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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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The garden is booming!

Posted on March 22, 2020 at 11:30 13 Comments

Hi everyone.  

I’m getting more extreme in the garden at the moment and I think every Tom, dick and Harry is currently doing the same.   I had run out of my trusty rooster booster fertiliser and went to Bunnings to grab some more and thought I’d see if there were any seeds or flower seedlings I fancied.   The answer to that question was a resounding “no!” Lucky for me, my seed stock is nice and robust because there was NOTHING on the shelves.  

I had some roses die out in the…


Lovely start to Autumn

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 20:30 5 Comments

Hi everyone, I have been ramping everything up in the garden trying to get some early harvests.  I just…


Solved the problem of not being able to add photos’s - maybe I’ll blog more often

Posted on February 23, 2020 at 12:30 8 Comments

Hi guys, I went to Valerie’s garden visit today and boy I’m glad I did cause Andy was there and we finally worked out the problem of not being able to add photos from my phone.  The trick is DO NOT use the “add photos by mobile phone or email button”. Just treat your phone like a computer and select the files using “browse my computer”.  

So here are some…


End of 2019

Posted on December 28, 2019 at 11:00 2 Comments

Well, I've just managed to get one last blog post in before the end of 2019 and what a year it has been!  I have been very busy but not so much in the garden because as usual, the December heat hits and not a lot vegie wise does any good.  Capsicums, Chilli,  Eggplant and corn is about all that does well in my garden.  Tomatoes struggle especially as I always get spider mite infestations.  Suprisingly, I have lettuce (salanova varieties at the front row of this picture vs normal varieties…


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Quail and chicken update

"Hi Sophie, you won't go without eggs this winter for your POL - I have found that when they are ready they will produce regardless of the seasons.  OUr seasons don't much affect the chooks - that is really more for much colder climes…"
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Excess seedlings taken to work

"You are a generous soul, Susan, especially now.  Your advice, with the banana plants, is a good help.  One bunch can more than feed a family for a while.  "
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Excess seedlings taken to work

"It’s all about the circular economy isn’t it? You provide seedlings, someone shares some excess produce and someone else strikes up a conversation that perhaps have otherwise never occurred. These type of little acts in difficult times,…"
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Jeff Kiehne commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"With banana's water can be a problem  in the dry weather  they  still survive but do not produce very big fruit  helps if can place where there water from roof  or ground water as we are on a hill  and now have two…"
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Bed 7 planted

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Bed 7 planted

"Thanks Dianne.  I hope all is going well at yours?"
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"great video as always Andy.  Love seeing what you are up to. "
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Excess seedlings taken to work

I had a lovely lady at work, all prepared to plant a veggie patch (had a truckload of soil delivered, garden beds filled) and went to go buy seedlings & seeds only to discover the crazy had hit bunnings. I've been going a bit OTT with the…
Mar 27
Susan commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"If any of you are having trouble with banana's - I put a couple of bags of horse poo on them once per year.  At the same time, I'll chuch\k some rooster booster around and I always cut down the tree one it has fruited and remove only…"
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Susan commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"Too late.  RIP custard apple :)"
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Jeff Kiehne commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"The custard apple tree . could it be trimmed back and transplanted ."
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Christa commented on Susan's blog post The garden is booming!
"Have you tried girdling the custard apple. It might force it to flower.  We have one dwarf custard apple tree (Tropic Sun) and a seedling tree and the dwarf is growing well so far.   Blast, you wait so long for a little pineapple and…"
Mar 27

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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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