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August 2015 Blog Posts (7)

The garden after a warm Winter

This time last year I was desperate. Low on water resources. No mulch to be had. Pithy dry beds...
This year, despite a very warm, and a…

Added by Dave Riley on August 26, 2015 at 9:30 — 8 Comments

A lazy Sunday at the Manor

I was pottering about in the yard today at a lazy old pace.  It was pottering in a literal sense because we'd pulled out a heap of Bromilliads that I potted up into six huge pots.  I also finally planted out Farina's ArkLiving pot which has become a lettuce garden (you can never have too many greens).  Anyway... that was when the "Manor Bug" as I call it struck with full force.  I was obsessed to get in touch with Farmer Andy.  

Firstly, I bottled up 25 liters of alcoholic…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on August 16, 2015 at 20:30 — 25 Comments

2 weeks to go :)

Hi everyone. 

I'm so excited about you guys coming to visit my little oasis in suburbia.  I have been very busy trying to get the garden in tip top shape but you all would know that a gardener's work is never finished.  I'm also being very mean to my children.  This year will be our first major crop of oranges (20 mind you) off our valencia orange and they are just BEGGING me to harvest them so they can eat them and make orange juice.  They'll just have to wait and make do with all…


Added by Susan on August 16, 2015 at 14:30 — 17 Comments

Queen Bee

My bees keep creating queen cells and replacing the queen although some may have swarmed that I didn't see. The current queen is yet to lay larvae so hopefully she lays soon. It may be I have to get a new queen in as so far the hive keeps replacing the queen.

Added by Stephen Choi on August 16, 2015 at 13:12 — 3 Comments

The joy of annuals

Elsewhere they debate these things, but from my subjective POV I'm real glad that I'm an 'annuals' man. Don't get me wrong: I like to eat of the fruits of the trees like any other human. But when it comes to growing my own comestibles I…


Added by Dave Riley on August 9, 2015 at 7:00 — 2 Comments

Early flowering fruit trees and other bits and pieces

Hi everyone,

This time last year, I was lamenting the cold weather and desperately looking for any signs of spring.  Well this has been an unseasonally warm winter and the fruit trees and I feel like it is spring already!   I wore SHORTS to the gym last week - mind you, my tan hasn't quite caught up with my garden so my legs were pasty but they were OUT! The garden is coming to life after a very brief, almost non-existent, resting period.

My multigraft peach/nectarine tree is…


Added by Susan on August 1, 2015 at 14:30 — 14 Comments

People should be more nice to madagascar beans

Hi everyone,over many garden visits I have met many people growing madagascar beans and although having admitted to growing them lots have dismissed their edibility.I would like to change that for the non believers I HOPE.This weekend My stepson Josh came up from melbourne and although not a chef he bloody well should be .The plant gods have been good and I had a major size jar full of dried ones and many waiting to come for him and his creation.Here is my recipe and I will  call it JOSHES…


Added by DARREN JAMES on August 1, 2015 at 0:38 — 34 Comments

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