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…Continue
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…Continue
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.…Continue
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?…Continue
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…Continue
Dioscorea alata NOT Dioscorea bulbifera turn out to be the edible variety. See Russell Reinhardt comment from forum below.
Dioscorea bulbifera is a…Continue
Added by Lissa on October 16, 2011 at 9:30 — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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."
I have heard that rats hate the smell of burnt rosemary. Dunno if it…Continue
Thanks to Elaine :)http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/pchew_brisbane/index.htm
Added by Lissa on June 4, 2011 at 6:00 — No Comments
Weeds Australia - national weed website - weed identification section for Brisbane region:http://www.weeds.org.au/cgi-bin/weedident.cgi?tpl=region.tpl&state=qld®ion=seq
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…Continue
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…Continue
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Below are the spuds bought from Bulbs Direct and planted.
PINK FUR APPLE…
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.…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue