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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

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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Jan Holley replied to Elaine coolowl's discussion Upside Down Fire in the group Backyard cooking
"I'll have to clear the fire pit out and give it a try, though I think I'll wait until it gets just a tiny bit cooler."
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Backyard cooking

Hey everyone if your into barbies,camp oven cooking  homemade pizza ovens or any other  cooking method  with wood charcoal gas. and if you got great tips and methods for cooking from recipes to marinades to sauces everthing and anything  to do with backyard cooking then this is it.See More
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Jan Holley might attend Lissa's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Dave Riley's garden

April 11, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
SATURDAY 11TH APRIL 10AM TO 12NOONMany of you would have been following the blogs of Dave Riley and his efforts to grow productively in the sandy soil of Beachmere.This is your chance to come check out Dave's garden in person!From Dave:Large backyard polycultural garden -- PolyVegg Garden -- built upon beach sand watered by terracotta pots.Primarily growing annuals. Experimenting with plants that suit my sandy conditions...and acid soils.Beds built up using primarily grass clippings, other…See More
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Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

"Mmmm, Tex-Mex, sounds like WA is your best path."
Jan Holley commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post A long time between blogs...
"If it comes to that, Lissa, maybe you can pot some of them up and take cuttings of others. I know you won't be able to take them all with you, but perhaps some of us can temporarily "adopt" them and keep them going until you get a new…"
Jan Holley commented on Lissa's photo

White figs

"The red-eyed fig birds used to do a number on my tree. What they didn't get, I'm pretty sure the possums took.  I never got a single fig."
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Jan Holley commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post A long time between blogs...
"I feel your pain with the fruit trees! I have one orange tree that has a few fruit on it, and that's it. Mine are all relatively young and it will be some time yet before they really get going. Patience is definitely not my strong…"
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Jan Holley commented on Lissa's blog post CANE TOADS
"During my recent tour of "All things related to biosecurity in Australia", I came across this website for "ToadScan" for logging and tracking your cane toad encounters if anyone is interested."
Elaine coolowl commented on Jan Holley's photo

Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

"If the $185 applies to every import then no wonder people like the late Isabel Shipard charged so much for their stock. It has probably changed since the seeds were sent to me from the US some years back but at that time, I understood that private…"
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Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

"From what I can tell, I would need to apply for an import permit at a minimum cost of $185, with no guarantee it would be approved. I sent an email off to the Dept of Agriculture to verify that. My head is still spinning from trying to make sense of…"
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Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

"Well, I finally found the full document of Quarantine Proclamation 1998 The "Permitted Seed List" is located in Volumes 2 & 3, but unfortunately, lippia graveolens is not on the list. Who knows how many virtual hoops I'll…"
Elaine coolowl commented on Jan Holley's photo

Mexican Oregano (Lippia graveolens)

"Is this link of any use? I can see what you mean. Get the impression some websites are designed by people who never use them."

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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 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…


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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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