WARNING!! Don't EVER taste a raw olive!!!! They are the most disgustingly bitter thing ever and they take the lining off the inside of your mouth (well so my husband says).
We picked about 2kg of olives from a "neighbourhood" tree in the weekend. I have started the curing process as per Olive Australia's "favourite" method.…
Added by Lyn Buffett on February 8, 2010 at 21:30 —
My garden has turned into a jungle. I've hardly even cleaned it up since we got back from holidays. There is hideous flowering grass! Arg. We chopped the flower heads off, but it's all coming back already. I really need to get our hard edges sorted out and put some proper turf in - I know I keep saying that...
Our pumpkins are dropping all their fruit again. Sigh. I'll try more calcium again I guess, and I had better check the… Continue
Added by Scarlett on February 4, 2010 at 20:30 —
Aware of the liklihood there'll be a division of opinion on this one, but ...
Mice, exotic cockroaches, rats, cane toads and so on are regarded as pests. The simplest solution to dealing with them is to humanely kill them on the spot. This means an instant death, no injuries to linger from, no starvation to die slowly from. If you are going to do it, then do it and quick.
Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 3, 2010 at 15:16 —
On Saturday morning, we picked up two little Plymouth Rock pullets from a guy out at Cedar Grove. He was kind enough to show us his set up which was unreal. He had 2.5 acres, with a couple of sheep and a couple of goats. He was telling us that he gets them slaughtered at the abattoir near Beaudesert, for $60 and they give him all of the meat from the animal vacuum sealed. Neat indeed. He also had a mad lot of olive trees, reckoned he got 30kg of fruit last year, which he… Continue
Added by Lotte on February 1, 2010 at 15:28 —
The December storms and subsequent fiiling of the rainwater tank, brought hope to my heat-stressed, thirsty backyard. But I shouldn't complain, as we've never run out of veges for the wok.
Corn has been a good staple. The first dozen were in a shady spot, yielded small cobs.I planted the second block in full sun and was really successful, with each plant producing 2 and a few, 3 cobs. The first cobs were all large and full, the second, small but sweet.… Continue
Added by Addy on January 25, 2010 at 12:30 —
So I told Paul he had to kill J-Lo, but that I'd be there with him when he did it, for support. Well, that didn't last long at all. We locked the dogs on the deck and took J-Lo down to the garage in a box and when Paul took her out, I burst out crying like a complete twat. Not crying-crying. No, full on, gasping for air crying. Loser. Went inside and out to the back deck. Paul tells me he has tried to snap her neck, but she just said "tweet" and was ok again after he tried to snap her neck.… Continue
Added by Lotte on January 24, 2010 at 20:00 —
So I reckon I have 3 cockerels and 3 hens. Of the 3 hens, one is probably going to die (J-Lo) and the other currently has a blocked crop! Last night was a big lot of drama, trying to force feed the chicken some olive oil, and massage the crop. Poor thing. No, poor me! I'm frightened of the critters (not big on flapping wings and poo etc) so I held it in a towel and even touched it's head. I'm not having such a great run, am I?
Now, onto the suspected cockerels. One of them is quite… Continue
Added by Lotte on January 22, 2010 at 13:32 —
Following the first blog
, here is the almost-final chapter.
These whatever-they-are variety of seedless Persimmons ripen almost all at once. They look green on the tree, one or two fall off minus their calyx which sits forlornly on the branch. That is the cue to pick the lot. Seceteurs or similar are needed, the very short stem is quite tough.
They sat in their styrene box on… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on January 20, 2010 at 23:00 —
Figured I should get around to this sooner rather than later as I'm fairly slack.
3.5 weeks ago we bought 6 baby Light Sussex chickens from the same breeder where Donna got hers from. They're all still alive, which seems to me like quite a miracle! One of the chickens has a large, distended bottom which doesn't seem to be getting worse, but looks a little frightening. I will try and post some photos tonight to show what I mean. We call that one J-Lo. Poor J-Lo.
We've been… Continue
Added by Lotte on January 20, 2010 at 13:24 —
We’ve had a warm spring this year, and December being the first month of summer has been very hot for the first part, and very hot and humid for most if not all of the whole holiday period.
A recently planted bamboo, and a couple of established and newly planted plants in the cucurbitaceae family have succumbed to the heat early in December. One of those 2am storm flooded the ground the coop was sitting on and the crippled chook who slept downstairs was rescued from stomach deep… Continue
Added by Florence on January 12, 2010 at 10:18 —
Just picked a few kilos of green Persimmons. This is a non-astringent seedless variety the name of which I have forgotten.
