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Solved the problem of not being able to add photos’s - maybe I’ll blog more often


Hi guys, I went to Valerie’s garden visit today and boy I’m glad I did cause Andy was there and we finally worked out the problem of not being able to add photos from my phone.  The trick is DO NOT use the “add photos by mobile phone or email button”. Just treat your phone like a computer and select the files using “browse my computer”.  

So here are some photos that I’ve been hanging on to.



This is a sample of the preserving I did on the holidays. Mango chutney, bottled peaches and mango, strawberry jam, chilli jam, dried banana and mangoes.  I was a busy girl.  All from my garden except the strawberries (bought a 4kg jam box for $10) and mangoes (foraged from Bowen trees along rail line). 

the lychee harvest from our trees this year was fantastic!! We got about 4 baskets full. I put a net over the top to stop the bats/cockatoo’s.  

I was getting fairly decent harvests from the garden until about the 2nd week of January and then it got too hot.  

At the moment, I’ve got a whole bunch of eggplants and cucumbers and not much else.  The pomegranate this year were really good.  I bagged to fruit to protect from fruit fly. 



So, I also bought home some fertilised eggs from my mum to chuck under a broody chook.  She managed to hatch out 7 little fluff balls

They were born in the most horrendous weather and I thought for sure some would die but they have all made it through and not been eaten by the dog or the cat so fingers crossed.  

Well that’s it from me.  I will hopefully be giving much more frequent updates now I’ve got the phone thing sorted.  

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Comment by Christa on February 25, 2020 at 18:33

Keep your fingers crossed Susan, ours was a marcot grown and Kyogle has them for sale $120.  We did not pay that price.  Maybe I will move it into a more sunny spot and stand guard.

Comment by Sophie on February 25, 2020 at 14:42

Hmm! planting lychee seeds... who'd've thought :)

Also, mulberry trees grow really well from cuttings - I've been (re)starting my fedge (fruiting hedge). Apparently you can also grow panama berries from cuttings also - my next task. 

Susan, looks so fabulous :)

Excited to see the chickies grow

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 24, 2020 at 18:17

Thanks Susan, are they the Markets at Manly on the wharf? If so what do you think of them and how often are they on?

Comment by Susan on February 24, 2020 at 18:13

Hey Christa, I actually saw erdon lee lychees in the shop the other day and they were massive!! We paid $6 for 4 lychees @ $30 kg. I saved the seeds and I’ve had 2 seedlings pop up. Yay!  Thanks Dianne - I got them from a seller of strawberries at the jan powers market.  They only have them about 4 times a year in peak season so I was lucky I was there the week they had them. And you’ve got to be super early because 8am is often too late. 

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on February 23, 2020 at 19:41

Just by the way, I added a note on the home page near the photos telling people what we learned.  I can NOT edit the actual page where you add photos though.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on February 23, 2020 at 17:32

Fabulous Susan, I loved trying your Bananas today, my kind of nibble food for in front of the TV. Love your preserves, luck you finding Strawberries so cheap. I have had a big 2 weeks myself and I could keep Preserving but I have now put everything away as this week I will start making Cheese, I have a neighbour who has goats, lucky me. Well thanks so much for sharing and good to see you Blogging again.

Comment by Christa on February 23, 2020 at 15:16

I meant a White Satin Nectarine from Bunnies Susan.

Comment by Christa on February 23, 2020 at 15:02

That is a nice bright strawberry colour in your jam, Susan.   That's a good idea with the bananas, drying them and then storing them in glass jars.  Were they the Goldfinger bananas, I believe they keep their colour better than others.  Will you preserve your Lychee harvest?   I can't wait to get some fruit on my Erdon Lee Lychee.  These preserves would be good to take up to the block. 

We called into Bunnies on way home and they had different mango trees including Keitt, Feurte, Reed and more, reduced to $20 as well as Mulberry trees. They were about 5ft tall. (sorry for old measurements).  They had Peach trees for $15, we grabbed an Opal low Chill and a White Satin Peach which has beautiful fruit. 

Thanks for sharing.

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