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Vetiver Coastal Project #1

We grew on the Vetiver beforehand -- inside cells --in a mix of the sand from the site  and composted cow…
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Added by Dave Riley on April 13, 2019 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

You Gotta Start Somewhere: The Kitchen Garden has changed a lot in 9 years

I just discovered some photoes of my 'garden' 9 years ago. That is,when it did not exist. Now, it is a jungle. Such that it is hard to imagine it ever being so empty.

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Added by Dave Riley on April 12, 2019 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

SAD - but things are looking up!

Back to the world of the living!

 

My summer hibernation is now over, the weather is so much kinder, and I am able to get about outside without frying in the horrible hot sun. The jobs to do outside are many and varied but at least I have some enthusiasm back, which enables me to get stuck in.

My cousin's wife in the UK suffers from SAD, (Seasonal Affective Disorder) - which is caused by a lack of sun in the northern hemisphere. Here we get far too much sun, and while I…

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Added by Roger Clark on April 7, 2019 at 9:15 — 7 Comments

Who needs a physiotherapist when you have dirt calling you to garden labour?

I've always had  a garden when I was living in a house. A food growing vegetable and herb garden was my habit.

And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.

Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.

I grew things to eat -- of course…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 4, 2019 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

A late blogs... March/April 2019

April 2019

I have pumpkins coming in now (taking up a lot of room). I've planted spuds out too.  Lettuce seeds are growing but I'm not sure how valuable they'll be in winter - pesto sounds good.  Silverbeet are also doing well on the north. 

There's a fair bit of citrus to harvest but the south side of the yard continues to die back.  No sun.  I've slowed down feeding the fish.  There's very few eggs from the chooks but the quails are still…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on April 3, 2019 at 22:30 — 19 Comments

Autumn in the school garden

With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…

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Added by Valerie on March 31, 2019 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

End of March 2019

Finally the rain has hit!  I am getting rain weekly and the garden is sure enjoying it.  I can't wait for school holidays to start so I can get a lot of work done now that the weather is cooling off.  

The asparagus certainly perks up with the rain.  I harvested 10 spears last week and I've obviously missed quite a few this week.…

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Added by Susan on March 30, 2019 at 14:14 — 6 Comments

Vetiver (and sundries) in the Home Garden

Getting there...

As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.

Wee packets of soil they are.

I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 17, 2019 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

I'm BAack!

Well, well, well... !

After being extremely slack for a very long time on this site, I've found myself back due to the quality info on here. I've been researching 'Dyschoriste depressa' for the newsletter I write up regularly, and found that another member (Ann) had posted some pics of this dreaded weed we're currently doing battle with!

Although I've been away from the BLF community for quite some time, thoughts of wonderful members I've…

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Added by Lainie P on March 4, 2019 at 14:41 — 2 Comments

Almost Autumn - supposedly a cyclone but still dry!

Hi Everyone,

Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain?  I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Not happy!

Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote.  Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen.  It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off.  This one has…

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Added by Susan on February 22, 2019 at 20:27 — 12 Comments

The common ground are the greens.

I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.

Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.

When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 16, 2019 at 21:30 — 12 Comments

Worm food

The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.

I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking. 

Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…

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Added by Russell James on February 4, 2019 at 13:47 — 7 Comments

School garden

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…

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Added by Valerie on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Seed Saving

I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-)  so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.

I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again ...it has an appearance in the clip.

I have over the past couple of years been saving…

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Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments

Beginners grower.

I emigrated to Brisbane a year ago and I have a small  shady area. 

Love to grow delicious berries. Can anyone advice me please. 

Thanks

helen 

Added by Helen Smith on January 26, 2019 at 13:08 — 5 Comments

On the Homefront

I finally got around to prepping the school garden for the return of the children next week. It survived the Summer graciously.

The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.

Hardly any '…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 23, 2019 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Hot and dry

I have had to delay plantings to at least 3 of my beds due to the hot dry conditions even though I am covering with shade cloth and netting that I have made up on tunnel hoops, it is still taking a lot of water just to fill the local cafe's orders.

The continuing dry spell will be starting to make an impact on fruit and veg prices and availability soon enough, so as a grower its always good to know you have at least…

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Added by Russell James on January 20, 2019 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Strawberry Beds Planting Out

I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.

As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.…

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Added by Russell James on January 17, 2019 at 10:30 — 6 Comments

Busy holidays and getting stuff done.

Hi Guys,

Welcome to 2019!  As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week.   But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.  

My holidays have gone like this: 

Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there.  Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.

Week 2:…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2019 at 20:25 — 15 Comments

My Tortilla Press & I

I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.

It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...

Still make 'em. Still love 'em.

Gotta  always have  Knäckebröd on hand.

With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

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