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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

November in the garden.

It is the time of abundance.  I am getting WAY too many trombonccinos, eggplants, cucumbers, beans and eggs at the moment so every Friday lately, I am taking in a basket load of goodies for people in my school to grab.  It means I am keeping on top of the harvests and not letting things go to waste which I absolutely hate. 

I've started harvesting peaches but my poor tree is almost laying on the ground it is that overladen with fruit. …

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Added by Susan on November 25, 2017 at 12:00 — 9 Comments

Busy in October

Hi everyone,

I'm feeling like my garden is just getting away from me at the moment.  I'm behind in my planting, things are going to waste, everything is messy AND I've hardly been on BLF at all! :)  I had planned to be out there all day today but I don't garden in the rain - not my thing.

I did see…

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Added by Susan on October 15, 2017 at 9:30 — 20 Comments

Lots of food

Hi everyone,

Well my little garden is doing alright.  I've been taking extra stuff into work quite regularly at the moment, eggs, passionfruit (boy are we sick of those), paw paws and Lemons and one of my workmates, in all seriousness, asked if I lived on a farm.  She was quite amazed when she found out that my block of land is only 580 square meters.  I guess, if you had of told me what I could produce, 10 years ago when I started slowly getting into gardening, and how much my garden…

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Added by Susan on September 9, 2017 at 11:30 — 9 Comments

End of Winter 2017

Well, I'm calling it anyway as the garden seems to think it's done and it's warm enough.  All my pretties have come out!

 

And here is the bouquet I picked today.  Poppies, lavenders, sweet peas and crysanthemums.…

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Added by Susan on August 13, 2017 at 18:30 — 7 Comments

Long time between blogs

I was doing so well!  I had committed to doing one per fortnight and I think I managed that for about a year.  Now, slowly but surely, life is creeping in the way and I'm not getting much in the way of blogging done.   I feel like I'm not doing much in the way of gardening either, but that's not completely true.  As usual, I've got another "project" or two underway so my vegie patch is getting ignored cause there is only so many hours available on the weekend and when your morning is taken…

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Added by Susan on July 30, 2017 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

Start of winter

Hi Folks,

Was doing the report for Sophie's garden visit and got the urge to blog myself.  What was I gonna do anyway - too wet to garden :)

Lots a beans at my place at the moment.  I picked this many yesterday and was only going to go out and take photo's today but these were all on the vine so HAD to pick them too.  I can't let them get out of hand as what usually happens is I get sick of picking them and then they go to seed and stop producing.  My plan is to take the excess…

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Added by Susan on June 11, 2017 at 16:30 — 6 Comments

End of Autumn 2017

Hi Folks. 

Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen.  It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year.  The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down.  I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet.  They do have seeds but oh well.  Can't…

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Added by Susan on May 30, 2017 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

Jerry Colby Williams open garden.

I walked up to Jerry's place this morning to check out his garden.  I arrived, unfortunately, just as a bus load of people turned up so it was extremely crowded.  I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked but here they are.

He is growing corn at the moment and it looks amazingly healthy.  I found out that it was popcorn so I don't know if that made a difference.  I think those a broad beans in the front but as I've never grown them, I couldn't say for sure.…

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Added by Susan on May 13, 2017 at 11:00 — 7 Comments

Diggers sucked me in again and I lost.

I am giving rhubarb another go in my garden.  I know, I know.  I swore I wouldn't buy plants again from diggers but they had ruby red and mt tamborine varieties that I wanted to give a go so I steeled myself and placed my order.  Box arrived on Tuesday, I opened it to find that the planting tubes were loose in the box and had moved around during shipping so the shoots (which looked very weak anyway) had broken off.   I have had enough so here is my very terse email to them about their…

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Added by Susan on May 4, 2017 at 6:00 — 10 Comments

The in-between time

Hi everyone,

I have been super busy in the garden, preparing everything for winter crops but it is that time when I feel not much is happening despite how much work I'm doing.   Don't get me wrong, I'm still harvesting lettuce, spring onions, capsicums, cucumbers, eggplant and now pak choi but nothing NEW is happening!  This was due to some pretty early setbacks with things like my peas, beans, carrots and beetroot failing and having to resow.  I should be eating peas by now…

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Added by Susan on April 23, 2017 at 17:00 — 8 Comments

April 2017 The big clean up

Hi Guys,

Well, like Roger said, it has been far too hot to do anything much in the garden so with the weather finally cooling down some, and me being on holidays, it is now time for some serious jobs to get done.

1. Repotting the strawberry runners.  Man, this is one long and tedious job.  Left it a little late as not enough air flow in the pots that I was setting runners into and they were suffering from aphids.  13 pots with 2 in each are now back on the fence line.  At the…

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Added by Susan on April 9, 2017 at 18:30 — 10 Comments

March blog and finally some rain.

So all that wild weather last week that everyone copped - we got nothing.  Not a single drop.  Friday through to today finally broke that.  We've had some nice gentle rain that will hopefully make everything take off.   I've got a lot of jobs to do though and this rain on the weekend business is not conducive to me getting it done.

I've started to do my annual horse manure on all the beds.  My little citrus grove at the back desperately needed some rejuvenation as well as the…

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Added by Susan on March 19, 2017 at 10:00 — 14 Comments

Reflections on my way of gardening

Hi guys,  (don't worry, I'll add photo's later.  I just got in the mood to blog and didn't plan ahead and it is now dark so can't take the matching photo's)

So, if you've been following my blog posts, you will know what a busy 3 years I've had.  I've been gardening at my house for the past 11 years and have been a member of this site since 2010 but it's only been the last few years that I have upped the ante in terms of my garden obsession.

I've gradually turned…

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Added by Susan on February 25, 2017 at 20:39 — 7 Comments

Busy weekend.

Hi everyone,

I haven't been around much.  Part of that is due to being so busy at work but another big part is that it is just exhausting in the garden at the moment so not really doing anything much.  Case in point, I have been meaning to do a honey harvest, chilli jam making and preserving mini capsicums for weeks now.  This morning, being a little bit cooler I was so determined to finish something that I got up and did the bees and the chilli jam.

Two combs…

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Added by Susan on February 19, 2017 at 18:30 — 5 Comments

Too hot to do much.

Hi everyone,

Well the heat is devastating at the moment.  It has been sapping me of all energy and I have not been keeping up with the planting so only relying on what is already there.   Capsicums, tomatoes, trombonccinos, silverbeet and some corn.    Here is the set up for the capsicums - the net allows me to grow perfect fruit that are completely unstung.…

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Added by Susan on January 15, 2017 at 13:30 — 14 Comments

New Year in the garden.

Hi everyone,

Well it's been a busy couple of weeks and I finally have computer access again so YAY! The storm a couple of weeks ago, blew up our computer and wifi and we have only just got it back.  I had a couple of days away as well but the garden did not suffer too badly this time.  I made sure everything was well watered and we also got a little helping hand with a storm.  However, 5 days away was enough to do this to my trombonccino's.…

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Added by Susan on January 2, 2017 at 10:30 — 13 Comments

Mid December and greenness everywhere

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Added by Susan on December 11, 2016 at 17:30 — 16 Comments

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