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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

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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


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Tracy Arnold commented on Jan Holley's blog post Around the Garden in May
"Everything looks great Jan!  I'm so glad the Mulberry tree lived, I was a bit worried about that after all your hard work digging the bloody thing out! I have planted a lime tree in it's place now, not that it's done much yet…"
13 hours ago
Jan Holley replied to Lissa's discussion Slaving Away - Four Corners report
"It's absolutely disgusting to realise that some people think nothing of treating other human beings this way. The mentality of it all is just beyond me. They'll do anything to make a profit. It really makes me not want to buy anything at…"
15 hours ago
Ricky J replied to Jan Holley's discussion Preserving/Canning
"I followed your soap supplies link to buy some salt. Natural Sea Salt for $4. But then when I tried to checkout I got a message saying that I need to spend at least $40 plus shipping :(If anyone else doesn't mind spending that much on soap, let…"
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Jan Holley commented on Rob Collings's photo

Horned Melon, African Horned Cucumber

"Not mine, Mark!!! Just an image off the web. :) Can't help but think they might have gotten the idea for the weapon from one of these beauties, way-back-when. I imagine it would sting a fair bit, getting beaned by one of those horned…"
Florence favorited Jan Holley's blog post Around the Garden in May
Jan Holley commented on Rob Collings's photo

Horned Melon, African Horned Cucumber

"Call me "strange" but this is what comes to mind when I see these on the vine! "
Jan Holley commented on Valerie's photo

Help me identify this fruit

"I think that's the same insidious vine I have here, a "Creeping Fig". AAAaagh! I hate this stuff!!! It grows INto everything, taking over fences, shrubs, trees, and anything else it can latch onto. It kills any plants it overtakes by…"
Rob Walter commented on Jan Holley's blog post Around the Garden in May
"Yeah, Roger, I think you're growing male trees. You should get a small harvest in the first spring at least."
Lissa commented on Jan Holley's photo

Bamboo Cutting

"Looking forward to hearing how you go with these groups :)"
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Bamboo Cutting

"Yes, Lissa. I've already subscribed to both site's newsletters. I thought I might check out the Macramé class & social meeting on 31 May, just to see how it works and if I can maybe use those knotting techniques for…"
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Bamboo Cutting

"Jan - I always post the local and Brisbane Events on BLF but I think you can subscribe as well yourself. The Nest will send you email updates you can subscribe to. Not sure about Edward and Lilly."
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Bamboo Cutting

"Jan, can't wait to see the construction to come."
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Bamboo Cutting

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Bamboo Cutting

"Cheryl, If you go to their Facebook page, they do have a few things on. From there, I followed the link to "The Nest Community" which is there in Everton Park. They have quite a few things on that look interesting."

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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):



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…


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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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