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June winter garden

After seeing how neat and tidy Mark's setup is.. I decided to buy some proper seedling trays and seed raising mix.

Partly also because I found my own seed mix have a lot of weed seeds in them and I have no idea what comes up were what I planted especially for those I am growing for the first time.…


Added by Florence on June 16, 2010 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Waste not want not

I just hate seeing waste. Wasting food, productive land, talent and time are my pet bugs when it comes to waste. I heard recently that in Brisbane one in five full shopping bags of food we bring home goes to the tip. We’re really throwing away our hard-earned cash.

It’s got me thinking about the uses for old or excess ‘stuff’ like carpet that would normally be tossed out.

Wool carpet is a gem, with many garden uses. Lay it over a garden bed instead of mulch in the period between… Continue

Added by Linda Brennan on June 14, 2010 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

Donna's Garden - 14/06/10

The mustard and marigolds in the nematode bed have grown heaps in the past month and look to be ready to use as green manure - is it best to chop and drop, or should it be dug in?

After a lull in planting anything, finally am starting to see some results from my direct in bed plantings out the back. I made holes in the mulch, but the naughty chooks keep getting in and scratching around and covering the poor little seedlings so every few… Continue

Added by Donna on June 14, 2010 at 10:00 — 10 Comments

Donna's Chickens - June 2010

Where do I start? Most of you might be aware that in December we bought three light sussex chickens. There was a saga with the ebay chicken house and one was killed by our dog, then the Infrastructure Manager (IM) was forced to build a better house and run. When we went to get a replacement chicken we came home with two which brought our brood to four - Betty, Flossie, Bubbles & Lavendar.

We chose Sussex as a breed because they look… Continue

Added by Donna on June 13, 2010 at 17:30 — 6 Comments

Lunch from a box

I know when i was working for council and the EPA, that after a week or two of lunch box meals, the imagination starts to wane and preparing the healthy lunch-in-a-box becomes difficult or at least boring.

It’s easy to pop in the packaged muesli bars and sweetened fruit sticks, but what about something that resembles brain food? Why not grow some of your own?

Our tiny garden can provide ingredients for a salad from the mesclun salad tub, a spinach tartlet and eggplant dip… Continue

Added by Linda Brennan on June 7, 2010 at 15:00 — 8 Comments

Would you like a portrait of your pet?

I know this is nothing to do with gardening, but would like you to know that I am an artist and can create gorgeous pet and horse portraits. Any animal large or small. All I need is a good photo to work from.

I only charge $100 for A3 sized chalk pastel portraits like the ones below.…


Added by Lyn Buffett on June 7, 2010 at 13:07 — 2 Comments

Food Inc the Movie on DVD

Since it's not feasible for us to go down to Centro James Street to see this film, I looked around for a DVD of it.

If (as we do) you have a multi-region DVD player or you can hack the one you have, then you can play this movie at home. I've chosen to get one from England being a bit cheaper than the ones from America.

There are others available but I like to buy through eBay and pay via PayPal. Item number is 280516574823 or search on 'food inc dvd' on eBay. Total cost is… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on June 6, 2010 at 13:30 — 1 Comment

May Garden after the pumpkin vines ~

Having cleared the pumpkin vines, it exposed some available ground.. I’ve asked Albert to remove a line of bricks in between the veggies beds and the row of fruit trees, and dug a trench that’s one spade deep and one spade wide in its place. I then put in a layer of horse manure, scattered some blood & bone, and wood ash, mix it up with a bit of soil and put the dug up soil back in the trench to make a long narrow raised bed ~…


Added by Florence on June 2, 2010 at 19:49 — 2 Comments

Musings on the Bean Fly

With no beans in just now I had forgotten what a pest Bean Fly can be. So I had a small wander around the 'net in search of inspiration. And Linda mentioned a circumstance of which I have never heard ... Bean Fly eggs within bean seeds.

There's a few links which describe our BF but don't give much additional information. Here's a spray I found ...

'Organic Bean-Fly Spray.'

10 cloves of garlic, un-peeled and cut up rough.

2 onions (as above).

