It's been a while since I blogged... but my backyard has been a hit-and-miss affair this year, and has looked so disorganised and untidy... witness my tomato jungle:
A few things I planted in winter have kept us going - snowpeas, lazy housewife beans, broccoli, lettuce, Chinese greens, mustard greens...…
Added by Addy on September 14, 2010 at 20:26 —
OK, big news here. I am no longer going to be a Brisbane local!
My family and I are moving to country Victoria - doing the big sea/tree change thing. We are both from Melbourne originally and our parents are getting older etc, so we figured we better do it. We'll be gone by the end of the year I think. We're selling our house, should put it on the market in the next week or so I hope.
So we've had to make it more normal friendly! Isn't that terrible? So now it… Continue
Added by Scarlett on September 13, 2010 at 16:30 —
Well, university is great for procrastinating in the garden. I have pottered around in the vegie patch more in the last few weeks than I have in the entire year. Today I planted out my broccoli seedlings and planted some more seeds for probably the final crop. The beetroot came up so I thinned out those and planted more carrots. My tomatos are just about at the end of their fruiting life after about 10 wks of bountiful… Continue
Added by Susan on September 11, 2010 at 21:30 —
A way of training tomatoes for best fruit production - an adaption of the system used in commercial greenhouses.
I figured that the commercial growers would have worked out the best way to get maximum benefit from their investment so their system bore looking at and adapting.
What they do is instal inside the roof of the greenhouse, a suspension system to enable the Tomato plant to continue to grow, to be supported and the crop to be easily picked. There is a string from a… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 10, 2010 at 14:30 —
I just got my first Food Connect boxes and made myself the best meal I've had in my life. I gutsed two LARGE plates of the following, mostly standing at the kitchen bench!
My dinner was a handful of large, crispy lettuce leaves, hand-shredded, combined with thinly-sliced brown onion, green capsicum, slivers of beautiful, earthy radish, chunked, aromatic Roma tomato, zesty shallots, croutons of crispy bacon strips and large chunks of buttery, earthy mushrooms, sauteed in the bacon's own… Continue
Added by Daniel on September 7, 2010 at 17:48 —
I'm still alive! I've been working like crazy teaching 9 classes per week, mostly postgraduate students, at work. Haven't had time to do anything at all in the garden, but....
I have finally ordered my Food Connect boxes! A medium vegetable and a single fruit. Woohoo! I pick up the first one on Tuesday.
I'm also doing a martial arts class now, have committed myself to eating good, healthy, local food by turning it into excellent recipes... and hopefully my health will increase… Continue
Added by Daniel on September 5, 2010 at 0:24 —
On my 50th birthday, I amused myself by making, for the first time ever, some pickles, sauces and chutneys. At that time, grafted tomatoes were all the rage and one plant produced a great excess of fruit. I found myself with 15 kilos of green tomatoes, a new book [the Women's Weekly Book of Preserves], a lot of sugar, onions, vinegar, jars. My companion was a Border Collie named Meg, a delightful personality but not a scintillating conversationalist.
Whether this book or something… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on August 26, 2010 at 22:14 —
We're starting to get rain and warm days here and there in August. I have recorded 64 mm from the downpour on the 10th and my water tank have gone from 1/5 full to overflowing!!
Most of the petals from the peach trees were beat down by the rain, but the leaves have already started growing…
Added by Florence on August 22, 2010 at 12:43 —
There's 'a million' blogs out there, just now and then I find one which is outstanding. The 'Happy Earthers' are a young couple who turned a suburban desert into a food forest on steroids. What sets this blog apart from the others is that it is detailed and well illustrated with some superb photos. Their place is in Wollongong, a fairly equable climate for a temperate region and it's not what they grow but the few plants they don't grow! It's great to see young people getting right into the… Continue
Added by Elaine de Saxe on August 20, 2010 at 9:30 —
Bob's bean in the whitehouse.
Garden goes ahead in leaps & bounds, lovely weather to be gardening. My whitehouse plantings are really doing well, beans just flowering with no sign of bean fly, they are really healthy, I think the covering is keeping them warmer at night, temps down to 8C, but have not installed a thermometer. Broccoli also… Continue
Added by Jane on August 8, 2010 at 16:49 —
Just a quick note to say I'm still alive and still itching to get back here and provide some updates. I've just been very busy with the start of the semester (I teach at a university) and I've had 8 classes in the last couple of days. Now I've got a day off, I'm a bit under the weather.
