I found some apples that weren't looking their best today. After a bit or work, I ended up with three bottles of chutney. One of these bottles went in the fridge - where I immediately bumped into an existing bottle of "paw paw, tomato, zucchini, and date chutney."
"Oi Roz. Where the hell did we get this paw paw chutney?" I yelled.
My Roz says, "Sophie made it. You got it at Christmas."
"Oh, that explains the sauerkraut bottle beside it!"
Anyways, that got me…Continue
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An interesting report in the Brisbane Times raises the conundrum of garden size vs water use as a primary cost factor.
It draws on research by James Ward and John Symons , published as Optimising…Continue
Was doing the report for Sophie's garden visit and got the urge to blog myself. What was I gonna do anyway - too wet to garden :)
Lots a beans at my place at the moment. I picked this many yesterday and was only going to go out and take photo's today but these were all on the vine so HAD to pick them too. I can't let them get out of hand as what usually happens is I get sick of picking them and then they go to seed and stop producing. My plan is to take the excess…Continue
My wife and myself attended this cooking session. There were only 12 people attending, usually about 20. We prepared and cooked recipes from 5 countries, Malaysia, Peru, Norway, Italy, and Turkey. After 1 ½ hrs preparing we shared the spoils for lunch. I would recommend these cooking sessions to anyone who maybe interested. Nice food, easy to make. I will try to remember to bring a copy of each recipe on…Continue
The garden is recovering from summer and starting producing again (slowly) - just as we start getting back into colder weather (lucky it's Queensland though, right?).
Harvest May 2017
300g Thai red eggplant
400g purple eggplant
200g red chilli/bell peppers
1 baby pawpaw
4 Lettuces, mixed salad leaves & edible flowers
Herbs: basil, thyme,…Continue
Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen. It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year. The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down. I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet. They do have seeds but oh well. Can't…Continue
After a rough Summer, a recent bout of ill health kept me from my garden tasks for weeks. All I could manage was to fill up the terracotta pots I have located in the centre of my mounds with water.
Nowadays the 'mounds' aren't self evident as over time I have been mulching in between them -- but the…Continue
One of my major health interests is Homoeopathy which I studied for 3 years part time although never became a registered Homoeopath in private practise.
A 200 year old modality still going strong in many countries. And now entering a new phase that of improving the health of plants.
The article is partly from a book with some additions and was part of a newsletter from …Continue
I walked up to Jerry's place this morning to check out his garden. I arrived, unfortunately, just as a bus load of people turned up so it was extremely crowded. I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked but here they are.
He is growing corn at the moment and it looks amazingly healthy. I found out that it was popcorn so I don't know if that made a difference. I think those a broad beans in the front but as I've never grown them, I couldn't say for sure.…Continue
Andy's photo of his emerging Elephant Garlic has given us the opportunity to discuss its growing habits in more detail.
I've had a quick gallop among my blog posts hoping to find one I'd already written. Maybe I have and I just don't have the patience to scroll through them all.
Anyway ... pasting the two responses from under Andy's photo:
'Right Andy - Elephant Garlic has a 3-step life cycle. The big bulbs you planted are the end product although other parts of…Continue
I have grown Rubarb a number of times in Brisbane and each year I used have the plants die on me each summer, They just rotted at the stems next to the soil. I then planted them in a Narrow wicking garden with a 25 cm depth to the water reservoir. I did need to fill the reservoir from below to ensure the soil at the surface stayed dry. I have had plants that became too congested and had to be divided, so this system works!!!
I am giving rhubarb another go in my garden. I know, I know. I swore I wouldn't buy plants again from diggers but they had ruby red and mt tamborine varieties that I wanted to give a go so I steeled myself and placed my order. Box arrived on Tuesday, I opened it to find that the planting tubes were loose in the box and had moved around during shipping so the shoots (which looked very weak anyway) had broken off. I have had enough so here is my very terse email to them about their…Continue
Harvest April 2017
This month I harvested:
This month is still a bit quiet in the garden. Have been sick (again) so been a bit slack but have put in some seeds and continued reconditioning the soil. Having a…Continue