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It started when I made some chutney - or - what the hell is in my fridge?

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…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on June 26, 2017 at 22:10 — No Comments

Is growing food at home costing you more?

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…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 26, 2017 at 0:55 — 5 Comments

Whats in the ground at my place.

Thought I would share what ive got going on at my place. I have trees spread out a bit in different areas and half my trees are 2 -3 years old. The rest have been added incrementaly over those years. Ill grab some photos on the weekend when i'm home in the daylight.



On the top side of my drive i have a wampie , 2 longans, 2 lychees, 2 soursops, a hicks mulberry, a white mulberry, a kp mango, 3 avocados lambhass,sirprize and pinkerton ( recently planted) a couple of large leaf… Continue

Added by Doug Hanning on June 15, 2017 at 19:40 — 22 Comments

Start of winter

Hi Folks,

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…

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Added by Susan on June 11, 2017 at 16:30 — 6 Comments

Pumpkins update June 2017

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Added by Roger Clark on June 8, 2017 at 19:00 — 3 Comments

Cooking recipes from around the world

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…

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Added by Darryl Simpson on June 7, 2017 at 13:15 — 3 Comments

May 2017

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

Spring onions

baby carrots

1 passionfruit

3 chokos

Herbs: basil, thyme,…

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Added by Sophie on June 1, 2017 at 17:27 — 8 Comments

End of Autumn 2017

Hi Folks. 

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…

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Added by Susan on May 30, 2017 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

My absence from outback was not enough to sabotage the horticulture.

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…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 — 2 Comments

Sebago seed potatoes

I went to Northside Produce on Albany Creek rd and saw Sebago seed potatoes for $4 a kilo so I bought a few. Now I just need to sprout them and the will try plant in the chook food bag. Just have to do some research on what to do and when to plant...cross fingers

Added by Stephen Choi on May 21, 2017 at 19:52 — 4 Comments

Homoeopathy in the Garden

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 …

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 15, 2017 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Jerry Colby Williams open garden.

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.…

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Added by Susan on May 13, 2017 at 11:00 — 7 Comments

Elephant Garlic

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…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 12, 2017 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Roger's Palogonite experiment growing tomatoes

Palagonite, is the mineral mix I wrote about recently after a talk at BOGI. The ratio recommended is 1kg per square metre of garden bed with a similar…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 9, 2017 at 17:14 — 4 Comments

Saturday vs Sunday

I loved the one garden visit I made last year, meeting gardening enthusiasts and learning from them. However Sunday is not a suitable day for me so I wonder if there is a possibility of having some gv on Saturdays instead?

Memories from that gv live on with the leeks, water cress and Madagascar beans growing happily in my garden. Thanks to those who shared them .

Also are there people who are willing to give lifts to those happy to share costs?

Added by Anne heap on May 8, 2017 at 23:31 — 5 Comments

Power Planters

The Home Gardener Range of Power Planters

https://www.powerplanter.com.au

Perfect for home gardener use, these tools will save you hours of hard work and give you more time to relax and enjoy your…

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Added by Michael Hoff on May 8, 2017 at 11:22 — 11 Comments

Growing Rubarb in Brisbane

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!!!

Added by David Hatcher on May 8, 2017 at 9:55 — 3 Comments

Diggers sucked me in again and I lost.

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…

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Added by Susan on May 4, 2017 at 6:00 — 11 Comments

April 2017

Harvest April 2017

This month I harvested:

  • 1 baby pawpaw
  • 3 lettuces (yesss! homegrown lettuce back on the menu, how I missed!!)
  • 26g small star-bell peppers
  • 2kg Jap pumpkin
  • 120g Egglant
  • 5 Spring onions
  • Basil, parsley, chives 

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…

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Added by Sophie on April 29, 2017 at 15:00 — 20 Comments

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