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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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Jan Holley might attend Lissa's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Lissa's garden

August 9, 2015 from 10am to 12pm
ADDRESS HAS BEEN SENT TO GUESTS 03.08.15. MSG LISSA IF NOT RECEIVED.Don't know about the rest of you but I'm having GV withdrawal with the break between visits for July and August.Let's squeeze one in at my place on SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST AT 10AM.You've all been to my garden before - flat ground, easy street parking, bees. Lot's growing at this peak period for the year - hopefully I won't have eaten it all by the 9th!I may or may not mow due to the amount of self sown goodies coming up in the…See More
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Carpenter Bee 11

"I had one in my garden the other day!! Thought there was a wasp near me it was so loud and I caught a glimpse of this beautiful big bee just seconds before it took off. Much excitement :D"
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Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Cold Snap a 'comin: how to protect your garden
"So long as you remember that I was in "sales", not "production". Any issues with the actual product must be taken up directly with the "head office"."
Jul 13
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Cold Snap a 'comin: how to protect your garden
"It also helps that I was a weather forecaster for many years."
Jul 13
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Cold Snap a 'comin: how to protect your garden
"Lucky for the plants, wind chill doesn't effect them. Plants are only affected by the actual air temperature. In fact, that strong wind will actually help keep the temperature from getting as cold as would if it were calm. However, that wind…"
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"I can't imagine the garden without cheery, bright Nasturtiums any more! The NS Bees just love them and they make such a beautiful, showy carpet spilling around things.  You've gotta love 'em!"
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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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