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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

Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.

Posted on January 14, 2021 at 19:57 5 Comments

Hi all, 

I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately.  My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me.  Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad.   Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.  

Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a…

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November 2020

Posted on November 9, 2020 at 19:56 13 Comments

Hi all, 

Well, the season has been kind.  Obligatory harvest shot from 2 weeks ago.  Last of my brassicas other than Kale which is holding out fairly well.  

The daughters job is to now look after the chickens and harvest eggs - she doesn't collect and this is the result of 3 days. (BTW she doesn't neglect the chooks.  She just…

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Progress at the farm

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 19:00 8 Comments

Well, my dad and brother came down on Wednesday of last week and started work on my shed.  Well, that’s what it started out as.  Dad being dad, decided that the van needed an awning and also a “proper” toilet.  They worked so hard but still another trip down will be needed to put on the finishing touches.

I got here after they had been working for 2 days.  They had already put up shed Frame and were in the middle of setting posts for awning. …

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September and I'm #cottagecore

Posted on September 5, 2020 at 18:58 8 Comments

Hi All,

What a glorious start to spring - my garden is producing lots and is very beautiful at the moment.  My daughter had friends over 2 weeks ago and while my children never really appreciate my garden, her friends loved it.  Apparently it is #cottagecore - that's a thing that is cool :).  They were out feeding the chickens, chilling on the back balcony looking out over the garden and even wanted a garden tour from her.  I laughed when she told me cause I was like "so when…

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Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"Hi Susan, You have been a busy girl, Love it and your new shelf if fabulous. I do hope you husband is well now and you are back to your old self, your friends must really think a lot about you. I too love using Vacola Bottles, it just makes me feel…"
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Susan commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"Thanks guys.  Christa, I got the bottles from my mum who got them from my grandma.   I have bought about 20 new ones too and of course the ball ones. I don’t like them as much as vacola though but won’t get rid of them as…"
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Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"Holy cow!  I love that shelf/bench.  I thought I'd been doing okay with my preserves - but well, yeah - nah!  You never fail to impress Susan.  "
Jan 15
Andrew Cumberland favorited Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
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Dave Riley favorited Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
Jan 15
Christa commented on Susan's blog post Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.
"Wow, Susan, you transformed that great gift to suit your personal use. I love the mango preserves and you used the old fashioned vacola bottles.  I have boxes of them under the house (just waiting to buy some stainless steel lids) Those lovely…"
Jan 15
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."
Jan 15
Susan is attending Dianne Caswell's event
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GARDEN VISIT - 31st January - DIANNE AND GRAHAMS WELCOME 2021 GARDEN VISIT at ELLEN GROVE

January 31, 2021 from 9:30am to 12pm
SUNDAY  13st January 9.30am TO 12.00pmPLEASE NOTE -  the earlier start due to the Warm WeatherThis will be a WELCOME 2021 GV - Our 1st for the YearA little about Dianne & Graham's Garden -Ours is an Old Garden 42years. It has grown over the…See More
Jan 14
Susan commented on Doug Hanning's video
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Garden Tour Jan 2021 Part1

"I wish I had of been able to make your garden visit. Hopefully I'll be able to make the next one."
Jan 14
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Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.

Hi all, I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately.  My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me.  Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad.   Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.  Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a "summer" harvest.  Nor these spring…See More
Jan 14
Susan commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Thanks Dianne.  The soaps turned out beautiful but next year, I'll make sure I take in a stick blender to make sure I speed up the process. "
Jan 14
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. "
Jan 11
Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post November 2020
"Sorry I missed this before, everything is looking fabulous Susan, you have a real Tropical Food Feast here. I hope your soap was ready for your graduation present. We also have a good supply of Pomegranates this year and have certainly bagged them…"
Jan 8

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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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