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April 2021 Blog Posts (10)

Working Bee?

Hullo team!

It's happening! I've organised my friendly local treeloppers to come this week and raze the vast majority of the garden and trees from our front garden area to begin it's transformation into the start of my Zone 1. I plan to spread the mulch from the trees removed over the space and layer it with cardboard and newspaper from our move, and let it soak in for a month or so.

As a result, I was thinking of having a working bee in June for anyone who is interested to…

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Added by Sid Saghe on April 30, 2021 at 13:34 — 4 Comments

April in the Garden

April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because  the days are no longer so darn hot.

I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.

I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 27, 2021 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

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…

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Added by Susan on April 11, 2021 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

cucamelons

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 ?

Added by Mary-Ann Baker on April 11, 2021 at 14:50 — 1 Comment

The joy of April:out back making things happen.

You know how it is...

You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.

Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.

I've…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 10, 2021 at 20:30 — 6 Comments

Samford edible food trail

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 

Added by Mary-Ann Baker on April 10, 2021 at 8:00 — 10 Comments

12 months sabbatical at Hill top farm

hi everyone - have had a sabbatical from garden groups for a year or so - Life was just too hectic - will try to post some photos of what Col has been up to - solar drier made from a recycled bar fridge,works well when the sun shines ,made dried banans ,pineapples, papaya, jerky  salt and vinegar cucmbers and dragonfruit ... 250 slot aquaponics set up - still perfecting growth, green leafies prosper - indoor garden wall that includes ;lots of herbs , cheese press made for cheese making ,…

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Added by Mary-Ann Baker on April 6, 2021 at 14:09 — 12 Comments

April 2021

Hi everyone

Little update - been making soap from scraps, apple cider vinegar from scraps, leaving the veg patch to fallow over the summer, had some volunteers and abandoned veg come through, cosmos and zinnias gone while, many weeds up the block, pressure canning adventures (so far applesauce, tomatoes and chickpeas), mulching, chopping down old gross banna groves and staining my pants, making dog biscuits, watching my native trees grow bigger, looking after the chooks :) …

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Added by Sophie on April 4, 2021 at 11:24 — 5 Comments

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GrowVetiver

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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