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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 26. 1 Reply

Okay, not exactly garden related, but important to the food supply.  I find myself without power to the half of my house that includes my freezer, computer and TV. Can anyone recommend a good,…Continue

Wanted:Bags of Compost/Soil

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Holley Apr 24. 18 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

Tags: popcorn

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


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BOGI FAIR at The Albion Peace Hall

August 30, 2015 from 9am to 3pm
30 August 2015 SundayThe 2015 BOGI Fair will be held at the Peace Hall, 102 McDonald Road Windsor (near the Albion railway station), on Sunday the 30th of August from 9am to 3pm. It is the 29th Brisbane Organic Growers Fair. This year, the fair has changed from October to August due to other major garden events organised for the month of October.You can use the link below to see the…See More
Jan Holley is attending Lissa's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Susan's garden

August 30, 2015 from 10am to 12:30pm
SUNDAY 30th AUGUST 10.00AMCome back to Susan's with us for a first hand look at all the changes and new plantings she has made since last year.From Susan:I grow many varieties of fruit trees, some only just starting but have some established plants.  I also have self wicking beds for vegetables and am building my own wetpot system for the herb patch - hopefully it will be well established by the time everyone comes.Ground is completely flat but there are about 5 stairs to get up to the…See More
Jan Holley replied to Lissa's discussion 28.06.15 KARLA AND BRUCE, WHITESIDE in the group Garden Visits
"What a spectacular place! Absolutely fantastic. So many beautiful plants, the artwork and views of the river. I imagine you could spend hours and hours out there and not see everything they have going on. I don't know how they do it. I know I…"
Jan Holley favorited Lissa's discussion 28.06.15 KARLA AND BRUCE, WHITESIDE
Jan Holley is attending Lissa's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Elaine and Elaine's garden

July 5, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
ADDRESS SENT TO ATTENDEES 29.06.15.SUNDAY 5th JULY 10AM TO 12NOONGarden visit at Elaine and Elaines at Deception Bay. Come and meet the Wicking Bed Queens!From Elaine:Our major makeover with transferring most of the fruit trees to wicking bins should be completed by then. We've a new space in a former greenhouse with heat-loving plants one side and cool-loving plants the other side. Everything that can be in a wicking bin or pot is in one. No steps but a short incline from the road should be OK…See More
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pigeon Peas.
"My Grandmother taught us to prepare dried beans very specifically, but with no explanation really as to why. I always thought this was to "de-gas" the beans. Maybe it had more to do with the toxins. -"Always put them through…"
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Learning about Yacon

"Yacon seems to be a "hit and miss" type of crop-good sometimes and not others. The first and only year I grew it, I ended up with so many that I couldn't use it all and it didn't store or preserve well for me, so I didn't…"
Jan Holley commented on Lissa's event 'GARDEN VISIT - FREE'
"Does anyone need Arrowroot or Comfrey? I can bring more to the G.V. if you do. Also, I've got fresh Ancho/Poblano Chili seeds if anyone is interested. They are mild, fairly big, sometimes "flat" chillies that can be used either when…"
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pigeon Peas.
"I've never tried grinding them, Darren. I imagine a coffee/spice grinder, food processor, blender or mortar & pestle would do the trick, depending on the quantity and what you have on hand. (I'd probably go with the spice grinder or…"
Jun 26
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pigeon Peas.
"There are a lot of places that sell incredible numbers of pulses. The biggest problem seems to be that Pigeon Peas can be called by so many different names, depending mostly on where they are packed or where the consumer is from. There probably are…"
Jun 26
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Jun 26
Susan commented on Jan Holley's status
"With a few of us growing them, we should be able to give everyone a fair comparison/evaluation of growth and fruiting success :) "
Jun 25
Susan commented on Jan Holley's status
"MINE TOO!!!!!!!! Not planted yet though - shady spot in garage and I'll plant it saturday :) "
Jun 25
Lissa commented on Jan Holley's status
"Lots of updates :)"
Jun 25

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Trying New Things: Tomatoes

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 21:52 12 Comments

In the past, I have tended to grow the same varieties of tomatoes (Roma/San Marzano) and dot them around the garden wherever I had space. The past few months, however, have been total failures for me with tomatoes, so I decided to change things up a little bit.

This season, I decided to group my tomatoes together and grow them as more or less a "hedge". 

I planted 8 out along here (a single row about 7m long), but one more plant had to go elsewhere. (No room…


Around the Garden in May

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 22:30 34 Comments

There's not much edible coming out of the garden right now. Mostly I'm waiting for everything I planted for the cool season to start producing, but I managed to find a few things ready.

I picked my first raspberries this morning. Only a handful, but they were good-sized with plenty of flavour. (If I'm not mistaken, that’s at least $5 worth of fresh, organic berries in my hand!) I just planted these Heritage Raspberries this past Spring, so I'm pleased to get any berries.…


"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):



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At 15:24 on May 21, 2015, Warren Goodlet said…

Wow Jan, you sure can take photos!......just had a look at your dragonflies, absolutely beautiful!:)

At 20:56 on May 13, 2015, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Jan I see that you are wanting to build up your garden,just wanted to mention that the brisbane racecourse gives out free horse manure by the trailer load but obviously you must pick it up just wanted you to know as everyone has gone mad over the 3.00 bags.Any antibiotics would hopefully be leached out by the sun over a couple of weeks and the elements. 

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.

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