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Ferment updates: KimChi, Knäckebröd & Filmjölk

I spent last night outback on the veranda making a batch of kimchi from 4 wombok cabbages. The radish, spring onions and carrots  that I used were my own outback harvest.

The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.

My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 14, 2018 at 3:23 — 1 Comment

The Drought

I just spent a couple of days out on the Western Downs. While I was away we had 20 mm of rain here at home, and another 16 mm fell tonight after we returned.

But around Chinchilla it is dry  as drought is.

The cattle are scrawny. Even the brumbies are ring barking the trees as  they chew off the bark to sustain themselves and many dead kangaroos dot the roadside because they put themselves at pedestrian risk in their hunt for food.

On the drive back we must have seen…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 8, 2018 at 22:39 — 8 Comments

Garlic for the year!!

Lance Percival, an English comedian, of a bygone era (That was the week that was), brought out a song about veges, that has long been a favourite of mine.

Some of it went,

My sister Jean's always eating Beans

My little brother Leeks

I just saw Ma eat a piece of Garlic

Everybody duck when she speaks

So, Lettuce get us to the church by half past two

and if you like Beetroot I'll be true to you

There is more but I'll spare you, I…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 5, 2018 at 7:55 — 13 Comments

October harvests and summer plantings

Hi everyone.  

The garden is going great still but it is time to start thinking about the summer crops.  While I'm still harvesting the brassicas (check out my broccoli and cabbage!!!) I have started to clean up the garden beds for summer crops. 

This week I've planted corn, dwarf beans, more…

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Added by Susan on October 4, 2018 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

Zen WiFi garden

Added by Janet Fong on September 10, 2018 at 17:02 — 1 Comment

September rhymes with Remember: the garden is green and makes a pleasant scene in September to remember.

Images more for me than for anyone else, September registers as green. That's despite the dry weather over the Wintering.

What with this and that, I've run out of things to do.

Nonetheless...

The Milk Crate 'garden' has been extended with more herbs planted and experimental Goji berry bushes. I needs my supply of thyme and oregano -- my fix.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 7, 2018 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

That's ahead of plan!

I have grapes on the north side of the yard.

Citrus like oranges and  …

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 3, 2018 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

SERIOUSLY?!

I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know.  As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.  

1. Calcium.  

Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg.  Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves.  I know that.  I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.  

Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant.  It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 29, 2018 at 23:46 — 9 Comments

Spring 2018 in The Gap

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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Added by Valerie on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

ARE WE MULCH JUNKIES? AND HOW MUCH IS IT COSTING US? YOU CAN’T HAVE TOO MUCH.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch is what we hear from some of the best gardeners.  Whether it be the slow natural way as in the forest (what drops and rots from above) or the introduced mulch to speed up the forest floor.  As we only have 2 large poinciana trees on our block of land, and they only have very fine leaves and tiny twigs that fall most of the time in winter, we have to supplement.

My mother-in-law Gardener, who gardened here first, used grass mulch from the grass…

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Added by Christa on August 25, 2018 at 16:00 — 28 Comments

Winter Passes -- not that we noticed outback.

The renovations are proceeding as I embrace a new gardening template.Jungling habits remain.

This is looking south along a Vetiver bordered pathway.

I think I'm finally developing a serviceable tomato rig.

Analogy: kelp forest.

Love this image. Captures the garden's magic.…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 16, 2018 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

August update

Hi Folks, 

Lots of things going on at this time of the year.  The chooks have FINALLY come back on lay after 3 months of nothing! (To be fair to my little Isa brown, she was laying up until about 6 weeks ago but I can't survive on six eggs a week)   To give you some idea of just how many eggs we go through, I saved all the egg cartons from those months and this was us "cutting down" our usage because I was cranky at having to buy eggs.  My two blues, the ISA brown and my white…

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Added by Susan on August 5, 2018 at 14:00 — 9 Comments

Lovely greens - featuring Senposai and Tokyo Bekana

I love this season for growing leafy greens, and I feel so virtuous for eating so many of them! My recent favourites for sheer ease of growing are Senposai and Tokyo bekana. Being brassicas they are so easy to grow from seed - up in a few days, grow well in seedling cells until transplanted into a rich soil when they really take off. Within four to five weeks of transplanting they are ready to be harvested.

Those who were at my recent garden visit would recognise these vegetables from…

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Added by Cathie MacLean on July 24, 2018 at 20:19 — 3 Comments

Good Morning!

I thought I would share a couple of photos from my fledgling garden - I'm a complete novice but have had some small successes. Growing up all of the emphasis was on learning computers and similar skills rather than the hands on side, so I really am starting from level 0 (I had no idea most plants are meant to, you know, die).

I look forward to learning as much as possible and hopefully getting along to some visits!

The photos are my first potential pumpkin baby, some flowers, a…

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Added by Sid Saghe on July 13, 2018 at 9:50 — 3 Comments

Sous Vide Demonstration

If anyone is interested  Cannon Hill Brewing   are doing  events  at there shop at Cannon Hill  can find details on there facebook.

Sous Vide Demonstration
Jul 21 12 PM · Cannon Hill Brewing · Cannon Hill

Added by Jeff Kiehne on July 11, 2018 at 9:42 — 1 Comment

The garden is working so well in my favour

I harvested mulch from my Vetiver hedges today now that the grass clippings are no longer available -- as lawns are in hiatus -- as are lawnmower men.

A new system of carpeting soil is upon me as I laid out the stems over one of my productive beds.

Beats weeding.

This time of year the chickweed drives me crazy.

I also planted out seeds -- yes seeds! -- for potato onion and perennial leeks which I got from a specialty nursery in Bendigo.  In the meantime my most…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 9, 2018 at 1:06 — No Comments

Turmeric Harvest 2018

Whether pronounced 'termeric' or 'tewmeric' ... it's a great spice.

Quietly growing away since November 2017 and dug up yesterday. I was very surprised to find the whole crop was 8.5 kilos. And with the fattest 'fingers' I've grown.

The particular variety is known as 'orange' to distinguish it from the 'yellow' rhizome, which is much favoured so I'm told, by Indian cooks. I don't know its correct varietal name so 'orange' it is.

The plants ready to harvest:…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on July 8, 2018 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

July garden update

Welcome to the patch!

The broccoli (off to the right) is STILL getting chomped by the little mices- they even ate a hole through that net to get in! I have now bought rat sak - I'm over it.  At least they have left the cabbages so far alone, the broccoli will grow side shoots if they are left alone but the…

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Added by Susan on July 5, 2018 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

Setting up

I have finally set up a possum exclusion area and wanting to make the most of it. Ideas on what is ideal to produce in Brisbane is appreciated. Used an old dog cage and have a raised bed and a bath tub based wicking bed. But I am new to BNE and would appreciate some help. Preference is for things that are multiple harvest and not too difficult to grow.

Added by Paul Meibusch on July 1, 2018 at 16:52 — 8 Comments

A lovely day with like- minded people.

Thanks to all who came to share the day with us and especially to Dianne who encouraged me all the way.

It was such a lovely Brisbane day and I learnt that I have more edible plants in my garden than I thought!  From Sophie and Andrew , I learnt what to do with my ugly mass of gelatinous  kombucha ... ..thanks.

Added by Anne heap on June 25, 2018 at 20:55 — 2 Comments

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