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. Mataeka

    Question Pine Straw Mulch

    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during...
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during the larvae stage, I believe the stat I read was 1sq metre of BSFL eats 15kgs of compost in a day....
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during the larvae stage, I believe the stat I read was 1sq...
    BSFL = Black Soldier Fly Larvae - they're a fly that doesn't tend to spread diseases as the fly doesn't eat after they go beyond their larvae stage - and as such they are voracious eaters during...
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  2. Flatland

    Growing a mango in SA

    Didn't know about avocado leaves being poisonous. I will have to make sure the horse & sheep don't get access. Thanks for that important info. As far as mangoes go I have only ever seen...
    Didn't know about avocado leaves being poisonous. I will have to make sure the horse & sheep don't get access. Thanks for that important info. As far as mangoes go I have only ever seen ungrafted trees for sale in SA never grafted ones. I'll have to look around to see if I can find a grafted...
    Didn't know about avocado leaves being poisonous. I will have to make sure the horse & sheep don't get access. Thanks for that important info. As far as mangoes go I have only ever seen ungrafted trees for sale in SA never grafted ones. I'll...
    Didn't know about avocado leaves being poisonous. I will have to make sure the horse & sheep don't get access. Thanks for that important info. As far as mangoes go I have only ever seen...
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  3. Mataeka
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    Tomatoes

    We were away over the weekend visiting family only to return to a further 4 ripe tomatoes :D As we got home late I'm yet to check on how the rest has fared in my absence - so long as the possum...
    We were away over the weekend visiting family only to return to a further 4 ripe tomatoes :D As we got home late I'm yet to check on how the rest has fared in my absence - so long as the possum didn't devour them they should be fine though :)
    We were away over the weekend visiting family only to return to a further 4 ripe tomatoes :D As we got home late I'm yet to check on how the rest has fared in my absence - so long as the possum didn't devour them they should be fine though :)
    We were away over the weekend visiting family only to return to a further 4 ripe tomatoes :D As we got home late I'm yet to check on how the rest has fared in my absence - so long as the possum...
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  4. Flatland

    Another question about sulphur

    Yes I know how exciting you must feel re finding earthworms, Flatland! It's how I am when I find one now also! :D
    Yes I know how exciting you must feel re finding earthworms, Flatland! It's how I am when I find one now also! :D
    Yes I know how exciting you must feel re finding earthworms, Flatland! It's how I am when I find one now also! :D
    Yes I know how exciting you must feel re finding earthworms, Flatland! It's how I am when I find one now also! :D
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  5. Mark

    Question Dragon fruit vine sudden die back problem

    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/
    This is the main stem :-/

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  6. Flatland

    Withholding period for sulphur

    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
    I had no idea... Very good question!
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  7. Jnel

    Mandarin

    Great advice ClissAT! You're a wealth of handy knowledge - yes these citrus are quite nitrogen hungry and need more feeding than the usual tree.
    Great advice ClissAT! You're a wealth of handy knowledge - yes these citrus are quite nitrogen hungry and need more feeding than the usual tree.
    Great advice ClissAT! You're a wealth of handy knowledge - yes these citrus are quite nitrogen hungry and need more feeding than the usual tree.
    Great advice ClissAT! You're a wealth of handy knowledge - yes these citrus are quite nitrogen hungry and need more feeding than the usual tree.
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  8. Jnel

    Olive Tree

    Glad to here you can prune them hard, I get carried away at times.
    Glad to here you can prune them hard, I get carried away at times.
    Glad to here you can prune them hard, I get carried away at times.
    Glad to here you can prune them hard, I get carried away at times.

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  9. Mataeka

    Weed tea

    Its on the to acquire pile for many reasons :) but I am definitely running short on room :D
    Its on the to acquire pile for many reasons :) but I am definitely running short on room :D
    Its on the to acquire pile for many reasons :) but I am definitely running short on room :D
    Its on the to acquire pile for many reasons :) but I am definitely running short on room :D
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  10. Flatland

    Spraying sugar onto soil

    Thanks I'll look them up
    Thanks I'll look them up
    Thanks I'll look them up
    Thanks I'll look them up
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  11. Flatland

    Growing native trees

    Well they will certainly soak up anything you offer them! I know what the gum trees here have done once I began fertilizing the gardens that were located anywhere near native trees. Those trees...
    Well they will certainly soak up anything you offer them! I know what the gum trees here have done once I began fertilizing the gardens that were located anywhere near native trees. Those trees went ballistic & stole the fertilizer & the water. I saw this happen within weeks of starting the new...
    Well they will certainly soak up anything you offer them! I know what the gum trees here have done once I began fertilizing the gardens that were located anywhere near native trees. Those trees went ballistic & stole the fertilizer & the water. I...
    Well they will certainly soak up anything you offer them! I know what the gum trees here have done once I began fertilizing the gardens that were located anywhere near native trees. Those trees...
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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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