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Barbara Tealby commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"You're right, it does look amazing and the preserves look splendid. What is also amazing is how much produce you harvest when you haven't spent any time in the garden."
yesterday
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Quail recipes or home butchered fowl
"All these recipes seem delicious. Trouble is, I don't think I am ready to do away with my old ladies - they all have names, and now they're giving me 4 or 5 eggs a day from the five hens."
Monday
Susan commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Zucchinis and Tromboncinos
"Looks great.  Unfortunately I have no success with zucchini the past couple of yrs.  something keeps stinging the fruit so none set. "
Monday
Andrew Cumberland commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post Zucchinis and Tromboncinos
"Holy cow!  Well done Barb!!! "
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Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking off all the old…See More
Monday
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo
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Hardwood hive

"Pretty!"
Sunday
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo
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Mango chutney

"I totally agree, Andy. The Nanny State has engendered a climate of fear that makes people believe that nothing is safe unless it has been bought from a shop, and processed to the nth degree. We are also taught to worship at the alter of convenience.…"
Jan 10
Sophie commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"if you eat them when you pick them they taste like regular potatoes. If you wait 2 weeks (but dont let other creatures get to them!) they taste like sweet potato! Nothing fancy, just leave them on the counter."
Jan 8
Valerie commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"If I was lucky enough to have a big harvest to have storage issue, I'd just leave them in the ground and dig as I go. Same for most root vegetables. "
Jan 7
Barbara Tealby commented on Doug Hanning's photo
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First cobs of the summer.

"They do pretty well in the microwave in the husks for 2 minutes, too. I've been doing that with mine this season."
Dec 31, 2020
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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Syrphid fly disaster

"Thanks, Andy, for putting up stuff about disasters as well as successes. It helps to know what to look out for. Sometimes one can get the idea that nothing ever goes wrong, so it's good to see how you cope with problems as well as successes."
Dec 9, 2020
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"In many parts of North America, people store their root veges in root cellars for the winter. Maybe that is where all this curing stuff eventuated. We don't really need to do that, although it is true that pumpkins are a summer crop even for us."
Nov 27, 2020
Dave Riley commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"Why cure? The answer seems shallow: curing "will heal any damage that occurred to the tubers during harvest so they store longer, and it will also kick off the sugar production process to give you sweeter sweet potatoes." Since Americans…"
Nov 27, 2020
Barbara Tealby commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"And they taste OK?"
Nov 26, 2020
Doug Hanning commented on Barbara Tealby's blog post To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.
"I have just started pulling them out when I need aome to cook."
Nov 25, 2020

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About me:
I live on a 900sq m block. The house is biggish, as we had a big family, most of whom have left home. The gardens were more or less tacked on by the previous owners after the house and various landscaping features were finished, so no chance to do the permaculture thing, but gradually a food garden is taking shape. My background is in revegetation, volunteer management, and growing and selling local native plants, but I am a total convert to the idea of producing as much of our own food as possible. Fruit trees - in ground and in pots - are a particular enthusiasm, and I like to preserve my own and purchased produce.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Rode-Chermside garden club
I am interested in:
Permaculture, growing my own food, preserving the produce. I would like to see other peoples' gardens, and
join in discussions to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of growing food. Happy to share bits and pieces of whatever I've got growing, and whatever knowledge I have accumulated over the years.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement
What I am looking for:
Information, Community Involvement
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 14:01 2 Comments

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. 

I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…

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To cure or not to cure - Sweet potatoes, that is.

Posted on November 22, 2020 at 20:35 10 Comments

I've just harvested my pot of sweet potatoes. (YAY) I notice that authors from America seem to advocate curing the tubers for some weeks at specific temperature and humidity (a lot of fuss, it seems to me), yet Aussie authors pay little attention to the idea of curing them. Does anyone have specific experience in the harvesting and storing of sweet potatoes? Is 'curing' all that important? I tried curing mine in the sun last year, and ended up damaging the tubers.

Getting into quails

Posted on November 11, 2020 at 8:03 12 Comments

Having dipped my toes in the quail waters (thanks, Andy) - I am considering going a bit further and getting an incubator to hatch a few replacements for my old girls. Does anyone have any hints about the best small incubator to get, and where to get one?

I'm not planning to get into major production any time soon, and am yet to slaughter any birds - probably won't do away with any of the four I've got, as they all have names.... It has been pointed out to me that perhaps it would be better… Continue

Small glass jars

Posted on August 28, 2020 at 8:35 3 Comments

HELP!  Does anyone have any small (200-250ml) glass jars with pop-top lids that they can spare? I guess many people use all of these they can get their hands on, but maybe there's somebody out there who doesn't do preserving. My Roma tomatoes have delivered a bumper crop this year, and I've used all of my fairly small supply. I have plenty of the 500ml size, but I find the smaller size best for tomato puree. It doesn't matter if the lids are no good or missing, as I have new lids anyway. I…

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At 23:41 on November 18, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961.  I have at least two laying girls you can have.  

At 12:30 on August 29, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961

At 20:38 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Ditto for me with night meetings. Look forward to seeing you :-)

At 7:16 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Not BOGG but Greening Australia seed-cleaning volunteers. Potted up seedlings at your place and at Rosemary's.

Join our Garden Visits group and come along to our GVs we love to share :-)

At 5:45 on August 24, 2015, Lissa said…
Welcome to BLF Barbara :)
You should find lots to interest you on the site. Feel free to join in conversations, post photos and blogs.
If you need any help please don't hesitate to ask.
Happy gardening
Lissa
 
 
 

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