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Andrew Cumberland
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What to plant now

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger Clark Aug 26, 2018. 4 Replies

Time to plant amaranth, artichoke, Asian greens, asparagus, beans, beetroot, cabbage, capsicum, carrot, celery, chilli, choko, cucumber, eggplant, fennel,  kale, leek, lettuce, okra, parsnip, potato,…Continue

Starting to understand a little bit about micro-climate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Che Corrie Sep 5, 2018. 2 Replies

Micro-climateNobody else’s yard is the same as your yard.  Every single block has its own unique micro-climate, depending on individual trees, fences, house materials etc. I’m doing the “grow…Continue

I'd like to express my gratitude - or - where's Andy been?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Jul 13, 2018. 5 Replies

I am happy to announce that BLF gives me the odd, well deserved kick in the bottom - but only when I'm stupid.  Let me explain. I've been really busy relocating bananas.  I paid attention to a few of…Continue

Wanted: Glen Large garlic bulbs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley May 13, 2018. 12 Replies

Does anyone have any Glen Large garlic bulbs that you are willing to part with?  Most places seem to be sold out, or are too far away.  Continue


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I am interested in:
Aquaponics - I have a set-up that is going pretty nicely at the moment. It has two grow beds and produces quality Jade Perch.

Fowl - I keep four lovely chickens for eggs only and Japanese quail that breed.

Australian Native Bees - I have a hive and hope to be able to increase the numbers of these Ozzie treasures.

Distilling - I make a fair variety of spirits and liquors. I make rum for me and liquors for others/gifts. However, I'm moving to the stage where I don't want to use bought flavours any more. So, I've taught myself to make a rum from burned raw sugar and molasses. I've also made unflavoured rum by fermenting molasses. I've turned out iced peach tea, plum, strawberry, cumquat, and passionfruit liquors. My home grown cumquat liquor seemed to be a hit at the local garden visits. Lately, I've made a foray into ginger beer which was proved very successful, and some fruit based wines.

Beer - I've done a few batches of simple package based beers now.

Cheese making - I've done a lot of cheeses, including marinated fetas with herbs I grow. My most frequent is my Purple Onion Feta. My favourite cheese is my Brisbane Nutty Blue, modeled after a blue Jarlsberg. I also do a Glasshouse Blue which is mild and creamy. I've done Camembert, raw milk blue, cheddar and quite a few others. These days, I stick to my favourite few, unless I am teaching.

Sausage making: I've do a nice Middle Eastern lamb, Thai chicken and Kransky. Loving the smoked sausages.

Jams/Preserves/Chutney - I do kumquat marmalade (home grown), chili jam (home grown) and a lot of others. I'm my preserves have reached the stage where they are entirely driven by what I grow myself.

Crazy scrap reuse - I've managed to grow shallots from tails, sweet potato from tops and tails, and chopped up and recycled old potatoes. Ginger goes pretty well from off-cuts as well. Oh, and of course the other recycle is to compost kitchen waste. I've now cut my garbage output by half. I also have a worm farm and make compost tea.

I like to bake breads and cook, especially where I am using my own produce.

I teach photography and cheese making.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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A late blogs... March/April 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 22:30 17 Comments

April 2019

I have pumpkins coming in now (taking up a lot of room). I've planted spuds out too.  Lettuce seeds are growing but I'm not sure how valuable they'll be in winter - pesto sounds good.  Silverbeet are also doing well on the north. 

There's a fair bit of citrus to harvest but the south side of the yard continues to die back.  No sun.  I've slowed down feeding the fish.  There's very few eggs from the chooks but the quails are still…


Tales from the Tiny Farm: November 18

Posted on November 25, 2018 at 0:11 6 Comments

Salad/veges: I've been trying to show a few pics of modest harvests each day (facebook posts). The idea is to explain that little bits each day add up. If I can make the odd meal from zucchinis then that's great. The same with eggs, tomatoes, silverbeet, lettuce or whatever. Rather than worry about making a whole meal once a week, I find it's better to contribute one thing or two to most dinners.

Fruit: tends to come in batches. I try to make jams, chutneys…


That's ahead of plan!

Posted on September 3, 2018 at 13:00 4 Comments

I have grapes on the north side of the yard.

Citrus like oranges and  





Posted on August 29, 2018 at 23:46 9 Comments

I want to post about some "Captain Obvious" things that I am surprised that I didn't know.  As a result, this blog will probably be updated regularly.  

1. Calcium.  

Yep - deficiencies cause blossom end rot in fruit/veg.  Sometimes yellow veins in the leaves.  I know that.  I've always tended to use trace elements to fix it.  

Easier answer is to throw gypsum into the soil when you plant.  It alters the soil composition to break clay and clump the soil to make nutrient…


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At 21:55 on July 16, 2019, paul said…

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At 18:54 on May 8, 2019, Alchamilla said…

Thanks Andrew, Happy to be here

At 22:00 on April 12, 2019, Beth said…
Thanks for the welcome
At 9:56 on March 27, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Thanks so Much Andy, I am a bit stunned at the moment. It is nice to be recognized though.

At 17:31 on January 8, 2019, Mark Anson said…

Thank you....

At 6:51 on December 24, 2018, Russell James said…

Hey Andrew,

Thanks for the welcome, I will attempt to spend time on the site and see what I need to do to contribute to any conversations. 

At 10:28 on July 10, 2018, Sid Saghe said…

Thank you Andrew, I appreciate the welcome!

At 19:13 on June 16, 2018, Micheline Haddad said…

Thank you Andrew!

At 14:03 on June 8, 2018, Sylvia Shafton said…

Thank you Andrew

I look forward to being a part of this wonderful group 

At 21:40 on June 4, 2018, Janine Guice said…

Andrew, thank-you for the welcome.

What a wonderful group. If I ever get to Brisbane, I'll have to come to some events... and I received a link today about Brisbane LETS.. so exciting... I must see if there is one on the coast here.

So hello everyone! happy growing!..

lots of cherry tomatoes, pumpkin and herbs in my garden. I have about an acre of lemongrass running rampant if anyone would like some or all of it.

bye for now and again

Enjoy all regards, Janine


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