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My big wish list for the coming months/year

Ok, I just went nuts cutting-and-pasting from the DIgger's catalogue. I know this massive list might be over-the-top, and some stuff might not be possible, but it's a list of stuff I like from the catalogue. I'll do more research about the suitability to our climate, my soil type, etc., but it's a starting point. I'll use it as a bit of a menu to choose from when planning what to plant/buy in the coming year... or at least until the Spring catalogue comes out in August! Comments always welcome… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 22:25 — 18 Comments

Got wood today for the raised bed

Well, I found some wood today for the raised bed. It should end up about 9m long, 1m wide and 30cm high. I think I am going to bite the bullet and get a bobcat to dig the clay out of the whole yard, and I'll get some fruit trees in as well. So much work to do.

Around my sole garden bed, I'll leave a 1 metre gap and then put up a chicken wire fence to keep out the beagle and the rottie. I'll use star pickets as the posts, and thread some heavy gauge wire between them to hold up the… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 16:46 — 10 Comments

Pictures of my latest project

Hope everyone enjoys the pics of my garden.. I love it most of the time but best of all when I've weeded everything and its all neat and tidy an has beautiful rows of stuff planted everywhere.

This is my first 2 paths. I've still got to put one more in on the right of this picture but my tomatos are too close to the edge and I'm not willing to sacrifice them at the moment. I've also got to put a front edge to each of them and them my kids should have no excuse for stepping on…


Added by Susan on July 17, 2010 at 13:35 — 11 Comments

My latest project....

Hi everyone,

I am a keen but amateur gardener living in south Brisbane. I was looking for some gardening blogs from people in Brisbane to keep me motivated and came across this site. I think its wonderful and will have some photo's of my latest project coming soon but basically I am trying to put in some garden edges to my vege patch as I am sick of my 9, 7 and 2 year old going into mummy's garden to chase bugs but never staying on the paths and crushing all my poor little…


Added by Susan on July 14, 2010 at 19:42 — 6 Comments

July.... growing slowly but surely.... (updated 30/07/2010)

I might have planted my winter veggies too late, so I am not harvesting anything yet.. except for some self sown lettuces in my tomato bed.. Other then that I've only got eggplants that are still producing consistently, oh and also garlic chives..

I've harvested some tumeric and ginger, but the ginger are a bit slim though.. not fat and plump like the ones you buy...…


Added by Florence on July 10, 2010 at 19:30 — 19 Comments

now i'm typing one handed

we finally harvested the sweet potato driveway

and we got tonnes of them! you can see the foliage had died right back and new sprouts were starting - so it was time to harvest the tubers before the plants started to take their goodness as a growth source (which after all is why plants make these storage organs - so they can draw on a sort of 'bottled summer' during lean…


Added by Scarlett on July 9, 2010 at 13:00 — 11 Comments

Our comfort food

Comfort food gives us the snuggled-up feeling of fresh, rich flavours and smells that evoke a sense of belonging and happy memories. I may nopt go for the heavy English style food that Jamie Oliver suggests otr that Nigella touts, but I have discovered that our family really has developed our own comfort foods.

Since their school days, when my girls return home from travelling, their comfort food has been ‘a fresh green salad with olives and tomatoes please mum’. I’d head into the… Continue

Added by Linda Brennan on July 5, 2010 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

A sincere thanks

I'm overwhelmed by the kind advice people give here.

It's truly appreciated. Thank you :-)


Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:53 — 1 Comment

On tomorrow's menu

I'm about to go shopping and buy some chicken legs (thigh and drumstick still joined), some duck fat, and a few other goodies... Tomorrow I'll be making confit chicken legs, and a white, French sausage called "Boudin blanc" which I haven't tried before - it's basically stale bread, eggs, milk, nutmeg, a poor cut of pork cooked in a stock of onion, bay leaf and cloves, white pepper, and stuff like that. It's then roasted in the oven until cooked, allowed to go cold, chopped into discs and fried… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:30 — 6 Comments

Clay removed from small area, dug in manure

Today I managed to clear the remainder of (most of) the clay from a small bed (about 1.5m x 3m) and turn the soil down to about 20cm deep. It has taken me about 3 or 4 afternoons... stubborn stuff. Today I bought a couple of bags of aged horse manure from a local horse owner, dug it in, and watered it.

