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Heat wave - Damage Control!

This heat wave, plus empty water tank, has put great stress on my productive garden! We have been hand watering and mulching like mad, but today I noticed 2 of my little caulis have turned pink - the bigger ones seem to be coping. So some damage control measures had to be taken, and hubby was pressed into labour. In a few minutes, he erected a frame over the brassica bed, and threw an old shadecloth over it, stapled on and voila!

During the last… Continue

Added by Addy on August 26, 2009 at 16:38 — 6 Comments

Productive Weekend

Well, it's been an amazing weekend in the garden. Sorry I didn't make it to your visit Amanda - we ended up so busy in our garden and I had to make the most of my fiance's weekend off for the heavy labour part (he only get 1 in 3). Earlier in the week he borrowed the neighbour's rotary hoe and extended out the patch down the side of the house and dug me a whole new patch at the back of the house. We spent yesterday replanting some of our hedge and swapping some plants with bigger ones donated… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on August 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 2 Comments

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Added by Faith Thomas on August 13, 2009 at 14:05 — No Comments

As the storm rolled in

was out in the garden yesterday afternoon. The garlic chives were busting out of the little pot I had them in, so I repotted into a massive one. It is stressful for them to be repotted but we made it and now I have to water and nourish until it grows back up big again. The storm came in just as I was trying to top up the soil it was a nice afternoon.

Added by Jess Osborne on August 13, 2009 at 8:31 — 1 Comment

People's day = gardening day

What a lovely day for it. I hope the promised rain materialises later on.





I took all of the fittings off my pump and put plumbing tape on them, all the leaks are gone. I only lost a bit of water because the tank is almost empty - I've been waiting. Fingers crossed for a rainstorm.



I cut back most of the passionfruit vine along the fence, only leaving big strong vines and a couple of nodes on the side leaders for new shoots… Continue

Added by Scarlett on August 12, 2009 at 16:14 — 7 Comments

August preparations

Well, we had a busy day in the garden yesterday preparing the back bed for spring planting in a couple of weeks' time. The whole bed was covered in tomatoes bar a little patch I dug up and planted a few weeks ago. I picked off the ripe tomatoes as we went and ended up with half a 9 litre bucket! I put a thin layer of mulch down which will hopefully start to break down a little by over the next two weeks before I start planting. The patch looks so bare just covered in mulch, but it also looks… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on August 2, 2009 at 10:33 — 3 Comments

More work in the garden in July ~

The garden reno’s not progressing as much as I hope due to other less interesting but important commitments in life, I can only contribute a couple of hours a week on this project when the weather is good. Except for last weekend when I took a day off to move the 5 cubic metre DeCo I ordered, still some in the front though.



Two of the four veggie beds on the west side of the house are more accurately positioned parallel to the house, lined with black plastics on the inside, and… Continue

Added by Florence on July 30, 2009 at 22:22 — 7 Comments

Hidden treasure of the seed

There are many hidden treasures in a food garden. For me, one of the doorways to finding them is through contemplation, sitting time with no physical garden activity.



Contemplation time is important for building a relationship to your garden sanctuary. You get to observe in slow way and appreciate the diverse beauty evolving each day.



There is an energetic transfer between all living things in the garden during this time of contemplation. The plants respond to this energy… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on July 19, 2009 at 7:12 — 3 Comments

This time some photos

Subtropical edible shade garden down the south-east side of the house



Bananas, pawpaws, turmeric, ginger, galangal, coffee, passionfruit. My baby taro died - need to try again.





Big tall ladyfingers- the others are all dwarf bananas







Growing potatoes



New potato trench under the clothesline…



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Added by Scarlett on July 17, 2009 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Still harvesting Autumn crops

Reading others' blogs and posts made me feel really slack! Apart from maintenance, I haven't put in new seedlings or seeds (excepting beans) - but am still enjoying the fruits of my previous labours! The heaviest croppers are tomatoes:

I harvest this amount every 2 or 3 days! The vines are starting to look a bit naked as my dad picks all the dead leaves off, but still bearing well.

I intend to leave 3 plants… Continue

Added by Addy on July 15, 2009 at 15:07 — 4 Comments

Lots of activity

I'll have to add photos later - for now I am only words



I pulled out our pumpkins because I want the space they had consumed. The vines have filled our compost bin. The banana pawpaw circle is groaning with banana stems plus the dead wattle tree from out the front, so it's no use for the moment.



