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Community Garden may not be the way to go...

I am negotiating a transition moment.

The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.

But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 20, 2020 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Some Afternoon digging

Pulled out 22kg of sweet potatoes from one 400L grow bag this arvo. Also picked 12 seminole pumpkins (25kg)from one vine. Still have my ube's to harvest and some chilacayote that will round out the winter staples.

Picked some cucs and some eggplants and my daily quail eggs. Grabbed a snap of the bok choy while I picked some for dinner.Checked my 120 eggs in the bator. Feasted on some starfruit, miracle fruit,papaya and peanutbutter fruit.

Great way…

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Added by Doug Hanning on May 16, 2020 at 18:14 — 6 Comments

Quail info poster

Found a couple of good printable quail info charts. Colours and sexing info for others farming these little tasty fellas.…

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Added by Doug Hanning on May 10, 2020 at 14:40 — 5 Comments

Net house

Finally got my act together and built a fruit fly net screened dome tunnel. Only 6m x 2.4m but at the moment I am not allowed any more lawn space. Gotta be happy with my small victories!

Added by Doug Hanning on May 10, 2020 at 14:14 — 10 Comments

Pressure canning

Tiny tales

Well damn. I’m used to making jams and sauces etc, bottling them and boiling them in a water bath so they seal and can be kept for many months. I do a lot of that.

Then I got this pressure canner thing. It works as a pressure cooker – I made pea and ham soup in it tonight. However, the damn thing can cook your meal in a jar and store it out of the fridge for a year or more. So, I can add a quail or two to my bottles and then onion, potato,…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 5 Comments

May 2020

Hi everyone, apologies have been really slack with blogposts. I might try to do a virtual GV soon. Hope you are all well !

In the meantime, here is a small snap of the potager. Notice the chook coop next to the pumpkin patch on the right!

Made the most of the long weekend to do lots of gardening! Hacked back the cassava to let in more sunshine (was using for shelter over the summer). The patch is getting sneakily bigger and bigger with every week.…



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Added by Sophie on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

Dougs Virtual garden tour 26/4/20 Part 2

This wraps up the rest of the garden. Missed a few trees but hopefully folks get the gist of it. This is the the second part
https://youtu.be/EJSovCSChOs

Added by Doug Hanning on April 26, 2020 at 16:48 — 1 Comment

Dougs Virtual Garden Tour 26/4/20 Part 1

Ok what an effort. This is new to me so it is a little rough, took me ages to figure out how to put the videos back together as my gopro  will only do 5 minutes at 2.7K then splits them up. I have broken the tour into two parts and will upload the second part later and it takes ages. Made a youtube channel last year to put up some videos not realising the time it takes. 

Anyhow this is the first part …

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Added by Doug Hanning on April 26, 2020 at 13:46 — 21 Comments

TRAD taking over the world!!!

Well Susan I don't think the pumpkins are winning this war! What do you think? They have climbed onto the fence in places to try to escape, but my money is on the TRAD to catch up and smother them.…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 6, 2020 at 12:08 — 3 Comments

Beans wilting

Hi everyone, do you have tips for growing green beans? (Not madagascar etc) I have one climbing green beans and some bush beans and they were going great but now (both) have started wilting. Is it overwatering? Bug/Disease? I've never had enormous success with green beans but would love to get over this hump. Any advice kindly appreciated :)

Added by Sophie on April 6, 2020 at 8:18 — 4 Comments

Working on the garden while in isolation

Work while in isolation

Like everyone else on this planet we are currently in self enforced isolation. Thnak goodness we have a large garden to keep us busy. The rain that came a while back has produced incredible growth, mostly of grass and weeds. Unfortunately the rider mower is out of action and all the repair shops have a very long waiting list, so much patience is required, I can hand mow the areas close to the house but the rest of the 5 + acres will have to wait.…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 5, 2020 at 9:29 — 7 Comments

Chives and Spring Onions

As I've mentioned on occasion, I grow my own 'onions' -- my own Spring Onions./ Scallions/Green Onions.

You can imagine how many I can get through over any one year.

In the heat of Summer, harvest peters out and I need go out and buy bunches.While I have spring onions growing in my patch, I'm handicapped by the absence of accessible seedlings (due to there not being any in this Covid times )so I need to grow my own from seed.

Never that successful for my greenoid thumbs…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 4, 2020 at 23:00 — 5 Comments

Finally getting to stay home



Hi all,

well after a crazy couple of weeks, I get to stay home   We were planning to be off to Tangalooma this week for a holiday but obviously those plans got scratched.   Gardening is great therapy though so I’m not complaining.   Still going a bit extra on all my garden plantings and turning every available space into food production.  Last weekend, I…

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Added by Susan on April 4, 2020 at 14:10 — 5 Comments

Garden update 21 March

I can't get youtube to link properly the normal way so I'll share the my latest update as a link that I know works. 

Garden update during Covid19 Ep 3

Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 24, 2020 at 13:03 — 2 Comments

The garden is booming!

Hi everyone.  

I’m getting more extreme in the garden at the moment and I think every Tom, dick and Harry is currently doing the same.   I had run out of my trusty rooster booster fertiliser and went to Bunnings to grab some more and thought I’d see if there were any seeds or flower seedlings I fancied.   The answer to that question was a resounding “no!” Lucky for me, my seed stock is nice and robust because there was NOTHING on the shelves.  

I had some roses die out in the…

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Added by Susan on March 22, 2020 at 11:30 — 13 Comments

Free Cassava cuttings for pick up in Coorparoo if someone wants them

Hi everyone, I was getting down after our first week of working from home so did a really naughty run to Bunnings to spend my way to happiness. Oh and boy did I find it! Oops. But I figured I wouldn't be going out spending on entertainment money for the next couple of months so might as well! And it's an investment on our grocery bill (hopefully). 



Straight up - I was lucky I got anything! The local nursery had sold out of veg seedlings. And at Bunnings all the lettuce, kale,…

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Added by Sophie on March 21, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Thinking about a virtual GV

Was thinking I might do a youtube video of a walk around the garden. It will probably take 20 minutes or so. Let me know if this would be worrhwhile. I am still happy if people want to come to my GV but can understand that certain age groups need to be careful.

Have butchered some excess male quail. Beautiful on the bbq for about 12minutes.Some females have started…

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Added by Doug Hanning on March 20, 2020 at 20:41 — 7 Comments

Soup of the day, every day.

While I eat an evening meal, and may settle for coffee as breakfast, the great culinary love of my life is lunch.

Day in day out, I always eat soup for lunch.

And what a soup it is! A delicious stock to which is added whatever I harvest out back.

Each day I celebrate my kitchen garden by eating  it.

A bubbling broth…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 19, 2020 at 0:38 — 1 Comment

Methinks I have discovered a new way to garden (for me): meadow mowing

I just got myself a seriously active brushcutter so I went outback and...

What I may seem to have here is a tabula rasa --  a blank slate-- but you would be mistaken.

What I have here are 'x' number of beds mulched with Vetiver and edged by Vetiver hedges. Maybe you can't see them because they too were cut short.…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 8, 2020 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Lovely start to Autumn





Hi everyone, I have been ramping everything up in the garden trying to get some early harvests.  I just…

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Added by Susan on March 8, 2020 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

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