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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…


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…


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…


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

Mid Autumn in the garden.

Hi everyone,

How are everyone's gardens going?  Mine, still not that productive.  We are going ok in the fruit department.  Passionfruit,1-2 small pawpaws ripening up per week, the last 3 melons from the garden and the odd small handful of raspberries from my very poor looking raspberry vines.  I also harvested the ONLY fruit that set off my citrus grove trees that I planted last year.  Yes, I know, to be fair to them, they are just babies.  It was the rio red grapefruit.  I…


Added by Susan on April 15, 2016 at 19:00 — 9 Comments

April 2016 garden.

Hi guys,

Well I just finished my major holiday project - built the garden shed.  I was going to also build a rock pathway but as it took 3 days of torture AND I managed to put a drill bit through my thumb, I decided not to be too ambitious.  The shed was the $169 job from Aldi's.  If you bought one and haven't put it up yet, word to the wise:  When they refer to the "short side" it means the side with all the holes drilled into it (short height wise, not length wise).  The swearing…


Added by Susan on April 1, 2016 at 14:00 — 19 Comments

Day of procrastinating

Well, it's that time of term again - you know the one where all the marking and reporting needs to happen.  Currently, I have three piles of exam papers to mark with another two coming Tuesday so what do I do?  Why, I find every excuse NOT to be marking this weekend, then I'll end up in a god awful panic at 6pm tomorrow night and stay up till two doing the most urgent (yr 9 papers) and spend the rest of the week cranky and stressed and tired because I have too much work to do.  Even though I…


Added by Susan on March 12, 2016 at 19:00 — 13 Comments

Start of Autumn 2016

Hi Everyone,

Thank God for the rain!! My garden has been without decent rainfall for about 6 weeks now and everything was struggling to stay alive.  Watering was taking a big chunk of my time and things that I wouldn't normally water (the established apple and peach for example) had to get watered as well as I was worried about how they were travelling as my grass was D.E.A.D.

I had a problem with spider mites on my mango tree.  All the new growth was going pale and burnt…


Added by Susan on March 2, 2016 at 20:30 — 11 Comments

Nearly the end of summer

Hi everyone,

I don't know if it is just because the weather has been so hot but I feel that there is almost a chill in the air in the early mornings??  My new job has kept me very busy but because of the massive reduction in travel time and later start, I'm able to get almost an hour of gardening in every day before work.  I leave the big, dirty jobs (whipper snipping and making compost heaps for example) for the weekend but can get watering, planting, mulching, harvesting etc done…


Added by Susan on February 13, 2016 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

Excesses of summer.

Hi guys, well this might be the last blog from me for a little bit as my long holiday is almost at an end and GASP!! - I have to join the working class again and start at my new job :)  But you never know, I might be desperate for some gardening escapism and starting over at a new workplace may not be as bad as I think so we shall see.  

I was reading Joseph's blog…


Added by Susan on January 18, 2016 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

2016 -Busy start to the year.

Hi everyone,

How has the gardening been?  I've been on holidays in north Queensland for 2 weeks and nearly died.  Being up there makes me appreciate my coastal Brisbane temperatures much more.  You literally cannot do anything between the hours of 9 and 4 - it is just tooo hot to move and my parents don't have air con so you get no respite even being in doors.  I was out in the garden till 11 today.  Yes, I was covered head to toe and yes I was hot but not unbearably hot.  I would…


Added by Susan on January 6, 2016 at 12:30 — 11 Comments

Summer days

Hi everyone,

Things have been HOT! I keep waiting for all the storms to hit with their promised rains but all of it is missing my place.  I've started watering despite the promise of rain because so far none is getting us.   Well today was my last day at work (I'm transferring to a different school next year) and my work colleagues know how much I love gardening so they got me some beautiful gifts. …


Added by Susan on December 11, 2015 at 18:30 — 4 Comments

End of November

Hi everyone,

Well work has gotten the better of me again and while my garden is productive at the moment, I'm going to run into a problem soon as I haven't had time to plant any seeds and keep my rotation going - about all I've managed to do is keep up with watering. Case in point are the carrots.  They are now ready to pull out but my last self seed failed to germinate and I got slack and haven't done another so it will be months before my next lot of carrots.  Beans and zucchini's…


Added by Susan on November 27, 2015 at 20:00 — 16 Comments

November garden

Well it's the beginning of November and thank God for the storms - the rain has been very welcome and has 1/2 filled my tank so I'm switching the hoses back to tank water.  I was looking at Barbara's blog the other day and she was showing her tiny pomegranite with flowers on it so I thought I would show mine in comparison.

