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Juicers, anyone?

I'm looking at buying a juicer - for apples, pineapples, etc. Does anyone have one they can recommend (or specifically NOT recommend)? Mid price range is good.

Added by Barbara Tealby on June 16, 2021 at 7:47 — 6 Comments

Buy Australian?

The contents of the new you-beaut ring-pull cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk seemed to me to be a bit runnier than in the old types, so I had a look on the side of the can. to see if they'd changed the concentration. Well, no indication as to whether they had or they hadn't, but what I did see was 'MADE IN MEXICO". Had a bit of a fossick around on the web to see if I could find evaporated milk made in Australia, but all I could find was stuff made in Lithuania. Surely we can do better than…

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Added by Barbara Tealby on June 14, 2021 at 7:20 — 14 Comments

Using plastic weedmat as mulch

Last time we blog-interacted I was talking up the pleasures of cardboard as a garden mulch.  As of today it looks something like this:

It offers a certain rustic charm as the fibres begin their rotting journey.

Sentenced…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 9, 2021 at 20:00 — 8 Comments

Using Cardboard as Garden Mulch.

I may be a registered member of the Mulch Supporters Club but I never understood the Permaculture fetish for wet paper.

More trouble than it's worth.

Laying out the beds at the Vetiver plantation sure enamoured me to cardboard as a mulch understory and now it looks like I'm addicted.

Cardboard, after all, is mashed up wood chips...and it's available any and everywhere. More so, in fact, than newspaper.

So I started using cardboard keenly and experimentally in the…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 23, 2021 at 19:30 — 6 Comments

Flour experiment 2: mixed flour Turkish bread

I thought I had at least 2 cups of bean flour.  So, I bravely started the next experiment.  For some reason, I went onto Turkish bread.  I love the stuff and I was too lazy to do mashed potato first.  After getting the yeast ready, I discovered I in fact was down to 1 last cup of bean flour.  So, 1 bean flour to 4 wheat/bakers' flour.  The good news is that it worked - I thought very well.  …

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 12, 2021 at 23:17 — No Comments

Flour experiment 1: pancakes

So, using the flour to make pancakes worked perfectly well.  It is slightly nutty but a very nice flavour indeed.  I added just a touch of mashed potato, pinch of baking powder and some salt and sugar.  I think I could increase the salt slightly, thicken the batter and use it as a flat bread.  Test one seemed to be a complete success - even by harsh Rozie standards.  …

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 11, 2021 at 22:00 — 5 Comments

I did it!!!

You are looking at  three versions of home grown and made flour from the tiny city farm. Hulled,  part-hulled and unfilled.  I'll cook three muffins for taste comparison. I used Madagascar beans to make it. I'm also going to try with pigeon peas. This is a big part of my self sufficient jigsaw filled in.  …

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 6, 2021 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps

 
This is the layout/design I'm experimenting with.
I actually mix up the food plants rather than block plant, but they…
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Added by Dave Riley on May 1, 2021 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

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 — 5 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

March in the garden

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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Added by Susan on March 14, 2021 at 18:30 — 10 Comments

Worm Farmer Dave : Vermiculturalist with stabbing stick.

One of my chooks died a couple of days ago. It happens.

So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.

See! the chickens round the gate

For their morning portion wait;

Fill the basket from the store,

Let us open wide the door;

Throw out crumbs…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 5, 2021 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

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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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