2015 WINTER – JUNE TO AUGUST
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22.06.15 backyard – peak growing period for veg is winter in Brisbane. Time for the brassicas of all kinds, lettuces, toms, carrots, beans, peas, potatoes and a few…Continue
25.04.15 POTATO GROWING WITH LYLE AT SANDGATE COMMUNITY GARDEN
Big thank you to Lyle (Betts) from the SCG for providing a potato growing workshop for our members, though we did have a couple of ring in's from BOGI in the form of Ed and Louise. Always good when other groups can join us.
What an excellent, no nonsense approach Lyle has to growing spuds.
Brisbane Qld 2009
Back in late 2009 I must have read something, found something to inspire me to finally start trying to grow food in earnest. Perhaps I met the guy at the markets who eventually made my raised beds (new idea to the market then). I don't remember. All I know is that I suddenly realised I had to turn my backyard into veg beds rather than the croquet lawn I had planned for this area.
We were coming out of a nasty long period of real drought. You…Continue
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Change of seasons is the only time I do any really hard yakka in the garden replenishing the beds and getting them ready for the next seasons planting.
I need that perfect morning - overcast without rain, not too hot. I never know exactly which morning that will be until it comes. And it did this morning.
First I take down the summer netting and cut back all the finished crop. Chop it up into pieces.
That's the fun part.…Continue
There has been a lot of discussion about the most humane way of disposing of Cane Toads. Below are the discussions with links for information on disposal:
Comment by Lissa just now
Quite a good article. A lot of toads were killed in many ways to achieve it.
Would be interested in getting hold…Continue
Must be the time of year (Christmas).
The other night I put dinner in the oven, went to check on it three quarters of an hour later to find that it was still sitting there but with lots of cold air blowing over it. The oven had died :(
Never mind, says I, I have I a microwave and a new cook top.
The next morning I go to melt my cheese on bread for breakfast to find the microwave had died as well. I know from clients experiences that this happens during periods of…Continue
I have updated and added to the original blog (now deleted) with lots of information about alternative veg options.
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Wonderful visit to Brymac Blueberry farm today and I've come away with lots of useful tips and info.
22.11.14 Today I visited beautiful Peachester, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, to attend an open day at Brymac Blueberries. A hot day, despite Spring not being over but well worth the trip for the information given by Dean (Bryant), owner of the farm. I have previously…Continue
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I have an aviary. It holds four ancient but happy Cockatiels who consume quite a bit of bird seed each week.
The aviary has wire around 2/3rds of it, made up of 1cm square holes.
Over the last 12years I have spent a gazillion dollars buying that expanding foam stuff and have plugged up every other hole to stop the mice getting in. I also used to have a good mouser, Gretel, but she passed away earlier this year. I can't let the other two, now ancient, dogs into the aviary as…Continue
Nights are cool but the days beautiful. The garden is very productive despite my lack of time to look after it, and I get to eat my own fruit and veg daily. No time to do any watering as I leave for work around 6.30am soon after it's gotten light.
The Carambola has been exceptionally productive, giving me good fruit every day. Most fall and smash but some portion of them is…Continue
Per the QLD MUSEUM WEBSITE: The European Garden Snail now classified as Cornu aspersum has previously been known as Cantareus aspersus and Helix aspersa.…Continue
February is apparently the time to prune stone fruit trees. All new to me as my tropical nectarine is only 6mths old but already 2m tall.
Summer is here and it's brought the rains via thunder and lightening storms. Found out the other day just how important these sorts of storms are to life on earth from THIS ARTICLE.
Sure enough, the garden has erupted in growth since the storms, especially the Choko vine (below) which is now covered in tiny fruit.
Lightning creates “nitrates” which among other things,…Continue
Joseph shared some Edamame seed with me some months back. After the bit of rain yesterday I've moved the compost pile into the middle bed and planted the seed up one end in the bottom-of-the-pile, worm casting rich soil.
Very curious about these - I've never eaten them but the blurb on the net makes them sound delicious. Can be eaten raw like a peanut or boiled…Continue
The season has started out dry. The mornings are still crisp and cool but the days are occasionally hot. The tank is down to 1000lt so I'm back to using town water to keep things alive, with a new longer hose that reaches all parts of the backyard.
"Tidy me" wants to clean up the backyard, but "messy me" is saying leave it alone! as both the honey and native bees are…Continue
Joseph has been studying marcotting and visited my garden to practice on my mature fruit trees, his (Mums') still being a little small.
We found it tricky to source upright branches close enough to the ground to work on and ended up doing two marcots, one each on the Wampi and Soursop (see pics below).
Below is a description of marcotting from the Archives of the…
PURPLE/PURPLE sharply defined tri-pointed leaves
WHITE/PURPLE softly tri-pointed leaves
PURPLE/WHITE heart shaped leaves
By Dr. Mercola
A full two-thirds of Americans are overweight or…Continue