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July 2016 Blog Posts (14)

Clay Pot Irrigation: no more flying saucer parking lot.

There I was commuting on the train heading south towards the CBD when I had one of those moments.

My 'thingness' came upon me and I had a flash of transcendence.

"What, if," thought I, "I used shade cloth instead of plates atop my irrigating clay pots?"

And voila...!

I got myself home. Cut me some circles of high level shade cloth and pegged the…


Added by Dave Riley on July 31, 2016 at 21:30 — 5 Comments



No rain for two months and the entire garden is drooping. Last night we finally had some good rain and I thoroughly enjoyed the sound of it on the roof and plants through the open front door while I slept. 

Very nice indeed :) This should pick up the garden.

The weather has remained too warm through Autumn - all the cabbage white caterpillars are still doing damage to my growing crop of broccoli and cauli and cane toads are still…


Added by Lissa on July 31, 2016 at 16:00 — 16 Comments

Flowers are out

Hi everyone,

Flowers are starting to come out in droves.  I have flower buds on my lychee's and mango.  Here are my beautiful peaches/nectarines.

I've got flower buds on my lemonade tree that I bought from Masters last year(?) on sale which is planted out on the verge garden with the kaffir lime…


Added by Susan on July 31, 2016 at 15:30 — 7 Comments

Mini Peppino Bust

A lot of us got excited when what looked like a mini version of the prolific Peppino (Solanum muricatum) was obtained by Rob from Fair Dinkum Seeds.

The plant grew like a weed and readily produced small marble-like green fruit.…


Added by Phil on July 31, 2016 at 9:51 — 7 Comments


Best wishes to Michael Hoff for his New Knee Operation and a Speedy Recovery and hoping everything goes well.

We will miss you at the GV's. But just think come October when we see you next we may not be able to keep up with you. I am sure you will be pampered by all those nurses whilst in hospital and rehab. Take lots of Gardening Mags along with you. All the Best.

Added by Dianne Caswell on July 30, 2016 at 8:01 — 4 Comments

Winter - is this what we can expect now?

This year has been most unusual. Not only has it been a very late start to the cooler conditions, but it has also been unusually wet. Now we are getting what looks like a very early start to warmer conditions again.

This is the season when we can out in the garden all day and not be lathered in sweat, when the pests are usually in hibernation - no fruit fly, no cabbage moth, etc,…


Added by Roger Clark on July 26, 2016 at 15:28 — 11 Comments

AVATAR - A challenge

Wouldn't it be great if all our Brisbane Local Food Members had their own AVATAR and it can be put on via their "MY PAGE". This could be a photo of a Favourite Pet, Fruit, Flower, Herb, Vegetable, Person, Car etc. etc., Your Occupation, Business or something else of interest to you. The Avatar would be seen in place of the picture with the Green Peas Leaves, a way of saying this is ME.

I would like to put out a…


Added by Dianne Caswell on July 20, 2016 at 14:00 — 15 Comments

Stardate: 17072016

Couldn't find a July update to ... um.. update... so I've started a new one.

I've been fighting my infrastructure here on the tiny farm for around two months now.  My roof leaked in the first East Coast Low.  I got it fixed but waited for the second low to make sure it was right.  Then, they ripped up the inside of my house to fix the ceilings.  I took the opportunity to swap to all my lights to LED bulbs while the scaffolding was up. 

Until the last two days, the solar system…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 17, 2016 at 23:54 — 5 Comments

School Garden Update

The Community School Garden at Beachmere State School was originally set up in partnership with Beachmere Area Network Group and 2016 is its second year of its operation as a shared project.

Over the past 18 months the program has consolidated as the garden has adopted an approach which is more engaging of the…


Added by Dave Riley on July 17, 2016 at 23:06 — 11 Comments

July - Been a bit busy

Hi Everyone,

Did you miss me :) ?  I started back at school and I had a couple of gardening projects on the go over the holidays so things got a bit away from me... but I'm baaaaccckkk!!!

I think you all saw the before and after shots of what I had started to do in the garden - there's the link if you missed it -  That needed to get finished (still isn't but it's a lot closer to…


Added by Susan on July 17, 2016 at 18:30 — 11 Comments

Everything's Copacetic.

Well then.

You turn your back for five minutes and the greening business takes off.

It's scary. There's a thickening -- and, dare I say it, a quickening.. 

Outback, plants rule.

I don't think there is one seedling  -- and few seeds -- that haven't settled in situ and are now…


Added by Dave Riley on July 10, 2016 at 0:00 — 1 Comment

Lesser Galangal (Alpinia officinarum)

Native to China and sometimes called fingerroot, lesser galangal has been a recent cause of confusion on BLF when trying to determine if you are actually growing the plant.

My lesser galangal grown from a GV donation started on 26-6-15



Added by Phil on July 9, 2016 at 11:47 — 4 Comments

Hugelkultur - Learn German

The word Hugelkultur reminds me of an email sent to me last week, just want to share the fun.....

The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.

As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as "Euro-English".



Added by Janet Fong on July 3, 2016 at 22:33 — 2 Comments


It's not often that I have a majority of home-grown veges to add to a meal. This time the eggs are from Cathie's hens as is the sourdough bread. Making it something to crow about ;-)

The ingredients - L to R: eggs as mentioned with Sugar Snap Peas in the lid, Collard leaf (only the one!),  Capsicum self-sown and so sweet, various Lettuce leaves, perennial Leek.…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on July 2, 2016 at 16:52 — 3 Comments

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