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December 2013 Blog Posts (11)

Dragon Fruit

The current photo is getting a lot of comments. Over time, it will be more difficult to find the info, so here is an outline of what I've found out about growing Dragon Fruit.

Leaving aside that there is so much info on the net it's confusing and repetitive ...

The DF plants I have came from Jacqui at Jane Street and Jessica from Caboolture Seed Savers. I…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on December 31, 2013 at 15:30 — 3 Comments

Tour of inspection in the garden

Cucumbers and ladyfinger eggplant. I rescued the latter from a shady spot where it was barely surviving. It's loving the wicking bed.

I think the girls found the kale…Ah well, all the better for the eggs hopefully.…


Added by Valerie on December 29, 2013 at 11:28 — 2 Comments

A few improvements

One of the drawer's front fell off so of course that was the perfect opportunity to practise dovetail joints on some new drawers...

Obviously the old one got recycled and I think the girls like it.

The feeder got a few extra holes in the neck to let more grains through to feed all my hungry…


Added by Valerie on December 29, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

Fig Season

Hooray! First ripe Figs for this season. Just picked this morning.

It's a White Adriatic - turns out to be green-skinned ;-) and with a whole 12 fruit on, the best it's done so far.

Last year I made the mistake of putting some 'tree paste' on it - bought that 'tree paste' from Green Harvest. Said to be similar to the Biodynamic tree paste. It's not. All it did was make the plants grow the biggest and best they've ever been but no fruit to speak of.

Early this…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2013 at 15:28 — 13 Comments

Update: moon and stars watermelon, futsu's and self wicking beds

JUST LOOK AT THIS!!! 15 kg watermelon!  I don't know…


Added by Susan on December 26, 2013 at 22:00 — 7 Comments

Cover Crops

A system much used in Biodynamic growing but not widely used even with organic growers but getting better known and practiced.

The value is significant. The microbes which are vital for the plant's health need to be kept alive and thriving even though there isn't a crop in just now. My observation is that with mulch over fallow, the ground dries out with a conventional in-ground garden. With a cover crop, the soil can remain moist if the crop is…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on December 25, 2013 at 21:34 — 7 Comments


Summer is here and it's brought the rains via thunder and lightening storms. Found out the other day just how important these sorts of storms are to life on earth from THIS ARTICLE.

Sure enough, the garden has erupted in growth since the storms, especially the Choko vine (below) which is now covered in tiny fruit.

Lightning creates “nitrates” which among other things,…


Added by Lissa on December 24, 2013 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

And I thought I did not have any consumables in the garden...

 Nice surprise for a rescued seedling from the chuck pen!

Ladyfinger bananas yipee!…


Added by Valerie on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

Summer Fruit

 Jackfruit, looks as though I should pick it, but not sure it is quite ripe, I think the split is due to sudden rain after a long dry period.

My Dwarf Tropical Peach is covered in fruit, I have to cover the tree to keep fruitfly & birds out but as its only 1mt high thats easy. Its 4 years old & the seedlings come true to type - It is…


Added by Jane on December 10, 2013 at 16:34 — 10 Comments

Cherimoya pollination success!

I bought a Custard Apple and planted it in memory of my late monkey friend who loved to climb trees. After discovering the unique pollination procedure I wasn't sure if it would work for me but yesterday my guests noticed 2 baby custard apples on the tree. yay!! I don't know yet how to post photos but when I do I'll post s pic. :) yay.

Added by Ania on December 5, 2013 at 7:41 — 15 Comments

New things to try.

Hi everyone, just thought I'd share what has been happening in my garden.

The first thing I'm most excited about is the asparagus!! I bought some crowns ($4 each BARGAIN!!) from a guy at the market back in winter (had no idea how old they were or when they would produce) and at the beginning of spring got some small spears that I let turn into fronds.  Didn't expect anything else but with all this  rain, they have started producing again. This was harvested over a week (only 2 plants…


Added by Susan on December 1, 2013 at 16:30 — 18 Comments

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