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Growing my weeds as mulch.

Living on fairly steep block, keeping whatever soil I build up can become somewhat difficult. My chickens and the brush turkeys with their infernal scratching to build their massive compost mound nests mean building up a fertile ecology is often a backwards directional project. Once they've scratched and destroyed any living groundcover, the heavy rains wash all soil away leaving me once again with the sadness of the concrete like shale and clay that is my yard.



Weeds to me are…

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Added by Cres on August 19, 2019 at 14:30 — 3 Comments

Blue Tongue Lizard

It makes me so happy to see our…

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Added by Lily on August 17, 2019 at 8:08 — 4 Comments

The next seashore challenge ...while we wait.

Waiting for Vetiver to flush is like watching a pot boil.
But here is the next job pending...…
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Added by Dave Riley on August 15, 2019 at 11:03 — No Comments

here are some photos of my garden in the making

Added by mon on August 14, 2019 at 14:52 — 1 Comment

Environmental warrior... or dirty old dumpster diver?

Am I an environmental warrior or just a dirty old dumpster diver?

Some folks would probably suggest that I am a tad over obsessed with climate change and living a life aimed at helping save the environment. There's some elements of that lifestyle which I normally don't talk about for fear of being labelled a dirty dumpster diver. But you know me - I'm gunna talk about them tonight!

I reuse and recycle a lot of wood and stuff. Why would I buy new stuff…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 4, 2019 at 23:02 — 10 Comments

I think winter is done?

Wow, how warm was today?  This winter has barely seen me slow down.  I hate the cold - coming from subtropical north queensland I would always dream of when the days turned warmer.  There was about 2 weeks of "cold" and since then, the weather has mostly been gorgeous.  Unfortunately, that means those feral fruit fly haven't stopped in my yard.  They are only attacking the trombonccino at the moment so that's ok - I just snap of the bottom and the rest is fine to use. 

Being…

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Added by Susan on August 4, 2019 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

need help with gardening-I am lerning the QLD way

good morning everyone. I am new to this site and hope to find my way around [with your help], growing flowers and vegetables. growing up in Germany on a small farm, the growing of fruit and veggies was sooooo easy. so I started to [try] to grow them here as well [I am in Australia for 33 years] so, 12 or so years ago I got some vegie beds and filled them with growing soil failed terrible in growing anything. begged my husband all the years for an rainwater tank. got one now but not…

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Added by mon on August 3, 2019 at 10:53 — 9 Comments

Foraging

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/a-really-beautiful-way-to-learn-foraging-for-food-popular-in-sydney-20190612-p51wzz.html

This is another area I'm interested in. I've contributed a few spots on this site https://fallingfruit.org and will track down others that I've…

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Added by Travis Franklin on July 31, 2019 at 19:04 — 5 Comments

Ten Days to Sprinter...then comes Sprummer

Before you know it, the season changes...or, at least, begins to.

There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.

Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.

Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 21, 2019 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

A report on a talk on Fruit Fies from the Nambour gardening show

Fruit Fly talk by Professor Richard Drew

Fruit flies have spread down to Victoria and now some have been discovered in Auckland.



We used to treat with systemic cover sprays but these are not used very much now and growers now have had to turn to less harmful (to human health) methods. These systemic sprays would be ingested by people eating the sprayed fruit as the insecticide travelled into and through the fruit

Adult Fruit Flies can travel 20 to 90 kilometres to…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 21, 2019 at 9:31 — 10 Comments

My Favorite Backyard Comestibles -- the plants I love to grow to eat.

I used to do plant-of-the-year lists,  but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.

Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.

Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.

Multicultural 7 nights per week.

THE HERBS

I can live without a lot of things, but my…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — No Comments

Winter at The Gap

 

When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…

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Added by Valerie on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

The Opportunity of all this Rain. What happenstance! So plant out

It sure is raining. Buckets of the stuff.

Who woulda thought?

Opportunism knocks.

The Winter Solstice may have just visited but hey this is the sub tropics!

With so such moisturised goodness under foot, what can we plant?

If we are expecting to be frost free, well then: go for it I say. Get rid of all those old seed packets by planting  out their contents.Clear out the cupboard for a Spring buy up.

PLANT LISTS

Here's a list.…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 27, 2019 at 4:30 — 12 Comments

2019 winter garden - supposedly :)

Hi Folks, 

I have been busy pottering around in my garden and am starting to finally see some harvests and a decrease in my weekly veggie shop.  Today at the markets, my bill came to $25 - this is down from between $40 to 50 weekly when nothing is coming out (brief period at end of summer when that horrible dry spell was upon us).  It was funny, I was listening to a podcast today ABC Adelaides gardening talkback and the topic was "Is it profitable to grow your own fruit and veggies." …

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Added by Susan on June 16, 2019 at 17:08 — 3 Comments

Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

After some keen renovation work and extensive planting of Vetiver hedgerows I've planted more veges (& herbs)  than I've ever done before.

Both seeds and seedlings.

Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

This discussion -- Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 3, 2019 at 19:00 — No Comments

2019 nearly winter and still doesn't feel like it

Hi everyone, 

I had a wonderful day today out at the farm.  We drove up last night after work (have learnt from experience that there is no point leaving before 6.30 pm) and made it to our block at 8:50pm  Just in time for Fran and I to plonk ourselves down with a glass of wine and our phones to read and unwind after a busy week.  We then had a lovely breaky down at the little servo that really is a jack-of all-trades stop and then spent 3 hrs working on the farm.  We were then back…

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Added by Susan on May 25, 2019 at 19:33 — 1 Comment

FOR THOSE WITH SPACE TO SPARE ON ACREAGE, FOOD FOR THOUGHT

My gardening abilities have been curbed a bit lately and have led me to reading more about different ways to increase the goodness in our soil which is the engine of our plant growth and the machine that nature provided to help us be more reliant in the future.

So much has been learnt by reading and listening to the advice given and seeing the soil improvements by Ernst Gotsch and like- minded individuals.  They have seen the damage in different counties of…

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Added by Christa on May 11, 2019 at 12:43 — 8 Comments

It's challenge enough to keep up with the harvest.

I've been prevailed upon to cut back the garden and create more lawn. Not my perspective nor preferred lifestyle, but you have to forgo some laziness some times and spend more time (spit! bugger!) 'mowing'.

As it turns out , the new directive opened up quite a few renovating options that I now have embraced. That and the fact that my…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 11, 2019 at 0:00 — 3 Comments

Musings for the future.

Hi all,

I've been thinking for sometime about starting a market stall.  There are often beautiful things for the garden that I have to order online or are only available from America or England with huge shipping costs for one item.  I was hoping to pick your brains for things that would attract you into a market stall if you don't mind?  Anything from products you would like to use in the garden, to seed varieties or plants displayed in a certain way.  I'm envisioning some plants in…

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Added by Susan on May 5, 2019 at 19:06 — 8 Comments

I UPPED MY SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS

Since I run out of my regular supply of home made fermented chili paste more than my menu tolerates, I started planting chili bushes that were hotter than my usual  cultivation -- in the hope I'd use less.

With my ferment still in the crock I began picking from the chili bushes to go into my dishes neat.

And I'm feeling the change…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 1, 2019 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

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