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. letsgo

    Growing Sweet Carrots

    Possibly yes... The old tip of "don't kill it with kindness" :thumbsup:
    Possibly yes... The old tip of "don't kill it with kindness" :thumbsup:
    Possibly yes... The old tip of "don't kill it with kindness" :thumbsup:
    Possibly yes... The old tip of "don't kill it with kindness" :thumbsup:
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  2. 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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  3. letsgo

    When to grow spuds in Sub Tropical climate

    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
    Thanks Mark I was thinking along the same lines, it's just when I looked it up they said spring. Be into it all very soon.
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  4. ClissAT

    Dragon Fruit Excitment!

    None that I know of Mark. I've only had 3 fruit from 3 different plants one of which is still ripening but it doesn't show any strike signs that I can see so far. It never occurred to me that...
    None that I know of Mark. I've only had 3 fruit from 3 different plants one of which is still ripening but it doesn't show any strike signs that I can see so far. It never occurred to me that fruit fly might be interested in dragon fruit so I better keep a better eye on any future fruit & maybe...
    None that I know of Mark. I've only had 3 fruit from 3 different plants one of which is still ripening but it doesn't show any strike signs that I can see so far. It never occurred to me that fruit fly might be interested in dragon fruit so I...
    None that I know of Mark. I've only had 3 fruit from 3 different plants one of which is still ripening but it doesn't show any strike signs that I can see so far. It never occurred to me that...

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  5. 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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  6. Flatland

    Rabbits chewing fruit tree bark

    My brother in-law also does the chicken wire thing around his fruit trees in Toowoomba...
    My brother in-law also does the chicken wire thing around his fruit trees in Toowoomba...
    My brother in-law also does the chicken wire thing around his fruit trees in Toowoomba...
    My brother in-law also does the chicken wire thing around his fruit trees in Toowoomba...
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  7. 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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  8. letsgo

    Apple tree help

    Horses love sweetcorn plants so at least you will be able to see happy horses
    Horses love sweetcorn plants so at least you will be able to see happy horses
    Horses love sweetcorn plants so at least you will be able to see happy horses
    Horses love sweetcorn plants so at least you will be able to see happy horses

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  9. Flatland

    sand to sandy loam

    I'm already planning where my next broad bean patch will be. This year I have a big pile of composted pony poo so I will be using that and it will be interesting to see if composted pp is better...
    I'm already planning where my next broad bean patch will be. This year I have a big pile of composted pony poo so I will be using that and it will be interesting to see if composted pp is better or worse or the same as straight out of the pony pp
    I'm already planning where my next broad bean patch will be. This year I have a big pile of composted pony poo so I will be using that and it will be interesting to see if composted pp is better or worse or the same as straight out of the pony pp
    I'm already planning where my next broad bean patch will be. This year I have a big pile of composted pony poo so I will be using that and it will be interesting to see if composted pp is better...
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  10. Flatland

    Weed Tea

    I have done the Lucerne tea (today) on some brassica transplants, cauliflower, Brussels and red cabbage. First time I have tried it, looking forward to the results.
    I have done the Lucerne tea (today) on some brassica transplants, cauliflower, Brussels and red cabbage. First time I have tried it, looking forward to the results.
    I have done the Lucerne tea (today) on some brassica transplants, cauliflower, Brussels and red cabbage. First time I have tried it, looking forward to the results.
    I have done the Lucerne tea (today) on some brassica transplants, cauliflower, Brussels and red cabbage. First time I have tried it, looking forward to the results.
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  11. 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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  12. ClissAT

    Drought Stratergies

    I notice the weather men on TV are finally beginning to say the 'D' word! Dams at 50% or thereabouts are being topped up already via the very expensive Brisbane to Caloundra pipeline. Tomorrow...
    I notice the weather men on TV are finally beginning to say the 'D' word! Dams at 50% or thereabouts are being topped up already via the very expensive Brisbane to Caloundra pipeline. Tomorrow I'll buy another bale of compressed coir fibre to extend & aid the water retention of my growing...
    I notice the weather men on TV are finally beginning to say the 'D' word! Dams at 50% or thereabouts are being topped up already via the very expensive Brisbane to Caloundra pipeline. Tomorrow I'll buy another bale of compressed coir fibre to...
    I notice the weather men on TV are finally beginning to say the 'D' word! Dams at 50% or thereabouts are being topped up already via the very expensive Brisbane to Caloundra pipeline. Tomorrow...

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  13. Skippyherron

    Would you live next to a strawberry farm?

    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
    Thanks for your Reply Mark, I hope those native hives take off soon for you.
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  14. Mark

    Synthetic grass/turf around my vegetable garden

    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.
    Unfortunately QC is not the strong point for eBay sellers. PayPal protection isn't enough for buyers to get what they paid for.

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  15. Flatland

    smaill black beetle eating my fruit trees

    It is a sad fact that many places including many nurseries will miss label plants. Whether mistake or on purpose who knows But it is very annoying when you pay decent money for an Imperial...
    It is a sad fact that many places including many nurseries will miss label plants. Whether mistake or on purpose who knows But it is very annoying when you pay decent money for an Imperial manadrin care for it wait the 2 - 3 years for it to produce only then to discover it is not an Imperial but...
    It is a sad fact that many places including many nurseries will miss label plants. Whether mistake or on purpose who knows But it is very annoying when you pay decent money for an Imperial manadrin care for it wait the 2 - 3 years for it to...
    It is a sad fact that many places including many nurseries will miss label plants. Whether mistake or on purpose who knows But it is very annoying when you pay decent money for an Imperial...

