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2012 AUTUMN March to May

Lots of rain around still, though it stopped long enough for me to mow yesterday. Trimmed the untidy leaves from the Listada di Gandia and noticed an interloper hiding amongst them - a Tamarillo! Lord knows how the seed got there. Stuff turns up in the funniest places. Bed 3 on the left is all self sown toms and amaranth, so rampant and healthy I have to leave them…


Added by Lissa on March 11, 2012 at 11:30 — 13 Comments


How to tell when your pumpkin is ready to be picked:

Color is a Good Indicator

Chances are that if your pumpkin is orange all the way around, your pumpkin is ripe. (Obviously, they are not referring to Jap type - my clue for these is when the whitish spots - clearly seen in the pic above, start to turn yellowish).  But on the other hand, a pumpkin does not…


Added by Lissa on January 31, 2012 at 11:30 — 3 Comments

NATIVE BEES - hive is dead, long live the new hive!

Above 18/07/11 - winter.

Recently bought my first native bee hive from Ingrid at City Chicks (ex Nambour Show) and am very excited to have them in the garden at last, as it's long been on my wish list.…


Added by Lissa on December 27, 2011 at 17:00 — 11 Comments



I have a heap of seedlings needing to be planted (thanks to Addy for supplying the seed some time ago).

I'll have to have a look into this plant again as I'm really not sure where to plant them. How big does the plant grow? Is it heavy? Is it annual or perennial?…


Added by Lissa on December 2, 2011 at 8:30 — 5 Comments

2011/2012 SUMMER December to February

Second day of summer and what a glorious morning! Rain at last and the temperature has dropped. Last night was heaven and without the aircon.

Tackled Bed 2 yesterday very early before the heat got too bad - pulled out the remaining carrots (all very long and thin, slightly chewed at the top - snail?rat? but usable), and used the celery as green matter (never did grow…


Added by Lissa on December 2, 2011 at 7:30 — 8 Comments

AIR POTATOES Dioscorea bulbifera and alata

Dioscorea alata NOT Dioscorea bulbifera turn out to be the edible variety. See Russell Reinhardt comment from forum below.

Dioscorea bulbifera is a…


Added by Lissa on November 26, 2011 at 16:30 — 2 Comments



After initially having trouble growing these myself, I'm now having good success with a good crop, getting better, each year.…

Added by Lissa on October 16, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments

2011 SPRING September to November


Spring is here and the natives are blooming, bringing parrots and other birds as an addition to the other pleasures of the garden.

Nasty westerly winds yesterday, truly awful - I'm sure I'm windburned! But this morning it seems to be gone thank goodness.

My native bees seemed awfully quiet, even when the sun was on the box - I…


Added by Lissa on September 11, 2011 at 8:00 — 4 Comments

2011 WINTER June to August

Actually 05/06/11

This is the exciting time in the garden I'm learning, for growing the maximum amount of produce with the least amount of problems.

Minimal vermin around at the moment - rats have either hibernated or are dead from the rat poison in the ceiling (11/06 have found two dead rat bodies due to poison). They've been stealing seed from…


Added by Lissa on August 17, 2011 at 7:00 — 17 Comments


Some of the responses I've had to the rat/mice problem. Looking forward to trying some out if/when they come back with the warmer weather.

An interesting comment in one of the sites:

"Best to wear gloves when setting up the trap to avoid transferring human odours onto the trap."

gus says...

I have heard that rats hate the smell of burnt rosemary. Dunno if it…


Added by Lissa on June 15, 2011 at 6:00 — 2 Comments


The Yacón is a perennial plant grown in the Andes of Perú for its crisp, sweet-tasting…


Added by Lissa on June 4, 2011 at 6:00 — 21 Comments


Thanks to Elaine :)

Added by Lissa on June 4, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments


Weeds Australia - national weed website - weed identification section for Brisbane region:

Added by Lissa on June 2, 2011 at 17:15 — 1 Comment


Vanessa Collier method of achieving good looking loofah sponges:

Lissa, for the loofas I just wait until they turn brown on the vine (don't leave them too long). Pick them then break off the bottom knobby bit and give it a bash and shake to…


Added by Lissa on May 21, 2011 at 16:30 — 20 Comments

2011 AUTUMN March to May

14/03/11 Autumn - the weather is just beautiful already with milder days. It's almost enough to take my mind off the colonoscopy I'm facing later today, or rather, the muck I had to drink in preparation. Thank goodness for gardening to divert my attention from it all lol (and Minties to help remove the dubious flavour).

I'm a normally a nibbler when I mooch around the…


Added by Lissa on May 14, 2011 at 6:00 — 18 Comments


Check out this website for help with plant problems: VEGETABLE MD ONLINE


  • PLANTS and their requirements

Added by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 7:00 — 22 Comments



Below are the spuds bought from Bulbs Direct and planted.



Certified Seed Pink Fur Apple


Added by Lissa on March 20, 2011 at 18:30 — 24 Comments

2010/2011 SUMMER December to February

05/12/10 Freya and garden beds - wet start to the summer.

Re-doing beds 2 (rt middle) and 3 (left).

Bed 2 has been planted with heirlom radish, perpetual spinach, corn F1 Swt. White, dwarf French beans and silverbeet.…


Added by Lissa on January 18, 2011 at 7:00 — 22 Comments

2010 SPRING September to November

29/09/10 Backyard: clockwise potato bags x 4 varieties (see winter blog), swt mini pumpkins, nasturtiums,Pink Shatoot Mulberry, Tamarillo, Pepino, Custard Apple, Lychee, Persimmon, Wampi, Yakon, Raspberry x 3 Williamette and 1x…


Added by Lissa on November 12, 2010 at 7:30 — 15 Comments

2010 WINTER - first attempts at growing veg

Ok, so I've put in the elevated garden beds - 3x 4Mx1Mx60cm. The idea of these being that they will be easier to garden as I get older and find it harder to bend over, the soil inside will end up deep and rich and the dogs can't get in! I'm very happy with the beds I bought from KISS Products and will put in a matching rainwater tank as soon as $ allows.

The beds were delivered around the beginning of December 09. I asked quite a few people…


Added by Lissa on July 31, 2010 at 6:30 — 59 Comments

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