My latest batch of quail is my most successful yet. Set 140ish eggs. After 14 days they were candled and only 7 were discarded as unfertile, another 7 or so looked suspicious but couldnt be certain. Day 18 saw a large hatch of 65. With another 20 hatch on day 19. Then the next 3 days saw another 20 stragglers. This is symptomatic of a cheap incubator as temperature varies throughout chamber so rates of development differ. In the first week had only 5 fatalities(which is pretty good these…Continue
Essentially my soup making works to a template.
I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…Continue
Well, winter is done. It has been far to warm lately to be classed as winter - I wore shorts today for goodness state. I had a nice little play in the garden planting out my brassica's, sunflower seeds and 16 chamomile plants that I got ages ago in 1 punnet - separated them out, potted them up and babied them for a while and now they are in the ground. I also potted up my celery and will do some new seeds of various things tonight. Another job on my to-do-list is…Continue
I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.
When is a good time to place netting over my nectarine tree to stop those pesky fruit flies from destroying the fruit.
Dozens of US states have reported mysterious seeds showing up in packages from China and are warning citizens not to plant them because they could be an invasive species.
After my success in growing the Juiciest Tomato at our recent Christmas in July event I thought I would share with everyone what I do to grow this most useful of vegetables, which is really a fruit.
There are more varieties of tomato than any other type of vegetable or fruit. They range in size from ones as small as a currant to whoppers weighing 1 kilo each (Brandywine). We all know how tasty and easy to grow the small cherry tomatoes are, they come up by themselves out of the compost,…
Alright, so I’m going to preface this blog post by saying it is an outright brag - directed completely at Roger. He and I are obviously quite competitive and I copped it today at the garden visit. Yep, that’s right, I went home with tears in my eyes about all the wasted broccoli, the beautiful kohl rabbi, the gorgeous cabbages and the pumpkins, just left Willy nilly where they lay with little care from Roger at all. I whispered quietly to them that they wouldn’t have to fend for…Continue
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Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…Continue
The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.
Hi everyone, thought I'd share some recent homesteading wins. Below left is the biggest harvest I've ever had, so gratifying - 2.5kg passionfruit, 1.5kg tumeric, the runt of the pumpkin patch, 2kg clementines, lebanese eggplant, mini capsicums, cherry tomatoes, four types of lettuce, rocket, blood-veined sorrel, kale and some mac nuts + flowers. …Continue
I am looking at getting a dwarf peach tree and was wondering which is the best variety for Brisbane area and since it is not that cold here will it bear fruit, any advice would be helpful and possibily the name of a good source.
Thanks everybody for all your assistance most helpful.
I was saving the seeds of my reliable little Green Mignonette lettuce, and when I had a small bag full, I threw the rest of the stalks under the peach tree. They ALL came up. If anyone would like some seedlings, let me know. They'll probably be OK for a few days, so if you're in the neighbourhood (McDowall) you are very welcome to come and get a few.
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Hi guys, check out my latest garden antics.
I learned this afternoon that Elaine passed away on 26 May 2020. She was cremated on 5 June. I believe she would have been 78.
Long time members will know that Elaine's health had suffered recently as a result of diabetes. Her heart had been damaged and finally gave out.
There is to be a memorial service at Great Northern Gardens at Deception Bay in 6 - 8 weeks. I asked to be advised when the date was set.
The site has been much quieter since she got ill and…Continue
When all my fruit trees finally produce an abundance of fruit, I will have a way to save and store harvests. With my many Ball-mason jars and even my old vacola bottles, will have some use.
This AMERICAN cooker is 30 quart or 28.5 litre pressure canner will more than suffice. I also purchased a Secure Grip lid lifter: Premium Bottle tongs. …Continue
I've just harvested ginger and will be drying and grinding some. Also, there is a lot of turmeric dried, but not processed left over from last year. Having spent the last half hour achieving four teaspoons of ground turmeric with my mortar and pestle, I'm keen to find a better (MUCH BETTER) way to do the job.
Does anyone have a spare coffee/spice grinder, or are there any hints on what would be the best one to buy?
Been running around like a headless chook for the last week and a bit trying to get jobs done in the garden. On the weekend went and visited a fellow stfc member and took some date palm pups from his palms. Got a male and female medjool, a bisexual medjool and a bisexual honey barjee.
I've mentioned before that my house is on a steep hill, and that I've terraced up part of the unused too-steep area as a food forest, which has been working very well. All the trees I put in have established nicely, although it’s looking a bit bare again now that the pumpkin vines have died down and I’ve given the young trees another trim to promote…Continue