The tree is espaliered, one metre each side of the post, with wires about 500mm apart - not enough room horizontally and the wires are too far apart. The other trees which were espaliered at the same time (about 6 years ago) did not take kindly to that treatment. The Black Genoa fig, the tropical Peach, the Shahtoot Mulberry were more enthusiastic growers than… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on January 11, 2010 at 13:30 —
Nice to get some rain today. The kids went mental, jumping with the thunder into all the puddles.
Our driveway is chock full of sweet potatoes. They are really delicious and sweet, easily the best sweet potatoes I've ever eaten. There must be a hundred of them just in the driveway, and we've also got some Marguerite variety doing well in another patch in the sun. The amazing thing is when you go out to see what you can find, you… Continue
Added by Scarlett on December 15, 2009 at 15:35 —
All of our computers got infected with viruses and then we maxed out our download limit reinstalling everything. My computer has been too slow to use for about 2 weeks - I was starting to suffer withdrawal! So apologies for not replying to anything. Each page was taking about 30s to load, it was just too much.
We still have a giant bunch of bananas waiting to turn yellow, and two small bunches developing now - I must spread that rooster booster, they obviously need a feed. I'm late.… Continue
Added by Scarlett on December 4, 2009 at 22:12 —
With the increased rain and warmer temperatures in October and November, the summer plants like the ones in the Cucurbitaceae family were jumping out of the ground like they are on steroids! (Except for hairy melon, winter melon, and angled luffa… these are so tricky!) They are suffering in the last week as the heat intensify though...
The peas and snowpeas were suffering from powdery mildew except for a few which were grown from seeds saved from a supermarket volunteered plant a… Continue
Added by Florence on November 24, 2009 at 22:00 —
Well, we're back and I'm keen to get back into the garden. It's so hot in the middle of the day so looks like it will be sunset gardening and morning if I get up before it gets too hot. Most of the garden has suffered from lack of water while we were away including the corn - attempt number three. Still hopeful that there might be one or two salvageable cobs on them. Dug up my first potatoes today. Four fairly decent sized of the cranberry red from one seed potato. Not a huge crop but happy as… Continue
Added by Vanessa Collier on November 21, 2009 at 14:30 —
First zucchini harvest was really gratifying! When we returned from Melbourne a week ago, there they were, ready for the wok! My dad had been watering the backyard while we were away, thank goodness, or everything would have shrivelled up and died.
However, while we were away, the dreaded mildew had also developed on the zuk and cuke plants. Started spraying with watered-down milk and that seems to have halted the pest. I am still hand pollinating, as… Continue
Added by Addy on November 17, 2009 at 8:30 —
Both of our computers have been out of action for the last few weeks - and I'm still trying to get them up and running. Sigh.
We've been very busy in the garden though. I've moved the pea trellis (as they have finished) and planted some blue lake climbing beans. I'll also plant some snake beans here soon. I've planted peanuts (from an african food store so we'll see if they germinate - they're local Australian and they are very fresh, and no blemishes, so fingers crossed) at the base… Continue
Added by Scarlett on October 31, 2009 at 19:38 —
From 750g of seed potatoes plus a couple of Dutchies from a retailer, harvested 3.730g.
Planting in August is a tad too late in the heat ... next time I'd plant as soon as the eyes have developed. And I'd give them a tad more space, too. A 300L bed was a bit cramped. And I'd mix compost (if I have enough!) with the cane mulch and try and encourage some more tubers further up the stems.
The cane mulch plus the layers of 30 percent shade cloth I used to extend the bed depth… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on October 28, 2009 at 15:38 —
I'm drinking coffee right now. I love coffee. I love going to the grinding shop and smelling the different coffees in the big round tubs. I love buying coffee in a vaccuum pack and foofing the smell onto my face through the valve on the way home.
Developing coffee berries
I try to only drink one or two cups per day on work days, and one or none on non-work days. Sometimes I switch to tea for a while and give my liver and… Continue
Added by Scarlett on October 10, 2009 at 11:55 —
CUCUMBERS! My favourite summer crop, and the first spring planting to go into the old tomato bed. The "infrastructure manager" built a fab angled cukie frame which also incorporates a frame for shadecloth:
The cukies are climbing happily up the mesh, and already have baby cukes! I planted 8 "burpless" and 4 "lebanese"! I've also put in some zucchinis with the cukies. Going to be a crowded bed… Continue
Added by Addy on October 8, 2009 at 16:54 —