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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

    Grape vine novice

    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be treated the same. Once pruned I think they need a rest period with no water or fertilizer. Then...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be treated the same. Once pruned I think they need a...
    Grapes do much better if they are pruned back very hard at the end of their bearing season. Commercial vines are pruned back to the old stump & I see no reason why our domestic vines should not be...
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  2. Dione

    The struggle is real!

    Hey Dione, how did things finish up over summer? I'm intrigued by the snake bean flavour thing...I've not grown them but was thinking about it because I love SE Asian cuisine, and they're used a...
    Hey Dione, how did things finish up over summer? I'm intrigued by the snake bean flavour thing...I've not grown them but was thinking about it because I love SE Asian cuisine, and they're used a lot. So I'm intrigued that they have a flavour so different to regular beans. We cooked with okra at...
    Hey Dione, how did things finish up over summer? I'm intrigued by the snake bean flavour thing...I've not grown them but was thinking about it because I love SE Asian cuisine, and they're used a lot. So I'm intrigued that they have a flavour so...
    Hey Dione, how did things finish up over summer? I'm intrigued by the snake bean flavour thing...I've not grown them but was thinking about it because I love SE Asian cuisine, and they're used a...

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  3. Letsgokate

    Apple tree help

    Thank you ClissAt. Guess I will repot one today so it can settle in before winter. Regards Lois Langley
    Thank you ClissAt. Guess I will repot one today so it can settle in before winter. Regards Lois Langley
    Thank you ClissAt. Guess I will repot one today so it can settle in before winter. Regards Lois Langley
    Thank you ClissAt. Guess I will repot one today so it can settle in before winter. Regards Lois Langley

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  4. Bea

    Plant ID

    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...
    Yeah, this morning I had a look at some ornamental gingers...they look VERY alike! I think until it flowers you'll never really know sadly...

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  5. Lois

    Holes in small capsicum

    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
    Good advice ClissAt, I haven't got any capsicums on bush at the moment. I will have to buy some beer. We don't drink it. Thanks for the advice. I will watch the Ph. Regards Lois Langley
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  6. Daniel.Mav

    Orchard Design Ideas

    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden central to get the most sun, the orchard on the higher ground for the best drainage, and the poultry down...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden central to get the most sun, the orchard on the higher...
    I think you're definitely getting there Daniel. I can say without doubt your planning is 10x more then I did :D I'm still winging it lol... My basic plan was to have the main veggie garden...

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  7. stevo

    Passionfruit

    My understanding of grafting is that the genome of the rootstock has no effect on the genome of the seeds of the scion. (Perhaps this is an incorrect assumption?) The rootstock will affect...
    My understanding of grafting is that the genome of the rootstock has no effect on the genome of the seeds of the scion. (Perhaps this is an incorrect assumption?) The rootstock will affect characteristics of the scion (eg how quickly it grows, what soil it can grow in) but not its genetics....
    My understanding of grafting is that the genome of the rootstock has no effect on the genome of the seeds of the scion. (Perhaps this is an incorrect assumption?) The rootstock will affect characteristics of the scion (eg how quickly it grows,...
    My understanding of grafting is that the genome of the rootstock has no effect on the genome of the seeds of the scion. (Perhaps this is an incorrect assumption?) The rootstock will affect...

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  8. ClissAT

    Raised Garden beds made from blue drums

    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or had more time for more garden. This guy has even added irrigation. For me personally, I would make...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or had more time for more garden. This guy has even...
    I just came upon this video on youtube & thought what an interesting method for creating raised garden beds. You could start with just a couple & add to it so easily as you gathered more drums or...
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  9. Rory Edwards

    Question Growing Mandarins in the UK

    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are Mediterranean. So for the indoors portion of the...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They also need lots of light year round. Afterall they are...
    Hi Rory & welcome. For indoors, a citrus needs good air flow, not heated air from a heating system. They prefer air temps around 24-28c, not much humidity but warm roots & not too moist. They...
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  10. Bea

    Question Papayas

    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
    Lo siento. I forgot to get back to you. Excellent info. mucho gracias. i will be looking at your rec.s starting next week.
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  11. Steve

    Question 2018...What will you do differently?

