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2015 WINTER – JUNE TO AUGUST

2015 WINTER – JUNE TO AUGUST

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22.06.15 backyard

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…

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Added by Lissa on July 5, 2015 at 7:00 — 9 Comments

POTATO GROWING

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.

Below…

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Added by Lissa on June 11, 2015 at 5:30 — 33 Comments

A FRESH LOOK AT HOW IT ALL BEGAN

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…

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Added by Lissa on May 23, 2015 at 8:00 — 11 Comments

2015 AUTUMN - March to May

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Added by Lissa on April 26, 2015 at 7:00 — 4 Comments

CHANGE OF SEASONS

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.…

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Added by Lissa on April 5, 2015 at 9:00 — 17 Comments

CANE TOADS

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…

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Added by Lissa on February 21, 2015 at 5:00 — 18 Comments

My new whitegoods don't nag

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…

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Added by Lissa on December 19, 2014 at 17:35 — 11 Comments

SUB TROPICAL and ALTERNATIVE VEG

I have updated and added to the original blog (now deleted) with lots of information about alternative veg options.

See the Wordpress blog HERE.

Added by Lissa on November 29, 2014 at 9:30 — 2 Comments

Blueberries

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…

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Added by Lissa on November 22, 2014 at 16:30 — No Comments

2014 SPRING - SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

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Added by Lissa on October 20, 2014 at 5:30 — 11 Comments

Of mice.........

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…

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Added by Lissa on October 11, 2014 at 7:30 — 21 Comments

2014 WINTER June to August

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…

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Added by Lissa on June 25, 2014 at 14:30 — 9 Comments

Slow farming with snails, or Heliculture

Per the QLD MUSEUM WEBSITE: The European Garden Snail now classified as Cornu aspersum has previously been known as Cantareus aspersus and Helix aspersa.…

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Added by Lissa on April 8, 2014 at 5:00 — 6 Comments

Pruning Stone Fruit

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.

From Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc:

Pruning Stone Fruit

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Added by Lissa on February 12, 2014 at 6:16 — 2 Comments

2013/14 SUMMER DECEMBER TO FEBRUARY

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,…

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Added by Lissa on December 24, 2013 at 17:00 — 9 Comments

Edamame

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…

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Added by Lissa on October 19, 2013 at 15:30 — 25 Comments

2013 SPRING SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

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…

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Added by Lissa on September 13, 2013 at 7:00 — 10 Comments

Marcotting or Air Layering to produce new fruit trees

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…

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Added by Lissa on August 25, 2013 at 12:00 — 23 Comments

Sweet Potato Tower

LEAF TYPE:

PURPLE/PURPLE sharply defined tri-pointed leaves

WHITE/PURPLE softly tri-pointed leaves 

PURPLE/WHITE heart shaped leaves 

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Added by Lissa on July 28, 2013 at 12:00 — 15 Comments

Food Pyramid reversed

From Hungry for Change:

How Turning the Food Pyramid on Its Head Can Help You Slim Down

 

By Dr. Mercola

A full two-thirds of Americans are overweight or…

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Added by Lissa on July 11, 2013 at 7:00 — 6 Comments

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VETIVER COMMUNITY PROJECT

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

The Vetiver Community Project is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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