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Mid winter harvests


Added by Susan on July 10, 2015 at 18:30 — 7 Comments

The "now" winter garden

Hi everyone, how's the gardening going?  I've been busy - as usual - but I've still managed to find a couple of hours to get out in the garden and get stuff done.  I have seen a lot of gardening shows/magazines touting that you can have a productive garden with only "1 hour per week"!!   I don't know about you, but that 1 hour wouldn't even cover the time I spend watering let alone any maintenance chores.  I suppose it could happen, if I didn't mind weeds and could let chaos reign, but I do…


Added by Susan on June 13, 2015 at 21:00 — 11 Comments

The "almost" winter garden.

Hi everyone,

Hasn't the weather been glorious - but definitely not cold enough for the start of winter.  I had the most wonderful day in the garden.  Started at 11 after helping at my son's school and didn't come back inside until 5pm.  I am feeling so relaxed and rejuvenated.  My gardening has stopped being a hobby and started to become a necessity.  With a couple of full on weekends away, a couple of late mid-week events + working late and I have been feeling very stressed over the…


Added by Susan on May 30, 2015 at 19:30 — 12 Comments

THE BEES!!! (and other random bits)

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!! The excitement at my place today!  We are now proud owners of bees - about 4000 Paul assured my young son today as he was trying to count up all our pets.  (Just in case you were curious - 1 dog, 1 cat, 6 chickens, a rescued cockatiel, 2 fish, the worms and now our bees -> all of them are named.  "Wormy worms" for the worms and now "Queenie and the Broodies" for the collectives).  Even my teenage daughter, who, if she wasn't part Phillapino, would be as pale as a…


Added by Susan on May 2, 2015 at 20:00 — 11 Comments


It's official - I suffer from an addiction.  I need to cut myself off from Daley's fruit nursery site.  I have just added to my growing fruit list

a) 10 x sugar baby and 10 x redlands joy strawberries

b) a red Muscadine grape (Noble) to match my green muscadine (adonis)

c) Keriberry to add to my raspberry collection (Heritage, bicentennial & atherton)

d) Walnut - Placentia.  Apparently low chill to fruit in subtropics.  This is on the "notify me" list.  This…


Added by Susan on April 27, 2015 at 21:26 — 23 Comments

Updates on holiday projects

Well guys, I promised to keep you updated.  I am just about finished all my gardening "to do" chores and boy, is it a great feeling.  Lucky too, because for the remainder of the holidays, I am looking after my niece and 2 nephews (ranging from 1 - 6 years) and going from the state of my garden when Zack was younger, nothing is getting done while I have them. 

There are photo's of my curved garden and my labels up already, but just in case you missed them - here they…


Added by Susan on April 14, 2015 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

Holiday Projects

Hi everyone.  This post is going to be added to as I go as I don't have many photo's yet as it's all "to do".  I am finally on holidays for the next two weeks and have been champing at the bit to get some projects underway in the garden.

Job 1: Finish the new curved garden bed and plant Souey Tung lychee, blueberries and chilean guava's. 

So far - this is what I've got:…


Added by Susan on April 3, 2015 at 21:08 — 8 Comments

So cranky right now!!

Aphids have been going to town on my snake beans. So this morning, I thought I'd get up early and get down there and spray them.  Admittedly, with all this lovely rain, I haven't been in the vegie patch much over the past week.  Not much is at the productive stage, so not a lot of need.  But what I found down there made me furious. …


Added by Susan on March 27, 2015 at 7:44 — 21 Comments

March Garden.

Hello everyone.

Well, I am currently very annoyed at my employment at the moment.  I have so much work to do at home that it seriously eats into my gardening time.  Anyone who thinks teaching is a bludge should try it for a while (I used to be one of those people - seriously 12 weeks leave a year - "how hard could it be?" , I used to think).  I have never been so overworked in my LIFE!!! Okay,  after that little rant I'll get down to business.…


Added by Susan on March 6, 2015 at 21:00 — 8 Comments

Feb garden

Hi guys,

How is everyone enjoying the weather?  Myself, I've quite enjoyed the slightly cooler days and even though we are still in summer, I have been getting out into the garden in the arvo's  a lot more. 

Well mangoes are now being enjoyed in our house.  I lost the first few because I was too impatient and picked them to early.  Left over from my days as a northern Queenslander where mangoes were ready mid to late December.  In total, we had 15 on the tree - Not bad…


Added by Susan on February 9, 2015 at 19:30 — 5 Comments

Nope - still room for more fruit trees.

Hi everyone.  Well the holidays have been lovely - hot, but lovely.  I'm back at work today but am determined to keep my garden going in this hot weather.  While on holidays, I have been researching fruit trees and found some more I just had to try.  I picked up a jiro persimmon (with fruit on it - yay) and a 1.3 m high grumichama (yay again as they are supposed to be slow growing and hopefully mine is old enough to produce fruit.…


Added by Susan on January 21, 2015 at 19:30 — 10 Comments

Oh the glorious rain

Well folks, when I left you last, the tank was dry, I was reduced to watering fruit trees with rinsing washing water and my grass was just about dead (in fact, one more week and it may have given its last gasp).  Since then, while the heat and humidity have been unbearable, the storms have been a welcome relief in the afternoon.  We are also very fortunate out my way as we have managed to avoid the hail and strong winds but caught all the glorious rain.

Not much is happening…


Added by Susan on December 11, 2014 at 19:30 — 4 Comments

I've beaten the fruit fly - YES!!

Just look at this - I am so happy I want to cry :)  After 3 years of having my crops ruined by fruit fly (and my ineffective attempts at netting) it was worth the effort.  My tree is absolutely loaded with nectarines and peaches - Nectarines are ripening, peaches look like they'll be a bit longer.   They are quite small and the trees branches are just laden and touching the…


Added by Susan on November 1, 2014 at 16:30 — 11 Comments

Mid October Harvests


Added by Susan on October 13, 2014 at 20:30 — 8 Comments

The October spring garden


Added by Susan on October 1, 2014 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

Preparing for the heat.


Added by Susan on September 7, 2014 at 16:30 — 5 Comments

End of winter ramblings.


Added by Susan on August 13, 2014 at 19:00 — 10 Comments

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