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A busy weekend

Lots of garden activity for us this weekend.

I've bought a guava, a mandarin, two tropical pears (to be pruned small and to increase fruit set), and a persimmon, mostly on impulse. It's funny I used to plan other people's gardens for a living and can't bear to plan my own ;)

So we're rearranging this side of the yard. I'll underplant with pit pit, comfrey, nasturtiums, sweet… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 24, 2009 at 18:00 — 3 Comments

Autumn harvest

The wired frame for my tomato plants collapsed today and had to be rebuilt. Too much weight - loaded with tomatoes! As usual, I've been too greedy and not spaced out the seedlings properly.

The experimental upside-down tomato plant is also fruiting, but not as well as the ones in the ground. Under the tomato basket, I've lined a trench with comfrey leaves and will put in a few potatoes.…


Added by Addy on May 23, 2009 at 21:06 — 12 Comments

Hello little pumpkin

Ooh how exciting - we have our first dear little potkin. I think it's a Red Leicester. I think it came from Green Harvest (via my friend Jen). Unfortunately it's not going to be any good for seed saving as I have about 5 varieties all flowering in the garden at the same time. Sorry.

I'm very pleased with this variety though as there are lots coming and it's a very good size for adding to family meals without having to base the whole… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 17, 2009 at 17:00 — 2 Comments

Getting into the rhythm of things

It looks like I might finally be getting the hang of this gardening thing. I've been consciously trying to plant something every week and keeping a planting diary and it's paying off. Soon I will have a continuous carrot supply to go with the beans which are still producing slowly which is great! They taste soooo much better than the ones from the shops. I've just harvested another two pumpkins off the vine and it looks as if there are more on the way, provided they don't get trimmed any more… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on May 16, 2009 at 11:22 — 3 Comments

Our first egg!!!

Our chooks have finally laid their first egg!!!

We’ve got 4 chooks raised from chicks, two are Leghorns, one Australorp, and one Araucana. The Leghorns and the Australorp are about 25 to 26 weeks old, and the Araucana’s 23 weeks. We’ve been eagerly checking for eggs since 6 weeks ago!!

Ingham, Pen Pen, Freya, Marshmallow

We suspect the layer is the bigger leghorn, Ingham. She’s been pacing in and out of the coop and jumping up and down into the sleeping and nesting… Continue

Added by Florence on May 14, 2009 at 21:56 — 3 Comments

Seedlings are up; chickens are being ruthlessly excluded

Actually they were out for hours on Monday and they didn't go into the vegie garden at all. I'm crossing my fingers that they may have got the 'stay out of the vegie garden or you go straight back into your yard' message. At least for a minute.

Consequently, the latest lot of seedlings have germinated and are still in their places. You can see that they are quite happy to push their way through the thin scattering of sugar cane… Continue

Added by Scarlett on May 5, 2009 at 21:03 — 5 Comments

My new secret weapon is very exciting

Wow - I think this could be the beginning of a new age: I bought a pump for our watering tank. It is extremely exciting to think about using the hose any time I want instead of carting watering cans. It really has restricted the frequency and amount of water I put on the garden. This should hopefully give me some impetus to really get this garden moving. Hooray. Now I just need to rig it up...Could take a weekend or ten, what with everything else going on (as usual).…


Added by Scarlett on April 24, 2009 at 21:00 — 2 Comments

Gardening Expo + ID needed

I had my wisdom teeth taken out so had the whole of last week off on sick leave, of course people don’t usually stay home during their sick leave judging from my previous experience in retail ^^” So I was able to go to the show on Friday, mind you though it was the first place I went after I recovered :P

I got there about 10:25am, so just made it to Jerry Coleby-Williams 10:30am program on Survival Food Growing. You can find a factsheet on what he talked about here… Continue

Added by Florence on April 20, 2009 at 23:00 — 10 Comments

Not very glamorous

Oh dear, I wish I was more organised. Or retired. Or a stay-at-home mother. Or something - anything that means I could spend heaps more time or money in the garden :)

I had forgotten that I am meant to be doing the garden visit thing this month until Chris reminded me. So my edges aren't neat, my succession planting is shot (the chickens have gotten into the garden and scraped out two lots of new seedlings in the last month) and my… Continue

Added by Scarlett on April 18, 2009 at 18:39 — 3 Comments

Death of a mango tree - taking stock...

Lovely lovely rains last week softened the ground so much that the dead mango tree (what was left of it) fell over onto my raised bed. Luckily I had just pulled out the snake beans and most of the basil, in readiness for sowing brassicas. A few weeks ago we pulled out the Hills Hoist and planted a soursop in its place!

While I had the camera out, decided to take stock of all the recent plantings, as well as existing trees etc....

