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Hello Mandy Yes a whole lifetime of gardening, horticulture, permaculture, landscaping and garden design. These days I am still doing a fair bit but only at home, not for others.
 

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Hello Mandy Yes a whole lifetime of gardening, horticulture, permaculture, landscaping and garden design. These days I am still doing a fair bit but only at home, not for others.
That sounds amazing!
I live with my grandfather-in-law and I originally picked up gardening so he has something to look at as well. He now has 4 potted plants of his own growing. He used to be in horticulture (but since lost some of his touch).
In the end I picked up gardening for myself and am hopeful I can clear out an area for raised beds!
 

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Hello Mandy Where abouts are you living? I am in Byrnestown , outside of Gayndah Qld. I have been into the garden more past few days as it is cooler (teeny bit) and we had some rain. I am feeling motivated to grow more food. Thats great to hear that you and your grandfather in law are both getting into growing a bit more. It is the one best thing to keep our spirit healthy (and minds)....being outside and creating 'life'.
 

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Hello Mandy Where abouts are you living? I am in Byrnestown , outside of Gayndah Qld. I have been into the garden more past few days as it is cooler (teeny bit) and we had some rain. I am feeling motivated to grow more food. Thats great to hear that you and your grandfather in law are both getting into growing a bit more. It is the one best thing to keep our spirit healthy (and minds)....being outside and creating 'life'.
I used to live in The Netherlands, but came to Australia a couple years ago. I live near Mackay, QLD.
It has been incredibly hot here with times where it was 44 degrees Celcius.

That's what growing can all be about! An ejoyable hobby... a sanity check, anything! I love the versatility. You can grow trees, vegetables, flowers... anything you want. I'm hoping to learn how to grow flowers in the future. Have had very little luck with those so far.

I've actually got some ginger that just sprouted (got 3 little btis for free) but I don't know how to grow them yet. I should look it up :p
 

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I just planted many gingers from pots to the garden. REALLY easy. Just place the ginger pieces, one in each pot. Make the pots at least ten inches tall and put ginger bits just below the surface of soil. water every day and they will form the plant. After a month or so you can plant into the garden. Groiws best with well dug soil so the rhizome can grow big. After about 9 months to a year you can dig it up. And put a bit from that plant back in to the ground and eat the rest.

I LOVE ginger... and it is so good for us too.
I lived in Carmila, 120 klms south of Mackay for about 12 years until 2019.

Ginger grows well where you are. So tropical. I am about 700 klms south now.
My parents came from the Netherlands. I hope to go back one day again and visit.
I love it there and have many relations.
You will be able to grow many flowers where you are....but only flowers that like the tropics.
Happy gardening. :))
 

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I just planted many gingers from pots to the garden. REALLY easy. Just place the ginger pieces, one in each pot. Make the pots at least ten inches tall and put ginger bits just below the surface of soil. water every day and they will form the plant. After a month or so you can plant into the garden. Groiws best with well dug soil so the rhizome can grow big. After about 9 months to a year you can dig it up. And put a bit from that plant back in to the ground and eat the rest.

I LOVE ginger... and it is so good for us too.
I lived in Carmila, 120 klms south of Mackay for about 12 years until 2019.

Ginger grows well where you are. So tropical. I am about 700 klms south now.
My parents came from the Netherlands. I hope to go back one day again and visit.
I love it there and have many relations.
You will be able to grow many flowers where you are....but only flowers that like the tropics.
Happy gardening. :))
That does sound quite easy! Do they have to be planted alone or do they do well with compagnions?
I'm willing to give it a shot as I've got 3 pieces that I wasn't using anyway! :D

Ohh! That's amazing! Ever since lockdown I haven't met any Dutch people anymore. It's interesting that they are still around though!
I've tried growing tulips in a controlled environment, but apparantly ants really love them and actually ate them out (never seen anything like that before).
 

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They are best with plenty of space around them. But grow just fine with other plants which are not too close. The green tops grow about half a metre tall but if they have space the rhizomes, underneath the soil will have room to expand and grow out.
There are loads of different inedible but very ornamental gingers that are great for cut flowers... (the ants won't eat them.);):)
 

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They are best with plenty of space around them. But grow just fine with other plants which are not too close. The green tops grow about half a metre tall but if they have space the rhizomes, underneath the soil will have room to expand and grow out.
There are loads of different inedible but very ornamental gingers that are great for cut flowers... (the ants won't eat them.);):)
Thank you for letting me know! I appreciate it. :D
 

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There are loads of different inedible but very ornamental gingers that are great for cut flowers... (the ants won't eat them.);):)
What do you mean, "inedible"? Those varigated ornamental gingers with the white flowers have beautiful nectar that literally drips onto your tongue. It's delicious. And I found that out by accident. Haven't dug up the rhizomes yet but I can tell you I stare at them for too long when entering or leaving my apartment complex in Sydney every day. :cool:
 
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