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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 May garden harvest.

Posted on May 27, 2020 at 17:30 5 Comments

Hey everyone, 

Check our my latest garden vlog :May garden harvest

I’m getting better at these video’s but need to work on making sure I’ve got the camera pointed at something interesting 

Finally getting to stay home

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 14:10 5 Comments



Hi all,

well after a crazy couple of weeks, I get to stay home   We were planning to be off to Tangalooma this week for a holiday but obviously those plans got scratched.   Gardening is great therapy though so I’m not complaining.   Still going a bit extra on all my garden plantings and turning every available space into food production.  Last weekend, I…

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The garden is booming!

Posted on March 22, 2020 at 11:30 13 Comments

Hi everyone.  

I’m getting more extreme in the garden at the moment and I think every Tom, dick and Harry is currently doing the same.   I had run out of my trusty rooster booster fertiliser and went to Bunnings to grab some more and thought I’d see if there were any seeds or flower seedlings I fancied.   The answer to that question was a resounding “no!” Lucky for me, my seed stock is nice and robust because there was NOTHING on the shelves.  

I had some roses die out in the…

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Peaches starting early this year

"We had an early peach flowering, but I removed them and hope for a later bloom.  But yours, Susan, looks like its spring blossom, what is happening?"
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Peaches starting early this year

"I've seen a number of peach trees blooming on various Facebook group pages. I have even seen some fruit set. It will be interesting to see if they progress to anything and if you will get a second bloom."
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Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's photo
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Peaches starting early this year

"A couple of small fruits on my Angel Peach, but no flowers or fruit on the China Flat."
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Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's photo
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Peaches starting early this year

"I'm actually in small fruit already.  My mango isn't flower though, nor the lychee."
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Peaches starting early this year

"Hi Cres, yeah, that’s what normally happens for me too.  But this is EXTREMELY unusual as you can see the whole tree has bud burst.  I’m not too worried as my early blossoms set fruit so I expect these will too but so strange.…"
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"Mine is doing the same thing.  "
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San favorited Susan's blog post End of June harvests and a whole lot of nothing happening with the brassica’s
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Peaches starting early this year

"I call it fake Spring. I get it every year in late Autumn on my peaches and nectarines.  I get excited, then realise the time of year. The flowers fall off with no fruit formation, then real Spring flowers come out in a couple of months. Maybe…"
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I’m a real farmer now

"Wow Cres, what a contraption, it looks scary.  My stomach churned a bit looking at it. I must be a bit soft.  Hand plucking is what I can remember when we were kids.  The two eldest children each learned to pluck."
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I’m a real farmer now

"If anyone here is looking for a quick way to pluck their poultry on a regular basis, you can build a Whizzbang Plucker for relatively cheap and the time it takes is ludicrously quick. The expensive part is the rubber fingers and from what…"
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That time of the year again

"thanks for the growing tips Susan - I'll have to get onto it"
Jul 6
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Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's photo
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That time of the year again

"They don't call them 'Redland's Joy', Christa - just 'Joy'. Could be there are issues with using the 'Redlands' part??? Or just another one altogether. They were a nice-tasting berry, but never gave me more…"
Jul 4
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Asian salad garden harvest

"Lovely fresh salad for the family, what else is a garden for, well done."
Jul 4
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That time of the year again

"Barbara, If they are Redlands Joy, then they are usually a nice tasting strawberry.  I have tried a few over the years, Alinta, Alpine, Temptation, Amsterdam Roze, Lowanna, RedGauntlet, White pineberry and many more I have forgotten the…"
Jul 4

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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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