    That all sounds wonderful Ray. Separating the chooks from your orchard area sounds like a grid idea :)
    That all sounds wonderful Ray. Separating the chooks from your orchard area sounds like a grid idea :)
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  6. stevo

    Question Jalapenos / chillies!

    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle onions and put them in that for awhile it seems to work but not as good as the first lot. I love the...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle onions and put them in that for awhile it seems to...
    Any clues on your picking mix ???? I have brought big jars of sliced pickled jalapenos from aldi and love them. But the last 6 jars arnt pickled. I have then got the pickle juice from pickle...

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  7. Kasalia

    Community Garden

    Well judges been and gone but haven't heard anything, most important of all is the ground work has finally started for the pavilion, spent most of last week letting people in and out of the...
    Well judges been and gone but haven't heard anything, most important of all is the ground work has finally started for the pavilion, spent most of last week letting people in and out of the gardens. Spent 15 months of hard work for this occasion. Delivery of the actual pavilion a 6 x 6m...
    Well judges been and gone but haven't heard anything, most important of all is the ground work has finally started for the pavilion, spent most of last week letting people in and out of the gardens. Spent 15 months of hard work for this...
    Well judges been and gone but haven't heard anything, most important of all is the ground work has finally started for the pavilion, spent most of last week letting people in and out of the...

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  8. Letsgokate

    Potato Harvest

    Hasn’t been but I know that it can be an issue.
    Hasn’t been but I know that it can be an issue.
    Hasn’t been but I know that it can be an issue.
    Hasn’t been but I know that it can be an issue.

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  9. Pauljm

    Cauliflower rot in stem?

    Replace the guy with the stupid beard!!:ROFL::blush: I'm not nearly good looking enough to replace him! :sneaky: But thanks for the vote for confidence Pauljm ! :wave:
    Replace the guy with the stupid beard!!:ROFL::blush: I'm not nearly good looking enough to replace him! :sneaky: But thanks for the vote for confidence Pauljm ! :wave:
    Replace the guy with the stupid beard!!:ROFL::blush: I'm not nearly good looking enough to replace him! :sneaky: But thanks for the vote for confidence Pauljm ! :wave:
    Replace the guy with the stupid beard!!:ROFL::blush: I'm not nearly good looking enough to replace him! :sneaky: But thanks for the vote for confidence Pauljm ! :wave:

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  10. Steve

    Black Aphids on Garlic

    My garlic, leeks, chives and also onions often get badly attacked by these black aphids. So last week I concocted a spray, which finally seems to work. The spray also works well on the grey aphids...
    My garlic, leeks, chives and also onions often get badly attacked by these black aphids. So last week I concocted a spray, which finally seems to work. The spray also works well on the grey aphids which attacked my brasicca plants and the white scale insects which attacked one of my curry leaf...
    My garlic, leeks, chives and also onions often get badly attacked by these black aphids. So last week I concocted a spray, which finally seems to work. The spray also works well on the grey aphids which attacked my brasicca plants and the white...
    My garlic, leeks, chives and also onions often get badly attacked by these black aphids. So last week I concocted a spray, which finally seems to work. The spray also works well on the grey aphids...
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  11. Letsgokate

    What to grow when in the Subtropics

    I loved Ecuador, I remember getting fantastic vegetables from the markets. The biodiversity is amazing, I don't know that you could restrict it to just sub tropical, as the climate varies so much...
    I loved Ecuador, I remember getting fantastic vegetables from the markets. The biodiversity is amazing, I don't know that you could restrict it to just sub tropical, as the climate varies so much from town to town. Desert, high altitude mountain grassland, tropical rain forest & everything in...
    I loved Ecuador, I remember getting fantastic vegetables from the markets. The biodiversity is amazing, I don't know that you could restrict it to just sub tropical, as the climate varies so much from town to town. Desert, high altitude mountain...
    I loved Ecuador, I remember getting fantastic vegetables from the markets. The biodiversity is amazing, I don't know that you could restrict it to just sub tropical, as the climate varies so much...
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  12. Perry

    Question Growing Ginger

    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.
    I grow in buckets too. Harvest every 2 years, alternate buckets, they get bigger then.