I would like to have left the pumpkins in (soon this infernal cold will pass and they would have 'gone off', they have so many babies attempting to set all the time).



I… Continue

Added by Scarlett on July 12, 2009 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Koalas existence is threatened in S.E. Qld - info and petition

Maybe not exactly garden-related but many of us will be keen conservationists.



Received a note from the Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association http://www.biepa.org via the CREEC mailing list. CREEC is Caboolture Regional Environmental Education Centre at Burpengary http://www.creec.org.au/.



The Redlands Council is concerned about the rate of tree-clearing in their area and the consequent threat to Koalas. The website… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 29, 2009 at 14:19 — 1 Comment

Quick one from me

I've taken the Backyarders group down. The backyarders forum was basically duplicating the general forum which seemed unecessarily confusing.People were having trouble finding discussions too, and the search functions on the general forum are much better. So Donna and I copied them over - but now all the links to the people who actually posted the comments are gone. Sorry about that.





I've put my tomato bags back on - I'm not getting… Continue

Added by Scarlett on June 24, 2009 at 20:55 — 4 Comments

Garden renovation in progress

Have noticed that I’ve managed to post one blog each month in the past few months :) Yay~ Well, it’s time for another ~

I haven’t really got anything going at the moment growing wise, as anything that I’ve planted were either destroyed by the chooks, drown in the heavy rain, or stunned by the cold weather. Oh well ~

On the up side, we’ve been getting eggs, and occasionally paw paws and passionfruit! My mum reckons a couple of the largish paw paws have disappeared while still green… I… Continue

Added by Florence on June 20, 2009 at 21:43 — 6 Comments

Lots of seedlings from the rain

It's been the wettest May on record apparently, or something like that.



Heaps of seeds have germinated, which is a good thing because the grasshoppers are really giving my seedlings a hard time.



The dill is finally up.





The celery is going well - I feel confident it will make it to full size now - once the seedlings start to fill out like this I stop crossing my fingers so hard.…



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Added by Scarlett on June 3, 2009 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

A busy weekend

Lots of garden activity for us this weekend.





I've bought a guava, a mandarin, two tropical pears (to be pruned small and to increase fruit set), and a persimmon, mostly on impulse. It's funny I used to plan other people's gardens for a living and can't bear to plan my own ;)





So we're rearranging this side of the yard. I'll underplant with pit pit, comfrey, nasturtiums, sweet… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 24, 2009 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Autumn harvest

The wired frame for my tomato plants collapsed today and had to be rebuilt. Too much weight - loaded with tomatoes! As usual, I've been too greedy and not spaced out the seedlings properly.

The experimental upside-down tomato plant is also fruiting, but not as well as the ones in the ground. Under the tomato basket, I've lined a trench with comfrey leaves and will put in a few potatoes.…

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Added by Addy on May 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 13 Comments

Hello little pumpkin

Ooh how exciting - we have our first dear little potkin. I think it's a Red Leicester. I think it came from Green Harvest (via my friend Jen). Unfortunately it's not going to be any good for seed saving as I have about 5 varieties all flowering in the garden at the same time. Sorry.





I'm very pleased with this variety though as there are lots coming and it's a very good size for adding to family meals without having to base the whole… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 17, 2009 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Getting into the rhythm of things

It looks like I might finally be getting the hang of this gardening thing. I've been consciously trying to plant something every week and keeping a planting diary and it's paying off. Soon I will have a continuous carrot supply to go with the beans which are still producing slowly which is great! They taste soooo much better than the ones from the shops. I've just harvested another two pumpkins off the vine and it looks as if there are more on the way, provided they don't get trimmed any more… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on May 16, 2009 at 11:22 — 3 Comments

Our first egg!!!

Our chooks have finally laid their first egg!!!



We’ve got 4 chooks raised from chicks, two are Leghorns, one Australorp, and one Araucana. The Leghorns and the Australorp are about 25 to 26 weeks old, and the Araucana’s 23 weeks. We’ve been eagerly checking for eggs since 6 weeks ago!!



Ingham, Pen Pen, Freya, Marshmallow

We suspect the layer is the bigger leghorn, Ingham. She’s been pacing in and out of the coop and jumping up and down into the sleeping and nesting… Continue

Added by Florence on May 14, 2009 at 21:56 — 4 Comments

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