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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.

Looking south from the back…

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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 — 7 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

Ann's Garden Visit

What a glorious day and a glorious garden we had a visit in today.  Steve and Ann's garden is magical - approximately 1/4 of an acre (I'm guessing here - it could be larger) of beautifully maintained gardens with edibles dispersed through the ornamentals, lovely large verandah to sit an chat on and a quiet setting down near the Brisbane river.  This first photo shoes the lovely verandah…

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Added by Susan on June 23, 2018 at 17:30 — 5 Comments

Hanging About the Garden

A walk around the happenings in the garden is to experience a lot of up and down.

There are a lot of plants hanging about. Hangers on -- attaching themselves to on-hand climbing or clambering things.

Nowadays every new seedling I plant is marked with a stick.

It a dog defence.…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 15, 2018 at 18:10 — 3 Comments

2018 June garden and winter keeps coming and going.

25 degrees today People! This is not winter weather, today was glorious.  Sure, there was a little bit of a nip in the air but you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.  

I went outside and did my big weekly harvest.  I always do a midweek small harvest but collect a lot on the weekend (I had today off so it was my "weekend" :).  Currently have a big pot of tomato sauce in the thermomix cooking up for the week.  It manages to use up all the little capsicums, a good chunk of…

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Added by Susan on June 15, 2018 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

The earth moves at my feet.

This time of year it's lazy days.

The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...

Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.

Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.

Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 4, 2018 at 22:54 — 1 Comment

What's happening in my garden

Hi Everyone,

I've had a wonderful weekend catching up with people and talking about gardens - 2 of my favorite things.  My friend has moved back from Sydney and I dragged her to the Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair where I picked up blue hippeastrum, peach ground orchid and a japanese mountain raspberry "Rubus corchorifolius".…

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Added by Susan on May 27, 2018 at 19:00 — 8 Comments

Glorious days in May

These are the best days in the year for gardening, the best time to live in Brisbane in my opinion.  Less pests and  less sweat but the dense winter shade is the main challenge I face in this garden built around a two storey house with trees also blocking the low winter sun in the northeast.  I have to plant in different beds just to get enough sunshine. 

This month I will start in the front garden so that I can show off the tall tutuers that my son, Wil, made me.  I wanted something…

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Added by Cathie MacLean on May 23, 2018 at 22:30 — 17 Comments

Capturing the garden going about its everyday business...

It always seem to happen that I can never capture the garden in a photograph.

It's messy and jungle-like and green merges into green so that it is always hard to distinguish the species of plants one from t'other.

But I've tried...

Captured en route to…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 20, 2018 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

Roger's May report- Growing anti Inflammatory plants , etc.

With the weather now much more bearable, it is becoming a real pleasure to get out in the garden and come out of summer hibernation. A holiday in Tasmania in late summer saw us enjoy a few weeks of much cooler weather, but on return, it had obviously rained quite a bit while we were away and the rampant growth everywhere has/is taking a lot of work to get under control again.

The weedy TRAD has grown like Topsy and covers a lot of ground. It will take all of the cooler months to clear…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 15, 2018 at 8:18 — 10 Comments

My Mate Jerry's house.

My children call me a stalker.  Is it wrong that I got a little bit star struck today when the great man himself was there in his garden and I got to speak to him, if only for a minute.  That makes us "mates" right?  :)

I got there at 9.10, by the time I left at 10 am, the crowds had built up.  This path runs along the width of the house and has paths leading the way around his garden.…

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Added by Susan on May 12, 2018 at 18:00 — 7 Comments

May 2018 - Long weekends and Those blasted cockroaches

Hi Everyone,

Don't you just love long weekends?  That extra day makes all the difference.  Saturdays get used for housework,shopping and cleaning, Sunday we had a family day and I got out there in the afternoon and watered everything so I could start in the garden with what I wanted to do.  I really need to go part time at work.  Four days per week would be perfect,  but you know... Money.

I needed to get quite a lot done.  I had to respray all the citrus with lime…

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Added by Susan on May 7, 2018 at 12:30 — 12 Comments

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