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The way of the stick.

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments

COME RAID MY GARDEN, MOVING!

Hello friends, long time no see!

I’ve been busy these last months searching for a new house, and it seems like I’ve found the perfect one. We are selling up to secure it, and as such there’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to raid my current garden and just, take WHATEVER you want. Literally. From our current garden in Kallangur.



I have a large number of bathtub wicking tubs set up, most with plants including mature raspberry, Kankong, Sweet Potato to name a few,…

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Added by Sid Saghe on January 24, 2021 at 8:42 — 6 Comments

Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.

Hi all, 

I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately.  My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me.  Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad.   Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.  

Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a…

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Added by Susan on January 14, 2021 at 19:57 — 5 Comments

Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. 

I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…

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Added by Barbara Tealby on January 11, 2021 at 14:01 — 2 Comments

It lives!

I have seen a few Summers here. They come and go while the plants respond to the weather.

But this time around...

I am overwhelmed by the verdant growth. I've had to hack my way along the paths to get from A to…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2021 at 19:27 — 2 Comments

Comestibles out back on their blanket of green suggesting a promise of meals to come.

Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!

Spring onions,sweet peppers and maybe a Calabacitas...

Daikon…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 16, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

I got me an Air Fryer/ dehydrator/ rotisserie/ defroster gadget

I suspect you will hear a lot more about this.  I may even start a group like the pressure cooker one.  For those who have thought about getting one... here is my quick review as posted on facebook.  This is an 11 litre one from KMart for…
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Added by Andrew Cumberland on December 12, 2020 at 22:00 — 17 Comments

Celebrating Chaya -- Mayan tree Spinach

I guess that I eat a lot of greens. My every day consumption is not of raw, but cooked, leaves.

I am not of the salad persuasion. Nor am I of the lightly stir-fried sort.

I try to grow the greens I like to eat. That way I always have plenty of different stems to forage.

Among my preferred leafy comestibles…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 12, 2020 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

Lemon Tree Leaves

Hi there,

The leaves on my lemon tree are looking a bit strange, is it some sort of vitamin deficiency, I don't think it's a grub.

cheers, Ross

Added by Ross Carter on December 2, 2020 at 8:54 — 7 Comments

First Post as a New Member

Hi Everyone

Just joined, looks a great site to be involved in, hope I can contribute some worth while stuff that others might get something out of.

For my first foray into the site I thought I would post a pic of the latest addition to my garden, top bar…

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Added by Ron Hyde on November 27, 2020 at 8:34 — 5 Comments

To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 22, 2020 at 20:35 — 10 Comments

Getting into quails

Having dipped my toes in the quail waters (thanks, Andy) - I am considering going a bit further and getting an incubator to hatch a few replacements for my old girls. Does anyone have any hints about the best small incubator to get, and where to get one?

I'm not planning to get into major production any time soon, and am yet to slaughter any birds - probably won't do away with any of the four I've got, as they all have names.... It has been pointed out to me that perhaps it would be better… Continue

Added by Barbara Tealby on November 11, 2020 at 8:03 — 12 Comments

November 2020

Hi all, 

Well, the season has been kind.  Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago.  Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.  

The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks.  She just…

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Added by Susan on November 9, 2020 at 19:56 — 13 Comments

My garden of earthly delights.

My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.

White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Weevils - junior/ young adult near future fiction

Hi folks! Long time no visit for me! (I started this site up many moons ago).

I'm still living in country Victoria - hence the absence.

I've dropped by because I've written a book which I thought might interest the people on here.

It's a junior/ young adult fiction near future science fiction adventure story.

It's set in a world with 3 degrees of warming, where fossil fuels are no longer available, and 7 corporations have basically taken…

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Added by Scarlett on October 23, 2020 at 13:31 — 8 Comments

Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.

I invested energy  in drag and drop today. Did 2 beds in double quick time.

Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.

I'd been…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 15, 2020 at 23:00 — 7 Comments

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

Progress at the farm

Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still another trip down will be needed to put on the finishing touches.

I got here after they had been working for 2 days.  They had already put up shed Frame and were in the middle of setting posts for awning. …

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Added by Susan on September 24, 2020 at 19:00 — 8 Comments

Potato harvest: part 1

First batch of potatoes are out of the ground! My youngest was very excited to help me hunt for treasure—we got 1.7kg, perhaps 4:1, which is not brilliant, but they’re lovely big tubers grown from a grocery store potato gone mad…

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Added by Lily on September 13, 2020 at 21:16 — 2 Comments

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