For those of you close to an Aldi, these might be of interest:
There's a choice of Coliban, Sebago, Pontiac and Desiree. Whether these varieties will grow comfortably in Brisbane, I don't know.
Added by Elaine de Saxe on April 8, 2010 at 21:07 —
I am getting excited about the Winter vegie garden. Unfortunately I don't have anything in yet - I'm very late this year!
This is mostly because of the pumpkins. They heard me thinking about ripping them out and promptly started to produce masses of fruit. Sigh. So I left them - why have them in for 3 months and then rip them out just when they start producing? So this lot have been in for 4 months - going on for 5 now! They… Continue
Added by Scarlett on April 6, 2010 at 17:14 —
Here goes, my very first blog!
This is going to be my way of keeping track of everything in my garden. Something I have not been very good at up to this point.
Last Sunday (28 March 2010) was a good day in the… Continue
Added by Trinette on April 3, 2010 at 16:36 —
Brisbane and surrounds in general are probably at the edge of the comfortable range for growing Garlic. So Autumn-Winter are the most likely times to plant cloves and expect a fair harvest. A few tips:
• Wait until the weather cools off before you plant, around mid to late March on current trends.
• If using a rotation, then plant when root crops are indicated. Even though the bulb grows above ground, Garlic does best with minimal soil nutrition and onion-family are considered… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on March 18, 2010 at 17:30 —
With the above-ground beds settled in and some plants growing reasonably well, time arrived to tweak the arrangements to allow more plants to climb comfortably.
One of the many surprises we found with the beds was that we did not allow enough room between them to walk around. Duh. The beds are just wide enough to make stretching over to plants growing in the back row almost impossible. One bed less and some walking space would have been good. Anyway ... how to get some… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on March 13, 2010 at 21:11 —
I just posted a new blog on my web site
about recognising the impact of moon forces on moisture levels in your food garden. Have a read! Its easier than you may think to understand these forces and work with them to help your garden be more productive.
Added by Peter Kearney on March 6, 2010 at 11:50 —
Well, it's been a while since my last blog post. This rain we've been having has been fantastic for most of the plants with only a few plants suffering from too much rain.
The beans have really taken off and we've been harvesting a couple of handfuls or more a week. The luffa is now taking over and growing through the beans and… Continue
Added by Vanessa Collier on March 6, 2010 at 8:53 —
... keeps the blues away. Pic came via an email without any photo credit. To whoever took it - thank you :-)
For those of you who have chooks and for those of us who don't - enjoy this scene:
Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 8, 2010 at 22:12 —
I found an old story that I wrote a few years ago.
Currently I have the stench of dead rat wafting over the garden and into the house..
Yes we got rats, we do not have any other problems with, possums, bush turkeys or even birds, but it seems to be rats. We always have had them and always will in the city. Even before I started raising poultry, and growing my veges organically they were common around our home and neighbourhood. One of the neighbors always uses rat sac. He has a… Continue
Added by Mark Thomson on February 8, 2010 at 21:39 —
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 —