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Susan
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  • Brisbane Eastern Suburbs
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Coriander/Ginger/Chillies/Sweet potatoes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Jul 6, 2018. 6 Replies

Hi folks, So today, I was looking at my overflowing coriander pot and felt so guilty about hardly using it.  Keep in mind that I have another pot started with seeds as I turn these over every 6-8…Continue

Tags: Chilli, potato, Sweet, Ginger, Coriander

Lemon Curd Tea Cake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 31, 2018. 9 Replies

This was the recipe I used today for the lemon curd tea cake that everyone enjoyed.Cake mixture300 grams Self Raising Flour120 grams Butter150 grams sugar2 eggLemon curd120 grams lemon juice120 grams…Continue

Tags: Lemons

Banana Flour - Who Knew?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 30, 2018. 12 Replies

So, I have a problem at the moment.  I have just worked through one bunch of 90 banana's-> banana muffins, banana smoothies, banana bread, frozen banana, dried banana and give aways.  You name it,…Continue

Chestnuts for Subtropics

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Mar 20, 2018. 10 Replies

Look what I got in my inbox!Dear Susan, You made an enquiry with us quite a while ago now. Sorry for taking so long to get this ready for you. We now have 8 of the Chestnut - Winchester available.…Continue

 

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About me:
I am a country girl, turned city girl, dreaming of going back to being a country girl but still living in suburbia. :) "What does that all mean?", you ask. Well basically, I love my garden, my chickens, my bees and would love some more land to play on but really don't think I could cut it away from the city anymore. With that in mind, my little block of land is slowly being turned into an edible oasis - somewhere I can retreat from the outside world, commune with nature and get that awesome satisfaction of picking my own dinner from the garden.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I'm a school teacher and I run the school's garden as afternoon tutorial for senior students. Don't have many kids but have a core little group who have loved planting and harvesting their little patches.
I am interested in:
vegetable gardening, bee keeping, preserves.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
None/Unsure
What I am looking for:
Events, None/Unsure
Location
Brisbane Eastern Suburbs

Susan's Blog

End of 2019

Posted on December 28, 2019 at 11:00 1 Comment

Well, I've just managed to get one last blog post in before the end of 2019 and what a year it has been!  I have been very busy but not so much in the garden because as usual, the December heat hits and not a lot vegie wise does any good.  Capsicums, Chilli,  Eggplant and corn is about all that does well in my garden.  Tomatoes struggle especially as I always get spider mite infestations.  Suprisingly, I have lettuce (salanova varieties at the front row of this picture vs normal varieties…

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Start of November - oops, I missed a month.

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 15:49 3 Comments

Hi guys, 

How is everyone's garden growing now that we are getting some lovely rain?  Mine is just looking glorious and is keeping me super busy.  I'm so excited at some firsts that are happening with the garden.  Namely the grapes!! Been in the ground 2 years and my carolina black from Daley's is just glorious.  I have about 6 bunches on the vine but this is the largest.  Check! IT! OUT!  I have a question for the grape growers amongst us.  I'm wanting to know if I need to…

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September glory

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 20:02 5 Comments

Hi everyone.

My garden is really coming into it's own at the moment despite the lack of water.  All my washing machine water is going on the garden and I refuse to not water my food crops when needed.  I have tried to reduce my reliance on pesticides etc and have been hoping that nature can do its thing.  I planted a bug and butterfly mix by green harvest and have massive queen anne's lace, borage and another pretty flower that I have no clue about.  I am seeing more…

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2019 End of Winter

Posted on August 25, 2019 at 19:25 3 Comments

Hi guys, 

Well busy, busy days.  Starting to slowly transition the garden to more summer crops.  But when you are harvesting this (200g beans, 200g snow peas, 2kg tomatoes, 1.5 kg broccoli, 200 g strawberries, 250 g Zucchini,  handful of baby carrots  cause I always over plant, Pak choi, lettuce and silverbeet whenever I want it) it's hard to pull anything else out to make room as everything is still so productive. …

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Garden Visit at Valerie's - making ladybird habitats 23-2-2020 at Valerie's Garden

February 23, 2020 from 9:30am to 11:30pm
SUNDAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2020 - 9.30am TO 11.30pmThe address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change it in your profile.Valerie has written a little about her Garden;We've lived in our house for over 10 years and every year the garden goes from strength to strength. We have a mix of…See More
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Jaboticaba Fruit Time Jan 2020