So, I don't know if this gives you a fair idea…


Added by Susan on November 7, 2015 at 20:00 — 9 Comments

Beautiful rain and garden harvests

Well, this is different from last year. From memory, it was very dry and warm. I'm not complaining, I love the rain for my garden and the tank most certainly needs it. Lots of things are happening in the garden at the moment, which is just wonderful. In fruiting news, we are harvesting nectarines. There are not as many as there was last year but I did thin them to try to increase…


Added by Susan on October 30, 2015 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

Mid October musings

Hi everyone.  Well, I'll just let you know that my addictions got the better of me again.  I'm WEAK I tell you.  If I was addicted to a less socially acceptable substance, I would be in a pretty bad place right now :)  That's right, I've been trawling Daley's website again and found two new purchaces to add.  A jackfruit which has gone out where the Jaboticaba used to be near the banana's (I have pulled it up and put it in a pot where I'm hoping it will make a recovery) and a Malabar…


Added by Susan on October 17, 2015 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

The most beautiful time of the year.

I absolutely LOVE October -> All the flowers are out in full force.  I have a garden path that leads from my front gate to the house which has a rose arbor and is lined with hippeastrums. At this time of year, it just looks stunning (trust me on this, the photo's do not do it justice).  The rose has just started its mass flowering with hundreds of buds waiting to open.  The hippea's have all sent up their magnificent spikes and one is just about to open today. …


Added by Susan on October 1, 2015 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Excess harvests.

Hi everyone, 

I usually don't have much excess harvest.  What I sometimes do get, I have been known to be rather wasteful and either compost it or feed it to the chooks (go back to last years November blog and the peach debacle) because I've left it too long to do anything about.  But my beautiful Aunt, who I absolutely adore, is in to gardening and preserving local produce big time.  She's been through some really tough financial times (has now come through at the other end) and…


Added by Susan on September 20, 2015 at 19:43 — 4 Comments

Spring is here!

Hi Everyone,

What is spring without flowers?  I always try to remember to plant ranunculi's as I absolutely love them.  Often what ends up happening is I will buy them and then put them in a draw and forget to plant them until beginning of spring.  This time, I remembered to get them in the ground mid winter and I'm now seeing flowers.  My lavender, that had you asked me 2 weeks ago if it was going to flower, I would have said "no chance", is now starting to bloom.  I want to take…


Added by Susan on September 8, 2015 at 20:00 — 8 Comments

2 weeks to go :)

Hi everyone. 

I'm so excited about you guys coming to visit my little oasis in suburbia.  I have been very busy trying to get the garden in tip top shape but you all would know that a gardener's work is never finished.  I'm also being very mean to my children.  This year will be our first major crop of oranges (20 mind you) off our valencia orange and they are just BEGGING me to harvest them so they can eat them and make orange juice.  They'll just have to wait and make do with all…


Added by Susan on August 16, 2015 at 14:30 — 17 Comments

Early flowering fruit trees and other bits and pieces

Hi everyone,

This time last year, I was lamenting the cold weather and desperately looking for any signs of spring.  Well this has been an unseasonally warm winter and the fruit trees and I feel like it is spring already!   I wore SHORTS to the gym last week - mind you, my tan hasn't quite caught up with my garden so my legs were pasty but they were OUT! The garden is coming to life after a very brief, almost non-existent, resting period.

My multigraft peach/nectarine tree is…


Added by Susan on August 1, 2015 at 14:30 — 14 Comments

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