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April 2016 Blog Posts (11)

What are you planting, harvesting and preparing your soil for now? Mid Autumn to Spring

This is a New Blog for Mid Autumn to Spring..

I thought it might be helpful to see what everyone is Planting, Harvesting and Preparing for in the garden now. Perhaps this would be helpful to those of us who would like to…


Added by Dianne Caswell on April 28, 2016 at 17:58 — 34 Comments


I often think about Disabled Gardeners. What is the definition of disabled? Maybe you have Arthritis or Doggy Hips, walk with a cane, the Knees are not as young as your mind is. What ever the disability how do you manage to get things done? To turn the soil over and plant the seedlings then to produce such wonderful produce.

Do you have special Tools you use in the Garden? Any Hints and Tips for us. If you do I am sure we have members who would like to hear about them.

Added by Dianne Caswell on April 27, 2016 at 19:29 — 13 Comments

Fermenting A Philosophy

I have gone on an extremely indulgent ferment kick. Ferments are everywhere of course -- wine, cheese, beer, sauces, chocolate, vinegar, yogurt, salami,tea leaves, coffee beans, etc -- but mostly you are eating dead flesh.
As the vampire asked of Igor: "Don't you have anything alive!?"
I tell you Louis Pasteur has a lot to answer…

Added by Dave Riley on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

Time to enjoy the edibles

With a day off work, it was a chance to harvest and cook some of our own produce.  Lunch started with pumpkin soup, followed by sweet potato, tatsoi and spring onion frittata, served with cassava chips and salad (tomato, cucumber, capsicum, leafy greens).  Then to finish - platter of yellow dragon fruit, passionfruit, raspberries and carombola.  It was such a good feeling to be self sufficient even if only for lunch! Similar again for dinner sounds good.

Added by Susan Cook on April 25, 2016 at 14:12 — 6 Comments

Tropical garden experiment with pawpaw circle

I've been working on creating a tropical themed garden for one of the sections of our yard. I say experiment because everything in this garden when you are starting from basics is an experiment!!

It started like this:

So basically a lawn with a frangipani tree. First up was making a pawpaw circle - digging in back breaking, soul crushing clay... I think I got to…


Added by Sophie on April 24, 2016 at 16:30 — 17 Comments

Mid Autumn in the garden.

Hi everyone,

How are everyone's gardens going?  Mine, still not that productive.  We are going ok in the fruit department.  Passionfruit,1-2 small pawpaws ripening up per week, the last 3 melons from the garden and the odd small handful of raspberries from my very poor looking raspberry vines.  I also harvested the ONLY fruit that set off my citrus grove trees that I planted last year.  Yes, I know, to be fair to them, they are just babies.  It was the rio red grapefruit.  I…


Added by Susan on April 15, 2016 at 19:00 — 9 Comments

My favourite Beef & Veggies Bolognese recipe

Such an easy, and extremely delicious Bolognese recipe! Not the classic one, but believe me it is tastier! Not only because I replace the pork with beef mince, but also because I prefer to add fresh veggies to almost every dish, including this one. Basically, almost every vegetable which grows in your backyard might go straight into the frying pan. Check out my version of the recipe and i guarantee you’ll never want to go back to the classic…


Added by Sasha Middleton on April 15, 2016 at 18:58 — No Comments


LIMES! Wondering if anyone is interested in a produce swap. I have more limes than I can freeze, pickle, bake or drink. Happy to exchange with any veges! I'm at Carina.

Added by Wendy Clark on April 13, 2016 at 8:46 — 7 Comments

Snip! Gardening :Weeds & My Conversion to Root Wrangling

I'm not obsessive about weeds. Most of all, in regard to them, I'm lazy. 

I may spray (vinegar+borax+salt) to murder them on the paths and gravel surrounds, but among the veg I'm tolerant because I know if I pull-a-weed I am sure to remove more than I planned.

If you are planning to pull, I say, do so only after good rain.



Added by Dave Riley on April 10, 2016 at 4:30 — 27 Comments

Keeping my head in the sand

Tonight the temperature falls to 19C (and maybe below) for the first time this year in my patch. You can feel the cooling night air on your skin.

Despite the warm days still, you can see how the evening respite from the heat is registering among the plants.

I just built (wait for it...wait for it) another two mounds and planted both of these out with potatoes I'd chitted from store-boughts.

I then divided a Vetiver Grass clump  by hacking at its edges. 

[I have a…


Added by Dave Riley on April 2, 2016 at 0:00 — 23 Comments

April 2016 garden.

Hi guys,

Well I just finished my major holiday project - built the garden shed.  I was going to also build a rock pathway but as it took 3 days of torture AND I managed to put a drill bit through my thumb, I decided not to be too ambitious.  The shed was the $169 job from Aldi's.  If you bought one and haven't put it up yet, word to the wise:  When they refer to the "short side" it means the side with all the holes drilled into it (short height wise, not length wise).  The swearing…


Added by Susan on April 1, 2016 at 14:00 — 19 Comments

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