During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.
Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).
In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…Continue
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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that…Continue
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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the…Continue
I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.
Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…Continue
My Palagonite experiment
You may remember that I planted out two identical "Rouge De Marmande" seedlings, each in a wheelie bin with identical growing mixes, except that in 1of the bins I mixed in an amount of Palagonite mineral powder as well.
One of the kids across the road, young Andrew aged about 9, watched me put the vege patch on the footpath. He advised me that people would steal the veges. He was very happy when I told him that I wanted them to take them. "You can't steal it, if I've already given it to you."
I've been trying to space my planting out there so that there won't be sudden feast followed by months of famine (inspired by a recent tomato debacle in my yard). Young Andrew decided that I wasn't…Continue
I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.
As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest…Continue
There's been some good info in the photograph comments so to keep the topic handy for future reference, I've pasted the comments into a separate post.
Andy asked what I am going to do with the cut Vetiver ...
'Short-term stockpile for mulch. I had thought of trying Ruth Stout's system of using hay, substituting the Vetiver I have for the hay I don't have. I will never be able to grow enough Vetiver to make enough hay! So I'm back to just mulching with the Vetiver and it…Continue
has anyone ever grown or eaten Atherton almond - relative of the macadamia - a native - Athertonia diversifolia, commonly known as Atherton Oak, is a small to medium-sized rainforest tree of the family Proteaceae found in northern Queensland, Australia.
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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
Herbs: basil, thyme,…Continue
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…Continue