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Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"In many parts of North America, people store their root veges in root cellars for the winter. Maybe that is where all this curing stuff eventuated. We don't really need to do that, although it is true that pumpkins are a summer crop even for us."
Nov 27
Dave Riley commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"Why cure? The answer seems shallow: curing "will heal any damage that occurred to the tubers during harvest so they store longer, and it will also kick off the sugar production process to give you sweeter sweet potatoes." Since Americans…"
Nov 27
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"And they taste OK?"
Nov 26
Doug Hanning commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"I have just started pulling them out when I need aome to cook."
Nov 25
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"They are the orange coloured ones, Christa. I'd never bothered too much about curing them, till I read those American sites. Storage hasn't been an issue so far, as I've only been growing a few in pots, but now I have put in more in…"
Nov 25
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"Are they the orange coloured sweet potato?  We heve never worried about curing and use them fairly quickly."
Nov 25
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Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"That does seem reasonable, thanks Jeff."
Nov 23
Jeff Kiehne commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"If live in Brisbane temperature and humidity in summer is going to cure naturally as long as do not refrigerate or keep in air conditioned area."
Nov 23
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To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.See More
Nov 22
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GARDEN VISIT - 13th Dec - Doug's for a CHRISTMAS PARTY at Camira

December 13, 2020 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  13th Dec 10.00am TO 12.00pmThis will be a CHRISTMAS PARTY - GVThe address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profileAs this may be an event where we need to have particular numbers due to Covid Restrictions, we may need to Limit the number attending. It…See More
Nov 22
Andrew Cumberland left a comment for Barbara Tealby
"Give me a ring on 0422 022 961.  I have at least two laying girls you can have.  "
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"How did it go with the quails, Andy?"
Nov 17
Andrew Cumberland commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Getting into quails
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Doug Hanning commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Getting into quails
"Barb thats fine. I am incubating all the time if you ever want more. Jeff I bred them all winter, I have 2 thermostatically controlled ceramic heat lamps. Less smell in winter from thhe mountain of poop. Have to be on the ball in winter. They will…"
Nov 13

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About me:
I live on a 900sq m block. The house is biggish, as we had a big family, most of whom have left home. The gardens were more or less tacked on by the previous owners after the house and various landscaping features were finished, so no chance to do the permaculture thing, but gradually a food garden is taking shape. My background is in revegetation, volunteer management, and growing and selling local native plants, but I am a total convert to the idea of producing as much of our own food as possible. Fruit trees - in ground and in pots - are a particular enthusiasm, and I like to preserve my own and purchased produce.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Rode-Chermside garden club
I am interested in:
Permaculture, growing my own food, preserving the produce. I would like to see other peoples' gardens, and
join in discussions to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of growing food. Happy to share bits and pieces of whatever I've got growing, and whatever knowledge I have accumulated over the years.
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To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

Posted on November 22, 2020 at 20:35 8 Comments

I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.

Getting into quails

Posted on November 11, 2020 at 8:03 12 Comments

Having dipped my toes in the quail waters (thanks, Andy) - I am considering going a bit further and getting an incubator to hatch a few replacements for my old girls. Does anyone have any hints about the best small incubator to get, and where to get one?

I'm not planning to get into major production any time soon, and am yet to slaughter any birds - probably won't do away with any of the four I've got, as they all have names.... It has been pointed out to me that perhaps it would be better… Continue

Small glass jars

Posted on August 28, 2020 at 8:35 3 Comments

HELP!  Does anyone have any small (200-250ml) glass jars with pop-top lids that they can spare? I guess many people use all of these they can get their hands on, but maybe there's somebody out there who doesn't do preserving. My Roma tomatoes have delivered a bumper crop this year, and I've used all of my fairly small supply. I have plenty of the 500ml size, but I find the smaller size best for tomato puree. It doesn't matter if the lids are no good or missing, as I have new lids anyway. I…

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Lettuce Seedlings, anyone?

Posted on June 29, 2020 at 8:47 0 Comments

I was saving the seeds of my reliable little Green Mignonette lettuce, and when I had a small bag full, I threw the rest of the stalks under the peach tree. They ALL came up. If anyone would like some seedlings, let me know. They'll probably be OK for a few days, so if you're in the neighbourhood (McDowall) you are very welcome to come and get a few.

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At 23:41 on November 18, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961.  I have at least two laying girls you can have.  

At 12:30 on August 29, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961

At 20:38 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Ditto for me with night meetings. Look forward to seeing you :-)

At 7:16 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Not BOGG but Greening Australia seed-cleaning volunteers. Potted up seedlings at your place and at Rosemary's.

Join our Garden Visits group and come along to our GVs we love to share :-)

At 5:45 on August 24, 2015, Lissa said…
Welcome to BLF Barbara :)
You should find lots to interest you on the site. Feel free to join in conversations, post photos and blogs.
If you need any help please don't hesitate to ask.
Happy gardening
Lissa
 
 
 

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