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Garden Visit at Valerie's - making ladybird habitats 23-2-2020 at Valerie's Garden

February 23, 2020 from 9:30am to 11:30pm
SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020 - 9.30am TO 11.30pmThe address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change it in your profile.Valerie has written a little about her Garden;We've lived in our house for over 10 years and every year the garden goes from strength to strength. We have a mix of…See More
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Cherry toms

"I just love the tang of the tiny Tomatoes, and they make great Cherry Tomatato Relish."
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Jeff Kiehne replied to Valerie's discussion Growing your own food at home can be rewarding, but is it cost-effective?
"Solar Water Pumps for Ground Water seem to be what they use now instead of windmills  but if you live near the Bay then a wind turbine probably could be used. The problem with growing at home is what they sell at the supermarkets  and…"
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Dec 28, 2019
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"We've got a good crop on as well. "
Dec 28, 2019
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"Three of mine have figs growing at the moment, the only one with nothing is the White Adriatic.  Looking forward to a fig feast"
Dec 28, 2019
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Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Growing your own food at home can be rewarding, but is it cost-effective?
"Occasionally, you get journalism like this. But I think it obscures more than it reveals. What are the costs involved in growing vegetables? I get seedlings @ 15 for $3 or some, like herbs, at $2 each. If I go to the markets and indulge in seedling…"
Dec 28, 2019
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Winter at The Gap

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 9 Comments


When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…


Autumn in the school garden

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:00 2 Comments

With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…


School garden

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 3 Comments

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…


Spring 2018 in The Gap

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 5 Comments

Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…


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At 1:57 on August 18, 2017, David Richardson said…

Thanks for the warm welcome.

At 21:07 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

.... and drop off worm farms to you! [sorry i left that out of my above comment]

At 21:06 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

ok LoL the garden visit is not until June, thats too far into time for me to know what im doing around than heehee.... but im driving into the city for rural discovery day {kids school trip} on the 22nd of May and if you are available, i can pick up before or after we have finished in there ??? 

At 20:57 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

HI Valerie, 

Im not sure about the next garden visit.... BRB ill just check when it is.... but id love to do a swap with you. {ps: these two farms do not have legs, i had them on bricks} 

At 20:21 on November 17, 2013, Muriel said…

Thanks very much for the lovely afternoon Valerie-Ann.

If you could bring plate to the Christmas garden visit that would be great.

Also please thank Rhys for the hose which will come in very useful


At 8:58 on March 17, 2013, DARREN JAMES said…

H Valerie jerusalum artichokes would still be growing and not ready for harvest yet and it may be hard at the moment to find   any rhisomes. to grow You may have to wait a while winter perhaps .One place worth a try is Kenmore village in the fruit shop although they may be in the same predicament..Good luck

At 5:16 on March 16, 2013, Lissa said…

Welcome to the Garden Visit group Valerie-Anne.

Keep an eye on the Calendar within the group to see where visits are planned for the year. I also list them in Events as some require RSVP.

Addresses for the visits are sent out the week before via email to your actual email account (whatever you have provided to the BLF site) - they don't turn up in your Private Messages.

Let me know if you have any problems. I'm happy to help :)

At 17:59 on February 24, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Valerie- Anne :)




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