    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds...
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds I initially. I might even do a seperate post on the whole thing.
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds I initially. I might even do a seperate post on...
    That's good to know about sunflowers, I considered putting some in. Darren, I hate weeding so feel your pain. In my new garden in the Chook paddock, I'm laying cardboard down first to stop weeds...

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  12. Steve

    Question - Citrus Problem

    The front area of our yard is either a graveyard for plants, or they just don't grow. I too have used gypsum, but now as well as gypsum, I lay down a layer of aged sheep manure and compost, then...
    The front area of our yard is either a graveyard for plants, or they just don't grow. I too have used gypsum, but now as well as gypsum, I lay down a layer of aged sheep manure and compost, then cover with cardboard, then pea straw mulch. I'm hoping this will help improve the soil. Once the...
    The front area of our yard is either a graveyard for plants, or they just don't grow. I too have used gypsum, but now as well as gypsum, I lay down a layer of aged sheep manure and compost, then cover with cardboard, then pea straw mulch. I'm...
    The front area of our yard is either a graveyard for plants, or they just don't grow. I too have used gypsum, but now as well as gypsum, I lay down a layer of aged sheep manure and compost, then...
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  13. the Decoy

    Corn killers.

    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.
    Im using lacewings to control aphids.

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  14. ClissAT

    Qld DPI reference & resources website

    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
    This one about pumpkin diseases from a similar resource in USA that they call Extension Office.
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  15. Mark

    Pineapple growing

    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no real return at the end of it. I did manage to get a good crop of corn this year though. Each plant...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no real return at the end of it. I did manage to get...
    So I ended up picking the burnt pineapple...not ripe - almost no sugar. I think that one will end up in the worm farm. It's the worst thing about growing your own...the LONG wait, only to get no...

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  16. mooncat

    First mangoes ....sunburnt??

    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the...
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the trees go into a state of dormancy for a few months whilst still having reserves in their branches.
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the trees go into a state of dormancy for a few months...
    I must admit I too thought to prune in winter to prevent sunburn but apparently that was not a good move. The industry experts recommend pruning right after the crop has been harvested as the...

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  17. Bea

    Holiday Greetings and thoughts on What to grow

    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been coddling some orange thyme for a few months. I am down to maybe two teeny tiny plants with three sets of...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been coddling some orange thyme for a few months. I am down...
    let's see. Probably until the end of march. If I can figure a way of keeping seedling trays away from the pup I will probably do just that. a lot of seeding is hit and miss. i have been...
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  18. Berkeloid

    Question What's happening to my sweet potato?

    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never need to start roots again. We take a length of...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains of Ecuador, once you get a vine growing you never...
    FIRST: get rid of that soil. SECOND: grow the potatoes in a large rubbermaid tub constructed for self watering and use the trellis for something else using ClissAt's method. here in the mountains...

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  19. Mark

    Fruit Saver fruit tree net to protect against fruit fly, birds, & animals

    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your house. Well I have just discovered its name. Its a vinegar fly called Drosophila. There are probably many...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your house. Well I have just discovered its name. Its a...
    In an earlier post in this thread I wrote about 2 types of fruit fly. One being the Queensland fruit fly & the other being a small gnat fly that lives on & in ripe fruit often inside your...

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  20. Director

    Anyone know what this is?

    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a...
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a species of Pawlonia, not what I want growing where it is. :)
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a species of Pawlonia, not what I want growing where it is. :)
    Thanks for that, I don't mind wait and see but it's in a location where if it turns into a tree it might be an issue. :) After a heap of googling it looks like it's a 'Royal Empress Tree', a...

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. Letsgokate

    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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  25. 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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