Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain? I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Not happy!
Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote. Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen. It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off. This one has…Continue
I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.
Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.
When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…Continue
The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.
I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking.
Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…Continue
Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…Continue
I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-) so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.
I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again ...it has an appearance in the clip.
I have over the past couple of years been saving…Continue
Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments
I emigrated to Brisbane a year ago and I have a small shady area.
Love to grow delicious berries. Can anyone advice me please.
The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.
Hardly any '…Continue
I have had to delay plantings to at least 3 of my beds due to the hot dry conditions even though I am covering with shade cloth and netting that I have made up on tunnel hoops, it is still taking a lot of water just to fill the local cafe's orders.
The continuing dry spell will be starting to make an impact on fruit and veg prices and availability soon enough, so as a grower its always good to know you have at least…Continue
I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.
As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.…Continue
Welcome to 2019! As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week. But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.
My holidays have gone like this:
Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there. Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.
I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.
It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...
Still make 'em. Still love 'em.
Gotta always have Knäckebröd on hand.
With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…Continue
Well the last 18 months have bee awful!!!! I have had a resurgence of Meinghers and on top of that now have vestibular migraines and peripheral vaso-dilation. On a bad day I either pass out, have attacks with acute severe imbalance and nausea, or poor balance and headaches!
Still I have gone 9 good days in a row just before Christmas so on my good days i am now in the shed in the heat and in the garden in the evenings.
My garden looks neglected now but I am slowly working to get it…
Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself.
Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.
Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.
Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants…Continue
Has any one here done any preserving using lacto-fermentation? If so how do you store your jars once made?
As growers, we all have to deal with the many issues that go along with the attempts to produce a crop of food that has not been invested with preditors or miserable representations of what should be growing due to lack of water, nutrients etc.
I rely on netting and various watering…Continue
Looking forward to looking through the site and see what everyone is up to in their gardens and different enterprises.Continue
After harvesting the Vetiver hedges for mulch, I approached a level of neatness and order that I, for one, am not used to.
It may not be topiary but the plan is to take the trimmed hedges to a height that will keep the chooks off the beds when they free range.…Continue
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