Since my last post, I've decided to get some machinery in to do my back yard. The clay in the garden isn't so bad since I decided to build a raised no dig garden, but the big clay lumps in half of the… Continue
Added by Daniel on August 5, 2010 at 13:55 —
Ok, so I've put in the elevated garden beds - 3x 4Mx1Mx60cm. The idea of these being that they will be easier to garden as I get older and find it harder to bend over, the soil inside will end up deep and rich and the dogs can't get in! I'm very happy with the beds I bought from KISS Products and will put in a matching rainwater tank as soon as $ allows.
The beds were delivered around the beginning of December 09. I asked quite a few people… Continue
Added by Lissa on July 31, 2010 at 6:30 —
I thought that digging a swale near the macadamia would create a healthier tree. More water, more flowers, more growth - It did!
I thought that building the soil microbes with compost and humus would create a healthier tree - It did. And both of these measures saw a massive growth in the tree.
I thought that my hive of native bees would help to pollinate the flowers so we had more fruit. - It did but not enough.
The result, a huge tree in a small garden that shed shade across the… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on July 30, 2010 at 12:22 —
Applying permaculture principles to the suburban sized block is possible and even fun.
Do you need some help or inspiration to get your suburban patch of permaculture and organic productive garden started or stimulate it to flourish?
Come along to the suburban permaculture workshops starting Saturday 31 July. Small group, different locations and plenty of good, sensible yet creative ways to have a permaculture oasis at your place.
Happy to have a chat and tell you more… Continue
Added by Linda Brennan on July 27, 2010 at 18:04 —
I rather liked our old fence. It was really rustic looking and had timbers that reminded me of my grans place in Eltham Victoria- ancient as ever, a bit of intrigue and rough around the edges, yet still celebrating the life of a tree.…
Added by Linda Brennan on July 27, 2010 at 16:54 —
I was inspired by vanessa and finally dug through my worm farm and salvaged the stupid ones who wouldn't go into the new layer. I planted some cherry tomato, cucumber, golden nugget pumpkin, peas and spring onion seeds. Fixed my weeper hose so that its ready for summer when I can't keep up with hand watering anymore. Dug in the worm compost around my capsicum and eggplant seedlings, multigraft citrus (see I told you I was gonna take better care of it !!) and around my broccoli seedlings and… Continue
Added by Susan on July 19, 2010 at 20:27 —
Ok, I just went nuts cutting-and-pasting from the DIgger's catalogue. I know this massive list might be over-the-top, and some stuff might not be possible, but it's a list of stuff I like from the catalogue. I'll do more research about the suitability to our climate, my soil type, etc., but it's a starting point. I'll use it as a bit of a menu to choose from when planning what to plant/buy in the coming year... or at least until the Spring catalogue comes out in August! Comments always welcome… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 22:25 —
Well, I found some wood today for the raised bed. It should end up about 9m long, 1m wide and 30cm high. I think I am going to bite the bullet and get a bobcat to dig the clay out of the whole yard, and I'll get some fruit trees in as well. So much work to do.
Around my sole garden bed, I'll leave a 1 metre gap and then put up a chicken wire fence to keep out the beagle and the rottie. I'll use star pickets as the posts, and thread some heavy gauge wire between them to hold up the… Continue
Added by Daniel on July 17, 2010 at 16:46 —
Hope everyone enjoys the pics of my garden.. I love it most of the time but best of all when I've weeded everything and its all neat and tidy an has beautiful rows of stuff planted everywhere.
This is my first 2 paths. I've still got to put one more in on the right of this picture but my tomatos are too close to the edge and I'm not willing to sacrifice them at the moment. I've also got to put a front edge to each of them and them my kids should have no excuse for stepping on… Continue
Added by Susan on July 17, 2010 at 13:35 —
I am a keen but amateur gardener living in south Brisbane. I was looking for some gardening blogs from people in Brisbane to keep me motivated and came across this site. I think its wonderful and will have some photo's of my latest project coming soon but basically I am trying to put in some garden edges to my vege patch as I am sick of my 9, 7 and 2 year old going into mummy's garden to chase bugs but never staying on the paths and crushing all my poor little… Continue
Added by Susan on July 14, 2010 at 19:42 —