6 hot birdseye… Continue

Added by Elaine de Saxe on May 30, 2010 at 20:00 — 3 Comments

Week 2 of my Edible Garden

Week 2 update:…

Added by Joanne Chung on May 29, 2010 at 21:27 — 3 Comments

Garden visit

Big day tomorrow, my garden is open for our local Organic & Seed Savers group, hope the rain holds off.

Things a bit late this year but we are eating our own greens for salads, radish, cherry tomatoes ,few long beans still, plenty of pumpkin & sweet potato, & am still experimenting with the arrowroot crop. I spotted my first zuccini this am, beetroot soon but the carrots will be awhile, should soon have heas on the chinese broccoli. Just wish we could grow these crops all…


Added by Jane on May 28, 2010 at 18:11 — 7 Comments

Chook Tractor and worm farm

After some recent landscaping I have a new terrace in my back yard that I am going to turn into my new vegie garden. I have set up a temp chook run "chook tractor" over part of the planned veg garden. I have covered the whole lot with bird netting (the type used for fruit trees), to keep the pesky crows out.

I have added heaps of compost, horse manure and am constantly adding more prunings etc. The chooks are…


Added by Lyn Buffett on May 27, 2010 at 21:05 — 7 Comments

Preparing a meal from scratch.

A meal prepared from scratch is rather special or even unusual for many families when both parents are working, kids are to be taken to sport and its so easy to nip into the supermarket and buy something quick to pop into the microwave.

We find that it's more satisfying…


Added by Linda Brennan on May 27, 2010 at 15:29 — 9 Comments

CQ Garden

After spending the months of Feb/March in WA, the garden was a jungle.

Two months of rain in Central Qld, things grew which had be strugling for years & grass was sky high.

The veg patch was a mass of pumpkin vines but long beans also surviving. Now planting up for the winter, everthing - beans, peas, lettuce all the cole crops, beetroot & carrots.

Even though I have gardened in the same spot for 30 years the heavy rain had ruined the soil structure in several places,… Continue

Added by Jane on May 18, 2010 at 18:17 — 3 Comments

Finally cleaned up the pumpkin vines!!

Judging from all the posts many of us had a busy weekend in the garden :) Love to see what others are up to in Brisbane :)

As indicated by the title, I've finally cleaned up most of the pumpkin vines, ripe or not..…


Added by Florence on May 10, 2010 at 22:15 — 12 Comments

Garlic, coffee grounds, leaf mould and lots of other stuff...

I've been slack of late, in my contribution to the site as a result of work related issues which seem to be resolving themselves, thankfully. Anyway, for those who might have thought I was being rude (like Donna, I only just saw your message), I'm so very sorry.

Anyway, I just thought I'd drop in and say hello, brag (not that I have anything to brag about!) etc.

So, about a month ago, I bought a couple of white garlic bulbs (read: not suitable for subtropics)…


Added by Lotte on May 9, 2010 at 20:36 — 9 Comments

Ridiculous tubers

Must be time for a progress report. I've actually been out of action (but all over the computer you may have noticed) as I had my tonsils out, which was very unpleasant (much better now). So the garden has suffered several weeks of neglect. Today I finally had a go at it.

This is the perennial basil bush, the rosemary and a blue plumbago (which attracts those little clouds of powder blue/…


Added by Scarlett on May 9, 2010 at 20:28 — 7 Comments

Autumn ~ Heps of work in the garden

Autumn is sort of like a second spring in sub-tropical Brisbane ^^ Other then cleaning up the summer crop.. or just growth with not much crops, (that’s what I think the pumpkin vine and passionfruit vines are doing… ) we’ll also be busy preparing for the winter veggies ~…


Added by Florence on April 22, 2010 at 23:52 — 11 Comments

Green Jobs on Offer - Please pass on to your Sydney networks!

We are recruiting for a few positions in Food Connect Sydney and was wondering if you would mind letting people in your circles know about them.

I've included a blurb below which you can cut and paste into an email to make it easier for you.

Thank you very much!


Food Connect Sydney is pleased to be offering the following positions:

Marketing & Sales Coordinator

City Cousin Coordinator

Subscriptions Coordinator

Bookkeeper &… Continue

Added by Emma Rose on April 13, 2010 at 9:11 — 1 Comment

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