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January 2019 Blog Posts (10)

Seed Saving

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…

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Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments

Beginners grower.

I emigrated to Brisbane a year ago and I have a small  shady area. 

Love to grow delicious berries. Can anyone advice me please. 

Thanks

helen 

Added by Helen Smith on January 26, 2019 at 13:08 — 5 Comments

On the Homefront

I finally got around to prepping the school garden for the return of the children next week. It survived the Summer graciously.

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 '…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 23, 2019 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Hot and dry

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…

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Added by Russell James on January 20, 2019 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Strawberry Beds Planting Out

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.…

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Added by Russell James on January 17, 2019 at 10:30 — 6 Comments

Busy holidays and getting stuff done.

Hi Guys,

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.

Week 2:…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2019 at 20:25 — 15 Comments

My Tortilla Press & I

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…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

getting back on track

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…

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Added by David Hatcher on January 2, 2019 at 11:20 — 1 Comment

SUGGESTIONS FOR EDIBLES TO BE GROWN IN POTS IN A VERY SMALL SPACE :)

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…

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Added by Lissa on January 2, 2019 at 7:00 — 32 Comments

lacto-fermentation

Has any one here done any preserving using lacto-fermentation?  If so how do you store your jars once made?

Added by David Hatcher on January 1, 2019 at 14:20 — 2 Comments

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