What a glorious day and a glorious garden we had a visit in today. Steve and Ann's garden is magical - approximately 1/4 of an acre (I'm guessing here - it could be larger) of beautifully maintained gardens with edibles dispersed through the ornamentals, lovely large verandah to sit an chat on and a quiet setting down near the Brisbane river. This first photo shoes the lovely verandah…Continue
A walk around the happenings in the garden is to experience a lot of up and down.
There are a lot of plants hanging about. Hangers on -- attaching themselves to on-hand climbing or clambering things.
Nowadays every new seedling I plant is marked with a stick.
It a dog defence.…Continue
25 degrees today People! This is not winter weather, today was glorious. Sure, there was a little bit of a nip in the air but you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.
I went outside and did my big weekly harvest. I always do a midweek small harvest but collect a lot on the weekend (I had today off so it was my "weekend" :). Currently have a big pot of tomato sauce in the thermomix cooking up for the week. It manages to use up all the little capsicums, a good chunk of…Continue
The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...
Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.
Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.
Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left…Continue
I've had a wonderful weekend catching up with people and talking about gardens - 2 of my favorite things. My friend has moved back from Sydney and I dragged her to the Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair where I picked up blue hippeastrum, peach ground orchid and a japanese mountain raspberry "Rubus corchorifolius".Continue
These are the best days in the year for gardening, the best time to live in Brisbane in my opinion. Less pests and less sweat but the dense winter shade is the main challenge I face in this garden built around a two storey house with trees also blocking the low winter sun in the northeast. I have to plant in different beds just to get enough sunshine.
This month I will start in the front garden so that I can show off the tall tutuers that my son, Wil, made me. I wanted something…Continue
It's messy and jungle-like and green merges into green so that it is always hard to distinguish the species of plants one from t'other.
But I've tried...
Captured en route to…Continue
With the weather now much more bearable, it is becoming a real pleasure to get out in the garden and come out of summer hibernation. A holiday in Tasmania in late summer saw us enjoy a few weeks of much cooler weather, but on return, it had obviously rained quite a bit while we were away and the rampant growth everywhere has/is taking a lot of work to get under control again.
The weedy TRAD has grown like Topsy and covers a lot of ground. It will take all of the cooler months to clear…Continue
My children call me a stalker. Is it wrong that I got a little bit star struck today when the great man himself was there in his garden and I got to speak to him, if only for a minute. That makes us "mates" right? :)
I got there at 9.10, by the time I left at 10 am, the crowds had built up. This path runs along the width of the house and has paths leading the way around his garden.…Continue
Don't you just love long weekends? That extra day makes all the difference. Saturdays get used for housework,shopping and cleaning, Sunday we had a family day and I got out there in the afternoon and watered everything so I could start in the garden with what I wanted to do. I really need to go part time at work. Four days per week would be perfect, but you know... Money.
I needed to get quite a lot done. I had to respray all the citrus with lime…Continue
Herein is an exposé of the underlying principles that my good self have concocted within the juicy confines of my fertile brain.
The Story So Far
My old garden was…Continue
With the amazing season of rain we've had (plus several weeks of full time work) I've been finding it hard to keep up outside. The growth is rampant! My tanks are full and I've had little call to use them. …Continue
Our Permaculture Life: Morag Gamble
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Is no-dig gardening an appealing idea for you, but you want to find out more? Register for my next free online Masterclass, 7 Tips for Making a No-Dig Garden. I will go live to air on Monday 30 April at 8pm (AEST) for about 45 mins with lots of practical tips based on 25 years of successful experimenting - it's the way I always make my gardens and one of my favourite topics! There's a chance to ask questions too.…
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Here are some photos of how the garden is looking at the moment.
Dianne's first day in the garden. Not a very flattering photos. But this is me after 8 weeks in hospital.Continue
Well, you have all heard me lament about my lack of space and the fact that I have run out of room on my tiny 560 square meter block of land. Don't get me wrong, I pack a lot in but I have to be very strategic with my plantings and I'm now at the stage that if I want to plant anything new, I must first rip something out. Case in point, my large apple tree was removed 3 weekends ago because I want more flowers, a pond and a rose garden. Here is the progress on…Continue
Tromboncinos: an Italian heirloom zucchini originally from Liguria.
If you have space, 'tis an essential grow.
Since I'm renovating outback I had to cut down a couple of these vines, thus the contents of these bowls.
I did it early as they were yet to seriously fruit and ripen.
In play is a recipe for…Continue
It was the most amazing day for a visit to Daley's. I managed to drag my butt out of bed at 5:15 and was on the road by 5:45 to start the journey. Google maps told me it would be 2hrs and 15 min via lions road. "Perfect" I thought. Macca's stop for coffee, toilet break when I'm almost there because of said coffee and I would still arrive at 9 am (You read that correctly and I can add up -Stupid daylight savings time). Plenty of time for me to stop in Kyogle and grab something to eat and…Continue
Now I was born in the Chinese Year of the Rat but that doesn't mean I want them. However, the rats have decided to make our place their home leaving their calling cards all over the place. I have asked them politely to pack their bags and go. The have refused and their numbers are growing. The last straw was them invading my workshop. They have to go.
I do have an English Toy Terrier called Bucky. They have a reputation of the supreme rat killing machine.
The English Toy…Continue
What a glorious weekend. I got there at 8am and had a lovely wander around while it was not crowded. Of course, I had to stop at Grandma’s cottage garden where I picked up 3 more (small) salvias - Denver, jitterbug, cupie doll and a dwarf Shantae daisy to go in the front garden that I just cleaned up
I also bought a whole bunch of seeds from Erica vale seeds…Continue
I've managed to get in 7 hours of good gardening last weekend and feel like I've achieved a lot. Vegie wise, I planted out into seedling punnets some broccoli, beetroot, lettuce and spinach. Direct sowed some bush beans and dwarf peas. I lost all but 2 of the beetroots I planted 2 weeks ago - I need to learn my lesson and just not buy them as seedlings. I never have any luck with those but when I make my own seedlings to transplant, I never have a drama???…Continue