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  16. Flatland

    Using chaff as a mulch

    Flatland, what a disappointment to find your valuable oaten chaff mouldy! I have used both white & green chaff to mulch around plants & between tiny seedlings. The only thing I had to be careful...
    Flatland, what a disappointment to find your valuable oaten chaff mouldy! I have used both white & green chaff to mulch around plants & between tiny seedlings. The only thing I had to be careful about was that some of the chaff wanted to stick together forming a bit of a mat. But you wont know...
    Flatland, what a disappointment to find your valuable oaten chaff mouldy! I have used both white & green chaff to mulch around plants & between tiny seedlings. The only thing I had to be careful about was that some of the chaff wanted to stick...
    Flatland, what a disappointment to find your valuable oaten chaff mouldy! I have used both white & green chaff to mulch around plants & between tiny seedlings. The only thing I had to be careful...
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  17. Flatland

    Why does one almond tree suffer more than the other?

    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
    Thanks for that idea I hadn't thought of that
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  18. Flatland

    How to grow a kikuyu lawn in dry southern areas

    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
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  19. Flatland

    My citrus need help

    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
    I do this sometimes and it does give good results.
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  20. Mark

    Question Is free compost from the dump/tip safe to use in the garden?

    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
    That three corner jack is a nasty thing to step on I've done it unfortunately but thankfully we don't have it on our property.
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  21. Mark
    Showcase

    Veg Showcase Madgascan Bean (bean Madagascar)

    Kasalia, thanks for posting that link. That recipe sounds great. I have dried beans left over from the 2015 season. Last year I didn't water nor tend the vines so they hardly grew which suited me....
    Kasalia, thanks for posting that link. That recipe sounds great. I have dried beans left over from the 2015 season. Last year I didn't water nor tend the vines so they hardly grew which suited me. But I got so many the year before, there was plenty. I find the dried beans cook much quicker in...
    Kasalia, thanks for posting that link. That recipe sounds great. I have dried beans left over from the 2015 season. Last year I didn't water nor tend the vines so they hardly grew which suited me. But I got so many the year before, there was...
    Kasalia, thanks for posting that link. That recipe sounds great. I have dried beans left over from the 2015 season. Last year I didn't water nor tend the vines so they hardly grew which suited me....
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  22. Comfort

    Help with bullnose corrugated iron raised bed

    Yes I see your dilemma. The sheets are all meant to be set over lapped over each other in a run. So the first corrugation is a little offset from the edge of the sheet. The sheets are 800 wide...
    Yes I see your dilemma. The sheets are all meant to be set over lapped over each other in a run. So the first corrugation is a little offset from the edge of the sheet. The sheets are 800 wide making a coverage of 720 or 740 depending on the depth of the corrugations, ie low or high profile. So...
    Yes I see your dilemma. The sheets are all meant to be set over lapped over each other in a run. So the first corrugation is a little offset from the edge of the sheet. The sheets are 800 wide making a coverage of 720 or 740 depending on the...
    Yes I see your dilemma. The sheets are all meant to be set over lapped over each other in a run. So the first corrugation is a little offset from the edge of the sheet. The sheets are 800 wide...

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  23. Mark
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    Veg Showcase Spinach - Baby Leaf

    What's your recipe for spinach triangles? I often buy them but never managed to make a decent one.
    What's your recipe for spinach triangles? I often buy them but never managed to make a decent one.
    What's your recipe for spinach triangles? I often buy them but never managed to make a decent one.
    What's your recipe for spinach triangles? I often buy them but never managed to make a decent one.
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  24. Mark
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    Veg Showcase Tomoto - Yellow Cherry

    Should I admit I just can't come at tomatoes that are any other colour than red? Maybe not you might accuse me of being colour prejudice
    Should I admit I just can't come at tomatoes that are any other colour than red? Maybe not you might accuse me of being colour prejudice
    Should I admit I just can't come at tomatoes that are any other colour than red? Maybe not you might accuse me of being colour prejudice
    Should I admit I just can't come at tomatoes that are any other colour than red? Maybe not you might accuse me of being colour prejudice
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  25. Flatland

    Lentils

    Thanks for the info. They certainly sound worth me planting as a shelter belt and if I get peas that is a bonus. I've googled Green harvest and they stock the seeds so I think I will give them a go.
    Thanks for the info. They certainly sound worth me planting as a shelter belt and if I get peas that is a bonus. I've googled Green harvest and they stock the seeds so I think I will give them a go.
    Thanks for the info. They certainly sound worth me planting as a shelter belt and if I get peas that is a bonus. I've googled Green harvest and they stock the seeds so I think I will give them a go.
    Thanks for the info. They certainly sound worth me planting as a shelter belt and if I get peas that is a bonus. I've googled Green harvest and they stock the seeds so I think I will give them a go.

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