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PHOENIX SCULPTURE GARDENS

While I'm staying at Armstrong Creek for this extended period of house sitting it has given me the opportunity to explore the region when I have the time at weekends. This weekend my sister was staying over and I wanted to go check out the Phoenix Sculpture Gardens at Mt Glorious run by Graham and Margit Radcliffe.

Graham is an incredibly talented sculptor and also a painter. They have a property at the top of Mt Glorious…

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Added by Lissa on September 24, 2017 at 20:30 — No Comments

ALICE SPRINGS AND THE ROAD TO GLEN HELEN

During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.  

Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).

In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…

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Added by Lissa on July 25, 2017 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that…

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Added by Lissa on July 22, 2017 at 18:00 — No Comments

ALICE SPRINGS OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN

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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the…

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Added by Lissa on July 18, 2017 at 15:00 — 7 Comments

ALICE SPRINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN

I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.

Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…

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Added by Lissa on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 — 9 Comments

TWO WEEKS IN DAYBORO

I am very fond of Dayboro, the folk are down to earth, the scenery gorgeous. It's still close to amenities but feels "country".  So the opportunity to spend, all up, 8 weeks here is most pleasureable. 

I am staying for two weeks at Lynn and Wayne's place first up - actually having my holiday to cover the period, looking after their four puddies, Jack the (adorable, smart Bull Arab) dog and getting out of looking after the chooks as neighbour Andrea has that job. I just get the free…

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Added by Lissa on March 4, 2017 at 13:00 — 35 Comments

SOJOURN AT KARLA'S - Nov 26 to Feb 25 2017

I have been so lucky that my first house sit has been somewhere so beautiful. And for three whole months to boot. 

Enough time to sort out the excess of personal belongings I managed to bring with me despite selling, giving away, donating or throwing out the majority of my belongings. I have a rented…

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Added by Lissa on December 10, 2016 at 19:30 — 14 Comments

2016 SPRING - SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

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…

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

2016 WINTER - JUNE TO AUGUST

04.06.16

No rain for two months and the entire garden is drooping. Last night we finally had some good rain and I thoroughly enjoyed the sound of it on the roof and plants through the open front door while I slept. 

Very nice indeed :) This should pick up the garden.

The weather has remained too warm through Autumn - all the cabbage white caterpillars are still doing damage to my growing crop of broccoli and cauli and cane toads are still…

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Added by Lissa on July 31, 2016 at 16:00 — 16 Comments

KOMBUCHA and JUN....and possibly Kefir

Kombucha making has been popular for a long time. I call it my "old hippy" drink though I've personally been making it for just a few years. I find it really helps my dicky tum and it's a very pleasant form of hydration. The K I make is reasonably fizzy but as I dilute it down in water I add it to a bottle of aerated water using the Soda Stream. Looks like beer when I'm finished.

I tried milk Kefir but it upset my stomach - made a good cream cheese with it though. Phil makes some nice…

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Added by Lissa on May 12, 2016 at 5:00 — 16 Comments

COLLARD GREENS

UPDATED INFORMATION ON THE EXPERIMENT WITH THESE PLANTS HAS BEEN ADDED BELOW.

Collard greens are one of the oldest members of the cabbage family and date back to prehistoric times. They have been used in cooking for centuries.

Thanks to Christa for this very informative LINK.…

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Added by Lissa on May 2, 2016 at 7:30 — 58 Comments

2016 AUTUMN - MARCH TO MAY

This is a continuous seasonal diary which I will add to as the season progresses.

The weather is improving already though still a few hot days. Enough showers now and then to keep my 5000lt tank ticking over for garden use.

It's a jungle…

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Added by Lissa on March 25, 2016 at 5:30 — 27 Comments

JABOTICABA - Myrciaria cauliflora

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Added by Lissa on February 11, 2016 at 8:00 — 6 Comments

2015/16 SUMMER - DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY

This is a continuous summer diary which I will add to as the season progresses.

22.12.15

Hot and basically dry with some overcast days but enough showers to keep the rain water tank ticking over for watering.

Some plants are enjoying this weather, some aren't.…

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Added by Lissa on January 4, 2016 at 7:00 — 11 Comments

DRAGON FRUIT - FROM FLOWER TO FRUIT 34 DAYS

Phil's question re how long from flower to fruit made me realise I had paid little attention to this in the past.

This will be a pictorial day to day following of flower to fruit. I've chosen the flower that bloomed just outside my front door as it's easiest to remember to photograph each day. Hopefully it's pollinated lol!

29.12.15 Day one - flower…

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Added by Lissa on December 30, 2015 at 5:30 — 24 Comments

SWEET POTATO - CROPPING AND PROPAGATING

Many would know I like to grow my sweet potatoes in grow bags with a frame.

Frames encourage the runners to grow up to maximize leaf growth for food use. The bags keep the spuds in one neat place for easy cropping and I found I crop just as many this way as I would if I let the plant loose in the beds to take up lots of space. Turn around is usually 4mths from propagating by leaf cutting to cropping.

See the original Blog detailing my early trials growing this way…

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Added by Lissa on October 17, 2015 at 10:00 — 17 Comments

2015 SPRING - SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

This is a continuous spring diary and I added to it as the season progressed.

Check photos for dates as I have done progressive photos for many plants.

We're a month in to Spring and it's been beautiful so far. Plenty of rain now and then to fill the tank - not much sign of the El Nino. We did get one hot day just after I planted heaps of seed and I am waiting anxiously to see if they survived and will make a show. Beginning to suspect I…

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Added by Lissa on September 27, 2015 at 10:30 — 23 Comments

2015 WINTER – JUNE TO AUGUST

2015 WINTER – JUNE TO AUGUST

Wordpress blog HERE.



22.06.15 backyard

22.06.15 backyard – peak growing period for veg is winter in Brisbane. Time for the brassicas of all kinds, lettuces, toms, carrots, beans, peas, potatoes and a few…

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Added by Lissa on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 — 9 Comments

POTATO GROWING

25.04.15 POTATO GROWING WITH LYLE AT SANDGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN

Big thank you to Lyle (Betts) from the SCG for providing a potato growing workshop for our members, though we did have a couple of ring in's from BOGI in the form of Ed and Louise. Always good when other groups can join us.

What an excellent, no nonsense approach Lyle has to growing spuds.

Below…

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Added by Lissa on June 11, 2015 at 5:30 — 31 Comments

A FRESH LOOK AT HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Brisbane Qld 2009

Back in late 2009 I must have read something, found something to inspire me to finally start trying to grow food in earnest. Perhaps I met the guy at the markets who eventually made my raised beds (new idea to the market then). I don't remember. All I know is that I suddenly realised I had to turn my backyard into veg beds rather than the croquet lawn I had planned for this area.

We were coming out of a nasty long period of real drought. You…

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Added by Lissa on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 — 12 Comments

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