There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.
Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.
Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…Continue
I used to do plant-of-the-year lists, but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.
Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.
Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.
Multicultural 7 nights per week.
I can live without a lot of things, but my…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — No Comments
It sure is raining. Buckets of the stuff.
Who woulda thought?
The Winter Solstice may have just visited but hey this is the sub tropics!
With so such moisturised goodness under foot, what can we plant?
If we are expecting to be frost free, well then: go for it I say. Get rid of all those old seed packets by planting out their contents.Clear out the cupboard for a Spring buy up.
Here's a list.…Continue
After some keen renovation work and extensive planting of Vetiver hedgerows I've planted more veges (& herbs) than I've ever done before.
Both seeds and seedlings.
Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.
This discussion -- Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on June 3, 2019 at 19:00 — No Comments
I've been prevailed upon to cut back the garden and create more lawn. Not my perspective nor preferred lifestyle, but you have to forgo some laziness some times and spend more time (spit! bugger!) 'mowing'.
As it turns out , the new directive opened up quite a few renovating options that I now have embraced. That and the fact that my…Continue
Since I run out of my regular supply of home made fermented chili paste more than my menu tolerates, I started planting chili bushes that were hotter than my usual cultivation -- in the hope I'd use less.
With my ferment still in the crock I began picking from the chili bushes to go into my dishes neat.
And I'm feeling the change…Continue
A bit wet for the children to be gardening at the moment... but the perennials are coming on keenly.
The seats were constructed from timber logged from school trimmings.
We are beginning to drown in passion fruit and the gourds and squashes are seriously away.
Herbs a'plenty. Pumpkins. Dragon fruit....
Waiting on tomatoes.…
Added by Dave Riley on April 24, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments
A feature I love about my outback is the system of aerials and ladders that support climbers of any type I plant.
In true polycultural bent I can run a climber UP almost anywhere and mix it with other plants at its base.
When finished with, climber stems and leaves make for good mulch, but always trim them for obedience.…Continue
And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.
Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.
I grew things to eat -- of course…Continue
As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.
Wee packets of soil they are.
I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…Continue
I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.
Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.
When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…Continue
The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.
Hardly any '…Continue
I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.
It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...
Still make 'em. Still love 'em.
Gotta always have Knäckebröd on hand.
With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…Continue
After harvesting the Vetiver hedges for mulch, I approached a level of neatness and order that I, for one, am not used to.
It may not be topiary but the plan is to take the trimmed hedges to a height that will keep the chooks off the beds when they free range.…Continue
I won't have enough stock if my foreshore restoration/protection plantings survive the sand, King tides and any storm surges. I'll sure to have my…Continue
And I got myself a bar fridge el cheapo.
You are looking at my new home at home for kimchi, sweet pepper paste and sundried tomatoes -- with fermented squid on the bottom shelf.
[I haven't had the courage to try the squid yet ...just saying so if I poison…Continue
The complication is that when I ran out of on-hand supplies I had to venture out into the darkness and pouring rain to pick some more.
My previous batch was made from my own cabbages but none…Continue
I just spent a couple of days out on the Western Downs. While I was away we had 20 mm of rain here at home, and another 16 mm fell tonight after we returned.
But around Chinchilla it is dry as drought is.
The cattle are scrawny. Even the brumbies are ring barking the trees as they chew off the bark to sustain themselves and many dead kangaroos dot the roadside because they put themselves at pedestrian risk in their hunt for food.
On the drive back we must have seen…Continue