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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)…


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/…


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 ~…


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!


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:

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…


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…

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…

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…


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

A Smile a Day ...

... keeps the blues away. Pic came via an email without any photo credit. To whoever took it - thank you :-)

For those of you who have chooks and for those of us who don't - enjoy this scene:


Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 8, 2010 at 22:12 — 2 Comments

I smell a rat

I found an old story that I wrote a few years ago.

Currently I have the stench of dead rat wafting over the garden and into the house..

Yes we got rats, we do not have any other problems with, possums, bush turkeys or even birds, but it seems to be rats. We always have had them and always will in the city. Even before I started raising poultry, and growing my veges organically they were common around our home and neighbourhood. One of the neighbors always uses rat sac. He has a… Continue

Added by Mark Thomson on February 8, 2010 at 21:39 — 4 Comments

Curing Olives

WARNING!! Don't EVER taste a raw olive!!!! They are the most disgustingly bitter thing ever and they take the lining off the inside of your mouth (well so my husband says).

We picked about 2kg of olives from a "neighbourhood" tree in the weekend. I have started the curing process as per Olive Australia's "favourite" method.…


Added by Lyn Buffett on February 8, 2010 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

Evil neglect

My garden has turned into a jungle. I've hardly even cleaned it up since we got back from holidays. There is hideous flowering grass! Arg. We chopped the flower heads off, but it's all coming back already. I really need to get our hard edges sorted out and put some proper turf in - I know I keep saying that...

Our pumpkins are dropping all their fruit again. Sigh. I'll try more calcium again I guess, and I had better check the… Continue

Added by Scarlett on February 4, 2010 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Mice and other Pests

Aware of the liklihood there'll be a division of opinion on this one, but ...

Mice, exotic cockroaches, rats, cane toads and so on are regarded as pests. The simplest solution to dealing with them is to humanely kill them on the spot. This means an instant death, no injuries to linger from, no starvation to die slowly from. If you are going to do it, then do it and quick.

Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 3, 2010 at 15:16 — 6 Comments

Saturday chooks

On Saturday morning, we picked up two little Plymouth Rock pullets from a guy out at Cedar Grove. He was kind enough to show us his set up which was unreal. He had 2.5 acres, with a couple of sheep and a couple of goats. He was telling us that he gets them slaughtered at the abattoir near Beaudesert, for $60 and they give him all of the meat from the animal vacuum sealed. Neat indeed. He also had a mad lot of olive trees, reckoned he got 30kg of fruit last year, which he… Continue

Added by Lotte on February 1, 2010 at 15:28 — 5 Comments

Midsummer Munchings

The December storms and subsequent fiiling of the rainwater tank, brought hope to my heat-stressed, thirsty backyard. But I shouldn't complain, as we've never run out of veges for the wok.

Corn has been a good staple. The first dozen were in a shady spot, yielded small cobs.I planted the second block in full sun and was really successful, with each plant producing 2 and a few, 3 cobs. The first cobs were all large and full, the second, small but sweet.… Continue

Added by Addy on January 25, 2010 at 12:30 — 9 Comments

RIP J-Lo.....

So I told Paul he had to kill J-Lo, but that I'd be there with him when he did it, for support. Well, that didn't last long at all. We locked the dogs on the deck and took J-Lo down to the garage in a box and when Paul took her out, I burst out crying like a complete twat. Not crying-crying. No, full on, gasping for air crying. Loser. Went inside and out to the back deck. Paul tells me he has tried to snap her neck, but she just said "tweet" and was ok again after he tried to snap her neck.… Continue

Added by Lotte on January 24, 2010 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Chook dramas etc.

So I reckon I have 3 cockerels and 3 hens. Of the 3 hens, one is probably going to die (J-Lo) and the other currently has a blocked crop! Last night was a big lot of drama, trying to force feed the chicken some olive oil, and massage the crop. Poor thing. No, poor me! I'm frightened of the critters (not big on flapping wings and poo etc) so I held it in a towel and even touched it's head. I'm not having such a great run, am I?

Now, onto the suspected cockerels. One of them is quite… Continue

Added by Lotte on January 22, 2010 at 13:32 — 3 Comments

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