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September 2016 Blog Posts (12)


has any one had success with Bokashi and if so where did you get the starter from ? is it worth all the trouble - we have good compost heaps and worm farms so the only advantage i can see is being able to use citrus and protein sources .  did anyone make their own tapped buckets and if so where did you get the specifications from ?

Added by Mary-Ann Baker on September 30, 2016 at 11:05 — 7 Comments

Sep 2016 Garden

September already...!!!??

Got my first order from Daleys, I feel part of the club! Couldn't get over how carefully packed the plants were (sooooo much better than Garden Express) You can tell there is love in the company. Here I think is a Kaffir Lime, Florda Peach and Canistel :) so far have put in 65L wicking pots. Haven't decided on locations for planting but…


Added by Sophie on September 29, 2016 at 13:00 — 19 Comments

Return from holidays and dead things in my garden

Hi Y'all. 

Well I've been away from the garden for 2 weeks now.  Went to Melbourne for the first week -> froze my butt off in 7 degree weather, came home for less than 12 hrs (ran around the garden and tried to get as much done as I could in the 2 hrs in  the morning before I had to leave again) and then was off to Mackay for another week, leaving my garden in the (not so) tender loving care of my husband.  If you look back on past blogs, this is a mistake I just keep on…


Added by Susan on September 29, 2016 at 11:30 — 8 Comments


Verge gardens have been given the ok finally by the Brisbane City Council - a great deal of the credit must go to Jerry Coleby-Williams for years of effort to achieve this.

Problem is I live in the Moreton Shire, where verge gardens are still frowned on. Never mind. I still have a verge garden and it gives me and passersby pleasure. It's coming along nicely with…


Added by Lissa on September 28, 2016 at 5:00 — 13 Comments

aquaponics dream

this would be my dream set up - ! Anyone had any success in DIY aquaponics systems -with any of these elements 

1. barramundi fish 

2. submerging plant roots into the water   

3. solar powered recycle pumps 

surely as nitrogenous waste is heavier than water submerging root in the top layer is not a efficient as recylcing waste from the bottom ?…


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on September 26, 2016 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

Spring in The Gap

It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.…


Added by Valerie on September 25, 2016 at 18:38 — 4 Comments

First flowers on my YUZU

I was delighted this morning to find my first flowers on the Yuzu - citrus junos.…


Added by Dianne Caswell on September 24, 2016 at 9:42 — 4 Comments

September: verdant -- Greening it up

Greening it Continue

Added by Dave Riley on September 14, 2016 at 15:14 — 11 Comments

Garlic 2016

Continuing to use Morayfield Magic, originally from Malta but grown locally for many years. It's a softneck variety with good flavour and keeps sound for around 9 months from harvest.

Planted the cloves on 21st April. Twenty-four down, 23 harvested on 10th September 2016. Two were very slow to sprout and produced only very small bulbs.

They are planted in full sun, alternating between two wicking beds. This time I allowed the 'weeds' to be the 'volunteer cover crop'.…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 12, 2016 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Beautiful day in the garden and it's marking time again

Procrastination is my friend.  I seem to get most productive in the garden at marking time.  Suddenly, all of my less favorite things to do in the garden suddenly seem so interesting...

I finally got round to building another "extended" garden bed.  Since Valerie posted about BCC now legal to plant footpaths, I am a bit less  hesitant.  Let's be honest, I wasn't hesitant at all really :)  This is down the south side of the house and is fully shaded in winter but will be full sun in…


Added by Susan on September 4, 2016 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

Lacto-Fermenting DIY

Since I haven't explained this DIY before, this is the rig I use to ferment vegetables. Now on display for the very first time.

  1. EasiYo Yogurt Maker: cheap and readily available flasks from Op shops(cheap) and supermarkets. I reckon they make great crocks.
  2. Pack in your prepped vegetables and ram them down to encourage sweating.
  3. Covered the…

Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2016 at 11:30 — 23 Comments

A Great Time to be Alive

Everything is flowering and the Bees are gathering Nectar. The Mango is heavily laden with flower, The Brazilian Cherry has just finished and is now setting its fruit The Mulberry has grown new leaves and is covered with flowers ( immature fruit ) and the Macadamia is going to look like it's covered in snow.…


Added by James Rosenlund on September 1, 2016 at 15:47 — 28 Comments

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