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Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post Annual Tiny Farm production blog
"Andy, I've been doing this since 2015, and its amazing how things add up. I've also been putting a dollar value on crops, by using the price I would have paid retail for the item in question. When the cost of fertilisers, bird feed,…"
yesterday
Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Great report on a magnificent property. Thanks Susan."
Sunday
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Tips for beginners
"It's useful to be reminded that this great resource is there, Sophie. "
Feb 22
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Tips for beginners
"Great video, Andy. Shedwars seems like an interesting concept."
Feb 20
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"Here is a Site to help with drying dragonfruit. https://www.dehydrate2store.com/dragonfruit/"
Feb 15
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"I'll bring some to the next GV. They're in the dehydrator now."
Feb 14
Susan commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"No tips but I’d love to see the outcome and taste tests verdict.  "
Feb 14
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"Thanks, Sid. Andy's just up the road, so I'll grab his. So good that people are happy to share."
Feb 13
Sid Saghe commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"I've got one you can borrow temporarily too if you like!"
Feb 13
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"Thanks, Andy. I'll give it a go."
Feb 13
Andrew Cumberland commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"I have a dehydrator you are more than welcome to use Barb. "
Feb 12
Barbara Tealby posted a blog post

Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest

There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying with the humidity as it is won't be too successful. Has anyone got any tips or pointers about what I should and shouldn't do?See More
Feb 12
Barbara Tealby commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Jujube fruit

"I really, really, really hope you enjoy the fruit, Doug."
Feb 12
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Dianne and Graham's Garden January 2021 in the group Garden Visits
"A lovely garden. Thank you, Dianne and Graham for hosting us on Sunday."
Feb 1
Barbara Tealby is attending Dianne Caswell's event
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GARDEN VISIT - 31st January - DIANNE AND GRAHAMS WELCOME 2021 GARDEN VISIT at ELLEN GROVE

January 31, 2021 from 9:30am to 12pm
SUNDAY  13st January 9.30am TO 12.00pmPLEASE NOTE -  the earlier start due to the Warm WeatherThis will be a WELCOME 2021 GV - Our 1st for the YearA little about Dianne & Graham's Garden -Ours is an Old Garden 42years. It has grown over the…See More
Jan 28
Christa commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post This week in the garden
"Good to see you back at it, Barbara.  I remember you had pineapple plants around the back of your place, growing well.  You may need a good carpet snake, possums no longer eat all our produce. I have not seen a little possum for some time…"
Jan 27

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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
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 17:09 7 Comments

There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying with the humidity as it is won't be too successful. Has anyone got any tips or pointers about what I should and shouldn't do?

This week in the garden

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 9:00 11 Comments

Picked the first pineapple of the year yesterday - no photo cos I cut it up straight away - couldn't wait to try it. It was OK, but I think I jumped the gun a bit - not as sweet as they usually are, and the top quarter was still pale yellow, not golden. I'll leave the next one on a bit longer. Pineapples are going in all over the garden in odd spots - and I've got a lot of odd spots in my garden!

The Zucchinis are finished, and I'm letting the tromboncino go to seed now - sorry,…

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Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 14:01 2 Comments

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. 

I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…

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To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

Posted on November 22, 2020 at 20:35 10 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.

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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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