I've become a bit more serious about plotting the food that I grow and harvest here on the block. Mostly, because of the Youtube shedwars contest I am in... it's actually just an excuse to share gardening tips for beginners but it also forces me to track my produce by weight.
I've decided I will do this for 12 months and maybe even more, even though the contest stops in April. You see, I've realised:
Little pots, be gone! Inspired by Doug’s huge grow bags, I bought ten x 100l bags. They are very good quality and at around $12 a piece, you can’t go wrong. I got them here and I think Doug uses the same supplier: https://planterbags.com.au/ I’m also surprised that I can still slide the bags around to move them even when fully planted.
Most of our north side plants that were in dinky pots have now been moved into the grow bags. I think…Continue
I learned this afternoon that Elaine passed away on 26 May 2020. She was cremated on 5 June. I believe she would have been 78.
Long time members will know that Elaine's health had suffered recently as a result of diabetes. Her heart had been damaged and finally gave out.
There is to be a memorial service at Great Northern Gardens at Deception Bay in 6 - 8 weeks. I asked to be advised when the date was set.
The site has been much quieter since she got ill and…Continue
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Well damn. I’m used to making jams and sauces etc, bottling them and boiling them in a water bath so they seal and can be kept for many months. I do a lot of that.
Then I got this pressure canner thing. It works as a pressure cooker – I made pea and ham soup in it tonight. However, the damn thing can cook…
I can't get youtube to link properly the normal way so I'll share the my latest update as a link that I know works.
Tiny farm tales...
I have 48 quail eggs in the incubator, on day 7 now. They have about 10-12 days to go. That’s left me with four dozen eggs for eating. That’s a thought process that I mostly leave alone. I also have four or five old birds that I can tell will drop off the perch soon. I lost one on the weekend. Nature says the old must pass so the new can come on. People aren’t any different, except the span of years Is greater.
I split a native bee…
Am I an environmental warrior or just a dirty old dumpster diver?
Some folks would probably suggest that I am a tad over obsessed with climate change and living a life aimed at helping save the environment. There's some elements of that lifestyle which I normally don't talk about for fear of being labelled a dirty dumpster diver. But you know me - I'm gunna talk about them tonight!
I reuse and recycle a lot of wood and stuff. Why would I buy new stuff…
I have pumpkins coming in now (taking up a lot of room). I've planted spuds out too. Lettuce seeds are growing but I'm not sure how valuable they'll be in winter - pesto sounds good. Silverbeet are also doing well on the north.
There's a fair bit of citrus to harvest but the south side of the yard continues to die back. No sun. I've slowed down feeding the fish. There's very few eggs from the chooks but the quails are still…Continue
Salad/veges: I've been trying to show a few pics of modest harvests each day (facebook posts). The idea is to explain that little bits each day add up. If I can make the odd meal from zucchinis then that's great. The same with eggs, tomatoes, silverbeet, lettuce or whatever. Rather than worry about making a whole meal once a week, I find it's better to contribute one thing or two to most dinners.
Fruit: tends to come in batches. I try to make jams, chutneys…Continue
I have grapes on the north side of the yard.
Citrus like oranges and
I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know. As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.
Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg. Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves. I know that. I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.
Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant. It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient…Continue
UPDATE (February 18):
For those who watched the video, things have moved on from the previous post below. I am now slaughtering spare males and old females who no longer lay. Yes, I'm quite comfortable with the decision. No, there is no cruelty what-so-ever. In a complete random act of insanity, I am testing whether Big Bertha (the barred plymouth rock) will sit on quail eggs. Oh, the quails are laying and it's too hot for the chickens to want to perform. …Continue
I found A Fajita kit in the back of the pantry today around 3 pm when I was seriously lacking inspiration for tonight's dinner. Well, that's an easy answer. I have some chicken breast in the freezer. I know! I'll duck out and get some greens from the garden .... and that was how the fritzing started!
Thinking about it, I also had some spinach wraps I wanted to use. I'll just replace the burrito wraps from the kit with them. Oh, damn. My Saudi students cooked last night.…Continue
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One of the kids across the road, young Andrew aged about 9, watched me put the vege patch on the footpath. He advised me that people would steal the veges. He was very happy when I told him that I wanted them to take them. "You can't steal it, if I've already given it to you."
I've been trying to space my planting out there so that there won't be sudden feast followed by months of famine (inspired by a recent tomato debacle in my yard). Young Andrew decided that I wasn't…Continue
I found some apples that weren't looking their best today. After a bit or work, I ended up with three bottles of chutney. One of these bottles went in the fridge - where I immediately bumped into an existing bottle of "paw paw, tomato, zucchini, and date chutney."
"Oi Roz. Where the hell did we get this paw paw chutney?" I yelled.
My Roz says, "Sophie made it. You got it at Christmas."
"Oh, that explains the sauerkraut bottle beside it!"
Anyways, that got me…Continue
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…
I have a batch of 20 quail eggs in the incubator on day 15 now. I took the egg rocker out today and laid them gently on the floor of what I am hoping will be their brooder soon. What's the difference between an incubator and a brooder? An egg rocker. I use the same incubator for both purposes. Real quail breeders have two separate bits of equipment.
The alcoholic ginger beer is ready to bottle tomorrow. I'll try not to add too much sugar and avoid some beery explosions.…Continue
Out the front: the building patch is still doing bugger all, in fact, it's mostly ornamental now. The Mulberry seems to be thriving (although not right now due to winter). The blood orange is dead. The sugar cane is a real standout which I didn't expect. The cumquats are being wasted because I have no room to freeze them since I shut down the second fridge. The roses are…Continue