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Methinks I have discovered a new way to garden (for me): meadow mowing

I just got myself a seriously active brushcutter so I went outback and...

What I may seem to have here is a tabula rasa --  a blank slate-- but you would be mistaken.

What I have here are 'x' number of beds mulched with Vetiver and edged by Vetiver hedges. Maybe you can't see them because they too were cut short.…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 8, 2020 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Lovely start to Autumn





Hi everyone, I have been ramping everything up in the garden trying to get some early harvests.  I just…

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Added by Susan on March 8, 2020 at 20:30 — 5 Comments

Some reflections on the US Prepper community and what we could apply

Thought would be interesting to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on people's buying habits and panic of "running out" in terms of our local food sources. In particular, was thinking of the lady on the recent 7.30pm Report, who has been essentially hoarding essentials for a little while. When they showed her talking about having packets of seeds in case our food system really got impacted by the virus, it really struck me how far removed our society has become from growing and raising…

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Added by Sophie on March 6, 2020 at 16:41 — 17 Comments

This week in the Garden

Been a busy week trying to keep up with garden chores. The 60 quail are 5 weeks old and getting big, started building a brooder to keep in my garage.

Picking starfruits and acerolas.…

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Added by Doug Hanning on March 5, 2020 at 21:32 — 15 Comments

Quail munching on moringa

Quail have doubled size in a week and discovered they like moringa! Thats a win as it might save a little fees.

Added by Doug Hanning on February 23, 2020 at 16:13 — 6 Comments

Solved the problem of not being able to add photos’s - maybe I’ll blog more often



Hi guys, I went to Valerie’s garden visit today and boy I’m glad I did cause Andy was there and we finally worked out the problem of not being able to add photos from my phone.  The trick is DO NOT use the “add photos by mobile phone or email button”. Just treat your phone like a computer and select the files using “browse my computer”.  

So here are some…

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Added by Susan on February 23, 2020 at 12:30 — 8 Comments

Quail have arrived

  1. Had 60 two week old quail turn up today to join the chooks and ducks in the new vermin proof pen. 

Added by Doug Hanning on February 13, 2020 at 11:28 — 5 Comments

Am I a Lazy or a smart gardener?

My wife was talking to one of the ladies that come here Wednesdays.

She said to her, "Your husband is over weight. Is that why your garden is so overgrown and messy?'

While a bit rude, this crude perspective  rules the neatness obsessed.

My garden is overgrown because I want it that way. What…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 — 7 Comments

How things can change in a few years

Made it to my first GV on the weekend, thanks all for being so welcoming.

Two and a half years ago I joined BLF and I was just looking back at some old pictures, wow how things have changed.  Last year till now I picked phalsa, blueberries,grumichamas,black jabotacabas,black sapote,acerola,guavas,peanutbutter fruit,mangos, lychees,longans, wampies,papaya, red and black mulberries, starfruit,miracle fruit,figs,dwarf amberrellas,ice cream beans, yellow jabotacabas, muscadines,…

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Added by Doug Hanning on February 11, 2020 at 17:12 — 20 Comments

The Rain - What is everyone planting now.

Hasn't this rain been wonderful. It has made a tremendous difference to our place. Where all the Grass had died we now have Green & everything else has come back from being drought stressed. My Figs are so happy we even have babies on one tree for the first time.

I have been very quiet on the Blog front, almost 2 years quiet, due to not wanting and not being allowed (OT Rules) in the Veg Patch until my garden path had been replaced (due to bulging tree roots), and I have been…

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Added by Dianne Caswell on February 11, 2020 at 9:30 — No Comments

Wanted Grafting, Air-layering, Marcotting, Pegging Enthusiast - For GV's

Would there be any of our members who are Grafting, Air-layering, Marcotting, Pegging Enthusiast (with good sound knowledge) - Available for talks at our Garden Visits.

