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Jan Holley's Discussions

Preserving Class Interest?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melissa Hovey Feb 1, 2013. 56 Replies

We now need 2 people to fill vacancies in the 8 September class.2 of us who were originally booked for the 8th are now attending on 25 August to fill those vacancies.If we can't get two more people,…Continue

Tags: brisbane, class, canning, preserving

My First Yacon Harvest

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine coolowl May 30, 2012. 9 Replies

I planted one single yacon tuber last year. The resulting plant recently finished flowering and parts of it were dying back. After getting a tip to go ahead and start digging from Lissa, this is what…Continue

Home-Made Wet Pots with Irrigation Inlet

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Oct 29, 2012. 19 Replies

To make the wet pots, all I did was follow the great instructions from…Continue

Tags: wet pot, wetpot, your, watering, terracotta

Possum Problem...Help!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Valencia May 16, 2012. 15 Replies

Okay. I officially have a possum problem in my garden. At first, it was just the odd capsicum or tomato, but in the last week or so, they've hollowed out a watermelon, eaten a good number of…Continue


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Spaghetti Squash

"Must try baking the next one....when I finally get a new oven."
11 hours ago
Elaine coolowl commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"Sounds like there's variations among the seed stocks. Good to know that 'my' seeds I received from you are likely to be drier rather than wetter. A good system for dealing with it Jan."
18 hours ago
Jan Holley commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"I think that the flesh is more like a pumpkin than a squash. It is firm and not watery like many squash. I cut mine in half length-wise (easier said than done) and remove the seeds. Then I bake the halves, cut-side down, in a baking dish with about…"
21 hours ago
Elaine coolowl commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"Hm, from that experience I reckon that cooking it whole either baking or boiling, would be the go. It's a watery fruit as are a lot of squashes."
21 hours ago
Lissa commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"I tried microwaving whole. That didn't really work (I actually forgot I had put it in the microwave but it wasn't cooked). Then cut it into two and steam cooked it bit by bit. Not that nice that I could bring myself to eat what I had…"
23 hours ago
Jan Holley replied to Tracy Arnold's discussion Dwarf mulberry
"Sure, Cheryl. I'll have to see what I have to work with and I'll let you and Rob both know."
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"Amazing!! Any tips :)"
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Elaine coolowl commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"The flavour is more delicate than robust. It is the perfect background to the 'pasta you're having when you're not having pasta' and for you, possibly a great way to have pain-free pasta. The strings it cooks into make a great…"
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Lissa commented on Jan Holley's photo

Spaghetti Squash

"Just beautiful Jan :) I must admit, I bought my first ever from the fruit shop recently and I was completely underwhelmed by it's flavour. Home grown would have to be better. Will give it a go one year."
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"Good grief! What a haul. I must come have a look at the soil you are growing in :)"
Jan Holley replied to Tracy Arnold's discussion Dwarf mulberry
"I'll see what I can do for you, Rob. Even if I'm unable to do it on Sunday for some reason, I can certainly do it after the tree settles in to its new home."
Jan Holley commented on Dianne Caswell's group Companion Planting
"I've got plants I call "Catnip" and "Cat Mint". The one I call "Catnip" has a larger leaf maybe (3-4 cm across), grows fairly upright and to about 40-50 cm high before it starts to fall over from the weight. It has…"

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Sauce Maker

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 15:17 2 Comments

For those who are interested in getting a Sauce Maker like the one I showed at Lissa's GV today, below is a link to the item on Amazon (USA):



When all else fails...Grow Mulch!

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 23:22 17 Comments it's not edible, but I managed to grow something useful in this horrible spot in my yard...I'm happy!

This is the most inhospitable part of my yard. (Really... I mean even the WEEDS struggle to grow here!)

It's at the very top of my sloping yard, above my roof level, it's narrow, has hideous soil from years of erosion, and rocks... soooo many rocks!

The soil is so compacted up there that digging a…


Oddly Edible Party?

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 16:04 12 Comments

After seeing that Elephant Foot Yam, I started thinking how nice it would be if we could have some sort of a get together where we could sign up to bring, share and try some of the more unusual foods that people grow, make or have just seen in the shops or at the markets.

That EF Yam, for instance or even Yacon, Dragon Fruit, Pigface, Weeds, Taro, Sugarbag name it!

Even things like duck eggs, goat cheese and fermented foods for folks who have never tried them. It…


What is this?

Posted on December 30, 2014 at 12:37 6 Comments

I found this patch of some type of grass growing in an area where I had previously grown a green manure crop. I've never seen it growing in my yard before, so I'm thinking it either came in the mix or is just  a "weed" brought in by area wildlife.

I'm hoping one of you has come across it before and tell me what it is. (Please be kind, I've only been gardening for a few years!)…


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At 20:12 on January 26, 2015, Ian Lyall said…
Thanks for your kind offer of advice about establishing a new garden. We are still busy unpacking moving boxes, but would welcome any advice and especially what to grow and local seeds or cuttings would be appreciated. We will get in touch sometime in February.

Ian, Barbara and Martin
At 21:55 on January 4, 2015, Dianne Caswell said…

Hi Jan, I know of one place that I get my organic milk delivery in each week. It is in Seventeen Mile Rocks - Home Fresh Organics, my order always comes with lids also. They may be able to help you and they are lovely people.

I just love the way you garden. You are an inspiration to many I am sure.

At 14:16 on July 17, 2012, Michelle Neil said…

LOL I meant pregnant!

At 14:16 on July 17, 2012, Michelle Neil said…

Hi Jan, I am interested in the class but I will be rather heavily (or get to be) by that stage. As I had bad pre-eclampsia last time I have been advised to stay off my feet as much as possible. If you do this class next year I will be first in line, Regards. Shell

At 15:01 on July 2, 2012, Penny Duthie said…

Hi Jan, Thanks for organising the booking - I am def in for the 25th!!


At 10:48 on June 27, 2012, Stacey Brown said…

Jan, I'm fine for the preserving class if it is in the morning

At 21:35 on June 12, 2012, Donna Confetti said…
I had a look at your photos and am am gratefully for the details. I will pop into the hardware vortex for the tubing and fittings...also did some browsing of ollas/wet pot systems and am keen to test it out.
At 13:06 on June 11, 2012, Donna Confetti said…
The silicone is for an immersable seal, like in swimming pools or ponds.
At 18:42 on June 10, 2012, Donna Confetti said…
Hello again. So nice to meet you yesterday. I came home all inspired, via Bunnings, where I bought the makings for some wet pots. Silicones them up this morning. The sales bloke said I should leave them cure for about 14 days before that what you do?
At 15:44 on May 25, 2012, Donna Confetti said…

Hello Jan, I feel nice and welcome! Love living in FG...


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