Permaculture gardeners and designers are often called ‘permies’. Many of us onthe Brisbane local food website already practice permaculture to some degree at least.
Bill Mollison and David Holmgren devised the framework and practices based upon observations that we could no longer continue to deplete earth’s resources while still expecting returns such as fresh air, fertile soils for growing food and clean water.
In permaculture we learn how to work with nature, rather than… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 20, 2010 at 15:00 —
I have wanted an edible garden for years and decided to do something about it yesterday. I live with family (I'm one of those perpetual students!) and also like the idea of having a wide variety of healthy, non-GM, excellent quality foods which are almost free. We recently got a retaining wall done, and in the infinite wisdom of a certain nameless family member (not me), the "soil" removed from the retaining wall area was spread across the back yard to even it out a… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:10 —
- Delicious, very high quality food, unlike the crud from the supermarkets and a lot of fruit shops.
- Fresh air, sunshine and physical activity - gets me away from my desk and the internet
- [Edit: Almost] Free food, no petrol burned to get it
My friend is a farmer in central Queensland. He told me what kind of unbelievable stuff supermarket chains do - they even FREEZE apples for months before they go on sale! Imagine, the powdery, flavourless apple you… Continue
Added by Daniel on June 17, 2010 at 18:00 —
After seeing how neat and tidy Mark's setup is.. I decided to buy some proper seedling trays and seed raising mix.
Partly also because I found my own seed mix have a lot of weed seeds in them and I have no idea what comes up were what I planted especially for those I am growing for the first time.
I got… Continue
Added by Florence on June 16, 2010 at 22:00 —
I just hate seeing waste. Wasting food, productive land, talent and time are my pet bugs when it comes to waste. I heard recently that in Brisbane one in five full shopping bags of food we bring home goes to the tip. We’re really throwing away our hard-earned cash.
It’s got me thinking about the uses for old or excess ‘stuff’ like carpet that would normally be tossed out.
Wool carpet is a gem, with many garden uses. Lay it over a garden bed instead of mulch in the period between… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 14, 2010 at 15:00 —
The mustard and marigolds in the nematode bed have grown heaps in the past month and look to be ready to use as green manure - is it best to chop and drop, or should it be dug in?
After a lull in planting anything, finally am starting to see some results from my direct in bed plantings out the back. I made holes in the mulch, but the naughty chooks keep getting in and scratching around and covering the poor little seedlings so every few… Continue
Added by Donna on June 14, 2010 at 10:00 —
Where do I start? Most of you might be aware that in December we bought three light sussex chickens. There was a saga with the ebay chicken house and one was killed by our dog, then the Infrastructure Manager (IM) was forced to build a better house and run. When we went to get a replacement chicken we came home with two which brought our brood to four - Betty, Flossie, Bubbles & Lavendar.
We chose Sussex as a breed because they look… Continue
Added by Donna on June 13, 2010 at 17:30 —
I know when i was working for council and the EPA, that after a week or two of lunch box meals, the imagination starts to wane and preparing the healthy lunch-in-a-box becomes difficult or at least boring.
It’s easy to pop in the packaged muesli bars and sweetened fruit sticks, but what about something that resembles brain food? Why not grow some of your own?
Our tiny garden can provide ingredients for a salad from the mesclun salad tub, a spinach tartlet and eggplant dip… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on June 7, 2010 at 15:00 —
I know this is nothing to do with gardening, but would like you to know that I am an artist and can create gorgeous pet and horse portraits. Any animal large or small. All I need is a good photo to work from.
I only charge $100 for A3 sized chalk pastel portraits like the ones below.…
Added by Lyn Buffett on June 7, 2010 at 13:07 —
Since it's not feasible for us to go down to Centro James Street to see this film, I looked around for a DVD of it.
If (as we do) you have a multi-region DVD player or you can hack the one you have, then you can play this movie at home. I've chosen to get one from England being a bit cheaper than the ones from America.
There are others available but I like to buy through eBay and pay via PayPal. Item number is 280516574823 or search on 'food inc dvd' on eBay. Total cost is… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 6, 2010 at 13:30 —
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 ~…
Added by Florence on June 2, 2010 at 19:49 —
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 —
Added by Joanne Chung on May 29, 2010 at 21:27 —
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… Continue
Added by Jane on May 28, 2010 at 18:11 —
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… Continue
Added by Lyn Buffett on May 27, 2010 at 21:05 —
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… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on May 27, 2010 at 15:29 —
Added by Joanne Chung on May 23, 2010 at 16:51 —
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 —
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..…
Added by Florence on May 10, 2010 at 22:15 —
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)… Continue
Added by Lotte on May 9, 2010 at 20:36 —