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Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.

Since the cool months are Vetiver down time,I thought I'd invest any surplus energy into seed raising.

The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling  garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.



Added by Dave Riley on July 16, 2020 at 20:16 — 10 Comments

July 2020

Hi everyone, thought I'd share some recent homesteading wins. Below left is the biggest harvest I've ever had, so gratifying - 2.5kg passionfruit, 1.5kg tumeric, the runt of the pumpkin patch, 2kg clementines, lebanese eggplant, mini capsicums, cherry tomatoes, four types of lettuce, rocket, blood-veined sorrel, kale and some mac nuts + flowers. …


Added by Sophie on July 16, 2020 at 14:34 — 11 Comments

Dwarf Peach tree

 Hi there,

I am looking at getting a dwarf peach tree and was wondering which is the best variety for Brisbane area and since it is not that cold here will it bear fruit, any advice would be helpful and possibily the name of a good source.


Thanks everybody for all your assistance most helpful.


Added by Ross Carter on June 29, 2020 at 17:30 — 16 Comments

Lettuce Seedlings, anyone?

I was saving the seeds of my reliable little Green Mignonette lettuce, and when I had a small bag full, I threw the rest of the stalks under the peach tree. They ALL came up. If anyone would like some seedlings, let me know. They'll probably be OK for a few days, so if you're in the neighbourhood (McDowall) you are very welcome to come and get a few.

Added by Barbara Tealby on June 29, 2020 at 8:47 — No Comments

End of June harvests and a whole lot of nothing happening with the brassica’s

Hi guys, check out my latest garden antics.

Added by Susan on June 28, 2020 at 9:48 — 4 Comments

Some very sad news about Elaine

I learned this afternoon that Elaine passed away on 26 May 2020.  She was cremated on 5 June.  I believe she would have been 78. 

Long time members will know that Elaine's health had suffered recently as a result of diabetes.  Her heart had been damaged and finally gave out.  

There is to be a memorial service at Great Northern Gardens at Deception Bay in 6 - 8 weeks.  I asked to be advised when the date was set.  

The site has been much quieter since she got ill and…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on June 21, 2020 at 19:19 — 7 Comments


When all my fruit trees finally produce an abundance of fruit, I will have a way to save and store harvests.  With my many Ball-mason jars and even my old vacola bottles, will have some use.  

This AMERICAN cooker is 30 quart or 28.5 litre pressure canner will more than suffice.  I also purchased a Secure Grip lid lifter: Premium Bottle tongs. …


Added by Christa on June 19, 2020 at 11:06 — 3 Comments

Coffee/spice grinder anyone?

I've just harvested ginger and will be drying and grinding some. Also, there is a lot of turmeric dried, but not processed left over from last year. Having spent the last half hour achieving four teaspoons of ground turmeric with my mortar and pestle, I'm keen to find a better (MUCH BETTER) way to do the job.

Does anyone have a spare coffee/spice grinder, or are there any hints on what would be the best one to buy?

Added by Barbara Tealby on June 18, 2020 at 13:57 — 4 Comments

Trying a new old thing

I got this today at the Op Shop for $15 instead of $80 new.  Can't wait to give it a try.  

Added by Andrew Cumberland on June 17, 2020 at 0:34 — 10 Comments

Last few weeks at Dougs

Been running around like a headless chook for the last week and a bit trying to get jobs done in the garden. On the weekend went and visited a fellow stfc member and took some date palm pups from his palms. Got a male and female medjool, a bisexual medjool and a bisexual honey barjee.

The quail…


Added by Doug Hanning on June 8, 2020 at 17:55 — 11 Comments

Chicken compost on the hill

I've mentioned before that my house is on a steep hill, and that I've terraced up part of the unused too-steep area as a food forest, which has been working very well.  All the trees I put in have established nicely, although it’s looking a bit bare again now that the pumpkin vines have died down and I’ve given the young trees another trim to promote…


Added by Lily on June 5, 2020 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Blue Corn Tortillas: better than yellow.

It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.

The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.

Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non…


Added by Dave Riley on May 29, 2020 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

End of May garden harvest.

Hey everyone, 

Check our my latest garden vlog :May garden harvest

I’m getting better at these video’s but need to work on making sure I’ve got the camera pointed at something interesting 

Added by Susan on May 27, 2020 at 17:30 — 5 Comments

Community Garden may not be the way to go...

I am negotiating a transition moment.

The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.

But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…


Added by Dave Riley on May 20, 2020 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Some Afternoon digging

Pulled out 22kg of sweet potatoes from one 400L grow bag this arvo. Also picked 12 seminole pumpkins (25kg)from one vine. Still have my ube's to harvest and some chilacayote that will round out the winter staples.

Picked some cucs and some eggplants and my daily quail eggs. Grabbed a snap of the bok choy while I picked some for dinner.Checked my 120 eggs in the bator. Feasted on some starfruit, miracle fruit,papaya and peanutbutter fruit.

Great way…


Added by Doug Hanning on May 16, 2020 at 18:14 — 6 Comments

Quail info poster

Found a couple of good printable quail info charts. Colours and sexing info for others farming these little tasty fellas.…


Added by Doug Hanning on May 10, 2020 at 14:40 — 5 Comments

Net house

Finally got my act together and built a fruit fly net screened dome tunnel. Only 6m x 2.4m but at the moment I am not allowed any more lawn space. Gotta be happy with my small victories!

Added by Doug Hanning on May 10, 2020 at 14:14 — 10 Comments

Pressure canning (Do NOT add to this post)


Tiny tales

Well damn. I’m used to making jams and sauces etc, bottling them and boiling them in a water bath so they seal and can be kept for many months. I do a lot of that.

Then I got this pressure canner thing. It works as a pressure cooker – I made pea and ham soup in it tonight. However, the damn thing can cook…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on May 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 13 Comments

May 2020

Hi everyone, apologies have been really slack with blogposts. I might try to do a virtual GV soon. Hope you are all well !

In the meantime, here is a small snap of the potager. Notice the chook coop next to the pumpkin patch on the right!

Made the most of the long weekend to do lots of gardening! Hacked back the cassava to let in more sunshine (was using for shelter over the summer). The patch is getting sneakily bigger and bigger with every week.…


Added by Sophie on May 5, 2020 at 11:00 — 10 Comments

Dougs Virtual garden tour 26/4/20 Part 2

This wraps up the rest of the garden. Missed a few trees but hopefully folks get the gist of it. This is the the second part

Added by Doug Hanning on April 26, 2020 at 16:48 — 1 Comment

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