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May Garden after the pumpkin vines ~

Having cleared the pumpkin vines, it exposed some available ground.. I’ve asked Albert to remove a line of bricks in between the veggies beds and the row of fruit trees, and dug a trench that’s one spade deep and one spade wide in its place. I then put in a layer of horse manure, scattered some blood & bone, and wood ash, mix it up with a bit of soil and put the dug up soil back in the trench to make a long narrow raised bed ~…

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Added by Florence on June 2, 2010 at 19:49 — 2 Comments

Musings on the Bean Fly

With no beans in just now I had forgotten what a pest Bean Fly can be. So I had a small wander around the 'net in search of inspiration. And Linda mentioned a circumstance of which I have never heard ... Bean Fly eggs within bean seeds.



There's a few links which describe our BF but don't give much additional information. Here's a spray I found ...



'Organic Bean-Fly Spray.'

10 cloves of garlic, un-peeled and cut up rough.

2 onions (as above).

6 hot birdseye… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 30, 2010 at 20:00 — 3 Comments

Week 2 of my Edible Garden

Week 2 update:…
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Added by Joanne Chung on May 29, 2010 at 21:27 — 3 Comments

Garden visit

Big day tomorrow, my garden is open for our local Organic & Seed Savers group, hope the rain holds off.

Things a bit late this year but we are eating our own greens for salads, radish, cherry tomatoes ,few long beans still, plenty of pumpkin & sweet potato, & am still experimenting with the arrowroot crop. I spotted my first zuccini this am, beetroot soon but the carrots will be awhile, should soon have heas on the chinese broccoli. Just wish we could grow these crops all…

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Added by Jane on May 28, 2010 at 18:11 — 7 Comments

Chook Tractor and worm farm

After some recent landscaping I have a new terrace in my back yard that I am going to turn into my new vegie garden. I have set up a temp chook run "chook tractor" over part of the planned veg garden. I have covered the whole lot with bird netting (the type used for fruit trees), to keep the pesky crows out.

I have added heaps of compost, horse manure and am constantly adding more prunings etc. The chooks are…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on May 27, 2010 at 21:05 — 7 Comments

Preparing a meal from scratch.





A meal prepared from scratch is rather special or even unusual for many families when both parents are working, kids are to be taken to sport and its so easy to nip into the supermarket and buy something quick to pop into the microwave.

We find that it's more satisfying…

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Added by Linda Brennan on May 27, 2010 at 15:29 — 9 Comments

CQ Garden

After spending the months of Feb/March in WA, the garden was a jungle.

Two months of rain in Central Qld, things grew which had be strugling for years & grass was sky high.

The veg patch was a mass of pumpkin vines but long beans also surviving. Now planting up for the winter, everthing - beans, peas, lettuce all the cole crops, beetroot & carrots.

Even though I have gardened in the same spot for 30 years the heavy rain had ruined the soil structure in several places,… Continue

Added by Jane on May 18, 2010 at 18:17 — 3 Comments

Finally cleaned up the pumpkin vines!!

Judging from all the posts many of us had a busy weekend in the garden :) Love to see what others are up to in Brisbane :)


As indicated by the title, I've finally cleaned up most of the pumpkin vines, ripe or not..

This is a 'before' photo on Saturday morning..…

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Added by Florence on May 10, 2010 at 22:15 — 12 Comments

Garlic, coffee grounds, leaf mould and lots of other stuff...

I've been slack of late, in my contribution to the site as a result of work related issues which seem to be resolving themselves, thankfully. Anyway, for those who might have thought I was being rude (like Donna, I only just saw your message), I'm so very sorry.

Anyway, I just thought I'd drop in and say hello, brag (not that I have anything to brag about!) etc.

So, about a month ago, I bought a couple of white garlic bulbs (read: not suitable for subtropics)…

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Added by Lotte on May 9, 2010 at 20:36 — 9 Comments

Ridiculous tubers

Must be time for a progress report. I've actually been out of action (but all over the computer you may have noticed) as I had my tonsils out, which was very unpleasant (much better now). So the garden has suffered several weeks of neglect. Today I finally had a go at it.

