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seasons greetings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Dec 8, 2018. 3 Replies

Merry Xmas Happy new Year to you all ... spending time with family in Perth - hopefully get everything sorted by early new Year then back to normal again !Continue

fridays advntures

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker May 10, 2018. 9 Replies

last year we had a storm and part of the damage was the loss of shed roof and all the watering and  monitoring systems , electric fence etc etc etc so got it all fixed a few weeks ago and spent hours…Continue

small house caravan ideas

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa May 7, 2018. 1 Reply

Lissa thought you might like this for your tiny house ! /…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa May 4, 2018. 2 Replies

looking for seeds seedlings plants cuttings of Malay AppleAmberellaElephant appleMarangMaprangMangosteen purpleMarulaKiwi berryyes we are Daleys and others wait list ! Continue


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Mary-Ann Baker commented on Cheryl Mascali's photo

Winter pickings

"you pick them when they are just starting to soften and go a little yellow , then the calyx starts to come away from the stem - sort of stands up!  and let them ripen inside for up to 5 days - need to be very squishy to eat "
Jul 12
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Sarah's blog post Help me plan/dream
"if you want to know about native edibles the best place to visit is Pine Rivers Community Nursery at Kumbartcho Eatons hill - very knowledgeable and a great place - you could spend a day there with all the walks along the river etc.  they…"
Jul 12
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Things happening on the tiny farm

"wow you garden changes all the time - looking good - look forward to updates on the bees .great looking cumquats - we have just finished laying down cumquarts in brandy and thinking of trialing a cumquat liquer based on limoncello recipe - ever…"
Jul 10
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Cheryl Mascali's photo

Winter pickings

"thats interesting Doug - ours are just finishing here though not too worried as our neighbour has one and theirs is just coming into ripeness now - our avocados were opposite we have finieshd theirs but we have just started to pick ours - mind you…"
Jul 9
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Cheryl Mascali's photo

Winter pickings

"Doug when we were in Mexico / Honduras  ( the home  we were told it is known as chocolate pudding fruit because  its the consistency of chocolate mouse rather than the taste of chocolate . And just for your information though you…"
Jul 8
Christa commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"We often see them, they are the big black hissing beetle, we find them in the ground under the Poinciana tree.  They are a bit scary to see some times. Chooks love em. "
Apr 19
Travis commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post Samford edible food trail
"Thank you for the link to the YouTube channel."
Apr 19
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"I seriously have never seen them so big ! "
Apr 19
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"Barabara I would assume so - didnt get to check them out - the garden helpers as in chooks ate while i was putting the camera away! "
Apr 19
Mary-Ann Baker replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Susan's GV: 17 April 2021 in the group Garden Visits
"wow Susan so sorry I missed it - you certainly have changed a lot since last we were there ... yes Andrew it is always inspiring to see this incredible garden"
Apr 19
Barbara Tealby commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"Were they rhinoceros beetles?"
Apr 18
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Susan's photo

Post garden visit harvest

"wow that is awesome - only just planted our Broccoli - slow start here ! "
Apr 18
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Apr 18
Mary-Ann Baker replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"yes moringa and chokos are much maligned yet versatile and useful vegetables - also find this with malabar ceylon and other spinaches . Will try some of the recipes definitely - our favourite here is a couple of minutes in the microwave for chokos…"
Apr 18
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post Hill top farm videos
"Sophie it was 4 years then - 1st videos were taken end 2019  beginning 2020 "
Apr 17

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About me:
I am interested in sustainable living - currently work but plan retirement soon on our 5 acre block
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
BOGI subtropical fruit group, Dayboro and surrounds Permaculture group Dayboro and surrounds garden group
I am interested in:
living a sustainable life , permaculture aquaculture
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Plants and Produce, Events
What I am looking for:
Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events
Moreton Bay Region

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Posted on April 11, 2021 at 14:50 1 Comment

anyone grow cucamelons and dig the tubers out for next seasons growth- just reading about doing it - but we never seem to have trouble getting them to grow if left in the ground ... any ideas ?

Samford edible food trail

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 8:00 10 Comments

part two of three parts of Hill top farm - our name for our 5 acres features tomorrow morning 9 30am as a virtual tour ( part one was June last year and available on youtube ) if anyone is interested in viewing  ... some really informative videos available for backyard gardeners of all sizes and even a market gardener 

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At 21:09 on May 11, 2018, DARREN JAMES said…

They are what is known as my drum gardens and were published in grass roots some time ago with also a long version

At 21:08 on May 11, 2018, DARREN JAMES said…

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At 21:05 on May 11, 2018, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Mary Anne ,just to take your mind of your hardship for a second or two if its possible I promise col a few pictures of what  I made from one of those drums

At 12:27 on September 4, 2017, Jane Bosward said…

Greetings Mary-Ann, 

Thankyou for your welcome! I feel a tad silly....I cannot find the recycle group to join....still finding my way around the!!

Ta, Jane

At 0:31 on November 30, 2016, Ayton Farm said…

Thanks Mary-Ann

At 21:19 on September 2, 2016, DARREN JAMES said…

It was the daisy ,smaller type one wich had the butterfly on its leaf

At 21:21 on August 6, 2016, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Mary Anne and welcome to BLF look at your private messages in regards to worm towers.I May be able to help

At 20:00 on April 23, 2016, Dianne Caswell said…

Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF) Mary-Ann, You may like to join one of our GROUPS, feel free to join in the discussions and ask questions.

We look forward to meeting you at one of our Garden Visits, 2016 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR here.  I am sure you would enjoy meeting and visiting in our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more.

At 18:04 on April 23, 2016, Phil said…

Welcome Mary-Ann. Love your plan to retire on an acreage to pursuit sustainable living - something that is close to the hearts of many people on this site. I'm sure you will be interested in the garden visits which Dianne will be more than happy to tell you about. Enjoy the site.


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