Tomorrow I intend to cover it with some grass clippings from the top of the compost bin, maybe dig those in a bit, and find check out some green mulch to sow. Once it has grown, I'll… Continue

Added by Daniel on July 1, 2010 at 17:30 — 10 Comments

First photos of my "garden"

I still feel strange calling it a "garden" so I continue putting the term in quotes. :-) Go check out my photo album (let's hope the link works)

The photo album still says it's awaiting approval, so they might not show up until that happens.


Added by Daniel on June 29, 2010 at 15:12 — 1 Comment

My plan, and a request for advice

Thanks to many kind people's comments here, I've now got a basic idea in my head of what I want to do. Here it is, step-by-step, and since I'm so new to this, I'd love any tips at all :-)

  • Mark out the proposed garden area, probably 1.5m x 5m (thank to Elaine for the tip about being able to reach across it. Will 1.5m x 5m be a big enough garden to grow most of my vegetables? I plan on growing quite a variety of stuff to feed our four person household (all…

Added by Daniel on June 29, 2010 at 15:00 — 10 Comments

Breaking up the clay

I finally got into the "garden" (patch of bare, rock-hard clay in the yard) today after having a hectic couple of weeks at work (I got a promotion, too!) and found that the mattock gets through the hard crust and breaks it into big enough chunks to remove. This will leave about 10 centimetres of space that I'll have to fill with organic matter. The soil underneath seems to have a slight clay content to it, but a bit of organic matter should have it sorted out.

I might start with a 2 x… Continue

Added by Daniel on June 28, 2010 at 22:01 — 4 Comments

Seed funding

Todays 'super' shopping options for fresh food are really reducing our choices severely.

At a school I visited recently, children had found 4 different types of tomatoes at their supermarket. A poor show really, considering that the Eden seeds catalogue had 57 varieties on offer at that time.

We are given the choice in the shops, of fruit and veg. such as tomatoes that store and travel well. Not necessarily the ones that taste great or grow easily and organically in our climate.… Continue

Added by Linda Brennan on June 28, 2010 at 15:00 — 3 Comments

My Veggie patch update...


Added by Joanne Chung on June 27, 2010 at 11:00 — 6 Comments

Carbon Sequestration - an innovative solution

Just heard from Colin Austin of Kookaburra Park Gin Gin. Colin developed Wicking Beds.

This is the text of his email:

"I have recently returned from China and am now trying to raise $500,000 from the Australian government so developing countries can sequester carbon by adopting wicking beds.

"Our new Prime Minister, Julia Gillard has made it clear she wants to sample public opinion on climate change before she takes any action.

"My request is that you contact… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 25, 2010 at 20:30 — No Comments

prawn salad

I made this last night .This is a great Prawn salad more prawns than salad.

Thought I would share this easy recipe with everyone.

1kg local bay prawns direct from trawler $15/kilo :) peeled and deveined.

Salad dressing

1table spoon white vinegar

1table spoon caster sugar

2 table spoon boiling…

Added by Mark Thomson on June 22, 2010 at 16:50 — 3 Comments

Permies in the suburbs

Permaculture gardeners and designers are often called ‘permies’. Many of us onthe Brisbane local food website already practice permaculture to some degree at least.

Bill Mollison and David Holmgren devised the framework and practices based upon observations that we could no longer continue to deplete earth’s resources while still expecting returns such as fresh air, fertile soils for growing food and clean water.

In permaculture we learn how to work with nature, rather than… Continue

Added by Linda Brennan on June 20, 2010 at 15:00 — No Comments

My edible garden: the beginning

Day 1.

I have wanted an edible garden for years and decided to do something about it yesterday. I live with family (I'm one of those perpetual students!) and also like the idea of having a wide variety of healthy, non-GM, excellent quality foods which are almost free. We recently got a retaining wall done, and in the infinite wisdom of a certain nameless family member (not me), the "soil" removed from the retaining wall area was spread across the back yard to even it out a… Continue

Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:10 — 3 Comments

Why I want an edible garden

  • Delicious, very high quality food, unlike the crud from the supermarkets and a lot of fruit shops.
  • Fresh air, sunshine and physical activity - gets me away from my desk and the internet
  • [Edit: Almost] Free food, no petrol burned to get it

My friend is a farmer in central Queensland. He told me what kind of unbelievable stuff supermarket chains do - they even FREEZE apples for months before they go on sale! Imagine, the powdery, flavourless apple you… Continue

Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:00 — 9 Comments

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