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Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Potato harvest: part 1
"Great job.  No wonder the lad is so excited.  I would be too. "
Sep 14
Andrew Cumberland favorited Lily's blog post Potato harvest: part 1
Sep 14
Barbara Tealby commented on Lily's blog post Potato harvest: part 1
"Those potatoes look really good, Lily. I bet they taste great, too. No wonder you're excited about the next harvest."
Sep 14
Jacqui favorited Lily's blog post Potato harvest: part 1
Sep 13
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Potato harvest: part 1

First batch of potatoes are out of the ground! My youngest was very excited to help me hunt for treasure—we got 1.7kg, perhaps 4:1, which is not brilliant, but they’re lovely big tubers grown from a grocery store potato gone mad in the cupboard.…See More
Sep 13
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
"The chilacyote is quite good cut thin and baked in oil.  Chips!  "
Aug 23
Lily commented on Doug Hanning's blog post The Quail Train Steams Ahead
"You want muscle, not fat if you’re going to butcher. But yes, quantity is absolutely everything."
Aug 21
Lily commented on Doug Hanning's blog post The Quail Train Steams Ahead
"Google (infallable font of knowledge that it is) seems to suggest that too much can cause obesity and doesn’t provide balanced nutrition. Neither chicken or quail have honey-eater adaptations, which means nectar (let alone refined sugars)…"
Aug 21
Lily commented on Doug Hanning's blog post The Quail Train Steams Ahead
"I wouldn’t put sugar in baking for poultry though—they don’t need it to find it appetising, and it isn’t good for them."
Aug 21
Lily commented on Doug Hanning's blog post The Quail Train Steams Ahead
"I’ve made bread to feed my chickens when I had a pantry clear out—wevilly flour, expired milk powder and almond meal and stale nuts etc, and mixed in a portion of sourdough starter and proved and baked it like bread. It worked well,…"
Aug 21
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
"Chilacayote performs like a  good squash in that it holds its texture despite the simmer and boil. So does Bottle Gourd (aka New Guinea Bean). Troms don't really do that as they are a softer creature...and are so narrow and soft when…"
Aug 19
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
"Zucchini is more of a texture to me, and one that for the most part includes the contrast of the resistance of the skin against the softness of the cooked flesh. I’ve tried watermelon rind in things, and it’s another filler in a dish…"
Aug 19
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
"Tried the chilacayote tonight.  A bit like a zuch.  Reminded me of a choko.  I reckon in a dish like a curry it would just suck up the flavour and be really special.  Having said that - it's a bugger to cut. "
Aug 19
Lily commented on Doug Hanning's blog post The Quail Train Steams Ahead
"What about cost to raise? What do you feed them, how much of it do you need, and where do you get it from for how much? I was doing some back of envelope calculations based on wild guestimation and came up with maybe $1.50 per bird in feed to raise…"
Aug 19
Lily commented on Ross Carter's blog post Cherry Tree
"I splurged on this low-chill cherry tree in the Daleys bare root catalogue this year.  It wasn't cheap and I know it may well not fruit here as Daleys lists it as requiring 400 chill hours and Brisbane officially gets 300, but I have put…"
Aug 19
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
"Oh you Trombochino heathens.  They are beautiful picked young and used as zuch.  When they get older, I tend to use them in a Thai style coconut curry instead of pumpkin.  No dodgy sketti squash texture either.  LOL. …"
Aug 15

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About me:
I’m a mum of three active young boys between 5 and 8, slowly managing to get our steep-sloping block producing edibles.
I am interested in:
My aims are to reduce our family’s impact on the planet by bringing down our food miles, waste & energy consumption, as well as complete the chain in my sons minds about where food comes from. Also, there’s nothing like the taste of something fresh-picked out of the garden!

I’ve had a functional veggie patch for a year now, ever since I had the lightbulb moment that I need to think differently to most of the online gardening guides to make things work in the subtropics, but that I can be successful if I plant the right things in the right way! Having completed a full year and the associated learning curve in the veggie patch, I’m now getting started planting an orchard/food forest to fill out a steep north-facing bank at the back of our house where nothing much has ever grown, but which should be perfect if I can get it established right. I’m excited and hopeful that I can make it work, and keen to research and see if I can set things up right from the get-go and avoid making too many obvious missteps.
What I am looking for:
Information, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials
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Brisbane Western Suburbs

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Potato harvest: part 1

Posted on September 13, 2020 at 21:16 2 Comments

First batch of potatoes are out of the ground! My youngest was very excited to help me hunt for treasure—we got 1.7kg, perhaps 4:1, which is not brilliant, but they’re lovely big tubers grown from a grocery store potato gone mad…

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Spring Garden Update

Posted on August 15, 2020 at 15:00 13 Comments

There’s lots exciting happening in my garden right now.

First, unfortunately, both of the chicks we hatched turned out to be roosters. What can you do? Given so few chicks hatched, and they were so distinct from one another, they grew up each very beloved—so the soup pot wasn’t an option for these two gentlemen. Sweet, cuddly, Polish Maharajah has been…

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Chicken compost on the hill

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 14:30 5 Comments

I've mentioned before that my house is on a steep hill, and that I've terraced up part of the unused too-steep area as a food forest, which has been working very well.  All the trees I put in have established nicely, although it’s looking a bit bare again now that the pumpkin vines have died down and I’ve given the young trees another trim to promote…

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Extending the Season

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 11:09 1 Comment

Just curious as to whether anyone does anything to extend the growing season around here?  Most of the online growing guides talk about using cold frames or poly tunnels to extending the period that your plants are able to ward off freezing solid.  But for me, I'd really like to grow some more cool weather crops for more of the year, and there's not too much information around apart from increasing shade.

I had the idea of planting in a zeer pot.  A zeer pot is an evaporative cooling…

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At 23:40 on August 16, 2019, Andrew Cumberland said…

Nice update Lily.  I reckon you need to offer your place for a garden visit.  Why?  Worried you don't grow enough?  Well, you'll meet a lot of other gardeners who also care about the planet.  They are a great source of advice.  They'll stand around and talk about your site and a heap of different ways you could chose to move forward.  They'll offer you free seeds and cuttings.  Now... shhh.... we have the best morning teas in the whole world!  

At 11:22 on August 16, 2019, Lily said…
Thanks, Andrew! I’m glad to be here. :)
At 19:45 on August 15, 2019, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Lily. 

 
 
 

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