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Little Machine, Mighty Result

Some years back we bought a small electric mulcher. Of oriental persuasion, the mulcher has whirred on ... and on ...

Through a change of blades - thoughtfully provided with double-sided blades, a strong arm and some know-how allows the blade life to be extended without the hassle of sharpening the blade.

The machine comes with a pusher. Another two indispensible tools are a device to poke choked-up material from the discharge chute and a whisk to clean out the cutting…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 13, 2017 at 12:00 — 3 Comments

Pruning the Asparagus

There's a way to extend the cutting season for Asparagus. Prune the plants after they flower, top up the nutrients to encourage them to re-grow and cut again for the pot.

This system can deliver fresh shoots three times in the course of the summer.

This year I have left some young stems which so far are not showing signs of flowering. Usually I clear fell, but observation suggests not all stems are going to flower.…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 13, 2017 at 12:00 — 1 Comment

Once upon a time...

Of late I've been investing energy 'renovating' the school garden while 'maintaining' my own. That doesn't mean I've been neglecting my own patch.

Indeed the effort has served to offer me a comparison.

When I look at my own outback it keeps changing each year, each season, each…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 11, 2017 at 22:00 — No Comments

The School Garden

Since we had a Community Day yesterday I used the excuse to renovate the school garden.

This is a primary school project I've been engaged in for a few years now. Each week we take almost all classes through the gardening program. At other times it is deployed as a chill out or distraction zone for problem -- as in acting out --students.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 4, 2017 at 23:00 — 3 Comments

October 2017

October 2017 Harvest

- 3.6kg winged yam (exciting!)

- 4 passionfruits

- 150g Madagascar beans

- 4 little black eggplants

- 600g Sweet potato (1 tuber..I tripped on it haha)

I don't know what to think - on one hand I am loving the rain for the garden, on the other I am itching to spend more time in the garden - but then there's a heat wave! I hope this summer will be ok...

Was away for the start of Oct but starting to…

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Added by Sophie on November 3, 2017 at 16:00 — 6 Comments

Cluckingham Palace

Finally finished renovating the old chook shed. The first new ladies have moved in. We have named them Queenie, Princess, Duchess and Lady. They will eventually have the run of the orchard once they have settled in. Hopeful soon have some "real" eggs. Also got two chicks, Buffy and Black Betty (Bam-ba-Lam) for our granddaughter to grow up with.…

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Added by Clive Buckingham on November 3, 2017 at 7:21 — 10 Comments

September 2017

September 2017 Harvest:

-650g Black russian and black cherry tomatoes

- 10 passionfruit

- 150g broadbeans

Apart from the glorious black tomatoes (my fave), harvest looks thin but actually I was not home most of September. So I thought I'd include some pics from my travels too :)…

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Added by Sophie on October 28, 2017 at 12:04 — 5 Comments

CAUTION -------BLF IS DANGEROUS!!!!!

Since rejoining BLF and going to Andy's GV on Sunday I've been finding it increasingly more difficult to get myself to work! I thought I was bad before, but you people are a bad influence on me. Here I am sitting on my front step with car keys in hand, having just planted put a few purple top turnips, looking at the rest of my seedlings and thinking, "What one more thing should I plant before I head off to my job."



Seriously, thanks for the inspiration everyone, but I have to get… Continue

Added by Matthew Bushnell on October 25, 2017 at 10:25 — 15 Comments

new chooks

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Added by Mary-Ann Baker on October 25, 2017 at 8:53 — 9 Comments

Busy in October

Hi everyone,

I'm feeling like my garden is just getting away from me at the moment.  I'm behind in my planting, things are going to waste, everything is messy AND I've hardly been on BLF at all! :)  I had planned to be out there all day today but I don't garden in the rain - not my thing.

I did see…

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Added by Susan on October 15, 2017 at 9:30 — 20 Comments

Growing Purslane

Added by Darryl Simpson on October 6, 2017 at 13:13 — 3 Comments

Update on My Happy Acres

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Added by Carol Wallace on October 1, 2017 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Costa Georgiadis Great Gardening

Costa Georgiadis is doing 2 events  4 th and 5 th October that are free for over 55 years but you have to give personal details to register for free tickets  which may not be a good idea.

http://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/srf2017/qld/

Added by Jeff Kiehne on September 30, 2017 at 22:10 — No Comments

Clay Pot Irrigation : the latest and greatest in garden hardware

With the persistence of the dry weather I thought I'd share with you the latest version of my clay pot irrigation system. I've been experimenting with the setup for a few years and this rig works to my satisfaction and prevails against, weather, pet dogs,bush turkeys,  cane toads and crows.

THE…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 28, 2017 at 0:00 — 5 Comments

PHOENIX SCULPTURE GARDENS

While I'm staying at Armstrong Creek for this extended period of house sitting it has given me the opportunity to explore the region when I have the time at weekends. This weekend my sister was staying over and I wanted to go check out the Phoenix Sculpture Gardens at Mt Glorious run by Graham and Margit Radcliffe.

Graham is an incredibly talented sculptor and also a painter. They have a property at the top of Mt Glorious…

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Added by Lissa on September 24, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

August 2017

*Apologies for late posting*

August 2017 Harvest:

15 passionfruit

200g eggplant

4 carrots

70g cherry tomatoes

3 normal red tomatoes

1 black russian tomato (my fave)

1 massive choko

4 tatsoi heads

3 broadbeans

2 lettuce

1 cumquat

Has been a very busy month, wrapping up work before going away so have not been as active in the garden despite the nice weather (such a shame!!). Just…

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Added by Sophie on September 24, 2017 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

July 2017

*Sorry for late post, have a backlog!*

July 2017 Harvest:

- 17 passionfruit

- 980g red eggplant

- 300g red scotch bonnet chillis (that's what they are called!)

- 4 chokos

- 8 cherry tomatoes

- 180g pumpkin flowers

- 1 purple eggplant

- 2 cumquats

- 2 strawberries

- 5 lettuces + tatsoi + kale

- 1 cup nasturium capers

&

- 4 sourdough loafs

In July I had a surplus of some veg that I was…

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Added by Sophie on September 24, 2017 at 14:55 — 5 Comments

Severe Thunderstorms recorded north of us and south of us in Deception Bay.

Started out being a brief update for Friday 22nd September 2017. Has grown into a mini-blog so I have transferred all the responses and deleted the original.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe yesterday…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 23, 2017 at 22:34 — 1 Comment

Synchronizing my kitchen gardening with the culinary preferences of the house

Contrary to my expectations I still can harvest comestibles outback.

Looking about, I'm soon set to drown in tomatoes which have occupied my patch like weeds.

The greens survive the heat and lack of moisture while the spuds begin to flag their readiness  by  consecutively dying back above ground.Beans and peas are a waste of energy but the squashes have…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 19, 2017 at 0:45 — 1 Comment

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