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July 2017 Blog Posts (13)

Long time between blogs

I was doing so well!  I had committed to doing one per fortnight and I think I managed that for about a year.  Now, slowly but surely, life is creeping in the way and I'm not getting much in the way of blogging done.   I feel like I'm not doing much in the way of gardening either, but that's not completely true.  As usual, I've got another "project" or two underway so my vegie patch is getting ignored cause there is only so many hours available on the weekend and when your morning is taken…

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Added by Susan on July 30, 2017 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS AND THE ROAD TO GLEN HELEN

During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.  

Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).

In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…

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Added by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

June 2017



June 2017 Harvest

- 2 baby pawpaws (+1 sacrificed to possums)

- 4kg sweet potato (purple inside, pink/white, white/white)

- 3 cos lettuce

- 11 chokos

- 200g red bell peppers

- 400g purple eggplant

- 400g red eggplant

- handful madagascar beans

- 2 spring onions

- 2 baby carrots

- 5 passionfruit

- 3 french beans

- 2 radish

- 9 sourdough loaves (including 2 fruit nut loaves)



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Added by Sophie on July 23, 2017 at 16:02 — 6 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that goes into each "region" of plantings.

Lots of…

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Added by Lissa on July 22, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

ALICE SPRINGS OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN

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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the gardens came up with pretty much the same answund on the gardens…

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Added by Lissa on July 18, 2017 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN

I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.

Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…

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Added by Lissa on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 — 9 Comments

Palagonite update

My Palagonite experiment

 

You may remember that I planted out two identical "Rouge De Marmande" seedlings, each in a wheelie bin with identical growing mixes, except that in 1of the bins I mixed in an amount of Palagonite mineral powder as well.

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Added by Roger Clark on July 16, 2017 at 13:35 — 14 Comments

Roger's Garden in July

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Added by Roger Clark on July 16, 2017 at 13:06 — 6 Comments

A HAPPY HOSE HOLDER MADE FROM SCRAP

Added by DARREN JAMES on July 15, 2017 at 9:36 — 3 Comments

It's gotta melt your heart

One of the kids across the road, young Andrew aged about 9, watched me put the vege patch on the footpath.  He advised me that people would steal the veges.  He was very happy when I told him that I wanted them to take them.  "You can't steal it, if I've already given it to you."  

I've been trying to space my planting out there so that there won't be sudden feast followed by months of famine (inspired by a recent tomato debacle in my yard).  Young Andrew decided that I wasn't…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 13, 2017 at 21:06 — 10 Comments

Looking Good in July

I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.

As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest design change to my terracotta clay pots.More pots are…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 9, 2017 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

Fun and Games With Monto Vetiver Grass

There's been some good info in the photograph comments so to keep the topic handy for future reference, I've pasted the comments into a separate post.

Andy asked what I am going to do with the cut Vetiver ...

'Short-term stockpile for mulch. I had thought of trying Ruth Stout's system of using hay, substituting the Vetiver I have for the hay I don't have. I will never be able to grow enough Vetiver to make enough hay! So I'm back to just mulching with the Vetiver and it…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on July 4, 2017 at 10:00 — 10 Comments

Athertonia diversifolia

has anyone ever grown or eaten Atherton almond -  relative of the macadamia - a native - Athertonia diversifolia, commonly known as Atherton Oak, is a small to medium-sized rainforest tree of the family Proteaceae found in northern Queensland, Australia. 

Added by Mary-Ann Baker on July 1, 2017 at 10:24 — 4 Comments

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