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Cherry Tree

Hi  all,

Just wondering if Brisbane South  is a good enough location to grow a cherry tree, will it be cold enough for it to get plenty of fruit, just wondering if anyone have any success.

cheers 

Added by Ross Carter on August 16, 2020 at 12:01 — 6 Comments

Spring Garden Update

There’s lots exciting happening in my garden right now.

First, unfortunately, both of the chicks we hatched turned out to be roosters. What can you do? Given so few chicks hatched, and they were so distinct from one another, they grew up each very beloved—so the soup pot wasn’t an option for these two gentlemen. Sweet, cuddly, Polish Maharajah has been…

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Added by Lily on August 15, 2020 at 15:00 — 13 Comments

The Quail Train Steams Ahead

My latest batch of quail is my most successful yet. Set 140ish eggs. After 14 days they were candled and only 7 were discarded as unfertile, another 7 or so looked suspicious but couldnt be certain. Day 18 saw a large hatch of 65. With another 20 hatch on day 19. Then the next 3 days saw another 20 stragglers. This is symptomatic of a cheap incubator as temperature varies throughout chamber so rates of development differ. In the first week had only 5 fatalities(which is pretty good these…

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Added by Doug Hanning on August 14, 2020 at 21:35 — 23 Comments

My Soup Lifestyle (yet again I prattle on about it)

I eat soup every day for lunch. I love soup....and I guess I'm skilled at soupology.

Essentially my soup making works to a template.

1.STOCK

I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 13, 2020 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

August 2020

Hi all, 

Well, winter is done.  It has been far to warm lately to be classed as winter - I wore shorts today for goodness state.  I had a nice little play  in the garden planting out my brassica's, sunflower seeds and 16 chamomile plants that I got ages ago in 1 punnet - separated them out, potted them up and babied them for a while and now they are in the ground. I also potted up my celery and will do some new seeds of various things tonight.  Another job on my to-do-list is…

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Added by Susan on August 8, 2020 at 19:38 — 7 Comments

Very Mulchly

I just ate some fresh corn I harvested outback. So over Winter it is possible here in SEQ to grow corn...albeit on the coast.

I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.

Wee…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 6, 2020 at 19:00 — 5 Comments

Dwarf Nectarine Tree

Hi there,  

When is a good time to place netting over my nectarine tree to stop those pesky fruit flies from destroying the fruit.

cheers,

Added by Ross Carter on August 5, 2020 at 16:02 — 2 Comments

Chinese Seeds .

 Dozens of US states have reported mysterious seeds showing up in packages from China and are warning citizens not to plant them because they could be an invasive species.

Added by Jeff Kiehne on August 3, 2020 at 22:10 — 1 Comment

Tomato Growing what Roger does - please add to this

After my success in growing the Juiciest Tomato at our recent Christmas in July event I thought I would share with everyone what I do to grow this most useful of vegetables, which is really a fruit.

There are more varieties of tomato than any other type of vegetable or fruit. They range in size from ones as small as a currant to whoppers weighing 1 kilo each (Brandywine). We all know how tasty and easy to grow the small cherry tomatoes are, they come up by themselves out of the compost,…

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Added by Roger Clark on July 30, 2020 at 18:42 — 12 Comments

July 2020

Alright, so I’m going to preface this blog post by saying it is an outright brag - directed completely at Roger.  He and I are obviously quite competitive and I copped it today at the garden visit.  Yep, that’s right, I went home with tears in my eyes about all the wasted broccoli, the beautiful kohl rabbi, the gorgeous cabbages and the pumpkins, just left Willy nilly where they lay with little care from Roger at all.  I whispered quietly to them that they wouldn’t have to fend for…

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Added by Susan on July 26, 2020 at 15:00 — 10 Comments

The Tommy Toe Tomato Appreciation Society : TTT

By Dave Riley

Founder & President

Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 25, 2020 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

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.

In…

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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. …

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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.

cheers,

Thanks everybody for all your assistance most helpful.

cheers,

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. 
https://youtu.be/tf127ReVsEI

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…

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

CANNER FOR THE FUTURE

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. …

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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

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