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Barbara Tealby
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Barbara Tealby commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 26th SEPTEMBER - DIANNE AND GRAHAMS SPRING GARDEN VISIT'
"Thank you, Dianne and Graham, for a lovely day yesterday.  Dunno why you were worried about the garden - it looked lovely. Could you please tell me (again!!) just where you got the Kitchen Aid and other kitchen bits and pieces. I know it was…"
9 hours ago
Barbara Tealby is attending Dianne Caswell's event


September 26, 2021 from 10am to 2pm
SUNDAY  26th September 10.00am TO 2.00pmThis will be a "WELCOME SPRING, GARDEN PARTY GV"PLEASE NOTE:- This Garden Visit will be a different format in that we will be having Morning Tea first followed by a walk around the Spring Garden by Members. After which we will have a Lovely Luncheon amongst Friends. Please make Morning Tea Light and Lunch could be Salads, Sandwiches, Quiche, Tarts, Cake of Course or anything you can think of.Please Dress Cheerful, Flowery & Colourful.Dianne &…See More
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's blog post Taking the milkcrate garden to another level by adding pots. Using cardboard boxes to grow seedlings.
"Loved the NY SOKHOM video - how very clever. Great production in such a small space. Looks like the manure people might not get ALL their feed bags back this time. I do wonder why she clips off the bottom part of the cuttings before planting them."
Barbara Tealby commented on Valerie's photo

Chicken food

"My Quails also get a regular supply of the little fat green grubs."
Sep 7
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Quick discussion about meal worms: and some chores on the tiny farm

"Mary-Ann, can you farm BSF's all year round? I find they disappear in the cooler months, though I have to admit I haven't set up a purpose-built farm - just the Gedye compost bin."
Sep 4
Barbara Tealby replied to Joe Wang's discussion Manure wanted
"I, too, struggle with my worm farm, as with purchased (or freebie) animal manures. The worm farm is fiddly, and  as Dave said, susceptible to dying off if you get it wrong. My experience with Fine Farms cow and sheep manures purchased bagged…"
Aug 27
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's group Prep-steaders
"One skill that would be useful -  perhaps necessary - in a self sufficient household, would be that of preserving eggs by 'waterglassing'. Has anyone done this? If so, what was the result, and how did the eggs turn out when used after…"
Aug 27
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's blog post OUTBACK it's a JUNGLE
"Your patch keeps on getting more and more interesting, and more and more productive, Dave. Go Jungle!"
Aug 22
Barbara Tealby joined Andrew Cumberland's group


I wanted to make a group for those who might be a bit more serious about self-reliance. I didn't want to use the "prepper" tag because it has become associated with gathering guns and stockpiling heaps of dried/canned goods.  The farm/home-steader tag seemed a lot more appropriate.  The combination of the two, even better.  In 2014, I lost power for over a week in the floods.  I always knew we flooded but it was enough of a shock to make me realise that Brisbane isn't immune to delayed…See More
Aug 11
Barbara Tealby replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"Perhaps the bigger tubers were just your sweet potatoes, and they got tangled up with the JA's?"
Aug 6
Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post Lockdown in the garden
"Best wishes to you and your family, Valerie. I hope it's all a false alarm at your place."
Aug 6
Barbara Tealby replied to Vivienne Hallman's discussion Bumper Jerusalem Artichoke
"Well done - now to use them all."
Aug 5
Barbara Tealby is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 22nd August - Valerie's Garden Visit at THE GAP

August 22, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  29th August 10.00am TO 12.00pmValerie tells us a little about her garden - We've lived in our house for over 10 years and every year the garden goes from strength to strength. This year, the garden got an great overall with many of the  beds moved or replaced. We have a mix of wicking boxes and ground garden. We grow a few trees in pots and in the grounds. We host native bees and lots of other bug species as well as worms. I am planning to organise an activity on the day. TBA.The…See More
Aug 2
Barbara Tealby commented on Valerie's photo

Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"And now you are keeping it going. Well done!"
Jul 29
Barbara Tealby commented on Doug Hanning's video

First ube ( purple yam ) dug up this winter.

"Thanks, Doug. That was very interesting."
Jul 29
Barbara Tealby commented on Valerie's photo

Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"Was the seed held by your family, Valerie? If it's a lime that looks like a mandarin and tastes like a lemon, it will be interesting to see how you use it."
Jul 29

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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.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement
What I am looking for:
Information, Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Mandarins, anyone?

Posted on July 7, 2021 at 10:12 3 Comments

We clean-picked our mandarin tree this morning, and have three boxes of mandarins - all ripe - they wouldn't hang on the tree much longer. 

If anyone would like some, please let me know. I can't hang on to them for long, as they are quite ripe. 

Juicers, anyone?

Posted on June 16, 2021 at 7:47 6 Comments

I'm looking at buying a juicer - for apples, pineapples, etc. Does anyone have one they can recommend (or specifically NOT recommend)? Mid price range is good.

Buy Australian?

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 7:20 20 Comments

The contents of the new you-beaut ring-pull cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk seemed to me to be a bit runnier than in the old types, so I had a look on the side of the can. to see if they'd changed the concentration. Well, no indication as to whether they had or they hadn't, but what I did see was 'MADE IN MEXICO". Had a bit of a fossick around on the web to see if I could find evaporated milk made in Australia, but all I could find was stuff made in Lithuania. Surely we can do better than…


What was that fruit?

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 8:03 3 Comments

Doug, when we were at Dianne's place, you had some small fruits which you said came from a tree which was fairly hard to come by. They tasted quite good, and I took a few seeds home. Do you remember what that fruit tree was called? I'm putting in the seeds and would like to label them as something other than 'that-nice-fruit-that-Doug-brought-to-Dianne's'.

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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

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