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End of March 2019

Finally the rain has hit!  I am getting rain weekly and the garden is sure enjoying it.  I can't wait for school holidays to start so I can get a lot of work done now that the weather is cooling off.  

The asparagus certainly perks up with the rain.  I harvested 10 spears last week and I've obviously missed quite a few this week.…

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Added by Susan on March 30, 2019 at 14:14 — 6 Comments

Vetiver (and sundries) in the Home Garden

Getting there...

As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.

Wee packets of soil they are.

I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 17, 2019 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

I'm BAack!

Well, well, well... !

After being extremely slack for a very long time on this site, I've found myself back due to the quality info on here. I've been researching 'Dyschoriste depressa' for the newsletter I write up regularly, and found that another member (Ann) had posted some pics of this dreaded weed we're currently doing battle with!

Although I've been away from the BLF community for quite some time, thoughts of wonderful members I've…

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Added by Lainie P on March 4, 2019 at 14:41 — 2 Comments

Almost Autumn - supposedly a cyclone but still dry!

Hi Everyone,

Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain?  I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Not happy!

Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote.  Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen.  It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off.  This one has…

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Added by Susan on February 22, 2019 at 20:27 — 12 Comments

The common ground are the greens.

I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.

Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.

When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 16, 2019 at 21:30 — 12 Comments

Worm food

The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.

I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking. 

Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…

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Added by Russell James on February 4, 2019 at 13:47 — 7 Comments

School garden

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…

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Added by Valerie on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Seed Saving

I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-)  so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.

I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again ...it has an appearance in the clip.

I have over the past couple of years been saving…

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Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments

Beginners grower.

I emigrated to Brisbane a year ago and I have a small  shady area. 

Love to grow delicious berries. Can anyone advice me please. 

Thanks

helen 

Added by Helen Smith on January 26, 2019 at 13:08 — 5 Comments

On the Homefront

I finally got around to prepping the school garden for the return of the children next week. It survived the Summer graciously.

The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.

Hardly any '…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 23, 2019 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Hot and dry

I have had to delay plantings to at least 3 of my beds due to the hot dry conditions even though I am covering with shade cloth and netting that I have made up on tunnel hoops, it is still taking a lot of water just to fill the local cafe's orders.

The continuing dry spell will be starting to make an impact on fruit and veg prices and availability soon enough, so as a grower its always good to know you have at least…

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Added by Russell James on January 20, 2019 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Strawberry Beds Planting Out

I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.

As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.…

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Added by Russell James on January 17, 2019 at 10:30 — 6 Comments

Busy holidays and getting stuff done.

Hi Guys,

Welcome to 2019!  As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week.   But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.  

My holidays have gone like this: 

Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there.  Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.

Week 2:…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2019 at 20:25 — 15 Comments

My Tortilla Press & I

I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.

It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...

Still make 'em. Still love 'em.

Gotta  always have  Knäckebröd on hand.

With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

getting back on track

Well the last 18 months have bee awful!!!! I have had a resurgence of Meinghers and on top of that now have vestibular migraines and peripheral vaso-dilation. On a bad day I either pass out, have attacks with acute severe imbalance and nausea, or poor balance and headaches!

Still I have gone 9 good days in a row just before Christmas so on my good days i am now in the shed in the heat and in the garden in the evenings.

My garden looks neglected now but I am slowly working to get it…

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Added by David Hatcher on January 2, 2019 at 11:20 — 1 Comment

SUGGESTIONS FOR EDIBLES TO BE GROWN IN POTS IN A VERY SMALL SPACE :)

Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself. 

Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.

Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.

Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants…

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Added by Lissa on January 2, 2019 at 7:00 — 42 Comments

lacto-fermentation

Has any one here done any preserving using lacto-fermentation?  If so how do you store your jars once made?

Added by David Hatcher on January 1, 2019 at 14:20 — 2 Comments

A Farm Gate Produce Story

 

I like to visit those roadside stands you see when you are out for a drive and love it when after you have pulled up you are pleasantly surprised by the experience and I try to have our little stall do that for those who drop in. 
Obviously, you can't please everyone and at the end of the day its going to be a bit less…
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Added by Russell James on December 29, 2018 at 10:06 — 9 Comments

Coping with the pest and heat

As growers, we all have to deal with the many issues that go along with the attempts to produce a crop of food that has not been invested with preditors or miserable representations of what should be growing due to lack of water, nutrients etc. 

I rely on netting and various watering…

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Added by Russell James on December 28, 2018 at 7:49 — 14 Comments

Introduction

Looking forward to looking through the site and see what everyone is up to in their gardens and different enterprises.



Here in Killarney the main cropping from my Strawberries has finished and I will only have a few more to sell on and put into our jams but I will be kept…

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Added by Russell James on December 24, 2018 at 7:45 — 5 Comments

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