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
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 ,…Continue
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 :) …Continue
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…Continue
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…
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'.
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:
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…Continue
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?
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,…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments
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
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,…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments
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,…
The year past in review.
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…Continue
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…Continue
But this time around...Continue
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!Continue