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lacto-fermentation

Has any one here done any preserving using lacto-fermentation?  If so how do you store your jars once made?

Added by David Hatcher on January 1, 2019 at 14:20 — 2 Comments

A Farm Gate Produce Story

 

I like to visit those roadside stands you see when you are out for a drive and love it when after you have pulled up you are pleasantly surprised by the experience and I try to have our little stall do that for those who drop in. 
Obviously, you can't please everyone and at the end of the day its going to be a bit less…
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Added by Russell James on December 29, 2018 at 10:06 — 9 Comments

Coping with the pest and heat

As growers, we all have to deal with the many issues that go along with the attempts to produce a crop of food that has not been invested with preditors or miserable representations of what should be growing due to lack of water, nutrients etc. 

I rely on netting and various watering…

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Added by Russell James on December 28, 2018 at 7:49 — 14 Comments

Introduction

Looking forward to looking through the site and see what everyone is up to in their gardens and different enterprises.



Here in Killarney the main cropping from my Strawberries has finished and I will only have a few more to sell on and put into our jams but I will be kept…

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Added by Russell James on December 24, 2018 at 7:45 — 5 Comments

VETIVER HEDGEROWS

After harvesting the Vetiver hedges for mulch, I approached a level of neatness and order that I, for one, am not used to.

It may not be topiary but the plan is to take the trimmed hedges to a height that will keep the chooks off the beds when they free range.…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 16, 2018 at 10:50 — 4 Comments

Tales from the Tiny Farm: November 18

Salad/veges: I've been trying to show a few pics of modest harvests each day (facebook posts). The idea is to explain that little bits each day add up. If I can make the odd meal from zucchinis then that's great. The same with eggs, tomatoes, silverbeet, lettuce or whatever. Rather than worry about making a whole meal once a week, I find it's better to contribute one thing or two to most dinners.

Fruit: tends to come in batches. I try to make jams, chutneys…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on November 25, 2018 at 0:11 — 6 Comments

Vetiver Ventures Continue

Since I'm now working on a couple of Vetiver projects around town, I thought that -- with the impending growth season -- I'd launch forth in a community friendly way.

I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 22, 2018 at 20:14 — 2 Comments

Give away concrete laundry tubs

Would anyone like a set of concrete laundry tubs? They have been used for a worm farm a la Linda Woodrow and are probably not much use for doing the washing! If you take them away, you can have the worms that are in them as well. 

They are very heavy, and you'll need two strong men and a trolley to shift them, as my husband and I won't be able to help.

If you're interested, send me a friend request and I'll get back to you.

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 19, 2018 at 11:20 — No Comments

The summer garden!

Well things certainly are a happening at my place.  

The first of the peaches have been harvested and bottled.  

I have a zucchini glut at the moment.  The tromboncino is growing great along the fence and I'm picking between 2-3 a day!…

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Added by Susan on November 17, 2018 at 12:30 — 5 Comments

It's finally happened: a kimchi fridge

Neighbours are moving overseas so, as befits the occasion, a garage sale was called.

And I got myself a bar fridge el cheapo.

You are looking at  my new home at home for kimchi, sweet pepper paste and sundried tomatoes -- with fermented squid on the bottom shelf.

[I haven't had the courage to try the squid yet ...just saying so if I poison…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2018 at 21:56 — 2 Comments

End of October 2018

Hi folks,  hope you've all been enjoying the beautiful rain we've been having.  I've loved it but I lost another Paw Paw tree.  To be fair, they are really only supposed to live for about 3 yrs and mine has been going 5+.  You can see how old she was by the amount of stems that had regrown every time I cut her back.  Big lot of rain and over she went.  Most of the roots had started to rot out so it was only a matter of time.   …

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Added by Susan on October 28, 2018 at 20:00 — 3 Comments

The limits of bathtub gardening?

Hey team!

As many of you may already know, I'm a big fan of planting in old bathtubs. Due to constraints at our home (size, storm drains, doggo, etc) everything I do needs to be raised. I was thinking of planting a few small trees in my tubs instead of doing large pots - are there any obvious downsides to this plan?

I'm not planning on moving them around (at least, not for quite a long time) but I'm sure I'm probably missing some problems!

As a bonus, have a new tub I…

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Added by Sid Saghe on October 22, 2018 at 15:31 — 7 Comments

CREATE MORE BUTTERFLIES

Compared to Brisbane, there aren't many gardening related workshops on offer at Bribie so I was keen to support this one run by Helen Schwencke at the local library yesterday.

Helen has put out a wonderful little book full of colour photos with a pic for each butterfly in adult, caterpillar and chrysalis stages called Create More Butterflies 

Available on her website Earthling Enterprises it's not cheap at…

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Added by Lissa on October 21, 2018 at 7:00 — 16 Comments

Ferment updates: KimChi, Knäckebröd & Filmjölk

I spent last night outback on the veranda making a batch of kimchi from 4 wombok cabbages. The radish, spring onions and carrots  that I used were my own outback harvest.

The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.

My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 14, 2018 at 3:23 — 2 Comments

The Drought

I just spent a couple of days out on the Western Downs. While I was away we had 20 mm of rain here at home, and another 16 mm fell tonight after we returned.

But around Chinchilla it is dry  as drought is.

The cattle are scrawny. Even the brumbies are ring barking the trees as  they chew off the bark to sustain themselves and many dead kangaroos dot the roadside because they put themselves at pedestrian risk in their hunt for food.

On the drive back we must have seen…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 8, 2018 at 22:39 — 8 Comments

Garlic for the year!!

Lance Percival, an English comedian, of a bygone era (That was the week that was), brought out a song about veges, that has long been a favourite of mine.

Some of it went,

My sister Jean's always eating Beans

My little brother Leeks

I just saw Ma eat a piece of Garlic

Everybody duck when she speaks

So, Lettuce get us to the church by half past two

and if you like Beetroot I'll be true to you

There is more but I'll spare you, I…

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Added by Roger Clark on October 5, 2018 at 7:55 — 13 Comments

October harvests and summer plantings

Hi everyone.  

The garden is going great still but it is time to start thinking about the summer crops.  While I'm still harvesting the brassicas (check out my broccoli and cabbage!!!) I have started to clean up the garden beds for summer crops. 

This week I've planted corn, dwarf beans, more tomatoes,  a variety of rockmelons (never been real successful…

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Added by Susan on October 4, 2018 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

Zen WiFi garden

Added by Janet Fong on September 10, 2018 at 17:02 — 1 Comment

September rhymes with Remember: the garden is green and makes a pleasant scene in September to remember.

Images more for me than for anyone else, September registers as green. That's despite the dry weather over the Wintering.

What with this and that, I've run out of things to do.

Nonetheless...

The Milk Crate 'garden' has been extended with more herbs planted and experimental Goji berry bushes. I needs my supply of thyme and oregano -- my fix.

After…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 7, 2018 at 19:00 — 8 Comments

That's ahead of plan!

I have grapes on the north side of the yard.

Citrus like oranges and  

Lemonades 

And…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 3, 2018 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

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