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End of Autumn 2017

Hi Folks. 

Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen.  It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year.  The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down.  I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet.  They do have seeds but oh well.  Can't…

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Added by Susan on May 30, 2017 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

My absence from outback was not enough to sabotage the horticulture.

After a rough Summer, a recent bout of ill health kept me from my garden tasks for weeks. All I could manage was to fill up the terracotta pots I have located in the centre of my mounds with water.

Nowadays the 'mounds' aren't self evident as over time I have been mulching in between them -- but the…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 — 2 Comments

Sebago seed potatoes

I went to Northside Produce on Albany Creek rd and saw Sebago seed potatoes for $4 a kilo so I bought a few. Now I just need to sprout them and the will try plant in the chook food bag. Just have to do some research on what to do and when to plant...cross fingers

Added by Stephen Choi on May 21, 2017 at 19:52 — 4 Comments

Homoeopathy in the Garden

One of my major health interests is Homoeopathy which I studied for 3 years part time although never became a registered Homoeopath in private practise.

A 200 year old modality still going strong in many countries. And now entering a new phase that of improving the health of plants.

The article is partly from a book with some additions and was part of a newsletter from …

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 15, 2017 at 21:00 — 3 Comments

Jerry Colby Williams open garden.

I walked up to Jerry's place this morning to check out his garden.  I arrived, unfortunately, just as a bus load of people turned up so it was extremely crowded.  I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked but here they are.

He is growing corn at the moment and it looks amazingly healthy.  I found out that it was popcorn so I don't know if that made a difference.  I think those a broad beans in the front but as I've never grown them, I couldn't say for sure.…

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Added by Susan on May 13, 2017 at 11:00 — 7 Comments

Elephant Garlic

Andy's photo of his emerging Elephant Garlic has given us the opportunity to discuss its growing habits in more detail.

I've had a quick gallop among my blog posts hoping to find one I'd already written. Maybe I have and I just don't have the patience to scroll through them all.

Anyway ... pasting the two responses from under Andy's photo:

'Right Andy - Elephant Garlic has a 3-step life cycle. The big bulbs you planted are the end product although other parts of…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 12, 2017 at 11:30 — 5 Comments

Roger's Palogonite experiment growing tomatoes

Palagonite, is the mineral mix I wrote about recently after a talk at BOGI. The ratio recommended is 1kg per square metre of garden bed with a similar…

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Added by Roger Clark on May 9, 2017 at 17:14 — 4 Comments

Saturday vs Sunday

I loved the one garden visit I made last year, meeting gardening enthusiasts and learning from them. However Sunday is not a suitable day for me so I wonder if there is a possibility of having some gv on Saturdays instead?

Memories from that gv live on with the leeks, water cress and Madagascar beans growing happily in my garden. Thanks to those who shared them .

Also are there people who are willing to give lifts to those happy to share costs?

Added by Anne heap on May 8, 2017 at 23:31 — 5 Comments

Power Planters

The Home Gardener Range of Power Planters

https://www.powerplanter.com.au

Perfect for home gardener use, these tools will save you hours of hard work and give you more time to relax and enjoy your…

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Added by Michael Hoff on May 8, 2017 at 11:22 — 11 Comments

Growing Rubarb in Brisbane

I have grown Rubarb a number of times in Brisbane and each year I used have the plants die on me each summer, They just rotted at the stems next to the soil.  I then planted them in a Narrow wicking garden with a 25 cm depth to the water reservoir.  I did need to fill the reservoir from below to ensure the soil at the surface stayed dry. I have had plants that became too congested and had to be divided, so this system works!!!

Added by David Hatcher on May 8, 2017 at 9:55 — 3 Comments

Diggers sucked me in again and I lost.

I am giving rhubarb another go in my garden.  I know, I know.  I swore I wouldn't buy plants again from diggers but they had ruby red and mt tamborine varieties that I wanted to give a go so I steeled myself and placed my order.  Box arrived on Tuesday, I opened it to find that the planting tubes were loose in the box and had moved around during shipping so the shoots (which looked very weak anyway) had broken off.   I have had enough so here is my very terse email to them about their…

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Added by Susan on May 4, 2017 at 6:00 — 10 Comments

April 2017

Harvest April 2017

This month I harvested:

  • 1 baby pawpaw
  • 3 lettuces (yesss! homegrown lettuce back on the menu, how I missed!!)
  • 26g small star-bell peppers
  • 2kg Jap pumpkin
  • 120g Egglant
  • 5 Spring onions
  • Basil, parsley, chives 

This month is still a bit quiet in the garden. Have been sick (again) so been a bit slack but have put in some seeds and continued reconditioning the soil. Having a…

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Added by Sophie on April 29, 2017 at 15:00 — 20 Comments

enjoying gardening

I haven't been able to attend recent garden visits either due to work or clashing with something else, but I still love growing edibles.  The recent rain was wonderful - currently we are picking jaboticabas, yellow strawberry guava (tiny edible pips); acerola cherry, rosellas (we love them stewed), passionfruits,  the odd dragon fruit, vatious sapotes plus some scant vegies - pumpkin; cherry tomatoes, gourds, cucumber, snake beans and kale.  It was our best pineapple year - 20.  We are…

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Added by Susan Cook on April 25, 2017 at 14:19 — 5 Comments

The in-between time

Hi everyone,

I have been super busy in the garden, preparing everything for winter crops but it is that time when I feel not much is happening despite how much work I'm doing.   Don't get me wrong, I'm still harvesting lettuce, spring onions, capsicums, cucumbers, eggplant and now pak choi but nothing NEW is happening!  This was due to some pretty early setbacks with things like my peas, beans, carrots and beetroot failing and having to resow.  I should be eating peas by now…

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Added by Susan on April 23, 2017 at 17:00 — 8 Comments

April at The Gap

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…

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Added by Valerie on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

WORM TOWERS

Hi everyone, for a bit of a read if your interested in worm towers Grass roots have a two page article in this months publication written by you know who.You can borrow this magazine also from most libraries.I would be happy for  all your comments  and happy to share anything you may not understand.I…

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Added by DARREN JAMES on April 10, 2017 at 21:58 — 3 Comments

The tiny farm deli.

Expanding the deli here on the tiny farm.



None of you will be shocked by the fact that I like to make my own deli items. From cheese, sauces, pestos and sausages; it's all part of the deli fun. Well, I have decided to add a new item to the McDowall Manor deli. Home dry cured and smoked, nitrite-free bacon. I'll also try to whip out a smoked pork belly dinner, just to see what it's like. 



In other news, the farm flock has returned…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on April 9, 2017 at 23:23 — 9 Comments

April 2017 The big clean up

Hi Guys,

Well, like Roger said, it has been far too hot to do anything much in the garden so with the weather finally cooling down some, and me being on holidays, it is now time for some serious jobs to get done.

1. Repotting the strawberry runners.  Man, this is one long and tedious job.  Left it a little late as not enough air flow in the pots that I was setting runners into and they were suffering from aphids.  13 pots with 2 in each are now back on the fence line.  At the…

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Added by Susan on April 9, 2017 at 18:30 — 10 Comments

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