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My Victorian garden

It's easy enough to buy expensive things and follow the directions and get beautiful (although often not very tasty or resilient) plants. Growing amazingly healthy plants using natural processes and products to be found in your own backyard (or front yard as the case may be) is much harder - but it is possible. It's a question of harnessing and powerboosting natural processes. Brilliant soil, teaming with microbes and organic material, is the real holy grail I think.

My garden's…

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Added by Scarlett on April 10, 2013 at 13:00 — 5 Comments

Lots of baking, some espalier, and a new vegie garden on the way

It's official. I can't live happily without a vegie garden. So I'm putting one in. Here is the 'before' shot of the extremely annoying patch of grass in the front yard which kept growing across the gravel and creating a lot of work. 

 

I'm…

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Added by Scarlett on July 25, 2011 at 12:34 — 6 Comments

Making your own yoghurt

Equipment:

(note you don't have to have the Easiyo containers, see recipe below).

 

NB in Brisbane I recommend Barambah Organic Full Cream Milk, or Food Connect Herd Share milk. Because I'm in Victoria now I'm buying beautiful grass fed milk produced locally in the Western District where we live. You will also need a kettle. One this size (about 1.7…

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Added by Scarlett on June 8, 2011 at 11:16 — 12 Comments

On the sourdough journey

WEDNESDAY 25th MAY
I checked The starter that I dug out about one week later - a nasty shade of blackish grey, and smelled a bit mouldy. I chucked it. Will have to make a new one. I think Elaine found the reason - I had used boiled kettle water because I ran out of bottled water. I've bought some distilled water until I replace my filter machine.
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FRIDAY 13th MAY
Black mould…
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Added by Scarlett on May 10, 2011 at 12:30 — 13 Comments

Temperate Autumn



As you may be aware, I moved to country Victoria last December.

I'm still keeping up Brisbane Local Food because so many people are using it, and I'm proud of it, and I enjoy it, and I think it's helping the world which makes me feel good. 

I apologise, though, for now being out of touch with the weather and what's going on for people in Brisbane, and having only an…

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Added by Scarlett on April 28, 2011 at 14:00 — 7 Comments

Jammin'

 

I'm feeling very pleased with myself this morning, because I've made a giant batch of plum jam which has been universally acclaimed (by the family tasting panel) as delicious :)  Well, with all that sugar in it why wouldn't it be!!

 

Last time I made plum jam I cooked it just a touch too long and it had an undertaste of caramelised sugar - still…

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Added by Scarlett on March 23, 2011 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Moving south definitely means changes...

I thought I'd better give an update on my Victorian migration. OK, I know it's not local, and is largely irrelevant - but I thought you might find it interesting nevertheless :)

 

Goodbye Permaculture at the kids' school.

 

Goodbye Black Star organic fair trade killer coffee. 

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Added by Scarlett on February 7, 2011 at 20:33 — 12 Comments

I love spring

It's so beautiful.

Our lychee is covered in flowers, and the pecan and the pomegranate both have fresh leaves.

The tropical pears are off and galloping - I can see they will need a strong haircut each year to keep them under control for the space they are in.

LYCHEE, left. PECAN next to chook house (which is covered in mulberry and…

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Added by Scarlett on October 7, 2010 at 12:26 — 8 Comments

Some news from me

OK, big news here. I am no longer going to be a Brisbane local!

My family and I are moving to country Victoria - doing the big sea/tree change thing. We are both from Melbourne originally and our parents are getting older etc, so we figured we better do it. We'll be gone by the end of the year I think. We're selling our house, should put it on the market in the next week or so I hope.

So we've had to make it more normal friendly! Isn't that terrible? So now it…

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Added by Scarlett on September 13, 2010 at 16:30 — 16 Comments

now i'm typing one handed

we finally harvested the sweet potato driveway

and we got tonnes of them! you can see the foliage had died right back and new sprouts were starting - so it was time to harvest the tubers before the plants started to take their goodness as a growth source (which after all is why plants make these storage organs - so they can draw on a sort of 'bottled summer' during lean…

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Added by Scarlett on July 9, 2010 at 13:00 — 11 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/…

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

Weedzilla (that's me) vs pumpkins

I am getting excited about the Winter vegie garden. Unfortunately I don't have anything in yet - I'm very late this year!





