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Chicken permit no more

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jul 31. 1 Reply

While we were sleeping, this was very discreetly introduced and then promptly scrapped. Hurray.…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Valerie Jul 23. 4 Replies

Anybody growing Phacelia?Do they do well in Brisbane?I am looking for seeds or cuttings if they can be propagated that wayContinue

Silica & Potash- worth the money?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Jun 7. 3 Replies

What other fertilizers do you use once plants are established but compost not quite ready or plentiful enough?Continue


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Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"Wondering if (this is getting off tomato topic now.) if the baking of sourdough kills/pasteurizes?"
6 hours ago
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"I can't handle anything even remotely fizzy and the smell/taste is definitely something acquired for me. I keep trting because of the presumed benefits but not very motivated. "
9 hours ago
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"I have been given kefir water grain recently and found that though I am very unlikely to ever drink the brew, it makes an absolutely awesome fruit fly catcher. Mix the brew with a tiny drop of dish soap to break the water surface tension and they…"
Valerie commented on Roger Clark's photo

Spuds galore

"Add sugar cane to the manure?"
Che Corrie commented on Valerie's photo

Pulling the winter vegies out

"All looks really healthy.  Congrats on your nice haul."
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Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Plans for a native bee hive in the group Bees - native and honey
"Looks really good. Rhys is looking forward to building his next set"
Aug 7
Valerie commented on Anne heap's photo


"Oh I like the look of that. Andrew do you use fresh turmeric or powder? Plenty of fresh at the moment here."
Aug 7
Dianne Caswell commented on Valerie's photo

A few hours to spare to replenish the fridge

"What a wonderful day you must have had in the kitchen, your goodies look beautiful. I would love to know where you got the Turkish Sourdough Bread recipe from, I'd like to try making it sometime."
Aug 7
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Pulling the winter vegies out

"So I thought the purple things were beetroot :). Good looking harvest valerie"
Aug 6
Valerie replied to Lissa's discussion CHEMICAL FREE GARDENS
"My garden is definitely part of the ecosystem lol."
Aug 6
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Valerie favorited Anne heap's photo
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Christa commented on Valerie's photo

Pulling the winter vegies out

"Funny looking little carrots, Valerie, but I am sure they taste good.  You have harvested more veggies than I have this winter.  Keep up the good work."
Aug 5

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Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 16:00 9 Comments

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…


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.

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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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