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August 2016 Blog Posts (12)

Recycling Ways & Means

The only garbage that leaves our kitchen via the front door are those items that can't be eaten by either chooks, worms or their friendlies.

Any big item with a dead animal background -- if not fed to the dogs (or the chooks sometimes) -- is buried outback. 

The scrap bin that accepts all the chopped leftovers from food prep, is emptied into the chook…


Added by Dave Riley on August 31, 2016 at 23:59 — 18 Comments

Homesteading - Aug 2016

My sweet potatoes are ready for harvest, and perpetual spinach is very reliable!

Choko vine happily climbing up the…


Added by Sophie on August 30, 2016 at 11:23 — 13 Comments

Almost Spring 2016

Spring is just around the corner.  My garden is bursting with flowers and I am planting more!  If you have roses, make sure you go out there with a strong spray and hit those aphids - I discovered that all my new growth was covered even though, from a distance, it looked exceedingly healthy.   I'm trying to let the lady bug population explode in response so am avoiding pest oils etc at this stage.  Plus, I just planted sunflower, zinnia, allysium, cosmos and marigold seeds throughout the…


Added by Susan on August 28, 2016 at 19:30 — 18 Comments

Springing Out in DBay

For the first time I am growing dwarf low chill stone fruit. I bought 4, the only standard one died from maybe my inexpert pruning. Anyway there's 3 left, all blooming amazingly just now. Two are single small blooms one is a large double. I'm growing them for fruit but the blooms really are a delight to behold.

Anyway, some pix of the peach and nectarine flowers and baby fruit:…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on August 26, 2016 at 16:30 — 13 Comments

What's going on at the Manor? Stardate: 20160822

I have a batch of 20 quail eggs in the incubator on day 15 now.  I took the egg rocker out today and laid them gently on the floor of what I am hoping will be their brooder soon.  What's the difference between an incubator and a brooder?  An egg rocker.  I use the same incubator for both purposes.  Real quail breeders have two separate bits of equipment.

The alcoholic ginger beer is ready to bottle tomorrow.   I'll try not to add too much sugar and avoid some beery explosions.…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 22, 2016 at 22:17 — 5 Comments

in Production and Gallery

We're away on another branch of the garden adventure.

You'll note the 'ground covers'-gone wild. I hack a space in that jungle to plant out seedlings and use the cut stuff as mulch.

The Compost Corral (that's the right spelling!) is a…


Added by Dave Riley on August 17, 2016 at 22:00 — 8 Comments

Sick days and pottering

Hi all,

I'm having a day off work today as I have caught that awful cold going around.  I was going to catch up on some school work at the same time but am procrastinating at the moment.  Did the kid's school drop off and was wandering around my garden with a cup of tea and got inspired to post!

I don't know if you can see much in this photo, but this shot makes me so happy.  Everything looks lush and productive.  Right at the front, you can see the carrots, beets and…


Added by Susan on August 16, 2016 at 11:00 — 8 Comments

Refurbishing an above ground bed that does not perform

This bed has been in place for a few years now and has never hit the…


Added by Roger Clark on August 12, 2016 at 18:09 — 11 Comments

Quick August update and fortuitous meetings

Hi All,

Imagine my surprise today when I saw (I should say though - that she saw me as I'm hopeless) Sophie and Frank today at Bunnings and had the most lovely chat there and then they came back to my place and I had an impromptu garden visit where I showed off a little bit :)  You should see the yard now though Sophie, my husband mowed it and I cleaned out the front wicking beds and replanted with flowers -> Looks heaps fresher :)

So my trip to bunnings yielded an…


Added by Susan on August 7, 2016 at 19:00 — 12 Comments

Spring/Summer Salad Greens and Hints for Salads

It is time to start planting those Spring/Summer Salad Greens if you haven't started already. Hopefully we will find something new for you to Plant.  There are so many possibilities for turning that Salad into something Special. I thought it would be a nice idea to have Members list a Favourite Green or Other Salad Additive. We could also put our Favourite Spring/Summer Recipes…


Added by Dianne Caswell on August 7, 2016 at 14:00 — 13 Comments

Winter 2016 - a little update

Just a few pix from the garden at the back ...

Dandelion in full swing. Originally bought a plant from Caboolture Seed Savers. It seeded all over the yard then was gone. Unaccountably, several tiny starving plants popped up on the front footpath. Took this one and fed it up, it's having a great time now:

Dwarf Nectarine starting to bloom. Been a year in…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on August 7, 2016 at 0:01 — 7 Comments

Andy's Regular Program - Garden Updates for August


Out the front:  the building patch is still doing bugger all, in fact, it's mostly ornamental now.  The Mulberry seems to be thriving (although not right now due to winter).  The blood orange is dead.  The sugar cane is a real standout which I didn't expect.  The cumquats are being wasted because I have no room to freeze them since I shut down the second fridge.  The roses are…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 6, 2016 at 21:34 — 39 Comments

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