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. ClissAT

    Fruit Tree Nets & other important garden accessories

    Thanks for that help Mark. I checked the links while I was making the post but I didn't think to check them again after posting. In future I'll try to remember to provide an alternative address.
    Thanks for that help Mark. I checked the links while I was making the post but I didn't think to check them again after posting. In future I'll try to remember to provide an alternative address.
    Thanks for that help Mark. I checked the links while I was making the post but I didn't think to check them again after posting. In future I'll try to remember to provide an alternative address.
    Thanks for that help Mark. I checked the links while I was making the post but I didn't think to check them again after posting. In future I'll try to remember to provide an alternative address.
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  2. Sasha Bushell

    Cure for rats in the garden

    Excellent! Yes I'm sure a simple wash of produce would get rid of any excess chilli - that's a great solution to rodents eating produce in the garden. :idea:
    Excellent! Yes I'm sure a simple wash of produce would get rid of any excess chilli - that's a great solution to rodents eating produce in the garden. :idea:
    Excellent! Yes I'm sure a simple wash of produce would get rid of any excess chilli - that's a great solution to rodents eating produce in the garden. :idea:
    Excellent! Yes I'm sure a simple wash of produce would get rid of any excess chilli - that's a great solution to rodents eating produce in the garden. :idea:
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  3. ClissAT
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    Gardening on really poor soil

    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It happens instantly upon application of the water & shows yellowing in the oldest leaves within a few days...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It happens instantly upon application of the water & shows...
    So the upshot of all my trials & errors is that the problem lies mostly with the water from the dam which seems to lock up the nitrogen mostly, but also to a lesser extent the phosphorus. It...

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  4. Berkeloid

    Question Citrus and ash vs compost pH

    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the time to balance out the citrus with ash purely so the volume of citrus is not too great for the...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the time to balance out the citrus with ash purely so...
    I agree with what Mark said & I would add:- Putting your scraps through the blender to make the bits small enough for your worms to break them down quickly is a good move too. That would be the...
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  5. Flatland

    Rabbits

    Recently I thought the resident hare was helping itself to my eggplants. Then I discovered it was a wallaby! Anyway since then we have had some rain so the wallabies are off eating grass...
    Recently I thought the resident hare was helping itself to my eggplants. Then I discovered it was a wallaby! Anyway since then we have had some rain so the wallabies are off eating grass again. However some chewing of produce continued so I looked more carefully & figured it might be rats or a...
    Recently I thought the resident hare was helping itself to my eggplants. Then I discovered it was a wallaby! Anyway since then we have had some rain so the wallabies are off eating grass again. However some chewing of produce continued so I...
    Recently I thought the resident hare was helping itself to my eggplants. Then I discovered it was a wallaby! Anyway since then we have had some rain so the wallabies are off eating grass...
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  6. Flatland

    Liquid manure

    Any thing that adds friable organic matter to sand is worth the effort, Flatland. Be a little careful with straight chicken poo. Mix it with your horse poo. If I remember correctly from a...
    Any thing that adds friable organic matter to sand is worth the effort, Flatland. Be a little careful with straight chicken poo. Mix it with your horse poo. If I remember correctly from a permaculture lesson I did many years go, it should be around the ratio of 8-1, horse/cow/etc to...
    Any thing that adds friable organic matter to sand is worth the effort, Flatland. Be a little careful with straight chicken poo. Mix it with your horse poo. If I remember correctly from a permaculture lesson I did many years go, it should be...
    Any thing that adds friable organic matter to sand is worth the effort, Flatland. Be a little careful with straight chicken poo. Mix it with your horse poo. If I remember correctly from a...
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  7. Director

    Hey are these edible?

    They ripen yellow or orange don't they?
    They ripen yellow or orange don't they?
    They ripen yellow or orange don't they?
    They ripen yellow or orange don't they?
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  8. Letsgokate

    Building an exclusion zone/area from possums, birds, fruit fly and other pests

    Grow your veggies in it then... :)
    Grow your veggies in it then... :)
    Grow your veggies in it then... :)
    Grow your veggies in it then... :)

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  9. Jarrett

    Question Yellowing Citris Seedling

    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to depleted nutrients, too big for the container,...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then if they start failing it's usually due to...
    @Jarrett how much sun are they getting? I think they need more sun and some more citrus fertiliser with a general dose of trace elements. Often plants will grow well initially from seed and then...
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  10. Letsgokate

    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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  11. 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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  12. Letsgokate

    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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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