I'm overwhelmed by the kind advice people give here.
It's truly appreciated. Thank you :-)
Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:53 —
I'm about to go shopping and buy some chicken legs (thigh and drumstick still joined), some duck fat, and a few other goodies... Tomorrow I'll be making confit chicken legs, and a white, French sausage called "Boudin blanc" which I haven't tried before - it's basically stale bread, eggs, milk, nutmeg, a poor cut of pork cooked in a stock of onion, bay leaf and cloves, white pepper, and stuff like that. It's then roasted in the oven until cooked, allowed to go cold, chopped into discs and fried… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:30 —
Today I managed to clear the remainder of (most of) the clay from a small bed (about 1.5m x 3m) and turn the soil down to about 20cm deep. It has taken me about 3 or 4 afternoons... stubborn stuff. Today I bought a couple of bags of aged horse manure from a local horse owner, dug it in, and watered it.
Tomorrow I intend to cover it with some grass clippings from the top of the compost bin, maybe dig those in a bit, and find check out some green mulch to sow. Once it has grown, I'll… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:30 —
I still feel strange calling it a "garden" so I continue putting the term in quotes. :-) Go check out my photo album (let's hope the link works) http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=2rom30eun8hev
The photo album still says it's awaiting approval, so they might not show up until that happens.
Added by Daniel on June 29, 2010 at 15:12 —
Thanks to many kind people's comments here, I've now got a basic idea in my head of what I want to do. Here it is, step-by-step, and since I'm so new to this, I'd love any tips at all :-)
- Mark out the proposed garden area, probably 1.5m x 5m (thank to Elaine for the tip about being able to reach across it. Will 1.5m x 5m be a big enough garden to grow most of my vegetables? I plan on growing quite a variety of stuff to feed our four person household (all…
Added by Daniel on June 29, 2010 at 15:00 —
I finally got into the "garden" (patch of bare, rock-hard clay in the yard) today after having a hectic couple of weeks at work (I got a promotion, too!) and found that the mattock gets through the hard crust and breaks it into big enough chunks to remove. This will leave about 10 centimetres of space that I'll have to fill with organic matter. The soil underneath seems to have a slight clay content to it, but a bit of organic matter should have it sorted out.
I might start with a 2 x… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 28, 2010 at 22:01 —
Todays 'super' shopping options for fresh food are really reducing our choices severely.
At a school I visited recently, children had found 4 different types of tomatoes at their supermarket. A poor show really, considering that the Eden seeds catalogue had 57 varieties on offer at that time.
We are given the choice in the shops, of fruit and veg. such as tomatoes that store and travel well. Not necessarily the ones that taste great or grow easily and organically in our climate.… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 28, 2010 at 15:00 —
Added by Joanne Chung on June 27, 2010 at 11:00 —
Just heard from Colin Austin of Kookaburra Park Gin Gin. Colin developed Wicking Beds.
This is the text of his email:
"I have recently returned from China and am now trying to raise $500,000 from the Australian government so developing countries can sequester carbon by adopting wicking beds.
"Our new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has made it clear she wants to sample public opinion on climate change before she takes any action.
"My request is that you contact… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 25, 2010 at 20:30 —
I made this last night .This is a great Prawn salad more prawns than salad.
Thought I would share this easy recipe with everyone.
1kg local bay prawns direct from trawler $15/kilo :) peeled and deveined.
1table spoon white vinegar
1table spoon caster sugar
2 table spoon boiling… Continue
Added by Mark Thomson on June 22, 2010 at 16:50 —
Permaculture gardeners and designers are often called ‘permies’. Many of us onthe Brisbane local food website already practice permaculture to some degree at least.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren devised the framework and practices based upon observations that we could no longer continue to deplete earth’s resources while still expecting returns such as fresh air, fertile soils for growing food and clean water.
In permaculture we learn how to work with nature, rather than… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 20, 2010 at 15:00 —
I have wanted an edible garden for years and decided to do something about it yesterday. I live with family (I'm one of those perpetual students!) and also like the idea of having a wide variety of healthy, non-GM, excellent quality foods which are almost free. We recently got a retaining wall done, and in the infinite wisdom of a certain nameless family member (not me), the "soil" removed from the retaining wall area was spread across the back yard to even it out a… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:10 —
- Delicious, very high quality food, unlike the crud from the supermarkets and a lot of fruit shops.
- Fresh air, sunshine and physical activity - gets me away from my desk and the internet
- [Edit: Almost] Free food, no petrol burned to get it
My friend is a farmer in central Queensland. He told me what kind of unbelievable stuff supermarket chains do - they even FREEZE apples for months before they go on sale! Imagine, the powdery, flavourless apple you… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:00 —
After seeing how neat and tidy Mark's setup is.. I decided to buy some proper seedling trays and seed raising mix.
Partly also because I found my own seed mix have a lot of weed seeds in them and I have no idea what comes up were what I planted especially for those I am growing for the first time.
I got… Continue
Added by Florence on June 16, 2010 at 22:00 —
I just hate seeing waste. Wasting food, productive land, talent and time are my pet bugs when it comes to waste. I heard recently that in Brisbane one in five full shopping bags of food we bring home goes to the tip. We’re really throwing away our hard-earned cash.
It’s got me thinking about the uses for old or excess ‘stuff’ like carpet that would normally be tossed out.
Wool carpet is a gem, with many garden uses. Lay it over a garden bed instead of mulch in the period between… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 14, 2010 at 15:00 —
The mustard and marigolds in the nematode bed have grown heaps in the past month and look to be ready to use as green manure - is it best to chop and drop, or should it be dug in?
After a lull in planting anything, finally am starting to see some results from my direct in bed plantings out the back. I made holes in the mulch, but the naughty chooks keep getting in and scratching around and covering the poor little seedlings so every few… Continue
Added by Donna on June 14, 2010 at 10:00 —
Where do I start? Most of you might be aware that in December we bought three light sussex chickens. There was a saga with the ebay chicken house and one was killed by our dog, then the Infrastructure Manager (IM) was forced to build a better house and run. When we went to get a replacement chicken we came home with two which brought our brood to four - Betty, Flossie, Bubbles & Lavendar.
We chose Sussex as a breed because they look… Continue
Added by Donna on June 13, 2010 at 17:30 —
I know when i was working for council and the EPA, that after a week or two of lunch box meals, the imagination starts to wane and preparing the healthy lunch-in-a-box becomes difficult or at least boring.
It’s easy to pop in the packaged muesli bars and sweetened fruit sticks, but what about something that resembles brain food? Why not grow some of your own?
Our tiny garden can provide ingredients for a salad from the mesclun salad tub, a spinach tartlet and eggplant dip… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 7, 2010 at 15:00 —
I know this is nothing to do with gardening, but would like you to know that I am an artist and can create gorgeous pet and horse portraits. Any animal large or small. All I need is a good photo to work from.
I only charge $100 for A3 sized chalk pastel portraits like the ones below.…
Added by Lyn Buffett on June 7, 2010 at 13:07 —
Since it's not feasible for us to go down to Centro James Street to see this film, I looked around for a DVD of it.
If (as we do) you have a multi-region DVD player or you can hack the one you have, then you can play this movie at home. I've chosen to get one from England being a bit cheaper than the ones from America.
There are others available but I like to buy through eBay and pay via PayPal. Item number is 280516574823 or search on 'food inc dvd' on eBay. Total cost is… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 6, 2010 at 13:30 —