This is the perennial basil bush, the rosemary and a blue plumbago (which attracts those little clouds of powder blue/…

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Added by Scarlett on May 9, 2010 at 20:28 — 7 Comments

Autumn ~ Heps of work in the garden



Autumn is sort of like a second spring in sub-tropical Brisbane ^^ Other then cleaning up the summer crop.. or just growth with not much crops, (that’s what I think the pumpkin vine and passionfruit vines are doing… ) we’ll also be busy preparing for the winter veggies ~…


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Added by Florence on April 22, 2010 at 23:52 — 11 Comments

Green Jobs on Offer - Please pass on to your Sydney networks!

We are recruiting for a few positions in Food Connect Sydney and was wondering if you would mind letting people in your circles know about them.



I've included a blurb below which you can cut and paste into an email to make it easier for you.



Thank you very much!



Julian.





Food Connect Sydney is pleased to be offering the following positions:

Marketing & Sales Coordinator

City Cousin Coordinator

Subscriptions Coordinator

Bookkeeper &… Continue

Added by Emma Rose on April 13, 2010 at 9:11 — 1 Comment

Seed Potatoes

For those of you close to an Aldi, these might be of interest:

http://aldi.com.au/au/html/offers/2827_12854.htm?WT.mc_id=2010-04-08-07-57

There's a choice of Coliban, Sebago, Pontiac and Desiree. Whether these varieties will grow comfortably in Brisbane, I don't know.

Added by Elaine de Saxe on April 8, 2010 at 21:07 — 6 Comments

Weedzilla (that's me) vs pumpkins

I am getting excited about the Winter vegie garden. Unfortunately I don't have anything in yet - I'm very late this year!





This is mostly because of the pumpkins. They heard me thinking about ripping them out and promptly started to produce masses of fruit. Sigh. So I left them - why have them in for 3 months and then rip them out just when they start producing? So this lot have been in for 4 months - going on for 5 now! They…

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Added by Scarlett on April 6, 2010 at 17:14 — 8 Comments

April 3, 2010 - First blog ever

Here goes, my very first blog!
This is going to be my way of keeping track of everything in my garden. Something I have not been very good at up to this point.


Last Sunday (28 March 2010) was a good day in the…
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Added by Trinette on April 3, 2010 at 16:36 — 6 Comments

Growing Garlic

Brisbane and surrounds in general are probably at the edge of the comfortable range for growing Garlic. So Autumn-Winter are the most likely times to plant cloves and expect a fair harvest. A few tips:



• Wait until the weather cools off before you plant, around mid to late March on current trends.

• If using a rotation, then plant when root crops are indicated. Even though the bulb grows above ground, Garlic does best with minimal soil nutrition and onion-family are considered… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on March 18, 2010 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

A Trellis Tale

With the above-ground beds settled in and some plants growing reasonably well, time arrived to tweak the arrangements to allow more plants to climb comfortably.



One of the many surprises we found with the beds was that we did not allow enough room between them to walk around. Duh. The beds are just wide enough to make stretching over to plants growing in the back row almost impossible. One bed less and some walking space would have been good. Anyway ... how to get some…
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Added by Elaine de Saxe on March 13, 2010 at 21:11 — No Comments

Understanding the impact of the moon on moisture

I just posted a new blog on my web site about recognising the impact of moon forces on moisture levels in your food garden. Have a read! Its easier than you may think to understand these forces and work with them to help your garden be more productive.

Happy gardening

Peter Kearney

Added by Peter Kearney on March 6, 2010 at 11:50 — 1 Comment

March Gardening

Well, it's been a while since my last blog post. This rain we've been having has been fantastic for most of the plants with only a few plants suffering from too much rain.

The beans have really taken off and we've been harvesting a couple of handfuls or more a week. The luffa is now taking over and growing through the beans and…

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Added by Vanessa Collier on March 6, 2010 at 8:53 — 9 Comments

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