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Fipronil contamination and eggs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Aug 15. 4 Replies

In Australia, it is marketed under numerous trade names, including Combat Ant-Rid, Radiate and Termidor, and as generic fipronil. …Continue

Growing onions

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Feb 10. 4 Replies

Growing onions on your window sill. Brilliant!…Continue

Support Tillari Trotters please!

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Belinda and Tim are fantastic people, who really care about their animals and their meat is delicious.  We need more souls like them to make the world and even better place. It's not a donation. It…Continue


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Lissa commented on Valerie's status
"Jeff - I am just looking after the property while the owners are travelling. I have little idea what I will do if the worst happens and I actually do run out of water. They have lots of fingers are crossed."
Dave Riley commented on Valerie's status
"Hey! Hey! Brisbane (Mt Stapylton) Radar Loop is back."
Dave Riley commented on Valerie's status
"Rain on Friday looks likely. Maybe enough to harvest a tank volume for the time ahead: up to 2.5mm in my region. BOM suggests good rain is a'comin 'in Spring' ... I assume in 2017. Inasmuch as my garden has protecting hardware I think…"
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"When you are on tank water only do you buy water or cart your own water seems very expensive to buy water by the truck load  last time i looked at water bill it was $1.40 for 1000 liters ."
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"This was Claire Bickles advice on her chook page. So we've had a very mild winter, it's as dry as dust and now we're looking at 35-40 degree days in the first month of spring!!! Delightful. Emergency garden preparation. * apply a…"
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This is what happens after a garden visit

"That's one of the best things about our group! I always think of the members who have contributed plants to my garden via seeds and cuttings and plants when I see them blooming or producing fruit. I love to hear how my own contributions to…"
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Lissa commented on Valerie's status
"Great. I'm on a property reliant on it's tank water with large gardens, about 20 chooks, 5 goats, 5 geese and a dog to keep hydrated. Can't wait."
Elaine de Saxe commented on Valerie's status
"It will be over 30 on the weekend rather than Thurs or Fri. Good to know I've topped up the gardens with water and hope to have everyone surviving the onslaught of the climate change we are not having ;-\."
Andrew Cumberland commented on Valerie's photo

pumpkin soup, pumpkin buns, keep it coming...

"You have lovely looking buns Valerie. *Andy does his best to keep a straight face.*  Can you post a recipe?  I have a few pumpkin bread recipes but none a great. "
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"Oh, well, a heatwave is very helpful when we've had NO RAIN FOR MONTHS! "
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"Ya going pretty well for the most.  I'd replant the tromboc as well.  Mine is finally off with a bang. "
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Spring at The Gap

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 20:30 6 Comments

On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …


April at The Gap

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 5 Comments

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…


A mild december, early new year

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 21:30 0 Comments

Considering the weather is holding on to a very mild gardenable temperature with steady drizzle and tomorrow is the most favorable time to plant fruit in the garden, it's a good time for early new year resolution to clean up the garden. Photos to come.

Spring in The Gap

Posted on September 25, 2016 at 18:38 4 Comments

It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.…


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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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