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September 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Thinking outside the box with a rainwater tank

Thought I'd do a quick write-up on the work I did to increase my water storage using a bit of creativity, in case anyone might be thinking of doing something similar. 

Some time ago I was considering replacing the current 1000L tank (which doesn't go very far) with a 2000L one. Unfortunately I don't have the room for anything bigger than that. A round tank costs around $750 and connect-able ones about $900. There's an additional charge to remove the 1000L or I could try to sell…


Added by Joseph on September 28, 2015 at 14:30 — 11 Comments


This is a continuous spring diary and I added to it as the season progressed.

Check photos for dates as I have done progressive photos for many plants.

We're a month in to Spring and it's been beautiful so far. Plenty of rain now and then to fill the tank - not much sign of the El Nino. We did get one hot day just after I planted heaps of seed and I am waiting anxiously to see if they survived and will make a show. Beginning to suspect I…


Added by Lissa on September 27, 2015 at 10:30 — 23 Comments

Garlic 2015

Today's the day … out they came! Twenty-four in and 24 out!

Reading the other posts on this season's Garlic, I reckon I left them in the ground a week or two too long. Joseph I cannot remember them splitting; 'senior moments' reign supreme at times. But you are right, there is an optimum time to pull them. Next year.

The bed is a wicking bed (surprise!) in full sun all day and the second year I've grown Garlic in a wicking bed. Just not the same physical bed. It was under…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 26, 2015 at 15:30 — 4 Comments

Avocado trees - pollination

Avocado trees only flower once a year. So when they flower and they usually have a lot of flowers, you want them to set fruit. As has been previously discussed they have an unusual method of pollinisation. The flowers are both male and female, but at different…


Added by Roger Clark on September 25, 2015 at 7:26 — 17 Comments

Of possums, water cress and rats. The update.

September update:

Dear diary:  Just over 2 months have passed since I first posted this blog.  Time for an update!

Pleased to announce that the Percy problem has been solved with no harm to her or myself. I've now removed all the damn skewers and wire from my garden beds with no further worries in that regard.

The great War of the Grey Rat Clan is continuing.  Greens are still vanishing from the aquaponics bed.  The bloody things have almost killed my…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 22, 2015 at 13:30 — 56 Comments

Excess harvests.

Hi everyone, 

I usually don't have much excess harvest.  What I sometimes do get, I have been known to be rather wasteful and either compost it or feed it to the chooks (go back to last years November blog and the peach debacle) because I've left it too long to do anything about.  But my beautiful Aunt, who I absolutely adore, is in to gardening and preserving local produce big time.  She's been through some really tough financial times (has now come through at the other end) and…


Added by Susan on September 20, 2015 at 19:43 — 4 Comments

The Garden in September

A quick overview of where the dirt is at...

Spuds a plenty in this mix.Staggered harvest.  Enough carrots to feed a horse.Wonderful beetroots. Coriander. Parsley. Tomatoes hither and yon. Zucchini of sorts. Warrigal Greens creeping…


Added by Dave Riley on September 20, 2015 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

A Little Update

Just to remind we Garlic growers that we're expecting some pix of your crops … Darren mentioned a few months ago that we should put together a report on how our Garlic fared this year.

Here's a not very clear pic of mine to-day … it's heading into decline and I'll be pulling it up within a week.

The plants are falling over and the bulbs are filling out and covered in a deep purple skin. Not so obvious in the photo ...…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 16, 2015 at 20:00 — 8 Comments

Indoor food growing - Dealing with pests and diseases

Growing your vegetables and herbs indoors can be very productive and enjoyable. Like any organic food growing, the tactics you apply can have a profound impact on your success.

Indoor food growing will protect your plants from larger animals, but not from insects. Indoor plants are likely to suffer from the lack of natural biological controls, that is, the predators that would keep plant insect pests in check in a more biologically complex outdoor…


Added by Peter Kearney on September 15, 2015 at 12:06 — 4 Comments

Early Spring Flowers and Colour

Inspired by Susan’s Spring blog I thought I’d post a few pictures of what some modest planting can do to brighten up your garden and importantly attract a few bees. This is one area I’ve neglected in the past so I am attempting to rectify it this year.

Marigolds are so easy to grow and need very little maintenance even in my dry hot garden…


Added by Phil on September 13, 2015 at 10:02 — 8 Comments

A burst of enforced silence....

My pc died tonight.  I'm not going to post much until it is fixed.  I have access by the phone but it is painful. 

Keep growing.  Don't worry, I can seek solace in my Kumquatcello.  LOL.  


Added by Andrew Cumberland on September 8, 2015 at 21:03 — 6 Comments

Spring is here!

Hi Everyone,

What is spring without flowers?  I always try to remember to plant ranunculi's as I absolutely love them.  Often what ends up happening is I will buy them and then put them in a draw and forget to plant them until beginning of spring.  This time, I remembered to get them in the ground mid winter and I'm now seeing flowers.  My lavender, that had you asked me 2 weeks ago if it was going to flower, I would have said "no chance", is now starting to bloom.  I want to take…


Added by Susan on September 8, 2015 at 20:00 — 8 Comments

Lemongrass Mulch Harvest and Weeds

As growing plants for mulch is such an important and ongoing chore for those of us who have the room and like to save money I thought I’d post this blog about my experiences this year with the harvest.

The East Indian Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) I have is an invader from the neighbouring property and together with Queensland Arrowroot (Canna indica), Leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala) and Singapore Daisy (Sphagneticola trilobata) have made their way into my garden and flourished.…


Added by Phil on September 5, 2015 at 14:40 — 22 Comments

Wicking pots

As we're going away in a few weeks, leaving the garden for my son to look after, I thought I'd have a go at making some of my fruit tree pots into wicking pots. First I got some cake carriers from the Reject Shop, cut and poked various holes in them, and…


Added by Barbara Tealby on September 3, 2015 at 21:19 — 13 Comments

First time for everything

Thought I'd try my hand at this blogging thing. My garden is always a work in progress - has been a straight ornamental garden, fitted in where the previous owners couldn't think of any landscaping features to add, with beds often filled with builders' rubble; then was a native garden, morphing into a habitat garden, then a basketball practice area, now is on the way to being a food garden, but with plenty of flowers, preferably perennials, not necessarily native.

Currently, there is…


Added by Barbara Tealby on September 1, 2015 at 12:33 — 11 Comments

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