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July 2020

Hi everyone, thought I'd share some recent homesteading wins. Below left is the biggest harvest I've ever had, so gratifying - 2.5kg passionfruit, 1.5kg tumeric, the runt of the pumpkin patch, 2kg clementines, lebanese eggplant, mini capsicums, cherry tomatoes, four types of lettuce, rocket, blood-veined sorrel, kale and some mac nuts + flowers. …


Added by Sophie on July 16, 2020 at 14:34 — 11 Comments

May 2020

Hi everyone, apologies have been really slack with blogposts. I might try to do a virtual GV soon. Hope you are all well !

In the meantime, here is a small snap of the potager. Notice the chook coop next to the pumpkin patch on the right!

Made the most of the long weekend to do lots of gardening! Hacked back the cassava to let in more sunshine (was using for shelter over the summer). The patch is getting sneakily bigger and bigger with every week.…


Added by Sophie on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

Beans wilting

Hi everyone, do you have tips for growing green beans? (Not madagascar etc) I have one climbing green beans and some bush beans and they were going great but now (both) have started wilting. Is it overwatering? Bug/Disease? I've never had enormous success with green beans but would love to get over this hump. Any advice kindly appreciated :)

Added by Sophie on April 6, 2020 at 8:18 — 4 Comments

Free Cassava cuttings for pick up if someone wants them

Hi everyone, I was getting down after our first week of working from home so did a really naughty run to Bunnings to spend my way to happiness. Oh and boy did I find it! Oops. But I figured I wouldn't be going out spending on entertainment money for the next couple of months so might as well! And it's an investment on our grocery bill (hopefully). 

Straight up - I was lucky I got anything! The local nursery had sold out of veg seedlings. And at Bunnings all the lettuce, kale,…


Added by Sophie on March 21, 2020 at 10:30 — No Comments

Some reflections on the US Prepper community and what we could apply

Thought would be interesting to reflect on the impact of the coronavirus on people's buying habits and panic of "running out" in terms of our local food sources. In particular, was thinking of the lady on the recent 7.30pm Report, who has been essentially hoarding essentials for a little while. When they showed her talking about having packets of seeds in case our food system really got impacted by the virus, it really struck me how far removed our society has become from growing and raising…


Added by Sophie on March 6, 2020 at 16:41 — 17 Comments

Woman finds long-lost engagement after 13 years in garden

Have you all seen this! hahaha!

A diamond ring was pulled up with a carrot

Added by Sophie on August 29, 2019 at 17:05 — No Comments

Apologies and link to photos

Apologies for being blog neglient - I have been unusually busy this last while with a couple of additional unexpected projects and work travel. I've found Instagram a much easier way to journal the garden harvests as you only have to post a photo and a very brief comment! You can follow me here:

Hope you are all well :)

Added by Sophie on August 23, 2019 at 15:58 — No Comments

Jan 2018

January 2018 Harvest:

13 Passionfruit

3kg sweet potato

4 Strawberries

2 Cherry tomatoes

1 red bell chilli

2 small cabbages

OMG the garden is suffering. Infested with fruit fly and crickets! Given up planting anything new for the moment - the zukes and toms went in too late and shouldn't have bothered. …


Added by Sophie on March 6, 2018 at 17:30 — 7 Comments

2017 Harvest in Review

Total harvest in 2017:

Beans - Broad beans 150g + 8 units
Beans - french dwarf 3 units
Beans - Madagascar beans 150g + handful
Berries - blueberries 2 units
Berries - Strawberry 10 units
Carrots - baby 185g + 17…

Added by Sophie on January 3, 2018 at 10:41 — 3 Comments

December 2017

December 2017 harvest:

-10 large couve torchuda leaves + rest gone to butterflies

-650g red eggplant + and extra kilo gone to Qld Fruit Flies :( 

- 9 passionfruit (+ some for possums)

- spring onions

- Herbs (mint, rosemary, mother of herb, thyme)

- 5kg sweet potato (of which 1.7kg in peels)

Loving the summer rain but garden is massacred by Fruit fly and Cabbage White butterflies. I didn't listen. I thought I could get away with it.…


Added by Sophie on January 3, 2018 at 10:02 — No Comments

November 2017

This month's harvest:

-20 passionfruit + 20 for the possums (have proof!) and half dozen for passersby

-5 broadbeans

-3 chokos

-6 red eggplant

-2 large couve trochuda leaves

The garden is in bloom, there is rain, life is good.…


Added by Sophie on December 28, 2017 at 16:00 — 3 Comments

October 2017

October 2017 Harvest

- 3.6kg winged yam (exciting!)

- 4 passionfruits

- 150g Madagascar beans

- 4 little black eggplants

- 600g Sweet potato (1 tuber..I tripped on it haha)

I don't know what to think - on one hand I am loving the rain for the garden, on the other I am itching to spend more time in the garden - but then there's a heat wave! I hope this summer will be ok...

Was away for the start of Oct but starting to…


Added by Sophie on November 3, 2017 at 16:00 — 6 Comments

September 2017

September 2017 Harvest:

-650g Black russian and black cherry tomatoes

- 10 passionfruit

- 150g broadbeans

Apart from the glorious black tomatoes (my fave), harvest looks thin but actually I was not home most of September. So I thought I'd include some pics from my travels too :)…


Added by Sophie on October 28, 2017 at 12:04 — 5 Comments

August 2017

*Apologies for late posting*

August 2017 Harvest:

15 passionfruit

200g eggplant

4 carrots

70g cherry tomatoes

3 normal red tomatoes

1 black russian tomato (my fave)

1 massive choko

4 tatsoi heads

3 broadbeans

2 lettuce

1 cumquat

Has been a very busy month, wrapping up work before going away so have not been as active in the garden despite the nice weather (such a shame!!). Just…


Added by Sophie on September 24, 2017 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

July 2017

*Sorry for late post, have a backlog!*

July 2017 Harvest:

- 17 passionfruit

- 980g red eggplant

- 300g red scotch bonnet chillis (that's what they are called!)

- 4 chokos

- 8 cherry tomatoes

- 180g pumpkin flowers

- 1 purple eggplant

- 2 cumquats

- 2 strawberries

- 5 lettuces + tatsoi + kale

- 1 cup nasturium capers


- 4 sourdough loafs

In July I had a surplus of some veg that I was…


Added by Sophie on September 24, 2017 at 14:55 — 5 Comments

June 2017

June 2017 Harvest

- 2 baby pawpaws (+1 sacrificed to possums)

- 4kg sweet potato (purple inside, pink/white, white/white)

- 3 cos lettuce

- 11 chokos

- 200g red bell peppers

- 400g purple eggplant

- 400g red eggplant

- handful madagascar beans

- 2 spring onions

- 2 baby carrots

- 5 passionfruit

- 3 french beans

- 2 radish

- 9 sourdough loaves (including 2 fruit nut loaves)

The cold… Continue

Added by Sophie on July 23, 2017 at 16:02 — 6 Comments

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,…


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…


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…


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…


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

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