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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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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. …

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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…

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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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July 2020

Posted on July 26, 2020 at 15:00 10 Comments

Alright, so I’m going to preface this blog post by saying it is an outright brag - directed completely at Roger.  He and I are obviously quite competitive and I copped it today at the garden visit.  Yep, that’s right, I went home with tears in my eyes about all the wasted broccoli, the beautiful kohl rabbi, the gorgeous cabbages and the pumpkins, just left Willy nilly where they lay with little care from Roger at all.  I whispered quietly to them that they wouldn’t have to fend for…

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Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"I'd be interested in the height if the IBC from the ground, its volume and the sort of gravity flow you are getting  thru that height. Looks like a metre? And a 1500L IBC (filled how?) We bought a  cute microlite pump for our…"
Oct 9
Susan commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Thanks guys, I sure do have a great Dad :)  Christa, the goal is rain water - that is  one of the finishing touches.  He needs to come back down and put a gutter on the awning and on the shed.  I'll have an Ibc on the shed…"
Oct 8
CHERYL SLAPP commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"WOW, you sure have a great dad, looks fantastic.  I can't get over the awning you now have, looks like you will have it forever, I am so jealous"
Sep 30
CHERYL SLAPP favorited Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
Sep 30
Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Looking Good Susan, you must be proud of your efforts as well as your Dad's & Friends. You will have a house built there in no time. Oh, to be young again."
Sep 29
Susan commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Wow.  I was just thinking the other day about buying some vetiver from you And now it looks like I’m too late and you’re out of stock.  Who knew you’d develop this into a nursery.  "
Sep 26
Christa commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Wow! that looks great Susan, You can set up your cooking table outside.  What a great dad you have.  Will you get water carted in or will you harvest rain from roof.   We are presently removing the last 2 concrete stumps from…"
Sep 25
Susan commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Thanks Doug, I might take you up on that offer if needed. Lol Andy, I was talking about that very same thing with dad.  I’m on the lookout for free pavers for the base of the shed.  Dad wanted to concrete it but I said I could do it…"
Sep 25
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Jeez. That roof is an eyesore.  It'll ruin your neighbour's view of his shipping container.  LOL. (Couldn't help myself.) Looks impressive, to be honest. "
Sep 24
Doug Hanning commented on Susan's blog post Progress at the farm
"Looks good Susan. I usually have a fair bit of left over and 2nd hand building materials laying around at my shed. Let us know if you are chasing anything in particular and if its here you can have it. I often just take roofing to metal recyclers…"
Sep 24
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Progress at the farm

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. …See More
Sep 24
Susan commented on Susan's blog post September and I'm #cottagecore
"What Roger - the buckets of fruit didn’t do that already ;). He vomits them up after and then goes eats some more so I don’t think they agree with his tummy but he’s a lab and it’s “free food” so he keeps on…"
Sep 12
Roger Clark commented on Susan's blog post September and I'm #cottagecore
"Your dog looks like it has received some rough treatment from its owner!!! The various dogs that I  have had over the years have never eaten fruit. It must be very tasty! My four mulberry trees have not produced any fruit at all. Another chance…"
Sep 12
Dianne Caswell favorited Susan's blog post September and I'm #cottagecore
Sep 12
Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post September and I'm #cottagecore
"Nice Harvest, everything is looking healthy as usual. Love your Very Pretty Pink Patch Doggy.!!!"
Sep 12
Susan commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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Lychee covered in flower spikes

"I concur about the water.  I have found you must water lots to get fruit to set and stay"
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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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