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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

What was that fruit?

Doug, when we were at Dianne's place, you had some small fruits which you said came from a tree which was fairly hard to come by. They tasted quite good, and I took a few seeds home. Do you remember what that fruit tree was called? I'm putting in the seeds and would like to label them as something other than 'that-nice-fruit-that-Doug-brought-to-Dianne's'.

Added by Barbara Tealby on March 5, 2021 at 8:03 — 3 Comments

Annual Tiny Farm production blog

I've become a bit more serious about plotting the food that I grow and harvest here on the block.  Mostly, because of the Youtube shedwars contest I am in... it's actually just an excuse to share gardening tips for beginners but it also forces me to track my produce by weight.  

I've decided I will do this for 12 months and maybe even more, even though the contest stops in April.  You see, I've realised:

  1. I produce much more than I…
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Added by Andrew Cumberland on March 1, 2021 at 21:00 — 20 Comments

Sid's Garden Visit

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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Added by Susan on February 28, 2021 at 18:00 — 7 Comments

Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest

There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying with the humidity as it is won't be too successful. Has anyone got any tips or pointers about what I should and shouldn't do?

Added by Barbara Tealby on February 12, 2021 at 17:09 — 7 Comments

February 2021



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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Added by Susan on February 7, 2021 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

Moving to acreage in Wamuran!

Living the dream suckers.

I'll hopefully have a GV soon after we move in but for anyone wanting to stickybeak here is the real-estate link.

Address available on request https://www.realestate.com.au/property-acreage+semi-rural-qld-wamuran-135244742

Added by Sid Saghe on January 26, 2021 at 18:13 — 7 Comments

This week in the garden

Picked the first pineapple of the year yesterday - no photo cos I cut it up straight away - couldn't wait to try it. It was OK, but I think I jumped the gun a bit - not as sweet as they usually are, and the top quarter was still pale yellow, not golden. I'll leave the next one on a bit longer. Pineapples are going in all over the garden in odd spots - and I've got a lot of odd spots in my garden!

The Zucchinis are finished, and I'm letting the tromboncino go to seed now - sorry,…

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Added by Barbara Tealby on January 26, 2021 at 9:00 — 11 Comments

The way of the stick.

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments

COME RAID MY GARDEN, MOVING!

Hello friends, long time no see!

I’ve been busy these last months searching for a new house, and it seems like I’ve found the perfect one. We are selling up to secure it, and as such there’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to raid my current garden and just, take WHATEVER you want. Literally. From our current garden in Kallangur.



I have a large number of bathtub wicking tubs set up, most with plants including mature raspberry, Kankong, Sweet Potato to name a few,…

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Added by Sid Saghe on January 24, 2021 at 8:42 — 6 Comments

Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

Jan 2021 - I've been a bit slack with blogging.

Hi all, 

I'm sorry I've been absent from blogging with any regularity lately.  My husband was ill for a while and then holidays happened and as usual it all got away from me.  Luckily, the rain has been kind and my garden is not looking to bad.   Though, my garden still doesn't grow much in the way of veg over summer.  

Here is what I harvested today - these carrots are way overdue for harvest and were planted back in July so I don't really count them as a…

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Added by Susan on January 14, 2021 at 19:57 — 5 Comments

Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. 

I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…

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Added by Barbara Tealby on January 11, 2021 at 14:01 — 2 Comments

It lives!

I have seen a few Summers here. They come and go while the plants respond to the weather.

But this time around...

I am overwhelmed by the verdant growth. I've had to hack my way along the paths to get from A to…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2021 at 19:27 — 2 Comments

Comestibles out back on their blanket of green suggesting a promise of meals to come.

Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!

Spring onions,sweet peppers and maybe a Calabacitas...

Daikon…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 16, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 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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