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Friday, January 21st, 2011
7:22 pm - Problem with a Box Hegde

I'm going nuts trying to find an answer to a possible problem and i'm hoping someone here can help

The problem plant is Buxus sempervirens that is being grown as a hedge.
The hedge has a few issues, but my main dilema is trying to work out what the wart looking growths on the stems are. It looks a lot like aerial root formations (?) but i can find zero information on this for buxus. Is it a disease or a stress response?

Below are a couple of close up pictures.


Any ideas?

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Monday, December 7th, 2009
10:39 am

I'm in Queensland and am looking for some sort of planting diary.
Some book that will tell me what to plant and when (natives and veges etc) sort of thing.
Does anyone have any recommendations?

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009
12:54 pm - Rain

At last we have rain here in central Victoria, the second day of it and it's pouring out there.
My questions are:- When it stops what is good to plant as in seeds or seedling? Also what veggies go in now? We have severe frosts sometimes what my mum called hore frosts.
Looks lioke we are going to have a very cold, wet winter I sure hope so.

current mood: cold

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Monday, December 8th, 2008
12:09 pm - Bokashi bins

Hi all, I just started a community for people using bokashi bins in Australia. (they're used for breaking down food scraps in small places that don't have the garden or space for a regular compost bin.) If you have a bokashi bin, or are interested to find out more, please spread the word and join!



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Friday, January 18th, 2008
6:54 pm - Melbourne - Free full grown mandarin tree

Hi folks,

I read this on gumtree.com.au. Some bloke in Vermont South has a full grown, fruiting mandarin tree in his yard which he's digging up, and is offering it to anyone who can come and pick it up (and who, I guess, knows something about uprooting mandarin trees). His ad is here:
http://melbourne.gumtree.com.au/melbourne/44/18454744.html. I would love it but am renting.

Cross posted to http://community.livejournal.com/gardendownunder/ .

current mood: okay

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Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
10:38 am
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Monday, November 6th, 2006
3:25 am

This is my first post to this community. I'd be interested to hear how others are going with their vege patches!

My Garden is doing awesome. I can't believe how much some of these plants are thriving! Zucchini plants are freakin massive and the Tomatoes just keep growing taller and taller. Please be aware that the only thing I have ever grown successfully in the past are Cayenne Chillies and they were in pots.

I have some beautiful Apricot and Bright Orange Lily's out at the moment, as well as Nasturtium and Marigolds. Tomatoes are starting to flower as are Zucchini's which are these massive yellow flowers and Cucumber. I have not one of my Chili plants is just starting to form flower buds, last year my Capsicums and Chili plants suffered from blossom drop, I can't work out why and I really hope it doesn't happen again.

Carrots look to be doing well, Lindsey and I had a look at them yesterday and they look about half as big as they should be. If I pulled them now I'm sure they would make delicious baby Carrots. The Basil and Sage is also thriving and really needs to be picked and used. Spring Onions keep getting larger and I imagine they'll be ready to be pulled in about a month. The lettuce has kind of died in the arse because they're totally overshadowed by the massive Zucchini's!

As my first Garden I am in awe of how amazing the transformation has been. I raised everything in this garden from seed and have cared for each plant individually. Of course its all organic. No chemical fertilisers or pesticides. Just diligence and love. I can't wait to have a meal made from my own beautiful produce. I'm going to expand the garden next season. Get more and more growing!

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Friday, October 6th, 2006
7:19 am - Gloxinias!!

Ok... well I have to gloxinia plants, both currently growing in pots... one is in full flower and the other seems to have gone dormant. Shouldnt they both be in full flower at the same time? Picture inserted of the flowering one....

pretty aint it?

Hope you all have a good day/evening/morning!

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Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
2:00 pm - mmmm... vegies

Hey, I live in Mackay in Nth QLD and I am starting an organic veggie patch in my yard. I was wondering about placement. I have a spot that gets full sunlight till about 1pm then is in shade rest of the afternoon... would this be suitable?

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
11:55 pm - new community :)

To all members,

I hope you don't mind me promoting my community here, but I've just created my_green_thumbs. It is a place for people to share friendship through gardening, as well as discussion and advice, photography and art - anything plant oriented.

I hope you can find something in this botanical community that will interest and satisfy you.

Peace :)

The mod,


current mood: bouncy

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
12:31 pm

This is my first post to this community. Has anyone has any experience in trying to get rid of Jasmine? It is driving me mad. Just keeps on growing and growing.