If not a member with knowledge perhaps you know someone who does or has worked in the industry and who would be willing to come along to one of our Garden Visits. They will be well remunerated with a Good Spread for Morning Tea.

Added by Dianne Caswell on February 10, 2020 at 13:50 — 3 Comments

Jerusalem artichokes

 Hi everyone,

I am wondering if anyone knows where I may be able to get some Jerusalem artichoke tubers to plant.  They are a great vegetable but I have not found any around.

Thank you

Added by Vivienne Hallman on February 2, 2020 at 12:08 — 5 Comments

WEEDS AS COVER CROPS --

I have long been a mulch junkie such that my garden has been built with lawn clippings. It is now a rich loam chock full of life. It is spongy and worm dense.

Hypothetically any weed 'problem' was simply blanketed with more mulch.

But with the recent drought conditions my working template fell apart. I was now overhead watering and my mulch supply -- via the 'Mower Men' of my acquaintance --dropped off to nothing.

Then the …

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Added by Dave Riley on February 2, 2020 at 1:00 — 6 Comments

My verge herb garden

After moving in just over a year ago, we've been busy planning the long term garden and still have lots of our plants and fruit trees in pots. We really have to put in some retaining walls to help with the top soil run off and create some lawn for the little one. 

Anyway, we recently put up the front fence and today I planted out a bunch of things that was ready. I'm hoping to turn it into a community herb garden for our neighbours to also enjoy. …

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Added by San on January 18, 2020 at 20:27 — 6 Comments

Food groups/ buyers groups sought

Is there a place where Food Groups/ Buyers/ wholesale groups share? Who can direct me to places where they meet online?

We used to be part of Chewsday in Annerley and now have Coochie Foodies on Coochiemudlo Island. Current purveyors are Food Connect Wholesale, Sovereign Foods with Thor Svensen and Mnt Cotton Farm with Ash. 

I am interested to see how we can collectively support farmers

Any connections or ideas welcome.

Ps I was the 16th member on this ning :) Happy to…

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Added by gabrielle austerberry on January 7, 2020 at 17:54 — 1 Comment

End of 2019

Well, I've just managed to get one last blog post in before the end of 2019 and what a year it has been!  I have been very busy but not so much in the garden because as usual, the December heat hits and not a lot vegie wise does any good.  Capsicums, Chilli,  Eggplant and corn is about all that does well in my garden.  Tomatoes struggle especially as I always get spider mite infestations.  Suprisingly, I have lettuce (salanova varieties at the front row of this picture vs normal varieties…

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Added by Susan on December 28, 2019 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Extending the Season

Just curious as to whether anyone does anything to extend the growing season around here?  Most of the online growing guides talk about using cold frames or poly tunnels to extending the period that your plants are able to ward off freezing solid.  But for me, I'd really like to grow some more cool weather crops for more of the year, and there's not too much information around apart from increasing shade.

I had the idea of planting in a zeer pot.  A zeer pot is an evaporative cooling…

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Added by Lily on December 27, 2019 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

What more could you ask for? We eat.

Despite  the dry, we eat.

What more could you ask for?

After weeding, using my sickle-- as explained here -- I'm ready to plant out even more stuff.

My orchard is consolidating. It is situated inside the chook pen.…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 18, 2019 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

Food Forest Surprise

My food forest is really starting to get established.

I put it in place at the end of winter this year on a slope out the back where nothing much has ever grown. Getting the garden in order there had always been a few phases of down the line after I'd done the more visible parts.  Its number had actually just come up: I've worked my way around most of the rest and I was taking a breather before getting stuck in--and then we realised some trees had grown up there, tall enough to be…

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Added by Lily on December 16, 2019 at 10:12 — 6 Comments

The mélange of the backyard-scape

I've been focused on my Vetiver Ventures as my major outdoor activity. Consequently the vegetables and herbs have had to wait their turn before god attends to them.

I am god, you see...either that or a servant.

Whatever: the…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 2, 2019 at 20:30 — 3 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.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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