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Autumn 2021 at The Gap

Well last blog was 2 years ago, where shall I start?

One season at a time.

In late February, I dug out the taro for what looked like a promising result… or not. Well, I mean that plant was almost bigger than me. I since then dug out more and gave it a final taste try to decide that it is definitely not a…


Added by Valerie on July 3, 2021 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

Winter at The Gap


When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…


Added by Valerie on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

Autumn in the school garden

With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…


Added by Valerie on March 31, 2019 at 9:00 — 2 Comments

School garden

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…


Added by Valerie on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 — 3 Comments

Spring 2018 in The Gap

Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…


Added by Valerie on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…


Added by Valerie on January 20, 2018 at 16:00 — 9 Comments

Spring at The Gap

On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …


Added by Valerie on September 16, 2017 at 20:30 — 6 Comments

April at The Gap

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…


Added by Valerie on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

A mild december, early new year

Considering the weather is holding on to a very mild gardenable temperature with steady drizzle and tomorrow is the most favorable time to plant fruit in the garden, it's a good time for early new year resolution to clean up the garden. Photos to come.

Added by Valerie on December 26, 2016 at 21:30 — No Comments

Spring in The Gap

It's good to be back in the garden. A bit of TLC is really starting to pay off. Only a few weeks ago the dwarf mulberry was covered in ants and scale. A good brush, feed and regular watering and it is positively weighed down by plump fruit all over.…


Added by Valerie on September 25, 2016 at 18:38 — 4 Comments

March at The Gap

I decided it was time for a clean up. I don't like clutter and I have been feeling like my garden has been highjacked by a pumpkin vine and madagascar beans. So Garden got a haircut.


and after…


Added by Valerie on March 20, 2015 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Tabula rasa no more


Added by Valerie on September 14, 2014 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

Tabula rasa Spring in The Gap

Well the last few months have been somewhat challenging in my personal life with an emergency trip back home and coming back to a rather sad garden or rather what was left of it. The seedling I had planted before I left did not make it through the mini drought and cold snap and the chooks got the best of what was growing. 

I was just about to give up when my husband gave me a nudge. That and a garden visit is all I needed really. Just as well it is spring. Time the clear the beds and…


Added by Valerie on September 14, 2014 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

April in North West Brisbane

So I cleared part of my sweet potato patch because it is so overgrown. It was taking over the beds and escaping to the neighbours through the retaining wall. 

I need the space now that I am over the styrofoam phase. The plan is to get rid of all styrofoam boxes and use every bit of nooks and cranies in the garden for useful plants. That includes flowers…


Added by Valerie on April 26, 2014 at 21:30 — 3 Comments


Unpacked the dragon fruit cuttings from lovely Elaine to find roots already there. Yohoo!

New temporary home in a mini wicking bed and with transparent pot I bough at Slavos I can see plenty of new roots. Almost ready to plant…


Added by Valerie on February 7, 2014 at 13:00 — 4 Comments


I am so impressed at the rate of reproduction in my compost bin. I went to the time-warp shop (aka Bunnings) and got most of the things I need to build a new BSFL farm.

I am following this blog

It's a shame this guy does not deliver to Australia because I certainly spent more the $68 and still forgot a few things. The velcro alone was…


Added by Valerie on January 2, 2014 at 23:00 — 3 Comments

Tour of inspection in the garden

Cucumbers and ladyfinger eggplant. I rescued the latter from a shady spot where it was barely surviving. It's loving the wicking bed.

I think the girls found the kale…Ah well, all the better for the eggs hopefully.…


Added by Valerie on December 29, 2013 at 11:28 — 2 Comments

A few improvements

One of the drawer's front fell off so of course that was the perfect opportunity to practise dovetail joints on some new drawers...

Obviously the old one got recycled and I think the girls like it.

The feeder got a few extra holes in the neck to let more grains through to feed all my hungry…


Added by Valerie on December 29, 2013 at 10:30 — No Comments

And I thought I did not have any consumables in the garden...

 Nice surprise for a rescued seedling from the chuck pen!

Ladyfinger bananas yipee!…


Added by Valerie on December 12, 2013 at 11:00 — 2 Comments

The making of the wicking beds

 The shell made with pine. The ground is lined with hessian bags to prevent perforation of the plastic lining.   

Lined with builder plastic,…


Added by Valerie on November 17, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

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