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November 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Gardeners friend

This is Stumpy - one of a few Stumpys who live in my garden. The ONLY critter I don't mind eating my strawberries.

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 29, 2015 at 11:53 — 11 Comments

Peaches and stuff


Added by Barbara Tealby on November 28, 2015 at 10:03 — 3 Comments

End of November

Hi everyone,

Well work has gotten the better of me again and while my garden is productive at the moment, I'm going to run into a problem soon as I haven't had time to plant any seeds and keep my rotation going - about all I've managed to do is keep up with watering. Case in point are the carrots.  They are now ready to pull out but my last self seed failed to germinate and I got slack and haven't done another so it will be months before my next lot of carrots.  Beans and zucchini's…


Added by Susan on November 27, 2015 at 20:00 — 16 Comments

Tomato taste test - which ones do you like?

I am a member of the Diggers Club. Now I know that some BLF members have said that this is a very expensive organisation, and I agree with that sentiment. I belong for a couple of reasons. The first being that I really believe that what they stand for is spot on.…


Added by Roger Clark on November 27, 2015 at 12:01 — 14 Comments

To bag or not to bag my banana bunch

I have a good bunch developing on my dwarf ducasse banana, finally after 2 years of just looking pretty. I am wondering if I should bag it and at what point and with what exactly? At the moment the bell has released about 6 hands but they are still very small. Also - where can I get banana bags from - could I recycle something? Any advice very welcome - this is my first crop ever and a bit protective of it!

Added by Wendy Clark on November 25, 2015 at 20:27 — 3 Comments

Subtropic Seasonal Abundance

I love the time of the year when our subtropical climate makes plant growth go to levels not ever experienced in temperate climates. It can be now, mid or late summer when the temperatures are warm and the rain regular. Now is such a time. Here a few photos in my garden where I'm seeing this. I'm sure everybody is experiencing something similar with subtropical plants such as choko, squash, etc.…


Added by Phil on November 17, 2015 at 18:30 — 7 Comments

Mr Punch Has Green Thumbs

Added by Dave Riley on November 15, 2015 at 12:11 — No Comments

Can we all learn from rain events?

The recent wonderful rain that has turned my place from a desert like area with brown crunchy grass and struggling fruit trees into something that is now flourishing is not only great for the spirits but also possibly a provider of lessons. 

For example, my hedge of Pomegranates has not been a provider of much fruit, and while the bushes are still relatively young, they have often produced flushes of flowers, but very little has come to maturity. My thinking was that as these are best…


Added by Roger Clark on November 10, 2015 at 7:13 — 6 Comments

Bee Help


Would anyone be able to supply me with a couple of topbar brood frames? Alternatively I can cutout a langstroth frame to fit.

My colony is not doing well with the current queen not laying any eggs for months. I am hoping to get a couple of brood frames hopefully with larvae to kickstart the colony.

Added by Stephen Choi on November 8, 2015 at 17:39 — 8 Comments

November garden

Well it's the beginning of November and thank God for the storms - the rain has been very welcome and has 1/2 filled my tank so I'm switching the hoses back to tank water.  I was looking at Barbara's blog the other day and she was showing her tiny pomegranite with flowers on it so I thought I would show mine in comparison.

So, I don't know if this gives you a fair idea…


Added by Susan on November 7, 2015 at 20:00 — 9 Comments

News from among the under twelves

We're in the process of putting the garden 'to sleep' for the Summer Hols. 

We are manuring the small beds and those we don't cover with weed mat, we'll plant out with a cover crop. 

Hopefully we'll move salad production next term into the shade tunnel and more keenly  grow our own seedlings and develop the recycling program through our high school Ag…


Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2015 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Epicurious Garden visit 2

It's been about 14 months since my last report on my visit to Epicurious.  My husband had a work event over the weekend near South Bank, so I've asked him to drop us off there.

I've lost my camera, and it's not easy taking photos with a tablet and trying to keep an almost 3 year old within arm's length, so please excuse the lack of focus of the photos. Also no optical…


Added by Florence on November 4, 2015 at 21:54 — 1 Comment

Nice to see

I thought it would be good, after the info on pesticides, to see natural pest control in action: ladybirds breeding up on aphid-infested gone-to seed dill. The whole plant is covered in ladybirds and their larvae, and it seems to have happened in less than a…


Added by Barbara Tealby on November 2, 2015 at 13:07 — 1 Comment

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