Salad/veges: I've been trying to show a few pics of modest harvests each day (facebook posts). The idea is to explain that little bits each day add up. If I can make the odd meal from zucchinis then that's great. The same with eggs, tomatoes, silverbeet, lettuce or whatever. Rather than worry about making a whole meal once a week, I find it's better to contribute one thing or two to most dinners.
Fruit: tends to come in batches. I try to make jams, chutneys…Continue
I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my…Continue
Would anyone like a set of concrete laundry tubs? They have been used for a worm farm a la Linda Woodrow and are probably not much use for doing the washing! If you take them away, you can have the worms that are in them as well.
They are very heavy, and you'll need two strong men and a trolley to shift them, as my husband and I won't be able to help.
If you're interested, send me a friend request and I'll get back to you.
Added by Barbara Tealby on November 19, 2018 at 11:20 — No Comments
Well things certainly are a happening at my place.
The first of the peaches have been harvested and bottled.
I have a zucchini glut at the moment. The tromboncino is growing great along the fence and I'm picking between 2-3 a day!…Continue
And I got myself a bar fridge el cheapo.
You are looking at my new home at home for kimchi, sweet pepper paste and sundried tomatoes -- with fermented squid on the bottom shelf.
[I haven't had the…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2018 at 21:56 — No Comments
Hi folks, hope you've all been enjoying the beautiful rain we've been having. I've loved it but I lost another Paw Paw tree. To be fair, they are really only supposed to live for about 3 yrs and mine has been going 5+. You can see how old she was by the amount of stems that had regrown every time I cut her back. Big lot of rain and over she went. Most of the roots had started to rot out so it was only a matter of time. …Continue
As many of you may already know, I'm a big fan of planting in old bathtubs. Due to constraints at our home (size, storm drains, doggo, etc) everything I do needs to be raised. I was thinking of planting a few small trees in my tubs instead of doing large pots - are there any obvious downsides to this plan?
I'm not planning on moving them around (at least, not for quite a long time) but I'm sure I'm probably missing some problems!
As a bonus, have a new tub I…Continue
Compared to Brisbane, there aren't many gardening related workshops on offer at Bribie so I was keen to support this one run by Helen Schwencke at the local library yesterday.
Helen has put out a wonderful little book full of colour photos with a pic for each butterfly in adult, caterpillar and chrysalis stages called Create More Butterflies
Available on her website Earthling Enterprises it's not cheap at…Continue
The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.
My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…Continue
I just spent a couple of days out on the Western Downs. While I was away we had 20 mm of rain here at home, and another 16 mm fell tonight after we returned.
But around Chinchilla it is dry as drought is.
The cattle are scrawny. Even the brumbies are ring barking the trees as they chew off the bark to sustain themselves and many dead kangaroos dot the roadside because they put themselves at pedestrian risk in their hunt for food.
On the drive back we must have seen…Continue
Lance Percival, an English comedian, of a bygone era (That was the week that was), brought out a song about veges, that has long been a favourite of mine.
Some of it went,
My sister Jean's always eating Beans
My little brother Leeks
I just saw Ma eat a piece of Garlic
Everybody duck when she speaks
So, Lettuce get us to the church by half past two
and if you like Beetroot I'll be true to you
There is more but I'll spare you, I…Continue
The garden is going great still but it is time to start thinking about the summer crops. While I'm still harvesting the brassicas (check out my broccoli and cabbage!!!) I have started to clean up the garden beds for summer crops.Continue
Images more for me than for anyone else, September registers as green. That's despite the dry weather over the Wintering.
What with this and that, I've run out of things to do.
The Milk Crate 'garden' has been extended with more herbs planted and experimental Goji berry bushes. I needs my supply of thyme and oregano -- my fix.…Continue
I have grapes on the north side of the yard.
Citrus like oranges and …Continue
I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know. As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.
Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg. Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves. I know that. I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.
Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant. It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient…Continue
Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…Continue
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch is what we hear from some of the best gardeners. Whether it be the slow natural way as in the forest (what drops and rots from above) or the introduced mulch to speed up the forest floor. As we only have 2 large poinciana trees on our block of land, and they only have very fine leaves and tiny twigs that fall most of the time in winter, we have to supplement.
My mother-in-law Gardener, who gardened here first, used grass mulch from the grass…Continue
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.
Love this image. Captures the garden's magic.…Continue
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…Continue