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WE WELCOME AUTUMN 2017

It has been a very busy time here since you were all at the GV Last year. We have transformed our Front Gardens into Food and Fruit Gardens. My love of Citrus stands out and since being introduced to so many Sub Tropical Fruits both from Members and our Visit to Daley's  last year, you will find our Front Garden now very edible.…

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Added by Dianne Caswell on March 26, 2017 at 19:49 — 9 Comments

March blog and finally some rain.

So all that wild weather last week that everyone copped - we got nothing.  Not a single drop.  Friday through to today finally broke that.  We've had some nice gentle rain that will hopefully make everything take off.   I've got a lot of jobs to do though and this rain on the weekend business is not conducive to me getting it done.

I've started to do my annual horse manure on all the beds.  My little citrus grove at the back desperately needed some rejuvenation as well as the…

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Added by Susan on March 19, 2017 at 10:00 — 14 Comments

A quail slaughter house?!

I worked out that many of my quails are 2 years old or more.  That's ancient for quail.  Rather than let the old birds die, I really should cull them while they can be eaten.  

In terms of my cages, two of the three whites are younger (1 boy and 1 girl) so I just need to cull the oldest female.  Second cage is the piebalds - both of those are old and should be culled.  Third cage - the male and a recent chick (from Darren) are okay.  Sadly, my old girlfriend needs to go.  She was one…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 17, 2017 at 22:30 — 10 Comments

Allotment Gardening

Attached are some pages from an old gardening book Tash found for me.

I'll add the printed date tomorrow, if you'd like to, click on each picture and have a read (especially about bacteria in soil and nitrogen cycle, starts on page 29) and take a guess when it was written.…

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Added by Rob Collings on March 4, 2017 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

TWO WEEKS IN DAYBORO

I am very fond of Dayboro, the folk are down to earth, the scenery gorgeous. It's still close to amenities but feels "country".  So the opportunity to spend, all up, 8 weeks here is most pleasureable. 

I am staying for two weeks at Lynn and Wayne's place first up - actually having my holiday to cover the period, looking after their four puddies, Jack the (adorable, smart Bull Arab) dog and getting out of looking after the chooks as neighbour Andrea has that job. I just get the free…

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Added by Lissa on March 4, 2017 at 13:00 — 35 Comments

Summer is not over until I say it is.

No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.



Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...



Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.

Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.



I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 2, 2017 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Garden Feb 2017

Late at posting, late at planting.. This summer has really taken it out of me (& the garden). Haven't started by autumn sowings yet so am wondering whether would be better off postponing the GV a month or two til I have a bit more to show for it... hmm?

Feb 2017 harvest:

- Eggplant, Black Market 1kg

- Pumpkin, Jap 14.7kg (4)

- Spring Onions 4 

- Zucchini, Black Jack 50g (1)

- Baby Carrots 185g

- Sweet Potato…

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Added by Sophie on March 2, 2017 at 17:30 — 10 Comments

Reflections on my way of gardening

Hi guys,  (don't worry, I'll add photo's later.  I just got in the mood to blog and didn't plan ahead and it is now dark so can't take the matching photo's)

So, if you've been following my blog posts, you will know what a busy 3 years I've had.  I've been gardening at my house for the past 11 years and have been a member of this site since 2010 but it's only been the last few years that I have upped the ante in terms of my garden obsession.

I've gradually turned…

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Added by Susan on February 25, 2017 at 20:39 — 7 Comments

A lacklustre summers garden

High everyone ,apart from our yams and other reliable plants in our survival garden,arrowroot ,tumeric,sweet potatoes,ginger etc wich basically anyone can grow the summers garden has been a real fizzer.Many crops have failed or growing poorly  compared to other years and its been a battle to keep our most important herbs going as well ,you know things are bad when even a pumpkin vine struggles and the jerusalem artichoke has only grown to half its normal height.There have been limited…

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Added by DARREN JAMES on February 25, 2017 at 9:25 — 13 Comments

Busy weekend.

Hi everyone,

I haven't been around much.  Part of that is due to being so busy at work but another big part is that it is just exhausting in the garden at the moment so not really doing anything much.  Case in point, I have been meaning to do a honey harvest, chilli jam making and preserving mini capsicums for weeks now.  This morning, being a little bit cooler I was so determined to finish something that I got up and did the bees and the chilli jam.

Two combs…

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Added by Susan on February 19, 2017 at 18:30 — 5 Comments

School Garden Notes so far in 2017.

SOURCE

As we'd…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 14, 2017 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Spurtopia workshop - making a self-watering planter boxes and wicking pots

When

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 10am – 12pm

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 12:30 – 2:30pm

Note

Bookings essential. Join Roman Spur and learn about water…

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Added by Darryl Simpson on February 8, 2017 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Garden Jan 2017

Happy new year everyone! May this year be a productive and fruitful one... In the garden, of course! Sadly, I have not appreciated the warm weather and have pretty much abandoned gardening duties these last two months... Nonetheless, we had some plants put in earlier that have had their first harvest, which is exciting! Have not been sowing new salad leaves in the heat but do regret because we are definitely running low...



January 2017 Harvest:



- 5 red bell peppers…

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Added by Sophie on January 26, 2017 at 9:00 — 12 Comments

Too hot to do much.

Hi everyone,

Well the heat is devastating at the moment.  It has been sapping me of all energy and I have not been keeping up with the planting so only relying on what is already there.   Capsicums, tomatoes, trombonccinos, silverbeet and some corn.    Here is the set up for the capsicums - the net allows me to grow perfect fruit that are completely unstung.…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2017 at 13:30 — 14 Comments

Pots: brewing and irrigating

It works! It truly works!

Who woulda thought?

I am learning to love my pots.

I have three models: one for the collection of slops and 'teas' ; the others to irrigate my garden.

The slops and washes protocol  is really kicking in (see diagram at right).

I collect the waste…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 15, 2017 at 11:26 — 4 Comments

Outback says, "Welcome to 2017. Looking good."

The year begins green.

Surprises in the soil.

This season we do have shade.

Added by Dave Riley on January 7, 2017 at 9:54 — 5 Comments

New Year in the garden.

Hi everyone,

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks and I finally have computer access again so YAY! The storm a couple of weeks ago, blew up our computer and wifi and we have only just got it back.  I had a couple of days away as well but the garden did not suffer too badly this time.  I made sure everything was well watered and we also got a little helping hand with a storm.  However, 5 days away was enough to do this to my trombonccino's.…

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Added by Susan on January 2, 2017 at 10:30 — 13 Comments

Vetiver Ventures

I began with 3 Vetiver slips. I grew them up to 1.5-1.7metres tall and started harvested root cuttings -- two to three months ago. I now have just under 100 plants in the soil with another 30 coming on in my nursery.

That may seem a lot of stock for any one plant but to bio-design with Vetiver you need to…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 30, 2016 at 0:00 — 26 Comments

A mild december, early new year

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.

Added by Valerie on December 26, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR 2017

Please find attached the 2017 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR it is filling quickly. Thank you to all member who have helped by Hosting next years GV's, a Special thanks must go to our new members. We are still needing the months that are clear to be filled. If you would like to host a GV, please Personal Message me.

Next year some of the GV's will include Talks/Presentation/etc.…

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Added by Dianne Caswell on December 21, 2016 at 22:09 — No Comments

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