So I cleared part of my sweet potato patch because it is so overgrown. It was taking over the beds and escaping to the neighbours through the retaining wall.
I need the space now that I am over the styrofoam phase. The plan is to get rid of all styrofoam boxes and use every bit of nooks and cranies in the garden for useful plants. That includes flowers…Continue
Well, I think I'm really getting into this "farmer" groove thing even though I only have about 600 sq m of land. Went to visit my family in the country these school holidays and they all have chickens. Watching my kids collect the eggs, I suddenly had the urge to grow my own. It was something that I had always wanted to do but seemed like too much effort and not enough space. With those awful hibiscuses gone from down the side, I now have enough space and the holidays have rejuvenated…Continue
We've already picked heaps and still lots left. I read it freezes well and makes good jam/jelly or juice. Its in an area that does not get a lot of love, yet survived the dry summer! The raised vegie gardens (modified hugelkulture) are going well - 6 weeks and so far harvesting radish/beans/lettuce and spinach leaves, plus found some bonus seedlings compliments of the…Continue
After a lot of messing about I've finally decided to say 'good bye' to my Bananas.
They are very tasty yet the effort involved in growing and harvesting them is just too much for we old boilers.
Yesterday the stem with half-mature fruit crashed to the ground. I had propped it with a scissor-prop. In the wind, the stem was moving to and fro and it moved once too often and out came the prop. The already-bent stem was weighed down with the bunch and I had removed the two lower hands to…
After reading David's info and photos showing the grub pests on Tomatoes, I took a look at mine.
Yup, grubs galore; munched fruit and chomped leaves.
I'm really taken with growing and consuming Kale in the cooler months and Sweet Leaf ( AKA: katuk, star gooseberry:-- small SE Asian tree which is deciduous south of the Tropics) in Summer, but I sometimes run out of green eats -- in part because I use these leaves in everything.
So I'm exploring Kangkong (AKA:water spinach, water convolvulus) which regrettably does…
But the taste is the same!
Two views of the weirdest DF fruit forming:
Picked today and eaten - yummm!:…Continue
Per the QLD MUSEUM WEBSITE: The European Garden Snail now classified as Cornu aspersum has previously been known as Cantareus aspersus and Helix aspersa.…Continue
I had a lovely day today, doing my best to inspire another BLFer into cheese making, booze making and the delights of home smoked foods. It made me realise just how much I enjoy sharing the joy of the artisan lifestyle to which I aspire. As a result, I thought I'd make a record of a few autumn projects here at the Manor:
I'm continuing to "pretty up" the front yard (building site) hugel-swales with some lovely flowering grasses. I added a few extra water holes to…Continue