There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying with the humidity as it is won't be too successful. Has anyone got any tips or pointers about what I should and shouldn't do?
Well I’ve had a very productive weekend in my garden and feel wonderfully peaceful. Because the rain has been so frequent for me, this summer has not seen the devestation that it normally experiences in summer because I can’t keep up with the watering. Just look at this as an example. I have tomatoes, cucamelon, chillis, capsicum,…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments
Living the dream suckers.
I'll hopefully have a GV soon after we move in but for anyone wanting to stickybeak here is the real-estate link.
Address available on request https://www.realestate.com.au/property-acreage+semi-rural-qld-wamuran-135244742
Picked the first pineapple of the year yesterday - no photo cos I cut it up straight away - couldn't wait to try it. It was OK, but I think I jumped the gun a bit - not as sweet as they usually are, and the top quarter was still pale yellow, not golden. I'll leave the next one on a bit longer. Pineapples are going in all over the garden in odd spots - and I've got a lot of odd spots in my garden!
The Zucchinis are finished, and I'm letting the tromboncino go to seed now - sorry,…Continue
Worst of all, look and plan.
Does this obsession ever stop?
When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.
The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments
Hello friends, long time no see!
I’ve been busy these last months searching for a new house, and it seems like I’ve found the perfect one. We are selling up to secure it, and as such there’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to raid my current garden and just, take WHATEVER you want. Literally. From our current garden in Kallangur.
I have a large number of bathtub wicking tubs set up, most with plants including mature raspberry, Kankong, Sweet Potato to name a few,…
The year past in review.
I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately. My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me. Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad. Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.
Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a…Continue
I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…Continue
But this time around...Continue
Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!Continue
I guess that I eat a lot of greens. My every day consumption is not of raw, but cooked, leaves.
I am not of the salad persuasion. Nor am I of the lightly stir-fried sort.
I try to grow the greens I like to eat. That way I always have plenty of different stems to forage.
Among my preferred leafy comestibles…
Added by Dave Riley on December 12, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments
The leaves on my lemon tree are looking a bit strange, is it some sort of vitamin deficiency, I don't think it's a grub.
Just joined, looks a great site to be involved in, hope I can contribute some worth while stuff that others might get something out of.
For my first foray into the site I thought I would post a pic of the latest addition to my garden, top bar…Continue
I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.
Well, the season has been kind. Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago. Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.
The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks. She just…Continue
My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.
White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…Continue