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Susan Cook
  • Delaney's Creek, Queensland
  • Australia
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Make your own Self-watering planter box at Spurtopia

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Cook Apr 7, 2014. 4 Replies

Thank you to Roman, Jana and Lada for your hospitality and for a fun day learning how to make self- watering planter boxes.  Roman gave lots of wonderful advice and this information will save hours…Continue

Hugelkultur: composting whole trees with ease

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Mar 9, 2014. 7 Replies

Saw this idea on permaculturenews.org     We didn't have whole trees, but do have a lot of branches which are too big for the mulcher, so put these to use.  It took less than half hour to build this…Continue

 

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Susan Cook replied to Sophie's discussion 07.05.2017 Susan's GV in the group Garden Visits
"Great photos, looks such a wonderful garden"
May 11
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"Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy doesn't it..."
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gourd of some type

"our new guinea beans do grow a lot bigger than that - fry diced  onions ( bacon if not vegetarian  ) potatoes in  pan until golden  - chop the insides minus the seeds add to mix then put in soup pot with stock of any sort ( for…"
Apr 30
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gourd of some type

"Thank you for the information Elaine.  The growth has slowed down due to the colder weather, they are only a few centimetres long - maybe they wont even grow any bigger.  "
Apr 30
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gourd of some type

"The Italian name is something like 'Cucuzzi'. There's a stack of recipes under that name which might give you some variety with cooking them. When I grew mine back in Briz - got the seeds from what was BOGG at the time - no one had…"
Apr 27
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Roger Clark commented on Susan Cook's blog post enjoying gardening
"Susan, You are bang on correct about the timing of rain. It makes such a difference to the garden to get good rain. Even trees which are supposed to be from arid regions, like the pomegranate can suddenly spring to life with flowers when they get a…"
Apr 27
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Susan Cook commented on Susan Cook's status
"Thank you, I noticed the longons were distorted too."
Apr 27
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gourd of some type

"Thanks for the name Elaine, yes it was rather bland, in future i will pick them earlier; there are more developing."
Apr 27
Elaine de Saxe commented on Susan Cook's status
"Must be OK, I found them by following the pic in the 'Photos' section of the front page. The distorted pic with the Dragon Fruit could be re-posted and 'centre' selected to overcome the distortion. Or that's the theory!"
Apr 27
Elaine de Saxe commented on Susan Cook's photo
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"Looks like a 'New Guinea Bean' neither from New Guinea nor a bean. Huge vine, fruits grow so quickly. Tasty when quite young - similar to Chokoes - but at that size probably more bland than tasty. The Italians go for them in a big way,…"
Apr 27
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My husband and I live on a 2 acre block with lots of edible plants - not often successful, due to work commitments, but we love gardening when we get spare time.

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enjoying gardening

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 14:19 5 Comments

I haven't been able to attend recent garden visits either due to work or clashing with something else, but I still love growing edibles.  The recent rain was wonderful - currently we are picking jaboticabas, yellow strawberry guava (tiny edible pips); acerola cherry, rosellas (we love them stewed), passionfruits,  the odd dragon fruit, vatious sapotes plus some scant vegies - pumpkin; cherry tomatoes, gourds, cucumber, snake beans and kale.  It was our best pineapple year - 20.  We are…

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Time to enjoy the edibles

Posted on April 25, 2016 at 14:12 6 Comments

With a day off work, it was a chance to harvest and cook some of our own produce.  Lunch started with pumpkin soup, followed by sweet potato, tatsoi and spring onion frittata, served with cassava chips and salad (tomato, cucumber, capsicum, leafy greens).  Then to finish - platter of yellow dragon fruit, passionfruit, raspberries and carombola.  It was such a good feeling to be self sufficient even if only for lunch! Similar again for dinner sounds good.

Jaboticaba thriving despite neglect

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 13:29 11 Comments

We've already picked heaps and still lots left. I read it freezes well and makes good jam/jelly or juice. Its in an area that does not get a lot of love, yet survived the dry summer! The raised vegie gardens (modified hugelkulture) are going well - 6 weeks and so far harvesting radish/beans/lettuce and…

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At 9:49 on January 12, 2014, Lissa said…

Welcome to Brisbane Local Food Susan :)

Please get in touch via message or the discussion forum if you need help finding what you are after, or in using the site.

Otherwise simply explore, join the conversations and enjoy.

Happy gardening

Lissa

 
 
 

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