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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Apr 26, 2015. 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, 2015. 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 de Saxe Mar 29, 2015. 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 commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"The soil is always in good shape for the potatoes mostly because of the way I come at it. I pretty much start fresh every time. Because of the need to "fill as they grow", I tend to start with a mostly empty bed by digging it all out and…"
Sep 29, 2015
Dave Riley commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"My haul per patch isn't as large as last year' far. Like Jan, many small ones. Grapes. I suspect the heat is a factor reducing cropping.  They shouldn't require that much watering and the 'dry' period this year…"
Sep 29, 2015
Roger Clark commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"I believe that as potatoes need to be moist all of the growing time that your soils ability to hold on to moisture is very important. My sandy soil is very difficult to keep moist. I have tried all sorts of experiments. Adding as much aged manure as…"
Sep 29, 2015
Lissa commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"Good crop Roger, well done. Having read your comments and then Jan's growing spuds is still a hit and miss puzzle."
Sep 29, 2015
Jan Holley commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"It's certainly easier to harvest from bags! That's a great result, Roger. I did a side-by-side comparison a few years back with my bags vs in-ground and raised beds. The raised bed did best, the in-ground ones did "okay"…"
Sep 28, 2015
Roger Clark commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"I agree with Elaine that Spuds don't like our conditions very much. I have found that growing them in the ground is not successful in my sandy soil, but growing them in sacks is much better, even when I'm mostly using the same sandy soil…"
Sep 28, 2015
Jan Holley commented on Susanne's photo

ID needed, What is this plant?

"Looking at images online, maybe Cleome, Schefflera digitata or horse chestnut?"
Sep 25, 2015
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion TRADITIONAL HIGH ANDEAN CUISINE
"Wow! The Mashua plants are already here! They were very well packed in their little pots and I've opened them all up and given them a good drink to perk them up a bit. They look very much like their more common cousins. This is the list I have…"
Sep 23, 2015
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Sep 23, 2015
Elaine de Saxe commented on Jan Holley's photo

Glen Large Garlic

"If only we could share that aroma! It's the 'fresh' part of your question that counts."
Sep 22, 2015
Jan Holley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Up the (New) garden path

"I agree with Cheryl, Andy. Besides, how do you think a "Handy Man" becomes so "handy". He does it by trying to do new things and figuring out what works for him and what doesn't. (If he's lucky, it works out on the…"
Sep 22, 2015
Jan Holley commented on Jan Holley's photo

Glen Large Garlic

"Holy cannoli!!! This is some powerful garlic!!! I mashed a couple of small cloves to toss in the mix for the pan of Teeny-Tiny Herb & Garlic Potatoes that I'm baking. Even before I put it in the oven, I'm pretty sure the…"
Sep 22, 2015
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion TRADITIONAL HIGH ANDEAN CUISINE
"The order for 10 has gone in, but she's had to go up a size on the shipping pack to get them all in. That cost a bit more at $22.50. That pushes the cost per plant up to $7.75 ($5.50 + $2.25 post.) If it's too steep for you, let me know.…"
Sep 22, 2015
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Sep 21, 2015
Andrew Cumberland commented on Jan Holley's photo

Dutch Cream Potatoes

"Jeez, you did well."
Sep 21, 2015
Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion TRADITIONAL HIGH ANDEAN CUISINE
"I just got an email that these Mashua plants are ready for shipping. I'll go ahead and order & pay for the 10. We can sort the details out when they get here. Does anyone want to change/add/decline their numbers?"
Sep 21, 2015

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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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