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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

Back in the Garden- Oct 2016

Last month, I ventured back out into my garden after a lengthy absence, not at all sure what I would find. I was delighted to find that most of my fruit trees survived, though some fared better than others.

(Funny enough, the Nasturtiums had gone completely feral so the yard didn’t look nearly as bad as it was because it was all covered with a layer of cheery orange flowers!)…


Added by Jan Holley on October 5, 2016 at 13:30 — 17 Comments


has any one had success with Bokashi and if so where did you get the starter from ? is it worth all the trouble - we have good compost heaps and worm farms so the only advantage i can see is being able to use citrus and protein sources .  did anyone make their own tapped buckets and if so where did you get the specifications from ?

Added by Mary-Ann Baker on September 30, 2016 at 11:05 — 7 Comments

Sep 2016 Garden

September already...!!!??

Got my first order from Daleys, I feel part of the club! Couldn't get over how carefully packed the plants were (sooooo much better than Garden Express) You can tell there is love in the company. Here I think is a Kaffir Lime, Florda Peach and Canistel :) so far have put in 65L…


Added by Sophie on September 29, 2016 at 13:00 — 19 Comments

Return from holidays and dead things in my garden

Hi Y'all. 

Well I've been away from the garden for 2 weeks now.  Went to Melbourne for the first week -> froze my butt off in 7 degree weather, came home for less than 12 hrs (ran around the garden and tried to get as much done as I could in the 2 hrs in  the morning before I had to leave again) and then was off to Mackay for another week, leaving my garden in the (not so) tender loving care of my husband.  If you look back on past blogs, this is a mistake I just keep on…


Added by Susan on September 29, 2016 at 11:30 — 8 Comments


Verge gardens have been given the ok finally by the Brisbane City Council - a great deal of the credit must go to Jerry Coleby-Williams for years of effort to achieve this.

Problem is I live in the Moreton Shire, where verge gardens are still frowned on. Never mind. I still have a verge garden and it…


Added by Lissa on September 28, 2016 at 5:00 — 13 Comments

aquaponics dream

this would be my dream set up - ! Anyone had any success in DIY aquaponics systems -with any of these elements 

1. barramundi fish 

2. submerging plant roots into the water   

3. solar powered recycle pumps 

surely as nitrogenous waste is heavier than water submerging root in the top layer is not a efficient as recylcing waste from the bottom ?…


Added by Mary-Ann Baker on September 26, 2016 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

Spring in The Gap

It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.…


Added by Valerie on September 25, 2016 at 18:38 — 4 Comments

First flowers on my YUZU

I was delighted this morning to find my first flowers on the Yuzu - citrus junos.…


Added by Dianne Caswell on September 24, 2016 at 9:42 — 4 Comments

September: verdant -- Greening it up


Added by Dave Riley on September 14, 2016 at 15:14 — 11 Comments

Garlic 2016

Continuing to use Morayfield Magic, originally from Malta but grown locally for many years. It's a softneck variety with good flavour and keeps sound for around 9 months from harvest.

Planted the cloves on 21st April. Twenty-four down, 23 harvested on 10th September 2016. Two were very slow to sprout and produced only very small bulbs.

They are planted in full sun, alternating between two wicking beds. This time I allowed the 'weeds' to be the 'volunteer cover crop'.…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 12, 2016 at 0:30 — 11 Comments

Beautiful day in the garden and it's marking time again

Procrastination is my friend.  I seem to get most productive in the garden at marking time.  Suddenly, all of my less favorite things to do in the garden suddenly seem so interesting...

I finally got round to building another "extended" garden bed.  Since Valerie posted about BCC now legal to plant footpaths, I am a bit less  hesitant.  Let's be honest, I wasn't hesitant at all really :)  This is down the south side of the house and is fully shaded in winter but will be full sun in…


Added by Susan on September 4, 2016 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

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