Gardening in a unit

Hi everyone!

I am currently living in a unit. My bedroom has large windows that get afternoon sun/sun from the west, while my balcony receives the morning sun/sun from the east.

I have previously tried to grow some herbs (rosemary, oregano, parsley, basil) in my room but found that they wilted from the sunlight despite moving them to the other side of the room on some days etc - however I am a beginner gardener so I highly doubt this was only the fault of the plants!

I am keen to grow any sort of edible plants/veggies I can in this small space. Any help is much appreciated!

Thanks!


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tfab_jul08

Anyone after some bamboo? It's extremely good for the environment!

(May be cross posted to Brisneyland depending on whether I get any responses here. Apologies in advance!)

Hi everyone

I'm after some bamboo to provide a screen between our place and the neighbours.
I've found this website www.bambooland.com.au which has the best prices so far - only thing is that they are in Hervey Bay, and the delivery fee is a minimum of $55 (which would be anything from one to 24 plants)

So I thought I'd see if anyone was interested in making up an order with me and sharing the shipping costs.

Or alternatively, anyone know of anywhere local that I can find some? I googled it and it looks like there is one in Samford but I hate driving, especially through the northside so I'm not going to go there! In any case, this place at Hervey Bay appears to have the best prices, even when counting in the freight costs!

The particular one I am after is: 
(Bambusa textilis var. gracilis) It doesn't get too big, it's clumping (as opposed to running, which is the invasive type), and it grows fast.

For the full catalogue, go here:
http://www.bambooland.com.au/catalogue_bamboos.php

I'm particularly enamoured of bamboo since I found out in the course of research that Bamboo minimizes CO2 gases and generates up to 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees.

For more info on how good bamboo is for the environment, here are some links:

http://www.bamboocentral.org/shareinrepair/faq.htm
http://www.mcyczm.com/sdp/430038/4/cp-2411880.html
http://www.lewisbamboo.com/go-green.html


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lisa pony

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This is going to sound like such a newbie question... I have grown veggies for years but am new to flowers:)

I have a small plot I have just dug over and prepped for flowers - an assortment of lupins, poppies, baby's breath, toadflax etc... I am going to sow them rather randomly as it is only a temporary space filler / make the garden pretty / attract butterflies scenario for this year as we might be landscaping next year
I have never grown flowers outdoors and am just wondering how to proceed - can I just scatter the seeds over the prepped soil and keep them well watered and fertilised? Will that work? Or in the brisbane heat and wet is it best to grow them indoors first for a couple of weeks and transplant? The former would be a lot easier but I would rather they didn't just croak in the current heat

Thanks!

PS - my veggies are all growing beautifully! I have watermelon, cucumber, squash (starting to flower YEAH!) and various tomatoes and salads beginning to mature. Peas are coming through and I have just planted some more herbs and repotted a passion fruit vine. I love this climate!
lisa pony

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Hello again!

Right... just ordered *far* too many packs of seeds, off to buy some extra pots, soil and all the good stuff and this week my garden begins!

I am restricted in what I can do in my garden as it is a rental and we want to move into our own place in about a year... so most things have to be in pots or be able to be left behind without me being too upset:)

I have a couple of questions though as I am so new to this climate! Very different to growing things in the UK.

1. The landlord has put down this really, really cheapo mulch on the beds... it just blows around the garden, makes a mess and to be honest half the soil is exposed anyway as the stuff will not remain where it should be. I am going to plant some fast growing ground cover to hide this but I am wondering if it would be ok to remove the mulch for a few weeks? The stuff is driving me nuts. Will the ground cope being exposed or is it going to do some damage? I was thinking of replacing it with bark mulch - any good? Covering up the soil is not a necessity in Britain.

2. Is it possible in this climate to grow some vegetables inside? I am thinking of tomatoes, peppers, chilli and possibly cucumber? I have a real hankering to grow a tomato plant in my bathroom. More for the unusual aspect, not so much to eat the fruit :) The chilli I want to grow is for the aesthetics not for the chillis as I can't eat the things! Will they cope indoors?

3. Can frangipani plants be grown in pots for the first few years? Love them but don't want to plant direct as I would want to take it with me to my permanent home

4. Lastly... a friend gave me some banana passion fruit seeds - can passion fruit grow outdoors here?

Thanks everyone!!
tfab_jul08

The strawberry spinach - a weird one!

I'm just itching to give this baby a try - it's a strawberry spinach. Talk about a totally weird plant!

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:VRI&item=380077566968

The blurb reads thus:

Strawberry Spinach (Chenopodium capitatum)

Description:
Strawberry Goosefoot, Blite Goosefoot, Beetberry, Strawberry Blite,

75 Seeds

This relatively unknown and unusual herb was grown by German Monks over 400 years ago and rediscovered in a monastery in Europe.
The triangular, toothed leaves are thinner than spinach, very nutritious, and high in vitamins C and A. Tender shoots are used raw in salads or cooked like spinach. At each leaf axil there is an abundance of small sweet, strawberry-like fruits which some say resemble mulberries or raspberries. The fruits are juicy and tasty when mature. Flowering in summer, its easy to grow, it enjoys full sun and should be watered as needed, its a very ornamental plant.

Think I'll order some seeds right now! If anyone wants to do a seed swap, I'd really like some spinach or celery seeds…

Oh, and I've got some ceylon spinach seeds that I'm not going to use
Details here - sounds like a really useful addition to the vege garden :) I just don't have the space for a sprawling climber...
http://www.herbsarespecial.com.au/free-herb-information/ceylon-salad-leaves.html
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tfab_jul08

Just popping in to say "Hi", I've just joined...

I was very pleased to see a community for gardening enthusiasts in Brisbane, so I promptly joined.

We've just moved house to a place with a - *gasp* - YARD (Hooray!), so I've been busy planting a smallish potted veggie and herb garden. It's just at baby seedling stage, and going pretty well despite the possums playing soccer with the petrie pots late one night and the cat taking an unhealthy interest in the corn sprouts…

Anyway, just wanted to say hi, and pleased to make your acquaintance. I can already see that my brand new vegetable garden is going to become my latest obsession! My partner will be so pleased that I have moved on from Ebay (except for maybe buying more seeds...)
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Water Restrictions

Water restrictions have been weakened in Brisbane to allow hose usage, I believe. Has anyone taken this chance to inject a little bit of life into their drought-ravaged gardens?

We've let our styrofoam boxes become overrun with weeds thanks to not having the water/time/energy to seriously look after them. Compost is on its way, though, and, come summer, we should have enough to start looking seriously at what we're planting.
cat

Queensland blue pumpkin seedlings for trade?

I'm not too sure if this is allowed, so if this isn't allowed on this community, feel free to delete.

My Queensland Blue pumpkin seedlings are growing a little better than I expected, resulting in more seedlings than I know what to do with. Rather than allow them to get overcrowded in the planter they're currently in (and free up some space for my Japanese pumpkin seeds), would anyone be interested in trading plants/seedlings? There are at least a dozen healthy seedlings at their 4 leaf stage available and I'd be interested in herbs, vegetables or small flowering plants.
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