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. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Flatland

    How to grow a kikuyu lawn in dry southern areas

    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
    Any pics? :)
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Mark
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    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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Darryl

    Would like to know your thoughts on Hoophouse for market garden project

    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie beds a few flowers, little shed, chooks & meat birds, a goat for milk, compost bays, etc. Even less...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie beds a few flowers, little shed, chooks & meat...
    That's a great use of urban land! Many years ago I worked out a family of 4 could be self sufficient off just a quarter acre house block with the house on it. Enough room for fruit trees, vegie...
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  17. Mark

    Question How to keep cabbage moth of vegetables?

    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!
    I like the sound of this stuff!

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  18. Flatland

    couch grass in veggie patch

    Yeah a thick mulch is the way to go. In my vegetable patch if a bed gets taken over by grass I'll give that bed a rest and cover it completely with a tarp or a few layers of shade cloth leave it...
    Yeah a thick mulch is the way to go. In my vegetable patch if a bed gets taken over by grass I'll give that bed a rest and cover it completely with a tarp or a few layers of shade cloth leave it for several weeks and the grass is toast :)
    Yeah a thick mulch is the way to go. In my vegetable patch if a bed gets taken over by grass I'll give that bed a rest and cover it completely with a tarp or a few layers of shade cloth leave it for several weeks and the grass is toast :)
    Yeah a thick mulch is the way to go. In my vegetable patch if a bed gets taken over by grass I'll give that bed a rest and cover it completely with a tarp or a few layers of shade cloth leave it...

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  19. Flatland

    Lawn clippings as mulch

    What a great example of mulching! That's a wonderful picture :cheers:
    What a great example of mulching! That's a wonderful picture :cheers:
    What a great example of mulching! That's a wonderful picture :cheers:
    What a great example of mulching! That's a wonderful picture :cheers:

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  20. Mark

    Direct sowing vs seedling trays

    That's a good point and even in the subtropics (or any climate I guess) the mistake of not having a long enough growing season can be made easy enough so starting early in trays can help...
    That's a good point and even in the subtropics (or any climate I guess) the mistake of not having a long enough growing season can be made easy enough so starting early in trays can help dramatically when it comes to getting a yield from a late planting.
    That's a good point and even in the subtropics (or any climate I guess) the mistake of not having a long enough growing season can be made easy enough so starting early in trays can help dramatically when it comes to getting a yield from a late...
    That's a good point and even in the subtropics (or any climate I guess) the mistake of not having a long enough growing season can be made easy enough so starting early in trays can help...
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  21. Skippyherron
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    Seed sowing before the rain came in Brissy

    Luckily put in 30 Simba beans and 30 Bortolotti for seed, zucchinni transplants, and hopefully today a couple of cucumbers and butternut seeds.
    Luckily put in 30 Simba beans and 30 Bortolotti for seed, zucchinni transplants, and hopefully today a couple of cucumbers and butternut seeds.
    Luckily put in 30 Simba beans and 30 Bortolotti for seed, zucchinni transplants, and hopefully today a couple of cucumbers and butternut seeds.
    Luckily put in 30 Simba beans and 30 Bortolotti for seed, zucchinni transplants, and hopefully today a couple of cucumbers and butternut seeds.

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  22. Darryl
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    New garden bed

    @Mark Yes there is dainage holes in the bottom.
    @Mark Yes there is dainage holes in the bottom.
    @Mark Yes there is dainage holes in the bottom.
    @Mark Yes there is dainage holes in the bottom.

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  23. Flatland

    Asparagus & strawberries growing together

    I do like this idea as a concept! I currently have an asparagus bed that is doing very well and also strawberries in a separate bed but replanting the strawberry plants into the asparagus bed is...
    I do like this idea as a concept! I currently have an asparagus bed that is doing very well and also strawberries in a separate bed but replanting the strawberry plants into the asparagus bed is very tempting. The reason why I think it could work and why others say it does (I guess) is the...
    I do like this idea as a concept! I currently have an asparagus bed that is doing very well and also strawberries in a separate bed but replanting the strawberry plants into the asparagus bed is very tempting. The reason why I think it could...
    I do like this idea as a concept! I currently have an asparagus bed that is doing very well and also strawberries in a separate bed but replanting the strawberry plants into the asparagus bed is...
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  24. Mark

    Garden Express Latest Catalogue and products

    I've been doing very small tests using just a few bulbs. However now that in time I will get some inheritance, I intend to ramp up my experiments. I do need an accountant though first & foremost,...
    I've been doing very small tests using just a few bulbs. However now that in time I will get some inheritance, I intend to ramp up my experiments. I do need an accountant though first & foremost, so I can write off the cost if it doesn't work out. Also to protect my idea if it does work.
    I've been doing very small tests using just a few bulbs. However now that in time I will get some inheritance, I intend to ramp up my experiments. I do need an accountant though first & foremost, so I can write off the cost if it doesn't work...
    I've been doing very small tests using just a few bulbs. However now that in time I will get some inheritance, I intend to ramp up my experiments. I do need an accountant though first & foremost,...
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  25. Mark

    Ultrasonic Bird Repellent for fruit and vegetables reviews say it works!

    That's great!
    That's great!
    That's great!
    That's great!

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