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Almost Autumn - supposedly a cyclone but still dry!

Hi Everyone,

Is anyone else disappointed that the cyclone is not giving us any rain?  I was holding off watering this week cause I was like "Torrential downpour on its way" to no avail  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯  Not happy!

Well I've had my first (ripe) black sapote.  Now I have waited almost a year for this fruit to ripen.  It is continually flowering and setting fruit but I've worked out it needs a lot of water to keep them so most drop off.  This one has…

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Added by Susan on February 22, 2019 at 20:27 — 12 Comments

Busy holidays and getting stuff done.

Hi Guys,

Welcome to 2019!  As usual, it has been a very busy holiday season and I'm due back at work next week.   But, I feel like I have accomplished a lot these holidays so am feeling rather chilled at the start of the new work year.  

My holidays have gone like this: 

Week 1: Down to Melbourne to drop my 2 daughters at my Aunts to work the summer holidays down there.  Flew back on the Thursday and was driving up to Mackay the next day.

Week 2:…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2019 at 20:25 — 15 Comments

The summer garden!

Well things certainly are a happening at my place.  

The first of the peaches have been harvested and bottled.  

I have a zucchini glut at the moment.  The tromboncino is growing great along the fence and I'm picking between 2-3 a day!…

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Added by Susan on November 17, 2018 at 12:30 — 5 Comments

End of October 2018

Hi folks,  hope you've all been enjoying the beautiful rain we've been having.  I've loved it but I lost another Paw Paw tree.  To be fair, they are really only supposed to live for about 3 yrs and mine has been going 5+.  You can see how old she was by the amount of stems that had regrown every time I cut her back.  Big lot of rain and over she went.  Most of the roots had started to rot out so it was only a matter of time.   …

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Added by Susan on October 28, 2018 at 20:00 — 3 Comments

October harvests and summer plantings

Hi everyone.  

The garden is going great still but it is time to start thinking about the summer crops.  While I'm still harvesting the brassicas (check out my broccoli and cabbage!!!) I have started to clean up the garden beds for summer crops. 

This week I've planted corn, dwarf beans, more tomatoes,  a variety of rockmelons (never been real successful…

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Added by Susan on October 4, 2018 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

August update

Hi Folks, 

Lots of things going on at this time of the year.  The chooks have FINALLY come back on lay after 3 months of nothing! (To be fair to my little Isa brown, she was laying up until about 6 weeks ago but I can't survive on six eggs a week)   To give you some idea of just how many eggs we go through, I saved all the egg cartons from those months and this was us "cutting down" our usage because I was cranky at having to buy eggs.  My two blues, the ISA brown and my white…

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Added by Susan on August 5, 2018 at 14:00 — 9 Comments

July garden update

Welcome to the patch!

The broccoli (off to the right) is STILL getting chomped by the little mices- they even ate a hole through that net to get in! I have now bought rat sak - I'm over it.  At least they have left the cabbages so far alone, the broccoli will grow side shoots if they are left alone but the cabbage are a one shot crop.  

Middle bed has peas, beans,…

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Added by Susan on July 5, 2018 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

Ann's Garden Visit

What a glorious day and a glorious garden we had a visit in today.  Steve and Ann's garden is magical - approximately 1/4 of an acre (I'm guessing here - it could be larger) of beautifully maintained gardens with edibles dispersed through the ornamentals, lovely large verandah to sit an chat on and a quiet setting down near the Brisbane river.  This first photo shoes the lovely verandah…

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Added by Susan on June 23, 2018 at 17:30 — 5 Comments

2018 June garden and winter keeps coming and going.

25 degrees today People! This is not winter weather, today was glorious.  Sure, there was a little bit of a nip in the air but you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day.  

I went outside and did my big weekly harvest.  I always do a midweek small harvest but collect a lot on the weekend (I had today off so it was my "weekend" :).  Currently have a big pot of tomato sauce in the thermomix cooking up for the week.  It manages to use up all the little capsicums, a good chunk of…

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Added by Susan on June 15, 2018 at 17:00 — 4 Comments

What's happening in my garden

Hi Everyone,

I've had a wonderful weekend catching up with people and talking about gardens - 2 of my favorite things.  My friend has moved back from Sydney and I dragged her to the Brisbane Plant Collectors Fair where I picked up blue hippeastrum, peach ground orchid and a japanese mountain raspberry "Rubus corchorifolius".

Then today, it was Sophie's…

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Added by Susan on May 27, 2018 at 19:00 — 8 Comments

My Mate Jerry's house.