First, the… Continue

Added by Addy on April 11, 2009 at 22:47 — 10 Comments

More autumn gardening

I'm certainly loving all this rain! I haven't had to water my garden in over a week and the raintank has remained full. Just when I was thinking this morning that I should water my garden along comes another shower. I've just started a week of holidays from uni so I'm definitely looking forward to getting into the garden. Today I did a bit of weeding before the rain came. That horrible grass just loves to populate my vegie patch. It was good to see some decent fat and juicy sized worms in the… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on April 10, 2009 at 13:05 — 4 Comments

From suburban backyard to vege garden

Our dream is to be self sufficient with our own veges.

We started a couple of years ago by clearing all the golden palms from the side, and building 2 brick raised beds to enclose a paved patio. In went my favourite herbs - chillies, galangal, mint, Vietnamese mint, pandan. Then an L shaped vege bed next to the fence - bought topsoil to fill it - duhhh, dense and turned to mud when wet! - and struggled to grow Chinese cabbage, bokchoy. Cucumber on a trellis didn't do too badly, and… Continue

Added by Addy on April 3, 2009 at 20:10 — 7 Comments

My first blog ~ Autumn Garden

I've been meaning to post for a while, but kept procrastinating ~

Not much going on with the garden ~ A volunteer cherry tomato started fruiting in the front yard, but the green grape I sow with seeds from Fiona didn’t grow anymore from since it was 2 cm high… and now yellowing… now what did I do? ^^ Probably most likely what I didn’t do though… >__< .. I’ve sprayed some diluted seasol on them today…

There nothing much to harvest in the garden except for chillies,… Continue

Added by Florence on March 28, 2009 at 20:16 — 10 Comments

The thing to do with pineapples

I'm afraid that our chickens are completely stupid fluff-brains. Serves me right for getting designer chickens. I pulled the sunflower stalks and put them in their pen. They sit on them, but don't eat them. So I pulled the seeds out of the flowerhead and made interested noises so they would realise they could eat them. Nope. I give them caterpillars (we now have corn ear worm) and it takes 5 minutes for them to realise that there is a tasty… Continue

Added by Scarlett on March 22, 2009 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Garden coming to life!

Well I'm finally starting to see the fruits of my labour in the garden. My very lovely neighbours saw me out digging around and offered me a heap of beautiful compost. It went straight into the veggie patch which I was about to sow my autumn seeds in. I have had some success already after only a week. The radishes have all sprouted (so reliable - I love them!!), All the pak choy has sprouted and one corn. I'm waiting on the rest but the rain should help them along hopefully. - Speaking of rain,… Continue

Added by Vanessa Collier on March 19, 2009 at 11:43 — 4 Comments

The Big Crunch

I think the start of 2009 marked the beginning of the big crunch. Back in the seventies we were speculating on how we needed to get back to a grass roots lifestyle in order to prepare ourselves for when things go pear shaped on planet earth. The best thing we can do is to grow and produce as much of our own food as we can. We are fairly well food self sufficient on our farm at Black Mountain on the Sunshine Coast and all the food that I prepare at home in my kitchen I have evolved into one day… Continue

Added by Elisabeth Fekonia on March 15, 2009 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

That's a lot of tubers

Just back from visiting Christopher's garden. Thanks heaps Chris, I really enjoyed the visit. It was great to check out how you organise things and how your plants grow in different spots. Lovely cup of tea too. I've brought home a lot of seeds to try out - thanks seed savers - and thankyou Donna for the books. I've potted up Christopher's cardamon already and put the ginger straight in - I have just the spot for it as I have been meaning to… Continue

Added by Scarlett on February 22, 2009 at 15:00 — 9 Comments

Queensland food

Garden fare is all very sub-tropical at the moment. It's raining right now, how lovely.

I picked our rockmelon - the excitement! A bit early I'm afraid though. I tested it with a Brix meter and it said only 'ordinary' nutrition. My chef friend says she uses them to test for ripeness, so I'm hoping that had I picked it at the correct stage of ripeness, the Brix meter would in fact have said "oh wow, that's incredible, I can't believe… Continue

Added by Scarlett on February 13, 2009 at 17:30 — 2 Comments

Slim pickings over summer

I am enormously happy that Food Connect can now supply suppplementary vegetable bags in our weekly fruit box. It's fantastic - we're not so completely at the mercy of the garden, and I can buy garlic and ginger without making a special trip to buy chinese imports (pretty much all the garlic in the shops is over from China). So now I've been buying carrots and broccoli every week as well - there are only so many meals we can eat based on… Continue

Added by Scarlett on February 4, 2009 at 14:05 — 3 Comments

A month of neglect in high summer

I am so grateful for all this rain. Our garden has been abandoned for a month with no water!

It's capacity to continue without me is amazing. I can't believe that we could come home and pick dinner from the garden. It was a very good dinner too.

I'm horrified to say that our chooks are completely infested with bird mite, however. I am so mortified - my friend came over to change their feeders every few days and didn't know… Continue

Added by Scarlett on January 12, 2009 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

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