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July 2020 Blog Posts (5)

Tomato Growing what Roger does - please add to this

After my success in growing the Juiciest Tomato at our recent Christmas in July event I thought I would share with everyone what I do to grow this most useful of vegetables, which is really a fruit.

There are more varieties of tomato than any other type of vegetable or fruit. They range in size from ones as small as a currant to whoppers weighing 1 kilo each (Brandywine). We all know how tasty and easy to grow the small cherry tomatoes are, they come up by themselves out of the compost,…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 30, 2020 at 18:42 — 12 Comments

July 2020

Alright, so I’m going to preface this blog post by saying it is an outright brag - directed completely at Roger.  He and I are obviously quite competitive and I copped it today at the garden visit.  Yep, that’s right, I went home with tears in my eyes about all the wasted broccoli, the beautiful kohl rabbi, the gorgeous cabbages and the pumpkins, just left Willy nilly where they lay with little care from Roger at all.  I whispered quietly to them that they wouldn’t have to fend for…

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Added by Susan on July 26, 2020 at 15:00 — 10 Comments

The Tommy Toe Tomato Appreciation Society : TTT

By Dave Riley

Founder & President

Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 25, 2020 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.

Since the cool months are Vetiver down time,I thought I'd invest any surplus energy into seed raising.

The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling  garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.

In…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 16, 2020 at 20:16 — 10 Comments

July 2020

Hi everyone, thought I'd share some recent homesteading wins. Below left is the biggest harvest I've ever had, so gratifying - 2.5kg passionfruit, 1.5kg tumeric, the runt of the pumpkin patch, 2kg clementines, lebanese eggplant, mini capsicums, cherry tomatoes, four types of lettuce, rocket, blood-veined sorrel, kale and some mac nuts + flowers. …

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Added by Sophie on July 16, 2020 at 14:34 — 11 Comments

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