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Dianne's 1st Day back into the Garden

Here are some photos of how the garden is looking at the moment.

 

Dianne's first day in the garden. Not a very flattering photos. But this is me after 8 weeks in hospital.…

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Added by Dianne Caswell on April 14, 2018 at 19:30 — 4 Comments

Exciting News and April clean up

Hi Everyone,

Well, you have all heard me lament about my lack of space and the fact that I have run out of room on my tiny 560 square meter block of land.  Don't get me wrong, I pack a lot in but I have to be very strategic with my plantings and I'm now at the stage that if I want to plant anything new, I must first rip something out.   Case in point, my large apple tree was removed 3 weekends ago because I want more flowers, a pond and a rose garden.  Here is the progress on…

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Added by Susan on April 11, 2018 at 19:00 — 12 Comments

By the time these fermented zukes are ready for eating, I should be ready to photo-shoot the change.

At left is a recent harvest.

Tromboncinos: an Italian heirloom zucchini originally from Liguria.

If you have space, 'tis an essential grow.

Since I'm renovating outback I had to cut down a couple of these vines, thus the contents of these…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 1, 2018 at 23:30 — 6 Comments

Daley's Visit 2018

It was the most amazing day for a visit to Daley's.  I managed to drag my butt out of bed at 5:15 and was on the road by 5:45 to start the journey.  Google maps told me it would be 2hrs and 15 min via lions road.  "Perfect" I thought.  Macca's stop for coffee, toilet break when I'm almost there because of said coffee and I would still arrive at 9 am (You read that correctly and I can add up -Stupid daylight savings time).  Plenty of time for me to stop in Kyogle and grab something to eat and…

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Added by Susan on March 24, 2018 at 19:30 — 11 Comments

A long time between blogs... March

March 2018

This year I am doing well with eggs.  I'm getting a dozen quail eggs every second day (and almost 20 of them aren't old enough to lay yet!)  I'm also freezing processed male quails now and currently have 5 vacuumed sealed ready to cook.  I might even have a crack at smoking one.  The chickens are still producing 2 or 3 eggs a day.  If I could keep a rooster, my poultry could go "off grid."…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 23, 2018 at 22:28 — 17 Comments

Rats

Now I was born in the Chinese Year of the Rat but that doesn't mean I want them. However, the rats have decided to make our place their home leaving their calling cards all over the place. I have asked them politely to pack their bags and go. The have refused and their numbers are growing. The last straw was them invading my workshop. They have to go.

I do have an English Toy Terrier called Bucky. They have a reputation of the supreme rat killing machine.

The English Toy…

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Added by Clive Buckingham on March 19, 2018 at 6:57 — 10 Comments

Qld garden and plant expo

What a glorious weekend. I got there at 8am and had a lovely wander around while it was not crowded.  Of course, I had to stop at Grandma’s cottage garden where I picked up 3 more (small) salvias - Denver, jitterbug, cupie doll and a dwarf Shantae daisy to go in the front garden that I just cleaned up…

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Added by Susan on March 17, 2018 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

March 2018

Hi Everyone,

I've managed to get in 7 hours of good gardening last weekend and feel like I've achieved a lot.  Vegie wise, I planted out into seedling punnets some broccoli, beetroot, lettuce and spinach.  Direct sowed some bush beans and dwarf peas.  I lost all but 2 of the beetroots I planted 2 weeks ago - I need to learn my lesson and just not buy them as seedlings.  I never have any luck with those but when I make my own seedlings to transplant, I never have a drama???…

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Added by Susan on March 16, 2018 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Jan 2018

January 2018 Harvest:

13 Passionfruit

3kg sweet potato

4 Strawberries

2 Cherry tomatoes

1 red bell chilli

2 small cabbages

OMG the garden is suffering. Infested with fruit fly and crickets! Given up planting anything new for the moment - the zukes and toms went in too late and shouldn't have bothered. …

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Added by Sophie on March 6, 2018 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

We said "Send her down, Huey" and Huey Obliged ;-)

Whoever 'Huey' may be ...

