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Donna's Garden - November 2010

Well it has been a long journey but at long last MY BANANA'S ARE FRUITING!!! Ali beat me to the punch as her flower appeared about a week before mine.. but I have two (in your face Ali lol) and one with a short leaf so soon to be three! I am also almost expecting up to another four as there are plants very similar in size - seven in total at (approx) 35kg ea flower - 245kg of bananas!





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Added by Donna on November 21, 2010 at 8:55 — 10 Comments

A rainy October… and warming November

With the rainy weather in October, there wasn't much gardening done... sown quite a bit this month though.. hope it's not too late..



A lot of peaches have fallen in the rain, so I had to picked them all up. I wanted to bag some of the fruits, but noticed many are starting to rot on the tree, and some of them have clear jelly like substance oozing out from the fruits. I’ve picked a lot off, ending up with half a wheelbarrow of wasted fruits… I’ve bagged a few very young fruits anyway,… Continue

Added by Florence on November 15, 2010 at 22:17 — 10 Comments

Spring gardening

It's a lovely time of year in the garden and it's been nice and cool so far, although the temperatures have been starting to climb for the past couple of days. I've finally finished exams so I'm looking forward to tending a lot more to my vegie patch and hopefully putting in a new bed for next year.

We went to the Roma St botanic gardens in October and found this great topiary giraffe - it's so cute. : )…

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Added by Vanessa Collier on November 12, 2010 at 13:00 — 6 Comments

2010 SPRING September to November





29/09/10 Backyard: clockwise potato bags x 4 varieties (see winter blog), swt mini pumpkins, nasturtiums,Pink Shatoot Mulberry, Tamarillo, Pepino, Custard Apple, Lychee, Persimmon, Wampi, Yakon, Raspberry x 3 Williamette and 1x…

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Added by Lissa on November 12, 2010 at 7:30 — 15 Comments

ABC TV 24 and Access to More Info

The advent of the 24 hours digital news channel has opened new opportunities for the casual viewer. It's tricky to find the programme guide - none is printed - and the on-screen-guide is only what's ahead today, making it difficult to plan viewing ahead



Among the endless cycle of news they do have some quite fascinating programmes we would not ordinarily see. One such is other state's Stateline. This week, by happy chance, we tuned in to the second part of Stateline Canberra and it… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 8, 2010 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

GM Food on 7.30 Report

Duh! Naturally I missed it last night (Thursday). However, it's on iView (free for a lot of ISPs) so catch up now. Not sure how long it's available for but since it's an ABC in-house production, may be around for some months. Go here: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/

And here is a transcript, save the download: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2010/s3057606.htm

Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 5, 2010 at 15:30 — No Comments

Donna's Garden - October 2010

Well, I am too scared to check just how long it has been since my last blog - it certainly feels like forever! Working with two little kids never seems to leave enough time to do anything... as my garden can certainly tell you!



We are about 3/4 of the way through putting an irrigation system in which will mean that my poor plants won't be subjected to so much stress by non watering... surely I can find enough time to turn the tap and timer on ;) At the moment there is two systems with… Continue

Added by Donna on October 18, 2010 at 17:18 — 6 Comments

Just the juicy bits

Searching for sweetness and light

After a warm wet night, I tiptoe through our waking garden while it’s still damp with dew, peeking here and poking there, looking for raiders of the lost dark…

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Added by Linda Brennan on October 12, 2010 at 10:30 — 6 Comments

Worm Tower = In-Garden Wormery

One of the benefits of being on Twitter ;-) ... just reading about making what they call a Worm Tower. Some time ago I posted a question about In-Garden Wormeries ... they are the same structures, different names. For anyone interested ...

http://milkwood.net/2010/10/12/how-to-make-a-worm-tower/

Added by Elaine de Saxe on October 12, 2010 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

Growing among friends with guilds

I don't know about you but i just LOVE bookshops. We didn't seem to have bookshops growing up in the country as a kid. I did venture into the newsagents after school on many occasions though. They seemed to have most things you could ever want in there, including books. I also love the variety on Amazon. I've just had delivered Robert Kourik's wonderful reference book 'Designing…