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Friday, October 7th, 2005
11:48 pm - New Garden

Now I really am going to get my act together and build a garden that is outside. Since it's warming up and Spring up here usually means much-needed rain, it's probably a good time.
The thing is planning. I live in the Blue Mountains, NSW, so we do get some decent frosts and cold winds. I'm very much into herbs, and have sage, marjoram, oregano, curry plant, mugwort, yarrow, comfrey, corriander, lemonbalm, mint, rue, thyme, bramhi, elderflower, feverfew, rosemary, bergamot, catnip, wormwood and parsely already. I have a small sweet basil, but it looks like it might be on the way out. I also have a tomato and a french lavender to stick in somewhere.
I want the focus to be veges and herbs, posibly some frost tolerant citrus fruit like lemon. The space I have is a 20 by 15 foot rectangle for which I plan to have some good soil brought in to build it up, as well as the goodies from my compost tumbler and worm farm.
My question is mainly this : Where can you find out about which fruit, vegetable and herb plants are suitable for your corner of Australia, and if I have to take things into consideration like building a shelter to keep frost off, companion planting or whatever. Generally how to manage a successful Aussie vege garden in the space I have, and in NSW climate.
Er ... any ideas?

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9:13 pm

I know this question is a bit of a long shot, but does anyone know of any places, preferably in Melbourne, that sell blueberry bushes or any other berry plants apart from strawberries?

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Sunday, September 25th, 2005
11:41 am - Companion Planting

Has anyone read Jackie French's Guide to Companion Planting in Australia and New Zealand. Any thoughts?

ta :)

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
5:48 pm - Plant Suggestion Help!

I recently got a new house, quite a few acres.. lots of room to play with.
However, the soil isn't that great, and there is very very little water.
I'm in Queensland, near Esk, around 1 hour from Brisbane city.
Winters are freezing, summers are boiling.
The area I'm trying to design is in full sun all day, but I can have man made shade if totally necessary.
My colour scheme is greens, deep purples, deep reds etc.
I'd like to have bird attracting species, butterflies.. that kind of thing.
I'd like some flowers, but don't mind if some are just nice leafy plants.

So basically I'm looking for names of plants, trees, shrubs, whatever that would suit the above.
I have no problem with slow growing trees, as I own this property and don't plan on moving for a very long period of time.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Monday, May 30th, 2005
9:31 pm - Help about Permaculture..

Hi.. I'm a seventeen year old student currently studying in Singapore.
As part of my learning requirements, I have to pursue compulsory module called Project Work.

I have been actively researching on the different techniques of permaculture currently implemented in schools across Australia.
Autralian National University's permaculture activities is one such example. Unfortunately, I have been unable to obtain more specific examples of Permaculture.

As such, I hope that someone could be kind enough to provide me with more information regarding the maintanence of the permaculture gardens, and the techniques and time-plans involved in keeping the gardens active. Specific programmes implemented would be good.

Any kind of small info and help would be very much appreciated, thanks in advance!

current mood: hopeful

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Monday, April 4th, 2005
10:14 pm

I just bought a dendrobium orchid and the tag on it really didn't specify when it comes to caring instructions. For watering, it simply says, "Water moderately and allow soil to dry between waterings." About how long would it take to the soil to dry, roughly? I mean, I know I can feel it with my finger but I'm not sure about the soil down in the pot and whether that'd be dry as soon as the soil towards the top or not.

I don't have much of a green thumb but this plant is just so gorgeous I want to do whatever I can to keep it alive :)

Any help is appreciated!

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Saturday, February 19th, 2005
2:23 pm - New garden item

Hi all... has been a while since i posted in this community!

Just wanted to share something i bought and planted:photo and infoCollapse )

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Thursday, December 2nd, 2004
9:30 pm - Indoor garden

At the moment, I sleep in a garden in the attic. Mostly a herb garden, it's taken quite a beating lately with the aphids and so all the insecticide I had to spray around. It's definitely due for an upgrade. The attic is warm being North facing, gets a lot of sun and is under tin roofing, so adding to both hot and cold. Most of the plants are young herbs in pots, so I was hoping to get a bit more activity in there besides conventional pot plants. I’d like some trees, creepers, more herbs and anything else that could take the climate, and the fact it's indoors. I like most of my plants to serve some kind of purpose, like chamomile for tea, oregano for sauces, avocado trees for fruit, the like. Does anyone have any idea what I could put in, given the conditions?

x-posted eco_australia

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Friday, November 26th, 2004
6:19 pm - Aphids!

There are aphids all over my herbs! They've completely overrun my bergamot in a matter of days, and have now started on my strawberries. Without realizing they were there I put a catnip in next to it, so they've probably moved in there, too. I don't use pesticides, so I tried to get them off with just a cloth and warm water, but there are thoudands of them. I heard of a method using dishwashing liquid, but would dishwashing stuff harm the herbs themselves? How on Earth do you get rid of an aphid infestation? There are both adults and a whole lot of eggs. Considering I sleep in the garden, I hardly want aphids crawling through my bed. Any ideas would be great, that don't involve either chemical sprays, or the horrid little bugs eating through my garden.

x-posted herbalmagick

current mood: annoyed

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