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Coriander/Ginger/Chillies/Sweet potatoes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Jul 6, 2018. 6 Replies

Hi folks, So today, I was looking at my overflowing coriander pot and felt so guilty about hardly using it.  Keep in mind that I have another pot started with seeds as I turn these over every 6-8…Continue

Tags: Chilli, potato, Sweet, Ginger, Coriander

Lemon Curd Tea Cake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 31, 2018. 9 Replies

This was the recipe I used today for the lemon curd tea cake that everyone enjoyed.Cake mixture300 grams Self Raising Flour120 grams Butter150 grams sugar2 eggLemon curd120 grams lemon juice120 grams…Continue

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Banana Flour - Who Knew?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 30, 2018. 12 Replies

So, I have a problem at the moment.  I have just worked through one bunch of 90 banana's-> banana muffins, banana smoothies, banana bread, frozen banana, dried banana and give aways.  You name it,…Continue

Chestnuts for Subtropics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Mar 20, 2018. 10 Replies

Look what I got in my inbox!Dear Susan, You made an enquiry with us quite a while ago now. Sorry for taking so long to get this ready for you. We now have 8 of the Chestnut - Winchester available.…Continue


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About me:
I am a country girl, turned city girl, dreaming of going back to being a country girl but still living in suburbia. :) "What does that all mean?", you ask. Well basically, I love my garden, my chickens, my bees and would love some more land to play on but really don't think I could cut it away from the city anymore. With that in mind, my little block of land is slowly being turned into an edible oasis - somewhere I can retreat from the outside world, commune with nature and get that awesome satisfaction of picking my own dinner from the garden.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I'm a school teacher and I run the school's garden as afternoon tutorial for senior students. Don't have many kids but have a core little group who have loved planting and harvesting their little patches.
I am interested in:
vegetable gardening, bee keeping, preserves.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
What I am looking for:
Events, None/Unsure
Brisbane Eastern Suburbs

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November 2020

Posted on November 9, 2020 at 19:56 10 Comments

Hi all, 

Well, the season has been kind.  Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago.  Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.  

The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks.  She just…


Progress at the farm

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 19:00 8 Comments

Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still another trip down will be needed to put on the finishing touches.

I got here after they had been working for 2 days.  They had already put up shed Frame and were in the middle of setting posts for awning. …


September and I'm #cottagecore

Posted on September 5, 2020 at 18:58 8 Comments

Hi All,

What a glorious start to spring - my garden is producing lots and is very beautiful at the moment.  My daughter had friends over 2 weeks ago and while my children never really appreciate my garden, her friends loved it.  Apparently it is #cottagecore - that's a thing that is cool :).  They were out feeding the chickens, chilling on the back balcony looking out over the garden and even wanted a garden tour from her.  I laughed when she told me cause I was like "so when…


August 2020

Posted on August 8, 2020 at 19:38 7 Comments

Hi all, 

Well, winter is done.  It has been far to warm lately to be classed as winter - I wore shorts today for goodness state.  I had a nice little play  in the garden planting out my brassica's, sunflower seeds and 16 chamomile plants that I got ages ago in 1 punnet - separated them out, potted them up and babied them for a while and now they are in the ground. I also potted up my celery and will do some new seeds of various things tonight.  Another job on my to-do-list is…


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Christa commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Hi Susan, I can see your harvest now.  Those flat peaches make us very envious. The longans look so plentiful, you should have a feast from them.  The soap making is a great idea for a graduation gift. Keep up the good gardening and stay…"
Ron Hyde commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Your bees are obviously doing there job for you Susan"
Susan commented on Ron Hyde's blog post First Post as a New Member
"Hi Ron, I have a top bar hive as well and my girls are really productive."
Nov 28
Susan commented on Roger Clark's photo


"Roger, you need to bag those ASAP. It would be a shame for your first crop to be lost to fruit fly. Looking promising!!!"
Nov 28
Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Me too, Christa. Only my error message is 'This site can't provide a secure connection'!!!"
Nov 11
Christa commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Done all that you said Andrew and still have no pictures. When I try to open thumbnails, it says storage ning gave an invalid response. Its only half a site without pictures."
Nov 11
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Anyone having trouble needs to empty their browser cache.  If you don't know how,  google "empty browser cache" and the name of your browser.  "
Nov 10
Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"I suspect -- if you are viewing the image expanded on a mobile phone or like -- that the file's px size is too big for your device's screen size. The photos are  big +++ even on my desktop when I click on them. On a desktop within the…"
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Susan commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Hey guys, I don't know what is happening cause it shows up fine for me"
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Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"I can't see any pictures, either. When I try to expand the thumbnail I get a message from 'Telstra Broadband network' (in parenthesis because I'm not sure if I believe that)telling me the site is likely to have viruses, etc.…"
Nov 10
Doug Hanning commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Keep an eye on the lychees Susan. If you see moths hanging around then net the tree. Some years the macadamia nut borer can ruin a large part of the crop. The moths lay an egg then the grub burrows to the seed and you will see some brown sawdust on…"
Nov 10
Christa commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Hi Susan, Unfortunately can't see any photo's of your garden, The site has been playing here for a few weeks. We had 3 of our hives ruined by Sth African small hive beetle. They must have come in after a split. Keeping our fingers crossed…"
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Susan commented on Dave Riley's blog post My garden of earthly delights.
"Looks good Dave.  I really cannot get choko's to do any good.  One of those things that are supposed to be easy to grow but I can't "
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At 12:32 on November 7, 2019, angela holmes said…

Hi susan hows things? I wonder how your pink iona grape went? I recall you weren't liking the muscadine so were going to replace it with a pink iona. My muscadine is fruiting for the first time and its on drip irrigation but i fear my kids wont like it.

At 21:38 on October 17, 2016, angela holmes said…
Hi Susan. Sounds like your GV went well? It's certainly an oasis you have there. On my way home on Saturday I thought what a great way to have your strawberries, and I want to do the same thing. Keeps them off the ground, extra water from the waterwell pots, and you can move them around. Best of all it's so easy to set up and by using the fence space I can free up an entire garden bed! What size troughs did you use (450mm, 600mm, 700mm)? How many plants per pot? But mainly I am interested in those racks you use to hang them - do you remember what they were called, what brand, where did you get them?
At 16:50 on September 14, 2016, Jan Holley said…

I plan to be at the GV in Dayboro, if you are going. I'll be sure to bring some.

At 19:43 on September 12, 2014, Elaine de Saxe said…

Thanks for the info, Susan. There's programmes alright, too darned many of them. Tried several, none keep the 300dpi the pictures are at.

The programme you used is not available to me on the Mac but I do have others already that I can make up something to use as a template. I was hoping to save myself the hassle ;-)

At 9:01 on July 16, 2010, Daniel said…
Hi Susan! Welcome aboard. I look forward to hearing more about your garden, especially the edging, since I'm doing the same thing right now! :-)

At 8:41 on July 14, 2010, Scarlett said…
welcome Susan :)

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