This is mostly because of the pumpkins. They heard me thinking about ripping them out and promptly started to produce masses of fruit. Sigh. So I left them - why have them in for 3 months and then rip them out just when they start producing? So this lot have been in for 4 months - going on for 5 now! They…

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Added by Scarlett on April 6, 2010 at 17:14 — 8 Comments

Evil neglect

My garden has turned into a jungle. I've hardly even cleaned it up since we got back from holidays. There is hideous flowering grass! Arg. We chopped the flower heads off, but it's all coming back already. I really need to get our hard edges sorted out and put some proper turf in - I know I keep saying that...





Our pumpkins are dropping all their fruit again. Sigh. I'll try more calcium again I guess, and I had better check the… Continue

Added by Scarlett on February 4, 2010 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

So many sweet potatoes

Nice to get some rain today. The kids went mental, jumping with the thunder into all the puddles.





Our driveway is chock full of sweet potatoes. They are really delicious and sweet, easily the best sweet potatoes I've ever eaten. There must be a hundred of them just in the driveway, and we've also got some Marguerite variety doing well in another patch in the sun. The amazing thing is when you go out to see what you can find, you… Continue

Added by Scarlett on December 15, 2009 at 15:35 — 7 Comments

Well that was testing

All of our computers got infected with viruses and then we maxed out our download limit reinstalling everything. My computer has been too slow to use for about 2 weeks - I was starting to suffer withdrawal! So apologies for not replying to anything. Each page was taking about 30s to load, it was just too much.



We still have a giant bunch of bananas waiting to turn yellow, and two small bunches developing now - I must spread that rooster booster, they obviously need a feed. I'm late.… Continue

Added by Scarlett on December 4, 2009 at 22:12 — 2 Comments

All sorts of things

Both of our computers have been out of action for the last few weeks - and I'm still trying to get them up and running. Sigh.



We've been very busy in the garden though. I've moved the pea trellis (as they have finished) and planted some blue lake climbing beans. I'll also plant some snake beans here soon. I've planted peanuts (from an african food store so we'll see if they germinate - they're local Australian and they are very fresh, and no blemishes, so fingers crossed) at the base… Continue

Added by Scarlett on October 31, 2009 at 19:38 — 2 Comments

Coffee thoughts

I'm drinking coffee right now. I love coffee. I love going to the grinding shop and smelling the different coffees in the big round tubs. I love buying coffee in a vaccuum pack and foofing the smell onto my face through the valve on the way home.



Developing coffee berries





I try to only drink one or two cups per day on work days, and one or none on non-work days. Sometimes I switch to tea for a while and give my liver and… Continue

Added by Scarlett on October 10, 2009 at 11:55 — 12 Comments

Photos - Spring

The shady corner of the garden beds.





Baby mizuna and pak choy.







We just finished another bunch, and I'm going to cut another (not this one) this weekend.





Lychee in flower





The lime appears to be trying to… Continue

Added by Scarlett on September 11, 2009 at 18:19 — 3 Comments

Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the pale-headed-rosella is

Family life and food gardening: sometimes they're incredibly complementary, sometimes they compete for every available scrap of your time. Recently it's mostly been the competitive scenario - hence the lack of computer activity on my part.





I haven't done much in the garden either. For example my pond is still not in - we haven't even dug the hole!





I noticed today that my… Continue

Added by Scarlett on September 9, 2009 at 21:38 — 1 Comment

People's day = gardening day

What a lovely day for it. I hope the promised rain materialises later on.





I took all of the fittings off my pump and put plumbing tape on them, all the leaks are gone. I only lost a bit of water because the tank is almost empty - I've been waiting. Fingers crossed for a rainstorm.



I cut back most of the passionfruit vine along the fence, only leaving big strong vines and a couple of nodes on the side leaders for new shoots… Continue

Added by Scarlett on August 12, 2009 at 16:14 — 7 Comments

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