Continuing on my citrus harvest, the Emperor mandarins on my little dwarf tree are starting to ripen. It was planted late in 2014 and I have about 20 mandarins on it this year. The branches are so laden with mandarins, they are drooping down. I will eat them even at this colour stage and they are super sweet. They do have seeds but oh well. Can't…Continue
After a rough Summer, a recent bout of ill health kept me from my garden tasks for weeks. All I could manage was to fill up the terracotta pots I have located in the centre of my mounds with water.
Nowadays the 'mounds' aren't self evident as over time I have been mulching in between them -- but the pots function like individual springs surrounded by plants.…Continue
One of my major health interests is Homoeopathy which I studied for 3 years part time although never became a registered Homoeopath in private practise.
A 200 year old modality still going strong in many countries. And now entering a new phase that of improving the health of plants.
The article is partly from a book with some additions and was part of a newsletter from …Continue
I walked up to Jerry's place this morning to check out his garden. I arrived, unfortunately, just as a bus load of people turned up so it was extremely crowded. I didn't get as many photo's as I would have liked but here they are.
He is growing corn at the moment and it looks amazingly healthy. I found out that it was popcorn so I don't know if that made a difference. I think those a broad beans in the front but as I've never grown them, I couldn't say for sure.…Continue
Andy's photo of his emerging Elephant Garlic has given us the opportunity to discuss its growing habits in more detail.
I've had a quick gallop among my blog posts hoping to find one I'd already written. Maybe I have and I just don't have the patience to scroll through them all.
Anyway ... pasting the two responses from under Andy's photo:
'Right Andy - Elephant Garlic has a 3-step life cycle. The big bulbs you planted are the end product although other parts of…Continue
Palagonite, is the mineral mix I wrote about recently after a talk at BOGI. The ratio recommended is 1kg per square metre of garden bed with a similar amount of compost mixed in. You may remember that most of the discussion from my post was centred around the…Continue
I have grown Rubarb a number of times in Brisbane and each year I used have the plants die on me each summer, They just rotted at the stems next to the soil. I then planted them in a Narrow wicking garden with a 25 cm depth to the water reservoir. I did need to fill the reservoir from below to ensure the soil at the surface stayed dry. I have had plants that became too congested and had to be divided, so this system works!!!
I am giving rhubarb another go in my garden. I know, I know. I swore I wouldn't buy plants again from diggers but they had ruby red and mt tamborine varieties that I wanted to give a go so I steeled myself and placed my order. Box arrived on Tuesday, I opened it to find that the planting tubes were loose in the box and had moved around during shipping so the shoots (which looked very weak anyway) had broken off. I have had enough so here is my very terse email to them about their…Continue