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Added by Linda Brennan on October 11, 2010 at 16:44 — No Comments

Pink Fungus

Woo hoo! Look what the rain brought! It's an above ground bed, a couple of years old, made with sterile mix. Since then I've added a lot of organic matter and apparently some fungus spores too. Went to pick some Strawberries (one!) and found these instead. The pink marvels are in and around the Silver Beet (Mark's perennial) and Spring Onions (bought seedlings). Not quite the same as the one we discussed earlier, but in the same family if not genus. It's different again to the one I tried to… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on October 9, 2010 at 11:30 — 1 Comment

I love spring

It's so beautiful.

Our lychee is covered in flowers, and the pecan and the pomegranate both have fresh leaves.

The tropical pears are off and galloping - I can see they will need a strong haircut each year to keep them under control for the space they are in.

LYCHEE, left. PECAN next to chook house (which is covered in mulberry and…

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Added by Scarlett on October 7, 2010 at 12:26 — 8 Comments

Feeding chooks

I made a neat thing for my chook run to allow us to feed the chooks without having to open a door.

I made a box shaped cage out of wire about 30cm x 30cm x 30cm with one open side. I…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on October 6, 2010 at 14:06 — 3 Comments

my new veg garden

Chooks in a temporary chook tractor over where the new vegie garden was going to be.

I have now put up the temporary fence to keep the chooks (and 2 year old) out and sewn some seeds. Yay!!!!…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on October 6, 2010 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

September happy harvests ~

There’s lots of flowers in the garden.. I’ve never felt so much spring before! We’ve got lupin, poppies, sweet peas, snapdragons, chrysanthemum, sunflowers, daisies, roses, and most of all marigolds are blooming right now~…

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Added by Florence on September 24, 2010 at 23:20 — 6 Comments

Container growing tips

Hi



This week I posted a new article to my blog on container growing, which I thought would be of interest to the city dwellers in this group with limited food gardening space. The article talks about the challenges and how to overcome them, resulting in reasonable levels of productivity, whilst still using organic methods. You can read the article here. Please fell free to comment either on this site or on my own… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 15, 2010 at 11:14 — 1 Comment

Spring has sprung in my backyard.

It's been a while since I blogged... but my backyard has been a hit-and-miss affair this year, and has looked so disorganised and untidy... witness my tomato jungle:

A few things I planted in winter have kept us going - snowpeas, lazy housewife beans, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens, mustard greens...…

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Added by Addy on September 14, 2010 at 20:26 — 6 Comments

Some news from me

OK, big news here. I am no longer going to be a Brisbane local!

My family and I are moving to country Victoria - doing the big sea/tree change thing. We are both from Melbourne originally and our parents are getting older etc, so we figured we better do it. We'll be gone by the end of the year I think. We're selling our house, should put it on the market in the next week or so I hope.

So we've had to make it more normal friendly! Isn't that terrible? So now it…

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Added by Scarlett on September 13, 2010 at 16:30 — 16 Comments

Some progress with my fruit trees.

Well, university is great for procrastinating in the garden. I have pottered around in the vegie patch more in the last few weeks than I have in the entire year. Today I planted out my broccoli seedlings and planted some more seeds for probably the final crop. The beetroot came up so I thinned out those and planted more carrots. My tomatos are just about at the end of their fruiting life after about 10 wks of bountiful…

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Added by Susan on September 11, 2010 at 21:30 — 9 Comments

Taming Tomatoes

A way of training tomatoes for best fruit production - an adaption of the system used in commercial greenhouses.



I figured that the commercial growers would have worked out the best way to get maximum benefit from their investment so their system bore looking at and adapting.



What they do is instal inside the roof of the greenhouse, a suspension system to enable the Tomato plant to continue to grow, to be supported and the crop to be easily picked. There is a string from a… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 10, 2010 at 14:30 — 8 Comments

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