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Almost the end of spring and I want shade 2016

I've decided I need a shade tree to go in the backyard.  Let's face it - I want some grass, but I also want to be able to sit out in my backyard and enjoy it.  Hence a shade tree.   It must be deciduous, relatively small, not necessarily productive (if it is - can't have fruit fly prone fruit as I will not be keeping small enough for netting) but beautiful if not.  Jacaranda's and Poinsettia's are out -> Jacs are too big and the Poins are too wide.  Something about the poinsettia's height…


Added by Susan on November 20, 2016 at 14:00 — 18 Comments

The garden in November: 'Death has come to so few.'

It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.

Main events: the frangipanis…


Added by Dave Riley on November 19, 2016 at 13:30 — 3 Comments


last nights dinner - we managed 1/4 each so enough for tonight as well ! so yummm…


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on November 15, 2016 at 5:56 — 4 Comments

Brisbane Northwest Rainstorm 12/11/16

Be careful what you wish for. Today my wish came through for rain but unfortunately in a huge 30 minute downpour which is one of the heaviest I've seen in Brisbane. It was so heavy that my camera couldn't properly take photos on its 'smart mode' and thus I didn't quite get these taken right when it was the heaviest. Still they speak for themselves.…


Added by Phil on November 12, 2016 at 16:33 — 16 Comments

PERSIMMON TREATS Asian Persimmon pronounced Ichi-Ki-Kei-Jiro)

By no means, am I expert with growing these trees, but I can report on my experience with my 2 itchy trees as I call them.  Maybe I should call them touchy trees.  

Susan has asked me to put into words what and when I do, with my Persimmon trees, so here goes.

This variety is a non-astringent, self-fertile, small size tree about 2 ½ metres high.  

My trees are quite a few years old now, approximately 15 years.  First I had one plant in a pot for a while, then was advised…


Added by Christa on November 11, 2016 at 10:00 — 5 Comments

November in the Garden

Hi Everyone,

Well wasn't today just a barrel of fun!! 30 degrees at Wynnum but I went to Roger's garden visit today which is out west a bit and it was 35!!!!!  I frantically ran around watering everything this morning before potting up some left over rosella seedlings and a Listada De Gandia eggplant to take.

We have been harvesting nectarines for the past 2 weeks now.  Every 2nd or 3rd day I go out and get about 1Kg.  It's been great.…


Added by Susan on November 6, 2016 at 20:14 — 9 Comments

Caper White Butterfly Migration

For only the second time ever (for me), the Caper Whites are migrating. Reading about them, they do it frequently so it's pot-luck if you see them.

The first migration I saw was in Brisbane while driving down Cornwall Street Annerley, clouds of them were heading steadily north-east. As indeed they are today and for several days since, white butterflies are fluttering by in Deception Bay.

Some have come into my yard and are sipping nectar from the Lucerne. There are a number of…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 6, 2016 at 10:00 — 9 Comments

Indian Red Eggplant

Bought the seeds from the guy at Gin Gin, forget his name :-(

An elegant little plant not looking much like a traditional Eggplant (Aubergine). Smaller leaf, more compact growth. And in full flight with a half-dozen ripe fruit, looks like a small Christmas tree.

Easy enough to grow in the Eggplant fashion - plenty of minerals, gypsum and water. So far has not been attacked by those lady-bird look-alikes which munch the leaves.

I never salt Eggplant slices and I always…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 5, 2016 at 17:00 — 17 Comments

upcoming events

Subjects I would like to see in upcoming events.

1.       Learn about eatable flowers and how to use them.

2.       Learn about eatable weeds and how to use them.

Added by Darryl Simpson on October 30, 2016 at 10:42 — 2 Comments

Oct 2016 Many firsts in the Garden

This month was definitely the best month yet! Lots of firsts. I’ve started keeping a harvesting inventory. This month we harvested:

  • a dozen lettuce sized salad greens (green lettuce, mizuna, shungiku, speckled oak, some beetroot leaves)
  • 600g broadbeans (thanks Rob, that's from your one seedling from Susanne's GV!)
  • Some 30 x stalks of perpetual spinach
  • Basil, parsley, coriander, chives, origano, rosemary at leisure
  • 100g nasturtium capers…

Added by Sophie on October 26, 2016 at 18:00 — 9 Comments

breakfast on the hill -


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on October 24, 2016 at 7:00 — 15 Comments

October firsts

Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed everyone's company on the weekend at my garden visit and can't wait to go to Roger's.  Sophie, just wanted to say your sweet potato was delicious!! Very sappy (stained a bread board) and not pretty (went a sort of dull grayish colour) but was really good and tasty.  Smoother than the orange variety. I'm gonna try to grow some from cuttings of the skin but if not, I'd love some leaf cuttings.

Know how I was showing off the black sapote fruit…


Added by Susan on October 20, 2016 at 19:00 — 7 Comments


anyone badly effected by the storm? it was spectacular to watch it coming across the mountains - some gorgeous rainbows ( borrowed a friends photo - its looking towards our hill ) we had good rain - planted lots yesterday morning - sweet potatoes pepinos, more mulberry trees cannas maranta more melons and cucs - though…


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on October 18, 2016 at 9:17 — 12 Comments


This Blog has proved to be popular in the past, for many reasons - It allows Members to hear about your New Planting, Planned Plantings and Programme of Dealing…


Added by Dianne Caswell on October 17, 2016 at 14:30 — 15 Comments


Dose anyone know anything about this movement, or has anyone been up to see how it is done. It is located in Buderim.

Added by Darryl Simpson on October 16, 2016 at 20:03 — 4 Comments

Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan

I think I lost it. 

A few weeks of influenza of whatever branding and the garden got away from me. 

Went feral with my frequent absence from the garden.

Led by a carpet of chickweed my investment in ground covers took off and I had nasturtiums up to pussie's bow. 

But I learnt that patience is its own reward and all annuals subside, even weeds. 

Die off. 

The rampaging nasturtiums drowned so much in their path that I couldn't find the comestibles…


Added by Dave Riley on October 14, 2016 at 2:45 — 3 Comments

Dianne's garden wakes up from Winter

It has been a while between Blogs for me, so thought I would start this off as an ongoing diary for myself over the Spring/Summer Season of 2016.

It has been a big year for us in Ellen Grove and to be honest I couldn’t have done the hard yakka without Husband Graham and Member Darren. The Garden has undergone a lot of work and rearrangements due to the addition of a new Work Shed for Graham.…


Added by Dianne Caswell on October 13, 2016 at 7:38 — 3 Comments

New Fruit Fly Trap fruit-crops-inventor-claims-... Read the article about this. I wonder how much it will be. Surely as it is a product of a respected Uni it should work. It would be a huge boon to not only Organic Gardeners but also the general public, as conventional farmers will be able to grow fruit, etc. without poisonous sprays and this will not only make the…


Added by Roger Clark on October 11, 2016 at 8:00 — 17 Comments

Moreton Bay Regional Council free mulch to residents

Has anyone collected this free mulch and how is it made .When they make mulch they can add some very toxic substances that you would not want but because the levels in final product are low can still meet standards.

Added by Jeff Kiehne on October 8, 2016 at 5:38 — 3 Comments

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