"Oh my gosh.  I wish I could get one of these to survive at my place. "
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Wonderful Pomegranate

"How cool is that! mine are bright red at the moment and I've covered with fruit fly bags.  I'll be picking them soon."
Jan 4
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post End of 2019
"You know, my tomatoes and capsicums are getting slaughtered by fruit fly.  But, my pomegranates and figs aren't being touched (the figs are netted).  I've got pakchoi, corn, silverbeet and lots of "crazy Asian/Indian…"
Dec 28, 2019
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End of 2019

Well, I've just managed to get one last blog post in before the end of 2019 and what a year it has been!  I have been very busy but not so much in the garden because as usual, the December heat hits and not a lot vegie wise does any good.  Capsicums, Chilli,  Eggplant and corn is about all that does well in my garden.  Tomatoes struggle especially as I always get spider mite infestations.  Suprisingly, I have lettuce (salanova varieties at the front row of this picture vs normal varieties…See More
Dec 28, 2019
Susan commented on Sid Saghe's status
"For my home garden, I have 7 larger beds (1.8x0.8)and 3 smaller (0.8 x 0.4).  The larger wicking beds are fantastic and pretty much the only way I grow during summer.  I water them once per week from top of soil (not in a fill pipe).…"
Nov 18, 2019
Susan commented on Sid Saghe's status
"For my home garden, I have 7 larger beds (1.8x0.8)and 3 smaller (0.8 x 0.4).  The larger wicking beds are fantastic and pretty much the only way I grow during summer.  I water them once per week from top of soil (not in a fill pipe).…"
Nov 16, 2019
angela holmes left a comment for Susan
"Hi susan hows things? I wonder how your pink iona grape went? I recall you weren't liking the muscadine so were going to replace it with a pink iona. My muscadine is fruiting for the first time and its on drip irrigation but i fear my kids wont…"
Nov 7, 2019
Roger Clark commented on Susan's blog post Start of November - oops, I missed a month.
"Susan, This pumpkin is a variety that I have never seen before, and I've seen plenty of weird and wonderful types in seed brochures, etc. Now I'm wondering if this might be a result of cross pollination between a Trombochino and a true…"
Nov 3, 2019
Susan commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Wow, this looks amazing.  I would love to see this little small scale aqua pong system in action.  "
Nov 3, 2019
San favorited Susan's blog post Start of November - oops, I missed a month.
Nov 3, 2019
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post Start of November - oops, I missed a month.
"The only problem my grapes have is rats.  Fruit fly don't seem to be an issue.  Your hippies are out in my yard as well!  "
Nov 2, 2019
Andrew Cumberland favorited Susan's blog post Start of November - oops, I missed a month.
Nov 2, 2019

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At 12:32 on November 7, 2019, angela holmes said…

Hi susan hows things? I wonder how your pink iona grape went? I recall you weren't liking the muscadine so were going to replace it with a pink iona. My muscadine is fruiting for the first time and its on drip irrigation but i fear my kids wont like it.

At 21:38 on October 17, 2016, angela holmes said…
Hi Susan. Sounds like your GV went well? It's certainly an oasis you have there. On my way home on Saturday I thought what a great way to have your strawberries, and I want to do the same thing. Keeps them off the ground, extra water from the waterwell pots, and you can move them around. Best of all it's so easy to set up and by using the fence space I can free up an entire garden bed! What size troughs did you use (450mm, 600mm, 700mm)? How many plants per pot? But mainly I am interested in those racks you use to hang them - do you remember what they were called, what brand, where did you get them?
At 16:50 on September 14, 2016, Jan Holley said…

I plan to be at the GV in Dayboro, if you are going. I'll be sure to bring some.

At 19:43 on September 12, 2014, Elaine de Saxe said…

Thanks for the info, Susan. There's programmes alright, too darned many of them. Tried several, none keep the 300dpi the pictures are at.

The programme you used is not available to me on the Mac but I do have others already that I can make up something to use as a template. I was hoping to save myself the hassle ;-)

At 9:01 on July 16, 2010, Daniel said…
Hi Susan! Welcome aboard. I look forward to hearing more about your garden, especially the edging, since I'm doing the same thing right now! :-)

Daniel.
At 8:41 on July 14, 2010, Scarlett said…
welcome Susan :)
SJP
 
 
 

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