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
I haven't been able to attend recent garden visits either due to work or clashing with something else, but I still love growing edibles. The recent rain was wonderful - currently we are picking jaboticabas, yellow strawberry guava (tiny edible pips); acerola cherry, rosellas (we love them stewed), passionfruits, the odd dragon fruit, vatious sapotes plus some scant vegies - pumpkin; cherry tomatoes, gourds, cucumber, snake beans and kale. It was our best pineapple year - 20. We are…Continue
I have been super busy in the garden, preparing everything for winter crops but it is that time when I feel not much is happening despite how much work I'm doing. Don't get me wrong, I'm still harvesting lettuce, spring onions, capsicums, cucumbers, eggplant and now pak choi but nothing NEW is happening! This was due to some pretty early setbacks with things like my peas, beans, carrots and beetroot failing and having to resow. I should be eating peas by now…Continue
Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention
Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…Continue
Hi everyone, for a bit of a read if your interested in worm towers Grass roots have a two page article in this months publication written by you know who.You can borrow this magazine also from most libraries.I would be happy for all your comments and happy to share anything you may not understand.I…Continue
Expanding the deli here on the tiny farm.
None of you will be shocked by the fact that I like to make my own deli items. From cheese, sauces, pestos and sausages; it's all part of the deli fun. Well, I have decided to add a new item to the McDowall Manor deli. Home dry cured and smoked, nitrite-free bacon. I'll also try to whip out a smoked pork belly dinner, just to see what it's like.
In other news, the farm flock has returned…
Well, like Roger said, it has been far too hot to do anything much in the garden so with the weather finally cooling down some, and me being on holidays, it is now time for some serious jobs to get done.
1. Repotting the strawberry runners. Man, this is one long and tedious job. Left it a little late as not enough air flow in the pots that I was setting runners into and they were suffering from aphids. 13 pots with 2 in each are now back on the fence line. At the…Continue
I made it along to BOGI on Thursday evening for once, It is an hour plus drive from downtown Park Ridge and I often don't make the effort, but I'm glad I did this time. Some of you might have seen the ABC news on Saturday where they also had a segment about the same subject - Palagonite. They showed Polo fields in Qatar, which have been treated with Palagonite and have great results getting grass to grow there.
Palagonite is a mineral mix formed by very specific volcanic activity. Mt…Continue
'Tis the best time of the gardening year. This time. The March/April convergence.
Whan that Aprill, with his shoures sooteContinue
The droghte of March hath perced to the roote
And bathed every veyne in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,