My children call me a stalker.  Is it wrong that I got a little bit star struck today when the great man himself was there in his garden and I got to speak to him, if only for a minute.  That makes us "mates" right?  :)

I got there at 9.10, by the time I left at 10 am, the crowds had built up.  This path runs along the width of the house and has paths leading the way around his garden.…

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Added by Susan on May 12, 2018 at 18:00 — 7 Comments

May 2018 - Long weekends and Those blasted cockroaches

Hi Everyone,

Don't you just love long weekends?  That extra day makes all the difference.  Saturdays get used for housework,shopping and cleaning, Sunday we had a family day and I got out there in the afternoon and watered everything so I could start in the garden with what I wanted to do.  I really need to go part time at work.  Four days per week would be perfect,  but you know... Money.

I needed to get quite a lot done.  I had to respray all the citrus with lime…

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Added by Susan on May 7, 2018 at 12:30 — 12 Comments

Exciting News and April clean up

Hi Everyone,

Well, you have all heard me lament about my lack of space and the fact that I have run out of room on my tiny 560 square meter block of land.  Don't get me wrong, I pack a lot in but I have to be very strategic with my plantings and I'm now at the stage that if I want to plant anything new, I must first rip something out.   Case in point, my large apple tree was removed 3 weekends ago because I want more flowers, a pond and a rose garden.  Here is the progress on…

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Added by Susan on April 11, 2018 at 19:00 — 12 Comments

Daley's Visit 2018

It was the most amazing day for a visit to Daley's.  I managed to drag my butt out of bed at 5:15 and was on the road by 5:45 to start the journey.  Google maps told me it would be 2hrs and 15 min via lions road.  "Perfect" I thought.  Macca's stop for coffee, toilet break when I'm almost there because of said coffee and I would still arrive at 9 am (You read that correctly and I can add up -Stupid daylight savings time).  Plenty of time for me to stop in Kyogle and grab something to eat and…

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Added by Susan on March 24, 2018 at 19:30 — 11 Comments

Qld garden and plant expo

What a glorious weekend. I got there at 8am and had a lovely wander around while it was not crowded.  Of course, I had to stop at Grandma’s cottage garden where I picked up 3 more (small) salvias - Denver, jitterbug, cupie doll and a dwarf Shantae daisy to go in the front garden that I just cleaned up

I also bought a whole bunch of seeds from Erica vale seeds…

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Added by Susan on March 17, 2018 at 11:00 — 4 Comments

March 2018

Hi Everyone,

I've managed to get in 7 hours of good gardening last weekend and feel like I've achieved a lot.  Vegie wise, I planted out into seedling punnets some broccoli, beetroot, lettuce and spinach.  Direct sowed some bush beans and dwarf peas.  I lost all but 2 of the beetroots I planted 2 weeks ago - I need to learn my lesson and just not buy them as seedlings.  I never have any luck with those but when I make my own seedlings to transplant, I never have a drama???…

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Added by Susan on March 16, 2018 at 20:30 — 2 Comments

Nearly Autumn

Hi guys,

With Autumn nearly upon us, I am trying to seriously get my garden beds going.  I had hoped to get a lot more done this weekend but with the torrential downpours interspersed with sunshine and extreme humidity, it has been more of a labour than a labour of love.  Everything I have planted previously is just taking off though, so that is good.

My cucumber seedling (continental by Floriana) has got about 4 fruit this size and is absolutely loaded with…

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Added by Susan on February 25, 2018 at 13:30 — No Comments

Middle of February

Hi Everyone,

How's the gardening going in this heat?  I got a little motivated a couple of weeks ago and then this heat hit and I went "Nope".  Luckily for me, everything has survived so far of the new plantings.  I put that down to using a seasol combined with a wetting agent in a hose on pack "seasol super soil wetter and conditioner" -> I did the whole yard and all the wicking beds as nothing was doing well and the soil looked awful.  In the heat, it is very easy for the…

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Added by Susan on February 18, 2018 at 19:53 — 9 Comments

Start of 2018

No gardening getting done at my place at the moment.  As things die/expire, there is no new planting.  6 out of my 8 wicking beds are completely empty.  IT IS DIRE!! Lucky for me my mother is staying with me at the moment as I went back to work last week and she has been watering everything for me.  My tank is dry as a bone - we are on town water again. 

There are still things coming in from the garden which continues to surprise me.  Those trombonccino's, Dianne's perennial…

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Added by Susan on January 24, 2018 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

December not in my garden :)

So I've just come back from Melbourne - more specifically Phillip Island where my Aunt lives.  Popped down to drop my eldest daughter off to gain work experience as my Aunt runs her own coffee and lolly shop as well as a weekend market and took all of us on for summer jobs when we were younger and is still continuing the tradition with her great nephews and nieces.   Great for me as I have one child gainfully employed over summer!! I love my Aunt but what makes this even better is that she…

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Added by Susan on December 21, 2017 at 12:30 — 10 Comments

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