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May 2017

The garden is recovering from summer and starting producing again (slowly) - just as we start getting back into colder weather (lucky it's Queensland though, right?).

Harvest May 2017

300g Thai red eggplant

400g purple eggplant

200g red chilli/bell peppers

1 baby pawpaw

4 Lettuces, mixed salad leaves & edible flowers

Spring onions

baby carrots

1 passionfruit

3 chokos

Herbs: basil, thyme,…

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Added by Sophie on June 1, 2017 at 17:27 — 8 Comments

April 2017

Harvest April 2017

This month I harvested:

  • 1 baby pawpaw
  • 3 lettuces (yesss! homegrown lettuce back on the menu, how I missed!!)
  • 26g small star-bell peppers
  • 2kg Jap pumpkin
  • 120g Egglant
  • 5 Spring onions
  • Basil, parsley, chives 

This month is still a bit quiet in the garden. Have been sick (again) so been a bit slack but have put in some seeds and continued reconditioning the soil. Having a…

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Added by Sophie on April 29, 2017 at 15:00 — 20 Comments

March 2017

Wow, so much rain! How wonderful. But then, I thought it would never stop! Happy for the milder weather. The rain kept me indoors for more baking adventures and in the moments of mild sunshine, some planting out of summer cuttings and sprouting some new babies. I've also discovered Instagram which was potentially very dangerous... I'm @HeadGardenerTFQ

This month's harvest:

- 7kg jap pumpkins (2)

- 3 bunches of misc greens (bred)

- 2 bunches spring…

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Added by Sophie on March 29, 2017 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

Garden Feb 2017

Late at posting, late at planting.. This summer has really taken it out of me (& the garden). Haven't started by autumn sowings yet so am wondering whether would be better off postponing the GV a month or two til I have a bit more to show for it... hmm?

Feb 2017 harvest:

- Eggplant, Black Market 1kg

- Pumpkin, Jap 14.7kg (4)

- Spring Onions 4 

- Zucchini, Black Jack 50g (1)

- Baby Carrots 185g

- Sweet Potato…

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Added by Sophie on March 2, 2017 at 17:30 — 10 Comments

Garden Jan 2017

Happy new year everyone! May this year be a productive and fruitful one... In the garden, of course! Sadly, I have not appreciated the warm weather and have pretty much abandoned gardening duties these last two months... Nonetheless, we had some plants put in earlier that have had their first harvest, which is exciting! Have not been sowing new salad leaves in the heat but do regret because we are definitely running low...



January 2017 Harvest:



- 5 red bell peppers…

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Added by Sophie on January 26, 2017 at 9:00 — 12 Comments

Garden Dec 2016

Thought I'd get a headstart as we go into holiday season and taking a rest over hopefully not a too hot summer. This month's Dec harvest:

  • 1.5kg zucchini
  • 435g yellow squash
  • 2 strawberries
  • 14 blueberries
  • 80g red bell-star peppers
  • 5 x large bunch of kale
  • 2 x bunches salad greens
  • herbs (parsley, chives, spring onions, rosemary)…

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Added by Sophie on December 19, 2016 at 18:30 — 15 Comments

Gardening Nov 2016

This month's harvest

  • 8.3kg sweet potato
  • 3.04kg zucchini
  • 2.85 kg tomatoes
  • 1.1kg jap pumpkin
  • 44 blueberries
  • 4 strawberries
  • 300g perpetual spinach
  • 150g kale
  • 100g leafy greens
  • 375g Madagascar beans
  • 4 chokoes…

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Added by Sophie on November 25, 2016 at 16:00 — 12 Comments

Oct 2016 Many firsts in the Garden

This month was definitely the best month yet! Lots of firsts. I’ve started keeping a harvesting inventory. This month we harvested:

  • a dozen lettuce sized salad greens (green lettuce, mizuna, shungiku, speckled oak, some beetroot leaves)
  • 600g broadbeans (thanks Rob, that's from your one seedling from Susanne's GV!)
  • Some 30 x stalks of perpetual spinach
  • Basil, parsley, coriander, chives, origano, rosemary at leisure
  • 100g nasturtium capers…
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Added by Sophie on October 26, 2016 at 18:00 — 9 Comments

Sep 2016 Garden

September already...!!!??

Got my first order from Daleys, I feel part of the club! Couldn't get over how carefully packed the plants were (sooooo much better than Garden Express) You can tell there is love in the company. Here I think is a Kaffir Lime, Florda Peach and Canistel :) so far have put in 65L…

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Added by Sophie on September 29, 2016 at 13:00 — 19 Comments

Homesteading - Aug 2016

My sweet potatoes are ready for harvest, and perpetual spinach is very reliable!…

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Added by Sophie on August 30, 2016 at 11:23 — 9 Comments

Tropical garden experiment with pawpaw circle

I've been working on creating a tropical themed garden for one of the sections of our yard. I say experiment because everything in this garden when you are starting from basics is an experiment!!

It started like this:

So basically a lawn with a frangipani tree. First up was making a pawpaw circle -…

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Added by Sophie on April 24, 2016 at 16:30 — 17 Comments

Hugelkultur attempt

After doing 2 lasagne beds (lucernce, compost, chook poo, sugar cane mulch layers), and reading a bit on BLF, I decided to try a Hugelkultur one for my 3rd bed. This was actual really just a process of consolidating my broken branches and sticks pile with my old grass clippings, ends of old flower pots and pulled-out weeds pile.

I started with layering down some cardboard to minimise weeds (probably don't need this in traditional Hugelkultur but figured can't…

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Added by Sophie on March 9, 2016 at 14:00 — 17 Comments

Back

After a couple of years offline I've come back :) There really is not much info around for gardening in Brisbane apart from you guys! Since those sad sorry seedlings I sun deprived in my unit, Ive had the luck to move to a house with a decent sized garden. Alas clay is the bane of my existence and despite all my best intentions (and pocketfuls of gold), Ive had only a few producing successes. My compost produced 11 deliciously sweet pumpkins (I think Jap), and a large leaf oregano that is… Continue

Added by Sophie on February 27, 2016 at 15:22 — 18 Comments

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