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  13. Letsgokate

    Citrus Guide by Annette McFarlane

    I downloaded the pdf for future reference. Wasn't she on the ABC Radio garden show at one stage?
    I downloaded the pdf for future reference. Wasn't she on the ABC Radio garden show at one stage?
    I downloaded the pdf for future reference. Wasn't she on the ABC Radio garden show at one stage?
    I downloaded the pdf for future reference. Wasn't she on the ABC Radio garden show at one stage?
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  14. Jenny

    Potato Seed Pods / Nodules?

    What say makes sense, weird thing though, the potato I planted, was a standard brown skinned potato, but the nodules that developed on the stems were purple, that is what made me think that the...
    What say makes sense, weird thing though, the potato I planted, was a standard brown skinned potato, but the nodules that developed on the stems were purple, that is what made me think that the nodules must be something other than potential potatoes.
    What say makes sense, weird thing though, the potato I planted, was a standard brown skinned potato, but the nodules that developed on the stems were purple, that is what made me think that the nodules must be something other than potential...
    What say makes sense, weird thing though, the potato I planted, was a standard brown skinned potato, but the nodules that developed on the stems were purple, that is what made me think that the...

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  15. Letsgokate

    Retractable Hose

    I installed the Hoselink retractable hose yesterday and it took several hours because it needed to be mounted on a post which I had to cement into the garden bed... My first impressions of the...
    I installed the Hoselink retractable hose yesterday and it took several hours because it needed to be mounted on a post which I had to cement into the garden bed... My first impressions of the retractable unit, hose, and revamped/improved hand waterer are positive - it looks and feels very...
    I installed the Hoselink retractable hose yesterday and it took several hours because it needed to be mounted on a post which I had to cement into the garden bed... My first impressions of the retractable unit, hose, and revamped/improved hand...
    I installed the Hoselink retractable hose yesterday and it took several hours because it needed to be mounted on a post which I had to cement into the garden bed... My first impressions of the...

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  16. ClissAT

    Potato growing in containers without water

    Awesome well done. They are supposed to be easy but they can be elusive the humble spud in our climate. I just checked mine I have growing in a raised bed this year and the top parts are thriving...
    Awesome well done. They are supposed to be easy but they can be elusive the humble spud in our climate. I just checked mine I have growing in a raised bed this year and the top parts are thriving and I haven't been tempted to look under the surface until your post :) and I'm thrilled to say just...
    Awesome well done. They are supposed to be easy but they can be elusive the humble spud in our climate. I just checked mine I have growing in a raised bed this year and the top parts are thriving and I haven't been tempted to look under the...
    Awesome well done. They are supposed to be easy but they can be elusive the humble spud in our climate. I just checked mine I have growing in a raised bed this year and the top parts are thriving...

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  17. Wayland.

    No dig policy.

    Taking your point Mark. For a long time now a growing number of tillage farmers in the UK drill their crops into the stubble directly. This is not to say that they don't cultivate. They have the...
    Taking your point Mark. For a long time now a growing number of tillage farmers in the UK drill their crops into the stubble directly. This is not to say that they don't cultivate. They have the drill bolted to the back of a rotavator. It is by this example that I am experimenting. I asked the...
    Taking your point Mark. For a long time now a growing number of tillage farmers in the UK drill their crops into the stubble directly. This is not to say that they don't cultivate. They have the drill bolted to the back of a rotavator. It is by...
    Taking your point Mark. For a long time now a growing number of tillage farmers in the UK drill their crops into the stubble directly. This is not to say that they don't cultivate. They have the...
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  18. Wayland.

    Carrot Root Fly.

    I can just see it now Wayland, paddocks full of carrots growing in long waist high troughs due to your discovery!:thumbsup:
    I can just see it now Wayland, paddocks full of carrots growing in long waist high troughs due to your discovery!:thumbsup:
    I can just see it now Wayland, paddocks full of carrots growing in long waist high troughs due to your discovery!:thumbsup:
    I can just see it now Wayland, paddocks full of carrots growing in long waist high troughs due to your discovery!:thumbsup:
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  19. Jenny
    Showcase

    Herb & Spice Showcase African Wild Rosemary

    Phew Jenny, that was close!:shock:
    Phew Jenny, that was close!:shock:
    Phew Jenny, that was close!:shock:
    Phew Jenny, that was close!:shock:
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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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