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It feels like I've made a lot of progress now. I am now currently growing:

 

  • Garlic chives
  • Spinach
  • Onions
  • Garlic (white and purple)
  • Midyims
  • Sweet basil
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Mixed flowers (still searching for a pre-mixed bee & insect attracting set of flowers)

 

and planted today:

  • Red russian kale
  • Stevia
  • Beefsteak tomato
  • Passionfruit
  • African horned cucumber
  • Broadbeans

Maybe with all my garlic, herbs, broadbeans and tomatoes, I'll have myself a nice crop of gourmet baked beans (some assembly required) :-) I think it was done on River Cottage once... looked tasty from memory!)

 

Now I need to remedy my lack of fruits (the midyims take a while). I'd love to try Gooseberry but not sure if it's suited to Brisbane, elderflower (perhaps not a fruit!), strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (Brisbane-compatible??), and whatever else I can get my hands on. I'll have some Yacon in a week from Linda, too. I'll also have a nice crop of salad things inside when I plant my mustard shoots and alfalfa/radish/broccoli mix on my kitchen bench. Yum :-)

 

Now I just need to build my chicken wire enclosure to fence off the pots from the dogs (currently, the pots are occupying all surfaces above dig height and I'm running out of space!)

 

Oh, and I discovered Bunnings has quite a good little selection of vegetable seedlings, including heirloom, and herbs. I even found Stevia there!

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Comment by Susan on June 22, 2011 at 17:47

Hi Daniel, 

If you can get to the Northey street nursery near Royal Brisbane hospital, they have blueberries and raspberries for sale (I think I paid about $17 for mine).  Also Daley's online nursery.  If you want a raspberry that you will definitely have success with, buy the Australian native type.  I got mine from Northey st and had it for 3 yrs.  After a slow start, the crops were enormous.  They are different to heritage types - the berry is really fragile and some can be tart but my kids would eat them from the bushes and they taste exactly the same in cakes and milkshakes.  The only reason I got rid of mine is because I wanted to try the heritage types.  A friend of mine took some shoots and is now growing them, so if the heritage don't work, I'll go back to the natives.  Be careful where you plant them though, they are invasive. 

Comment by Daniel on June 21, 2011 at 22:08

Thanks, Elaine! I posted the recipe and a picture in the recipe forum:

http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/forum/topics/daniels-roast-pumpki...
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 21, 2011 at 21:46
Pumpkin soup made with roasted Pumpkin and Garlic in the skin is sensational too - fried does almost as well and saves on gas. Woolworths sell Chicken frames.
Comment by Daniel on June 21, 2011 at 16:44

Just planted red chilli, jalapeño chilli, radish (the pink & white "beauty heart" variety), egyptian spinach, and am about to find a jar to start some alfalfa, radish and broccoli sprouts in :-) Spring and Summer at my house should be delicious! Maybe we should have a garden meet where people bring a dish they made from mostly home-grown ingredients.

 

Also just made a batch of chicken stock from bones I've been saving in the freezer, and will be making roast pumpkin and leek soup from pumpkin roasted two nights ago (I might also throw in some chicken chunks I haven't managed to finish).

 

My brother is visiting, so we'll see if he likes my cooking. For the record, pumpkin soup made from real stock, slow-roasted pumpkin and finely-ground pepper is phenomenal! So few ingredients, so cheap, and sooooooo delicious!

 

By the way, does anyone know where to get chicken carcasses without the meat? It takes me a month to eat enough chicken to get the bones to make a litre or two of stock. I'll try a butcher or two, but the previous couple I tried were no help.

Comment by Daniel on June 21, 2011 at 16:36
Thanks, Florence! Will have a look at them.
Comment by Daniel on June 21, 2011 at 16:36
Thanks, Jessica! Funnily enough I just saw those an hour before you posted!
Comment by Florence on June 21, 2011 at 8:42

The blueberries from the 'Patio pots' range did well for me...although this range is a bit exxy.  I left that for my mum when I move out, and you'll have to net it coz the birds will get them before you otherwise. 

I got myself a cheaper one from 'Forbidden fruit trees', had it for less than a year, will see how that goes..

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on June 20, 2011 at 19:45

Gooseberry is not as easy nor reliable to grow as Raspberry. There's at least 2 varieties which do well here - Williamette and the native ones - the latter though are variable and getting cuttings from someone whose native Raspberries are tasty and not too thorny would be the way to go.

 

Blueberries are at best marginal, most of us who've written into the Forum have had little success to the point it's not worth the money you pay for the plants.

 

Strawberries otoh are very successfull. Redlands Joy works well here and was developed locally. Runners available from Green Harvest.

 

Keep clear of Elder is you would like to retain command of your space. It is an aggressive suckerer whatever its benefits as a wine-flavour.

 

Stevia is much-overrated - to use it to sweeten your coffee, chopping up the green leaves doesn't improve the coffee.

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