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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

Beautiful day in the garden and it's marking time again

Procrastination is my friend.  I seem to get most productive in the garden at marking time.  Suddenly, all of my less favorite things to do in the garden suddenly seem so interesting...

I finally got round to building another "extended" garden bed.  Since Valerie posted about BCC now legal to plant footpaths, I am a bit less  hesitant.  Let's be honest, I wasn't hesitant at all really :)  This is down the south side of the house and is fully shaded in winter but will be full sun in…

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Added by Susan on September 4, 2016 at 19:30 — 8 Comments

Almost Spring 2016

Spring is just around the corner.  My garden is bursting with flowers and I am planting more!  If you have roses, make sure you go out there with a strong spray and hit those aphids - I discovered that all my new growth was covered even though, from a distance, it looked exceedingly healthy.   I'm trying to let the lady bug population explode in response so am avoiding pest oils etc at this stage.  Plus, I just planted sunflower, zinnia, allysium, cosmos and marigold seeds throughout the…

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Added by Susan on August 28, 2016 at 19:30 — 18 Comments

Sick days and pottering

Hi all,

I'm having a day off work today as I have caught that awful cold going around.  I was going to catch up on some school work at the same time but am procrastinating at the moment.  Did the kid's school drop off and was wandering around my garden with a cup of tea and got inspired to post!

I don't know if you can see much in this photo, but this shot makes me so happy.  Everything looks lush and productive.  Right at the front, you can see the carrots, beets and…

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Added by Susan on August 16, 2016 at 11:00 — 8 Comments

Quick August update and fortuitous meetings

Hi All,

Imagine my surprise today when I saw (I should say though - that she saw me as I'm hopeless) Sophie and Frank today at Bunnings and had the most lovely chat there and then they came back to my place and I had an impromptu garden visit where I showed off a little bit :)  You should see the yard now though Sophie, my husband mowed it and I cleaned out the front wicking beds and replanted with flowers -> Looks heaps fresher :)

So my trip to bunnings yielded an…

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Added by Susan on August 7, 2016 at 19:00 — 12 Comments

Flowers are out

Hi everyone,

Flowers are starting to come out in droves.  I have flower buds on my lychee's and mango.  Here are my beautiful peaches/nectarines.

I've got flower buds on my lemonade tree that I bought from Masters last year(?) on sale which is planted out on the verge garden with the kaffir lime…

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Added by Susan on July 31, 2016 at 15:30 — 7 Comments

July - Been a bit busy

Hi Everyone,

Did you miss me :) ?  I started back at school and I had a couple of gardening projects on the go over the holidays so things got a bit away from me... but I'm baaaaccckkk!!!

I think you all saw the before and after shots of what I had started to do in the garden - there's the link if you missed it -  That needed to get finished (still isn't but it's a lot closer to…

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Added by Susan on July 17, 2016 at 18:30 — 11 Comments

Where is my winter?

Hi Everyone,

Winter is here but we wouldn't know it.  25 degree days are lovely but not seasonal.  Thankfully the gardens are still pumping out produce.   Eggplants, zucchini, Broccoli shoots and the first of the peas.

I also have capsicums still pumping on.  This is the first of Dianne's perennial caps…

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Added by Susan on June 18, 2016 at 20:30 — 10 Comments

Start of Winter 2016

Hi Everyone.

Well I've had a very busy weekend.  My kids went to titration comp (chemistry thing) this weekend and it was very exciting as we placed first and second!!! Completely unexpected as this was the first time our school had entered, multiple equipment disasters occurred on the day  but the kids were champions.  That pretty much took up my Saturday so I didn't have as much time as I'd like gardening this weekend. However, the cooler days means you actually get more gardening…

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Added by Susan on May 29, 2016 at 18:30 — 23 Comments

Withdrawal symptoms

Hi everyone,

I've had 3 very busy weekends away from my garden and boy have I missed it.  I spent the whole weekend in the garden and enjoyed every minute but there were lots of maintainancy jobs to get done.  Harvested lots of paw paws, banana's and honey.  Normally I only take one comb but my bees have been making some funky shaped comb so I removed two of the worst and straightened a couple to hopefully sort the problem…

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Added by Susan on May 15, 2016 at 18:26 — 12 Comments

Is it really only 29 days till winter?

Hi guys,

My son said to me today that it was only 4 weeks till winter and I went to explain that no, we were still in the middle of Autumn when I realised that DESPITE the still really hot weather, it is actually the last month of Autumn!!! What the??? No wonder I'm having such trouble in the garden. 

I have FINALLY got some spinach to germinate, don't ask me how as I swear the days have not dropped below 25.  I have just transplanted it into a wicking bed today but it may not…

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Added by Susan on May 2, 2016 at 19:30 — 23 Comments

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