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First Post as a New Member

Hi Everyone

Just joined, looks a great site to be involved in, hope I can contribute some worth while stuff that others might get something out of.

For my first foray into the site I thought I would post a pic of the latest addition to my garden, top bar…

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Added by Ron Hyde on November 27, 2020 at 8:34 — 1 Comment

To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 22, 2020 at 20:35 — 8 Comments

Getting into quails

Having dipped my toes in the quail waters (thanks, Andy) - I am considering going a bit further and getting an incubator to hatch a few replacements for my old girls. Does anyone have any hints about the best small incubator to get, and where to get one?

I'm not planning to get into major production any time soon, and am yet to slaughter any birds - probably won't do away with any of the four I've got, as they all have names.... It has been pointed out to me that perhaps it would be better… Continue

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 11, 2020 at 8:03 — 12 Comments

November 2020

Hi all, 

Well, the season has been kind.  Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago.  Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.  

The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks.  She just…

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Added by Susan on November 9, 2020 at 19:56 — 8 Comments

My garden of earthly delights.

My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.

White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Weevils - junior/ young adult near future fiction

Hi folks! Long time no visit for me! (I started this site up many moons ago).

I'm still living in country Victoria - hence the absence.

I've dropped by because I've written a book which I thought might interest the people on here.

It's a junior/ young adult fiction near future science fiction adventure story.

It's set in a world with 3 degrees of warming, where fossil fuels are no longer available, and 7 corporations have basically taken…

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Added by Scarlett on October 23, 2020 at 13:31 — 8 Comments

Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.

I invested energy  in drag and drop today. Did 2 beds in double quick time.

Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.

I'd been…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 15, 2020 at 23:00 — 7 Comments

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

Progress at the farm

Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still another trip down will be needed to put on the finishing touches.

I got here after they had been working for 2 days.  They had already put up shed Frame and were in the middle of setting posts for awning. …

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Added by Susan on September 24, 2020 at 19:00 — 8 Comments

Potato harvest: part 1

First batch of potatoes are out of the ground! My youngest was very excited to help me hunt for treasure—we got 1.7kg, perhaps 4:1, which is not brilliant, but they’re lovely big tubers grown from a grocery store potato gone mad…

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Added by Lily on September 13, 2020 at 21:16 — 2 Comments

September and I'm #cottagecore

Hi All,

What a glorious start to spring - my garden is producing lots and is very beautiful at the moment.  My daughter had friends over 2 weeks ago and while my children never really appreciate my garden, her friends loved it.  Apparently it is #cottagecore - that's a thing that is cool :).  They were out feeding the chickens, chilling on the back balcony looking out over the garden and even wanted a garden tour from her.  I laughed when she told me cause I was like "so when…

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Added by Susan on September 5, 2020 at 18:58 — 8 Comments

The Kitchen Garden Comestibles

Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 5, 2020 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

Grafted Dwarf Avocado trees

I have 2 grafted avo trees in large pots, there is shoots sprouting below  where they were grafted, do I pull those shoots off or just leave them alone, I vaguely remember the bloke at the nursery saying to pull them off to stop them from growing to big.  Any advice.

Added by Ross Carter on September 1, 2020 at 16:58 — 2 Comments

Quail tower

Finished new cage and has 98 birds in it. They look happy snuggling into the bedding and sandbathing.

Spent the morning fine tuning the feeders.

The tower.

The inside that qual poke heads into.…

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Added by Doug Hanning on August 30, 2020 at 11:34 — No Comments

Tiny farm tales... August 2020

Little pots, be gone!  Inspired by Doug’s huge grow bags, I bought ten x 100l bags.  They are very good quality and at around $12 a piece, you can’t go wrong.  I got them here and I think Doug uses the same supplier:  https://planterbags.com.au/   I’m also surprised that I can still slide the bags around to move them even when fully planted. 

Most of our north side plants that were in dinky pots have now been moved into the grow bags.  I think…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 29, 2020 at 21:00 — 4 Comments

Small glass jars

HELP!  Does anyone have any small (200-250ml) glass jars with pop-top lids that they can spare? I guess many people use all of these they can get their hands on, but maybe there's somebody out there who doesn't do preserving. My Roma tomatoes have delivered a bumper crop this year, and I've used all of my fairly small supply. I have plenty of the 500ml size, but I find the smaller size best for tomato puree. It doesn't matter if the lids are no good or missing, as I have new lids anyway. I…

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Added by Barbara Tealby on August 28, 2020 at 8:35 — 3 Comments

Looking like a productive summer.

Took some photos of some flowering fruit trees yesterday. Also have partially built a new growout quail cage with bedding and auto water cups. Grimal jabotacaba flowering.

Hicks mulberry…

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Added by Doug Hanning on August 25, 2020 at 17:34 — 8 Comments

Avocado trees

Hello Ross, I have a Pinkerton Avo in a pot and they (like a lot of other trees) seem to shed their old leaves just before or as they put out new leaves. Mine at the moment is starting to put out new leaves and flowers. I wouldn't worry about what is happening to the old leaves as long as the tree sends out new leaves soon. I water mine deeply once a week at this time of year and about twice a  week in the warmer months. Last year I got 3 avos which were great. I hope that this increases as…

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Added by Roger Clark on August 18, 2020 at 16:28 — 1 Comment

Pinkerton Dwarf Avo tree

Hi there,

Everyone has been so helpful in my other posts, I am after help again, my Pinkerton dwarf avo tree, there is something going on with the leaves. I have attached 2 photo's just wondering if I am over watering it or is there another problem or is this normal at this time of year.…

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Added by Ross Carter on August 17, 2020 at 16:07 — 2 Comments

Cherry Tree

Hi  all,

Just wondering if Brisbane South  is a good enough location to grow a cherry tree, will it be cold enough for it to get plenty of fruit, just wondering if anyone have any success.

cheers 

Added by Ross Carter on August 16, 2020 at 12:01 — 6 Comments

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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