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  • Brisbane Eastern Suburbs
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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

Tags: Lemons

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)
None/Unsure
What I am looking for:
Events, None/Unsure
Location
Brisbane Eastern Suburbs

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Sid's Garden Visit

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 18:00 7 Comments

Wow, where do I begin!

Sid's garden is enormous!  5 acres of beautiful land with the backbones to do so much.  It was once a goat milking farm apparently and has a massive red barn in really good repair with two massive water tanks down the back of what I would guess is approximately 3 acres of cleared grass land.  The remaining 2 acres is where the house and gardens are.  She and her husband will have a lot of work to do to bring her vision to life but I couldn't imagine a more…

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February 2021

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 19:30 2 Comments



Hi guys,

Well I’ve had a very productive weekend in my garden and feel wonderfully peaceful.  Because the rain has been so frequent for me, this summer has not seen the devestation that it normally experiences in summer because I can’t keep up with the watering.  Just look at this as an example.  I have tomatoes, cucamelon, chillis, capsicum,…

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Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 19:57 5 Comments

Hi all, 

I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately.  My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me.  Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad.   Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.  

Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a…

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November 2020

Posted on November 9, 2020 at 19:56 13 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…

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Sophie commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Fabulous thank you so much for sharing - Sid your new property and Susan the great report. Wow what a great headstart to this permaculture paradise to be!"
yesterday
Doug Hanning commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Looks amazing, sorry I could not make it due to 40 folks crashing my place for 5 hours! The subtropic fruit club visited and I was talking so much I lost my voice. The picture of the jaboticaba looks to me like it could use a little iron…"
Wednesday
Susan replied to Roger Clark's discussion FRUIT FLY KITS AVAILABLE
"On that note, I just went looking and found them at green harvest!! Yay!"
Tuesday
Susan replied to Roger Clark's discussion FRUIT FLY KITS AVAILABLE
"This is great Roger! I have been after these traps since I read about them 2-3 years ago.  How did you find a stockist? Ie were you just in the store and saw them or is there a list somewhere of who stocks? Otherwise, I’m going to drive…"
Tuesday
Dianne Caswell favorited Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
Monday
Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Sid you have been truly blessed with an amazing property.  I knew asking you to do a report for me Susan was indeed the correct decision - You have really done this New Home of Sid & Her Husband's justice, the photos are fabulous. What…"
Monday
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"What a crackin' spot!  Thanks Susan. "
Sunday
Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Great report on a magnificent property. Thanks Susan."
Sunday
CHERYL SLAPP commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Thank you Susan for the great report on Sid's amazing future gardens, look forward to visiting some time in the future"
Sunday
Christa commented on Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
"Thanks for the report Susan, that property has heaps of potential for a keen gardener. Glad you could help identify the plants.  That big circular area looks like a great place to start.   I wish we could have come but not walking…"
Sunday
Dave Riley favorited Susan's blog post Sid's Garden Visit
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Sid's Garden Visit

Wow, where do I begin!Sid's garden is enormous!  5 acres of beautiful land with the backbones to do so much.  It was once a goat milking farm apparently and has a massive red barn in really good repair with two massive water tanks down the back of what I would guess is approximately 3 acres of cleared grass land.  The remaining 2 acres is where the house and gardens are.  She and her husband will have a lot of work to do to bring her vision to life but I couldn't imagine a more beautiful spot…See More
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Susan is attending Dianne Caswell's event
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GARDEN VISIT - 28th February - living my dream Sid's Garden Visit at WAMURAN

February 28, 2021 from 11am to 2pm
SUNDAY  28th February  11.00am TO 2.00pmA Little from Sid:-My spiel -  Come for a Garden Visit to Sid's newly acquired dream property. It's a Sunday so make sure you take in the Caboolture Markets (https://caboolturecountrymarkets.com.au/) en route to stock up on inexpensive seedlings (tip stolen from Dave, thanks…See More
Feb 24
Susan commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest
"No tips but I’d love to see the outcome and taste tests verdict.  "
Feb 14
Sophie commented on Susan's blog post February 2021
"Yum well done :) My garden has been essentially left fallow this summer. Looking forward to milder weather :) "
Feb 8
Sophie favorited Susan's blog post February 2021
Feb 8

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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! :-)

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

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