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

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End of May garden harvest.

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 17:30 5 Comments

Hey everyone, 

Check our my latest garden vlog :May garden harvest

I’m getting better at these video’s but need to work on making sure I’ve got the camera pointed at something interesting 

Finally getting to stay home

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 14:10 5 Comments

Hi all,

well after a crazy couple of weeks, I get to stay home   We were planning to be off to Tangalooma this week for a holiday but obviously those plans got scratched.   Gardening is great therapy though so I’m not complaining.   Still going a bit extra on all my garden plantings and turning every available space into food production.  Last weekend, I…


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…


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Susan commented on Susan's blog post End of May garden harvest.
"Hey Christa, nah, I just give the lemons away. If I sold them, there’d be too much pressure to make sure they’re perfect and as I try to be as organic as possible, that’s not going to happen.  Can’t wait to try the…"
Susan commented on Susan's blog post End of May garden harvest.
"Aww thanks Dave :). No Gopro for me Doug. It may be something to look into for the future, especially as I like the video method of blogging.  I find it easier to commit to than writing an actual blog now. "
Susan replied to Sophie's discussion Tips for growing strawberries
"Hi Sophie, yeah, I grow in self watering pots on fence so strawberries can hang over the edges and you don’t have critters coming up from the soil to munch them.  Last year, I did plant some in ground and managed to get decent harvests by…"
Doug Hanning commented on Susan's blog post End of May garden harvest.
"Do you have a gopro Susan? They can be head or chest mounted and would be good for harvesting. I might try it out. I have the gopro 8 and it has awesome stabilization and I use it on spearfishing trips."
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Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post End of May garden harvest.
"I suspect that if you point your camera anywhere in your garden there is interest."
May 27
Christa commented on Susan's blog post End of May garden harvest.
"You may have to get a bigger basket for those whopper tomatoes, Susan.  They remind me of the big bullock heart tomatoes of the past.  We seem to be looking for water in our garden as well. A little rain wouldn't go astray here. A…"
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End of May garden harvest.

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My beautiful Black Russian tomatoes

"We love Black Russian's think we may have had some of Roger's cooked up for Breakfast when we came up to your plot..Enjoy them"
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Susan replied to Christa's discussion RUNNING OUT OF ROOM TO GARDEN (or can I keep my fruit trees cut low)
"Hey Christa - just keep planting - no such thing as being too addicted to plants :).  Barbara, I have a black sapote that I keep at 1.5-2m high and I get fruit regularly.  Don’t have jackfruit though but from what I’ve seen,…"
May 21
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My beautiful Black Russian tomatoes

"Hey Doug, I make up 2 to 3 jars of “pasta” sauce every week when we have toms cause - SAME :).  I chuck in toms, onion, zucchini, carrots, capsicums or eggplants depending on what’s available in the garden.  We use it on…"
May 21
Doug Hanning commented on Susan's photo

My beautiful Black Russian tomatoes

"In my netted house I have tropics, yellow pear, sweet 100, thai pinks and tiny toms all are starting to fruit at the moment. Have some cheroke purple,principe borghese, sweet aperitif,black cherry and sugar lumps in seed trays. Picking yellow bite…"
May 21
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May 21
Susan commented on Susan's photo

My beautiful Black Russian tomatoes

"You are welcome to seeds.  I’m hopefully going to Rogers gv where I’ll show off my lovely toms and bring seeds if people want them. "
May 21

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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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