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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…

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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".…

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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…

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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

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

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