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Hi Folks, 

Lots of things going on at this time of the year.  The chooks have FINALLY come back on lay after 3 months of nothing! (To be fair to my little Isa brown, she was laying up until about 6 weeks ago but I can't survive on six eggs a week)   To give you some idea of just how many eggs we go through, I saved all the egg cartons from those months and this was us "cutting down" our usage because I was cranky at having to buy eggs.  My two blues, the ISA brown and my white layer all started this week.  I've just got one more brown layer to start and we're in full production again.  No more store bought eggs for us.  This is what is left over after I used 4 eggs for baking this morning and we use on average 2-3 eggs per day.  They cost me about $20 every 5- 6 weeks in feed, they eat my food scraps and I use their poo in the garden.  Well worth it!

I'm  very busy between the home garden and "the farm".  We got our caravan on the last weekend of the school holidays and went up there for 3 days.  Lucky we had the van too because my son woke up the first morning and was all excited because "It snowed Mummy"! Nope - just a whole bunch of frost but I got super excited by that as well.  Why?  Well I realised by that event that my property lies in a hollow and also the town lies just on the border of warm temperate climate.  Go figure? Two hours north of Brisbane and it's colder.  All the pubs have fireplaces there and we've been checking out all the little local ones.   Getting back to what it means for my garden, I CAN PLANT SOME STUFF i CAN'T IN BRISBANE!!

Check out the first of my new babies.  These require between 300 to 400 hrs of chill which we should get easily considering every night we've been there, we've had frosts until 9 am.

Here's our little van sitting in the middle of our property.  We were up there last weekend and I dug 6 holes in preparation. 

 At home I've got some firsts again that I'm excited about.  The Loquat only has about 5 on them but they are MASSIVE.

Hopefully I will have finally broken my Lime curse.  4 lime trees later and I finally have one that has survived and is looking good. 

The dwarf ducasse has put out its first bunch of flowers.  It is such a polite little tree. 

The mulberries are fruiting up nicely

Still waiting on my first Black sapote

Honey harvested for the next 2 months (we also go through a lot of honey)

And lastly, an obligatory harvest shot. 

Happy gardening folks

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Comment by Susan on August 24, 2018 at 20:05

That was an interesting video Andy.  Did you try the eggs in baking?  Did they hold up?  Hey Angela, I had berries starting but I haven't had any rain so they shrivelled up.   I can see what they mean by invasive though.  I saw a new cane pop up outside the fence so definitely plant in an area where they won't escape.

Comment by angela holmes on August 19, 2018 at 11:53

Hey Susan,  amazing work!  How is your keriberry going? 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 12, 2018 at 21:03

I preserved eggs and it was successful enough that I intend to do it again this summer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuiIiCaIvoA&t=1s 

Comment by Susan on August 12, 2018 at 19:43

No way Dave - no toilet or shower or running water so I think the guests would be a tad annoyed :). Hi che, I did at one stage (when I had the opposite problem and was giving away 2 dozen a fortnight) look at the ways they used to preserve eggs but there is too much of an ick factor for me. Dianne and christa, can u imagine anything less than a food forest on my land:). Problem is, I need to be more money conscious and it is such a massive job. Doing small bits at a time 

Comment by Che Corrie on August 9, 2018 at 4:06

Have you looked into methods of keeping eggs for winter?  How lucky to have a farm in an area that gives you options for things you can't grow here, you might get onions to take lol.  Great photos.

Comment by Dave Riley on August 8, 2018 at 19:06

You gonna list the van with AIRBnB?

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 7, 2018 at 3:38

Your garden is looking productive and it must be so inspiring to see you can now grow some of the cool weather fruit trees on the new farm. Have fun planing your orchard.

Comment by Christa on August 5, 2018 at 20:08

Wow, Satsuma, Apples, Plum, and this the beginning, what next.  I can see a food forest coming up. What is the soil like at the farm, have you done a soil test?

Your home garden is showing promise with citrus in flower, and you have a black sapote.   You are an inspiration to us year round.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 5, 2018 at 16:02

Nice work on your Brisbane plot as always.  Having the van on site at the new farm is very exciting!

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