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Wanted:Bags of Compost/Soil

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susanne Apr 8. 14 Replies

I am building some raised garden beds and now I have the task of filling them. I need bags because my yard is NOT wheelbarrow friendly and I have no place to dump a huge load of loose soil.I need to…Continue

Stove-top Popcorn Popper, the "Whirley Pop"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine coolowl Mar 29. 3 Replies

A few people know me for the "gadgets" I tend to come across for processing food, cooking or just somehow making life a tiny bit easier.This is another one of those gadgets that isn't going to be for…Continue

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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


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New Raised Beds

"They look great, well done."
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"Oh, how I wish I could do that here!"
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"Two of the most trouble-free and productive fruit trees are Mulberry and Fig. Early fruiting and amenable to being sized for your yard. Birds love them too although so far, so good with that."
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New Raised Beds

"Dianne, Freecycle is an online listing where people can list items that they no longer need and simply wish to give away. You can also ask if anyone has a particular item (within reason) you need that they would like to give away with no…"
Jan Holley replied to Elaine coolowl's discussion Yes We Will Have Garlic!
"Trying to find information on the Italian Red mentioned, and I stumbled across Garlic World  "Purveyors of Traditional Worldwide Garlic Varieties for Growing and Eating" here in Aus. I had no idea such a site existed! They appear to…"
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"There's always a bit of a gamble getting the right fruit tree. You wait years for results and sometime they turn out to be duds. I have also bought a dwf black commercially and it's growing well. Very hardy plant the mulberry."
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New Raised Beds

"Awesome gardens, always expanding, terrific lineup of plants referred to in season planting blog."
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"I have a dwarf black mulberry tree purchased from Forbidden fruits nursery several years ago, it's a good producer ~ I noticed its leaves are smaller than those I normally see ....  "
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"The dwarf Mulberry tree was probably at least 3 years old or maybe older. It never produced much for me. I put that down to not feeding it enough. Lissa if you cannot coax fruit from it, heave it. I have bought another dwarf black Mulberry and a…"
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"Great stuff.  Mine is just a tiny stick out the front. "
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Egyptian Onions

"They look useful. Will be fascinated to see photos as yours develop their bulblets."

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"A Clearer Message for Consumers"

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 8:00 2 Comments

Report on the inquiry into country of origin labelling for food

This report was tabled by a parliamentary committee in October 2014.

It is a massive document, but there are 8 proposed solutions/changes outlined in the document in…


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 18 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 21 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…


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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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