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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

Almost the end of spring and I want shade 2016

I've decided I need a shade tree to go in the backyard.  Let's face it - I want some grass, but I also want to be able to sit out in my backyard and enjoy it.  Hence a shade tree.   It must be deciduous, relatively small, not necessarily productive (if it is - can't have fruit fly prone fruit as I will not be keeping small enough for netting) but beautiful if not.  Jacaranda's and Poinsettia's are out -> Jacs are too big and the Poins are too wide.  Something about the poinsettia's height…

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Added by Susan on November 20, 2016 at 14:00 — 18 Comments

November in the Garden

Hi Everyone,

Well wasn't today just a barrel of fun!! 30 degrees at Wynnum but I went to Roger's garden visit today which is out west a bit and it was 35!!!!!  I frantically ran around watering everything this morning before potting up some left over rosella seedlings and a Listada De Gandia eggplant to take.

We have been harvesting nectarines for the past 2 weeks now.  Every 2nd or 3rd day I go out and get about 1Kg.  It's been great.…

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Added by Susan on November 6, 2016 at 20:14 — 9 Comments

October firsts

Hi everyone,

I really enjoyed everyone's company on the weekend at my garden visit and can't wait to go to Roger's.  Sophie, just wanted to say your sweet potato was delicious!! Very sappy (stained a bread board) and not pretty (went a sort of dull grayish colour) but was really good and tasty.  Smoother than the orange variety. I'm gonna try to grow some from cuttings of the skin but if not, I'd love some leaf cuttings.

Know how I was showing off the black sapote fruit…

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Added by Susan on October 20, 2016 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

Return from holidays and dead things in my garden

Hi Y'all. 

Well I've been away from the garden for 2 weeks now.  Went to Melbourne for the first week -> froze my butt off in 7 degree weather, came home for less than 12 hrs (ran around the garden and tried to get as much done as I could in the 2 hrs in  the morning before I had to leave again) and then was off to Mackay for another week, leaving my garden in the (not so) tender loving care of my husband.  If you look back on past blogs, this is a mistake I just keep on…

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Added by Susan on September 29, 2016 at 11:30 — 8 Comments

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