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February 2013 Blog Posts (12)

A name change for our commonest stingless bees

In a timely newsletter, Aussie Bee tells of the new name for Trigona in Australia. 

It's Official:

Our Australian Trigona stingless bees have been given a new name. From now on their name will be Tetragonula.

For instance,

-- Trigona carbonaria, will now be called Tetragonula carbonaria; and

-- Trigona hockingsi will be called Tetragonula hockingsi.

This name change does NOT affect any of the species in the Austroplebeia genus. So the…

Added by Pollyanna on February 25, 2013 at 17:20 — 3 Comments

Tèarman, More than an Open Garden

Bob Luttrell had a captivated audience.

I don't think I've seen a more spellbound audience than the one on Sunday that stood in the drizzle and heat for nearly two hours, listening to Bob the Bee Man.

Tèarman Garden is Bob Luttrell's research facility and working museum where every pathway in the garden is edged with current and past…


Added by Pollyanna on February 25, 2013 at 5:00 — 15 Comments

Junk Mail Sponges

I have been exploring the big wide world of junk mail gardening.

After the recent rains I am ecstatic! This tweaked  …

Added by Dave Riley on February 23, 2013 at 1:41 — 6 Comments

The grand plan - grafting grumichama (Eugenia brasiliensis) onto Surinam cherry (Eugenia uniflora)

Gardening in a rental property presents particular challenges. I'm fortunate to have three clearly defined garden beds in which I can do whatever I like. For the last  couple of years I've mostly grown veges, but now I'm moving into the wonderful world of fruit growing as well. I've dedicated one of my garden beds to paw paw and citrus, two fruit trees that produce within a very short time frame. The rest of the yard is basically just lawn, so there are limits on what I can do. The landlord…


Added by Rob Walter on February 21, 2013 at 11:57 — 3 Comments

Greenpeace Action

Right now, a group of beverage industry giants led by Coca Cola are taking the Northern Territory Government to court for starting the territory’s first ever ‘Cash for Containers’ recycling scheme. If Coca Cola’s lawyers win the case, it could slam the brakes on state and federal leaders elsewhere in Australia starting similar schemes.

Greenpeace has a protest form here, only takes a moment to fill in.…


Added by Jane on February 18, 2013 at 16:59 — 4 Comments

Solar Drip Irrigation: DIY First Experiments

The theory made sense so I experimented.

I used translucent milk containers for my greenhouse cover but the system seemed inefficient. There was evaporation and condensation but   the roof of my dome was flat and I suspected that not all the…


Added by Dave Riley on February 17, 2013 at 0:30 — 5 Comments

A quick garden tour

Here are a few photos of my garden, taken today.

This is facing west. Possums are the number one garden pest in my area. The enclosure was built to keep them out, but it has the added benefit of keeping out cabbage white butterlies when I'm growing brassicas. Every year I try to grow something over the mesh in summer to provide some shade for my garden, but only once have the possums let me get away with that. It was a wonderful big new guinea bean that produced enormous amounts of…


Added by Rob Walter on February 14, 2013 at 20:56 — 8 Comments

Time to get cracking

I am back into gardening again.   My soil was old and horrible so rather than buy in some new soil, I spent HOURS digging out all my old soil (from 3, uneven beds) and  used it to level out the slope I had in my vegie patch.   I then decided to try a 'no dig' bed. 

Step 1: dig out all the old soil (NOT no dig, but like I said, I needed to even the slope out). …


Added by Susan on February 13, 2013 at 22:00 — 6 Comments

The IT food gardener

For those of you who have something to do with IT systems design, this article I wrote a little while ago relates systems thinking to running a successful food garden. If you are an IT nerd, please read

Added by Peter Kearney on February 9, 2013 at 15:25 — 2 Comments

Mulching with anything I could get...Is there a limit to mulchology?

My garden has  suffered from lack of water. Upon this problem I have meditated muchly.

Solving it is a hobby -- a creative…

Added by Dave Riley on February 7, 2013 at 1:00 — 4 Comments

Feb Planting

The rain has long gone, even had to put the sprinklers on the veg patch last night. But the soil is nice & soft  so I've cleared some beds, added well rotted horse manure & started planting seeds. More long beans, turnip & a lettuce patch- many diffrent sorts all together as they dont heart at this time of year & I will pick as for mesclun. In pots I have started more corn, 4 types of tomatoes, Thai Pink, Tigerella, large cherry & an unknown Giant Tree Tomato, the…


Added by Jane on February 3, 2013 at 12:58 — 5 Comments



Time to cut up non-producing plants to  replenish the beds and do some propagation after all the rain. The temperature is much more comfortable though steamy, perfect for plant propagation.

I've planted up a heap of my first lot of Cardoon seed, some strawberry runners (for Joseph), red salvia removed from places I didn't want…


Added by Lissa on February 1, 2013 at 9:30 — 28 Comments

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