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  • brisbane, qld
  • Australia
  • 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

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April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.

Posted on April 11, 2021 at 19:00 7 Comments

Hi Guys, 

Well what a month: torrential rain with 34 degree days -> aka "summer" vs 19 degree days and really cool -> Aka Autumn/Winter.   I know this is pretty much par for the course in April but seriously!! Where did these last few days of heat come from?

I have had a very busy time up at the farm.  We went up over easter and lucky we did as it was raining and we realised the van was leaking!  So I came back home for two days and was up there again Tuesday…

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March in the garden

Posted on March 14, 2021 at 18:30 10 Comments

Hi all, welcome to march in my garden,

I have been inspired by Andy's shed wars to keep a log of everything that we eat that is coming out of the garden.  My goal is to do 1 month but i've already done my first week and want to share what we are eating.  The tally stands at 19 eggs, 400g Trombonccino/zucchini,  400g eggplant, 110g chilli, 300g Tomato, 200g figs, 1.6kg Banana, 1.2 kg paw paw, 350g Asparagus, 200g beans, 300g cucumber, 100g spring onion, 200g lemonade, 20g…

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Sid's Garden Visit

Posted on February 28, 2021 at 18:00 7 Comments

Wow, where do I begin!

Sid's garden is enormous!  5 acres of beautiful land with the backbones to do so much.  It was once a goat milking farm apparently and has a massive red barn in really good repair with two massive water tanks down the back of what I would guess is approximately 3 acres of cleared grass land.  The remaining 2 acres is where the house and gardens are.  She and her husband will have a lot of work to do to bring her vision to life but I couldn't imagine a more…

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February 2021

Posted on February 7, 2021 at 19:30 2 Comments



Hi guys,

Well I’ve had a very productive weekend in my garden and feel wonderfully peaceful.  Because the rain has been so frequent for me, this summer has not seen the devestation that it normally experiences in summer because I can’t keep up with the watering.  Just look at this as an example.  I have tomatoes, cucamelon, chillis, capsicum,…

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Post garden visit harvest

"wow that is awesome - only just planted our Broccoli - slow start here ! "
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Post garden visit harvest

Tomatoes, cucamelons, trombonccino, capsicum, eggplant, pak Choi, choy sum, BROCCOLI!!!
Sunday
Sophie commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"Amazing! PS it's Salvia leucantha, the Mexican bush sage"
Apr 13
Christa commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"You have done well, fixing a roof is a grubby job, the block will look good this spring with the things you have planted.  Those baskets of fruit and vegies look good, enough for your gang.  Do you think it was too wet for the pawpaw…"
Apr 12
Dianne Caswell commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"My Goodness Susan, You really are an innovative, industrious girl aren't you, please do be careful when you are up on the Farm by yourself. You need a pendant like I have to wear around my neck when Graham is out (just in case of falls,…"
Apr 12
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"wow you have been busy we grate our green pawpaws for thai salad yum. easy -add prawns or grilled fish and a meal ready! Have some broad leaf pawpaws ( almost black spot resistent ) seedlings we are bringing on saturday - . 7 years is along time for…"
Apr 12
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"I once turned up at your place on Saturday for a Sunday GV - which I then missed.  Yeah, don't feel bad.  LOL. "
Apr 11
Susan commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"Ooops! It is too a Saturday!! Oh my, I’m shocking at dates!!! I once flew to Sydney a whole week early for a birthday tcause I am that useless - just one of many times I’ve stuffed up!!! I fixed it in the blog and I will now make sure…"
Apr 11
Andrew Cumberland commented on Susan's blog post April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.
"That plant in the last pic is Lissa's purple salvia. Rozie loves the stuff.  Ya still producing pretty well, crazy weather and all Susan.  "
Apr 11
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April - the month that can't agree on what season it is.

Hi Guys, Well what a month: torrential rain with 34 degree days -> aka "summer" vs 19 degree days and really cool -> Aka Autumn/Winter.   I know this is pretty much par for the course in April but seriously!! Where did these last few days of heat come from?I have had a very busy time up at the farm.  We went up over easter and lucky we did as it was raining and we realised the van was leaking!  So I came back home for two days and was up there again Tuesday night, all on my own, with a…See More
Apr 11
Susan commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post cucamelons
"Mine just pop up like weeds wherever they please so no, I've never tried to do this. "
Apr 11
Susan commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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Zucchini meals: a three course feast

"I wish I had that many trombonccino!! I just get enough to have maybe a small one per week. Bloody fruit fly in my place."
Apr 8
Susan commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post 12 months sabbatical at Hill top farm
"This is so cool.  I’d love to see some “how to” shots!"
Apr 6
Susan left a comment for Doug Hanning
"Hey Doug,  Was wondering if offer for tin is still on the table? Would love to come pick some up next week some time.  "
Apr 6
Susan commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 17th APRIL - SUSAN'S GARDEN VISIT'
"Hi all.  Just letting you know that I have reported my strawberries, so there will be quite a few “mother” plants of Redlands joy that I’ve kept in a pot till the gv that you are welcome to.  They will grow just fine but…"
Apr 5
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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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