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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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What to plant now

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger Clark Aug 26. 4 Replies

Time to plant amaranth, artichoke, Asian greens, asparagus, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, chilli, choko, cucumber, eggplant, fennel,  kale, leek, lettuce, okra, parsnip, potato,…Continue

Starting to understand a little bit about micro-climate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Che Corrie Sep 5. 2 Replies

Micro-climateNobody else’s yard is the same as your yard.  Every single block has its own unique micro-climate, depending on individual trees, fences, house materials etc. I’m doing the “grow…Continue

I'd like to express my gratitude - or - where's Andy been?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Jul 13. 5 Replies

I am happy to announce that BLF gives me the odd, well deserved kick in the bottom - but only when I'm stupid.  Let me explain. I've been really busy relocating bananas.  I paid attention to a few of…Continue

Wanted: Glen Large garlic bulbs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley May 13. 12 Replies

Does anyone have any Glen Large garlic bulbs that you are willing to part with?  Most places seem to be sold out, or are too far away.  Continue

 

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I am interested in:
Aquaponics - I have a set-up that is going pretty nicely at the moment. It has two grow beds and produces quality Jade Perch.

Fowl - I keep four lovely chickens for eggs only and Japanese quail that breed.

Australian Native Bees - I have a hive and hope to be able to increase the numbers of these Ozzie treasures.

Distilling - I make a fair variety of spirits and liquors. I make rum for me and liquors for others/gifts. However, I'm moving to the stage where I don't want to use bought flavours any more. So, I've taught myself to make a rum from burned raw sugar and molasses. I've also made unflavoured rum by fermenting molasses. I've turned out iced peach tea, plum, strawberry, cumquat, and passionfruit liquors. My home grown cumquat liquor seemed to be a hit at the local garden visits. Lately, I've made a foray into ginger beer which was proved very successful, and some fruit based wines.

Beer - I've done a few batches of simple package based beers now.

Cheese making - I've done a lot of cheeses, including marinated fetas with herbs I grow. My most frequent is my Purple Onion Feta. My favourite cheese is my Brisbane Nutty Blue, modeled after a blue Jarlsberg. I also do a Glasshouse Blue which is mild and creamy. I've done Camembert, raw milk blue, cheddar and quite a few others. These days, I stick to my favourite few, unless I am teaching.

Sausage making: I've do a nice Middle Eastern lamb, Thai chicken and Kransky. Loving the smoked sausages.

Jams/Preserves/Chutney - I do kumquat marmalade (home grown), chili jam (home grown) and a lot of others. I'm my preserves have reached the stage where they are entirely driven by what I grow myself.

Crazy scrap reuse - I've managed to grow shallots from tails, sweet potato from tops and tails, and chopped up and recycled old potatoes. Ginger goes pretty well from off-cuts as well. Oh, and of course the other recycle is to compost kitchen waste. I've now cut my garbage output by half. I also have a worm farm and make compost tea.

I like to bake breads and cook, especially where I am using my own produce.

I teach photography and cheese making.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Training and Consultancy
My website is:
http://www.photoslamour.com
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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That's ahead of plan!

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 13:00 4 Comments

I have grapes on the north side of the yard.

Citrus like oranges and  …

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SERIOUSLY?!

Posted on August 29, 2018 at 23:46 9 Comments

I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know.  As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.  

1. Calcium.  

Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg.  Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves.  I know that.  I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.  

Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant.  It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient…

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A long time between blogs... March

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 22:28 17 Comments

March 2018

This year I am doing well with eggs.  I'm getting a dozen quail eggs every second day (and almost 20 of them aren't old enough to lay yet!)  I'm also freezing processed male quails now and currently have 5 vacuumed sealed ready to cook.  I might even have a crack at smoking one.  The chickens are still producing 2 or 3 eggs a day.  If I could keep a rooster, my poultry could go "off grid."…

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Quail slaughter and other stuff

Posted on February 17, 2018 at 20:30 14 Comments

UPDATE (February 18):

For those who watched the video, things have moved on from the previous post below.  I am now slaughtering spare males and old females who no longer lay.  Yes, I'm quite comfortable with the decision.  No, there is no cruelty what-so-ever.  In a complete random act of insanity, I am testing whether Big Bertha (the barred plymouth rock) will sit on quail eggs.  Oh, the quails are laying and it's too hot for the chickens to want to perform. …

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At 10:28 on July 10, 2018, Sid Saghe said…

Thank you Andrew, I appreciate the welcome!

At 19:13 on June 16, 2018, Micheline Haddad said…

Thank you Andrew!

At 14:03 on June 8, 2018, Sylvia Shafton said…

Thank you Andrew

I look forward to being a part of this wonderful group 

At 21:40 on June 4, 2018, Janine Guice said…

Andrew, thank-you for the welcome.

What a wonderful group. If I ever get to Brisbane, I'll have to come to some events... and I received a link today about Brisbane LETS.. so exciting... I must see if there is one on the coast here.

So hello everyone! happy growing!..

lots of cherry tomatoes, pumpkin and herbs in my garden. I have about an acre of lemongrass running rampant if anyone would like some or all of it.

bye for now and again

Enjoy all regards, Janine

At 22:02 on June 2, 2018, lynda shale said…

Thanks Andrew...an inspiring community ! :)

At 20:59 on May 17, 2018, Ed Corcoran said…

Thank you Andrew 

At 14:58 on May 15, 2018, Gail marien said…

Thankyou so much as I love exotic fruits 

At 11:18 on May 1, 2018, Rachel Bekessy said…

Hi Andrew - thanks for the welcome! Totally inspired already just by looking at your page! 

At 16:58 on April 9, 2018, Dianne Caswell said…

And I love you too Andrew.... please give my love to Rozie, and I hope she is well and enjoying living with a crazy son of a ,,,,,,,,like you...... 

Thanks, I am pleased to be back too....Looks like you have been pretty busy at the Manor, Looking good... Cheers...

At 10:51 on March 14, 2018, Tammy Small said…

Hi Andrew - thanks for pointer for placing Add.  I think I've added it - not sure if there was a save button that I missed. Will check it later to see if add made it. chat later

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