The local Butcherbirds prefer to wait out the rain under shelter on the back patio:

The back tank full to overflowing:…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 25, 2018 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Nearly Autumn

Hi guys,

With Autumn nearly upon us, I am trying to seriously get my garden beds going.  I had hoped to get a lot more done this weekend but with the torrential downpours interspersed with sunshine and extreme humidity, it has been more of a labour than a labour of love.  Everything I have planted previously is just taking off though, so that is good.

My cucumber seedling (continental by Floriana) has got about 4 fruit this size and is absolutely loaded with…

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Added by Susan on February 25, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Two Garden Tales

I'm in the process of renovating two gardens at present: my own and the school garden.

As I pointed out --…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 19, 2018 at 22:16 — 2 Comments

Middle of February

Hi Everyone,

How's the gardening going in this heat?  I got a little motivated a couple of weeks ago and then this heat hit and I went "Nope".  Luckily for me, everything has survived so far of the new plantings.  I put that down to using a seasol combined with a wetting agent in a hose on pack "seasol super soil wetter and conditioner" -> I did the whole yard and all the wicking beds as nothing was doing well and the soil looked awful.  In the heat, it is very easy for the…

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Added by Susan on February 18, 2018 at 19:53 — 9 Comments

Quail slaughter and other stuff

UPDATE (February 18):

For those who watched the video, things have moved on from the previous post below.  I am now slaughtering spare males and old females who no longer lay.  Yes, I'm quite comfortable with the decision.  No, there is no cruelty what-so-ever.  In a complete random act of insanity, I am testing whether Big Bertha (the barred plymouth rock) will sit on quail eggs.  Oh, the quails are laying and it's too hot for the chickens to want to perform. …

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on February 17, 2018 at 20:30 — 14 Comments

Vetiver Ventures (Part 2)

Vetiver and I have finally decided to get engaged so that we are retrofitting our family home together. Over the past two years we have grown closer to one another so that a day seldom goes by when we aren't interacting with one another... in an horticultural sense of course.

I've come to know Vetiver's ways and have learnt to appreciate the plant even more. In that embrace I can imagine the grass' potential.

At present I have three projects in mind:

  • Redesigning my…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 4, 2018 at 0:30 — 8 Comments

A change is afoot...

The great joy of annuals and the like is that nothing lasts as it was. Gardening with non perennial plants  is full of options,quickly realised.

Since taking up with Vetiver grass (we are indeed married)-- we've not only had many offspring together but I've experimented with uses.

The big deal is that I'm embarking on a garden retrofit structured by Vetiver hedges.

I guess the main impetus for this is that after installing a spear pump my irrigation protocols have…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 28, 2018 at 9:30 — No Comments

Start of 2018

No gardening getting done at my place at the moment.  As things die/expire, there is no new planting.  6 out of my 8 wicking beds are completely empty.  IT IS DIRE!! Lucky for me my mother is staying with me at the moment as I went back to work last week and she has been watering everything for me.  My tank is dry as a bone - we are on town water again. 

There are still things coming in from the garden which continues to surprise me.  Those trombonccino's, Dianne's perennial…

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Added by Susan on January 24, 2018 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…

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Added by Valerie on January 20, 2018 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

2017 Harvest in Review

Total harvest in 2017:

Beans - Broad beans 150g + 8 units
Beans - french dwarf 3 units
Beans - Madagascar beans 150g + handful
Berries - blueberries 2 units
Berries - Strawberry 10 units
Carrots - baby 185g + 17…
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Added by Sophie on January 3, 2018 at 10:41 — 3 Comments

December 2017

December 2017 harvest:

-10 large couve torchuda leaves + rest gone to butterflies

-650g red eggplant + and extra kilo gone to Qld Fruit Flies :( 

- 9 passionfruit (+ some for possums)

- spring onions

- Herbs (mint, rosemary, mother of herb, thyme)

- 5kg sweet potato (of which 1.7kg in peels)

Loving the summer rain but garden is massacred by Fruit fly and Cabbage White butterflies. I didn't listen. I thought I could get away with it.…

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Added by Sophie on January 3, 2018 at 10:02 — No Comments

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