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Start of November - oops, I missed a month.

Hi guys, 

How is everyone's garden growing now that we are getting some lovely rain?  Mine is just looking glorious and is keeping me super busy.  I'm so excited at some firsts that are happening with the garden.  Namely the grapes!! Been in the ground 2 years and my carolina black from Daley's is just glorious.  I have about 6 bunches on the vine but this is the largest.  Check! IT! OUT!  I have a question for the grape growers amongst us.  I'm wanting to know if I need to…

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Added by Susan on November 2, 2019 at 15:49 — 3 Comments

September glory

Hi everyone.

My garden is really coming into it's own at the moment despite the lack of water.  All my washing machine water is going on the garden and I refuse to not water my food crops when needed.  I have tried to reduce my reliance on pesticides etc and have been hoping that nature can do its thing.  I planted a bug and butterfly mix by green harvest and have massive queen anne's lace, borage and another pretty flower that I have no clue about.  I am seeing more…

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Added by Susan on September 29, 2019 at 20:02 — 5 Comments

2019 End of Winter

Hi guys, 

Well busy, busy days.  Starting to slowly transition the garden to more summer crops.  But when you are harvesting this (200g beans, 200g snow peas, 2kg tomatoes, 1.5 kg broccoli, 200 g strawberries, 250 g Zucchini,  handful of baby carrots  cause I always over plant, Pak choi, lettuce and silverbeet whenever I want it) it's hard to pull anything else out to make room as everything is still so productive. …

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Added by Susan on August 25, 2019 at 19:25 — 3 Comments

I think winter is done?

Wow, how warm was today?  This winter has barely seen me slow down.  I hate the cold - coming from subtropical north queensland I would always dream of when the days turned warmer.  There was about 2 weeks of "cold" and since then, the weather has mostly been gorgeous.  Unfortunately, that means those feral fruit fly haven't stopped in my yard.  They are only attacking the trombonccino at the moment so that's ok - I just snap of the bottom and the rest is fine to use. 

Being…

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Added by Susan on August 4, 2019 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

2019 winter garden - supposedly :)

Hi Folks, 

I have been busy pottering around in my garden and am starting to finally see some harvests and a decrease in my weekly veggie shop.  Today at the markets, my bill came to $25 - this is down from between $40 to 50 weekly when nothing is coming out (brief period at end of summer when that horrible dry spell was upon us).  It was funny, I was listening to a podcast today ABC Adelaides gardening talkback and the topic was "Is it profitable to grow your own fruit and veggies." …

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Added by Susan on June 16, 2019 at 17:08 — 3 Comments

2019 nearly winter and still doesn't feel like it

Hi everyone, 

I had a wonderful day today out at the farm.  We drove up last night after work (have learnt from experience that there is no point leaving before 6.30 pm) and made it to our block at 8:50pm  Just in time for Fran and I to plonk ourselves down with a glass of wine and our phones to read and unwind after a busy week.  We then had a lovely breaky down at the little servo that really is a jack-of all-trades stop and then spent 3 hrs working on the farm.  We were then back…

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Added by Susan on May 25, 2019 at 19:33 — 1 Comment

Musings for the future.

Hi all,

I've been thinking for sometime about starting a market stall.  There are often beautiful things for the garden that I have to order online or are only available from America or England with huge shipping costs for one item.  I was hoping to pick your brains for things that would attract you into a market stall if you don't mind?  Anything from products you would like to use in the garden, to seed varieties or plants displayed in a certain way.  I'm envisioning some plants in…

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Added by Susan on May 5, 2019 at 19:06 — 8 Comments

End of April and I'm so impatient

Hi guys,  

Well, the garden is on the verge of producing but still not there yet.  I was complaining to Sophie that I want to do the big harvests, where it takes me about an hour just to potter around and pick stuff.  The drought and then the planting setbacks where things failed means i've been without my fix for far too long. 

The first of perennial capsicums are starting to ripen with the long sweet ones not to far behind. …

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Added by Susan on April 28, 2019 at 19:50 — 5 Comments

April and it finally feels like Autumn.

Hi Lovely People, 

I am so loving this cooler weather and holidays have combined with just a wonderful time to be out and about in the garden. I have been working hard in the garden getting many jobs done.  The back grass area is currently covered in tree branches.  I am in the process of pruning most of my fruit trees to bring them back down to size and reshape.  Stupid me though, wasn't looking when I did the custard apple and pruned off 3 out of my 4 fruit that I managed to…

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Added by Susan on April 13, 2019 at 21:08 — 2 Comments

End of March 2019

Finally the rain has hit!  I am getting rain weekly and the garden is sure enjoying it.  I can't wait for school holidays to start so I can get a lot of work done now that the weather is cooling off.  

The asparagus certainly perks up with the rain.  I harvested 10 spears last week and I've obviously missed quite a few this week.…

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Added by Susan on March 30, 2019 at 14:14 — 6 Comments

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

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