Emma-shae writes, 'Without LFG our garden would not be the same.
'Our garden gate is always open (figuratively speaking) to those with a passion for gardening and wanting to trade plants or produce and we would like to invite other members along with their friends and family to come and see our garden and have a fun time and swap crops.
'Our story: We moved into our house in September 2013. When we moved in our dog could not go in the back yard as it was so unsafe. We found… Continue
Added by Liz Woods on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 —
this is the link to the add i mentioned at romans spurtopia event about very cheap organic items an stones....… Continue
Added by ben surfield on April 13, 2014 at 0:49 —
I have had such success with my planting that I have more seedlings than I know what to do with so I am giving some away.
I have a few of many varieties of chilli and some Golden Eggplant (about 15) and pak choy and probably some other stuff too but you will have come to check out what I have or ask for something in particular that you are looking for and I can check my lists
I also have an avocado tree about 20/30cm tall and a Lychee Tree that I can… Continue
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on April 9, 2014 at 19:36 —
Major lesson learnt!!!
I will have to label all my plants. Tony and I were away for a month and had some friends look after the garden and told them to harvest whatever they wanted. May be I should have made a point of telling them not to harvest the comfrey. They got stuck right into it cooking it in stir fries thinking it was some kind of spinach. I hope they will be alright. I suggested they mention this to their GP next time and have a liver function test done.
Added by Gabriele Duffy on April 6, 2014 at 12:56 —
Added by ben surfield on April 2, 2014 at 1:58 —
Come along to the Good Gardening Expo at IndigiScapes in Capalaba in Redland City for a great, free day out on Sunday 13 April. It's free and there are great speakers and lots of activities for the whole family. … Continue
Added by Kathy Petrik on April 1, 2014 at 9:26 —
Added by ben surfield on March 31, 2014 at 19:27 —
Fred Hollows Vision' Rose
A new rose has come on to the market to mark the life and work of the late Fred Hollows, the Australian eye surgeon who worked to eradicate cataract blindness.
Les Stratford of Stratford's Wholesale Nursery at Oakville in New South Wales found this rose in 1994 and decided to name it 'Fred Hollows Vision' to honour Fred's tireless work. Thirty cents from the sale of every rose will be donated to The Fred Hollows Foundation to help… Continue
Added by ben surfield on March 31, 2014 at 5:40 —
While I was at the LFG community crop swap I noticed something that made me a little sad. I noticed that apart from children 10 and under I was quite possibly the youngest person at the event and that most people were 10, 20 and 30+ years older than me.
Where are all the "young people". It makes me sad that people my age are missing out on all the benefits and joys of having a garden because it Too hard or they have better things to do with their time.
In the… Continue
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 30, 2014 at 12:41 —
at Crop Swap
Rouge De Marmande Tomato
Red Trinidad Moruga Scorpion…
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 27, 2014 at 20:04 —
I recomend that anyone that uses peat pellets and jiffy pots to raise seedlings check out seller tranquil_garden on ebay. I have been using their pellets and pots for some time now and i now have a 97% success rate up from 70% using other brands.
I have seedlings shoot up 3 to 7 days after planting when it should take 3 weeks. I would love for others to try these pellets to see if they are getting the same results as I am.
Gary also sells plastic pots and… Continue
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 26, 2014 at 15:07 —
These are made with reed screening wrapped around tomato cages (to give them shape) and then secured to the ground with rebar stakes.
To get started, a single layer of seed potatoes are planted, a few inches of compost and rice straw is added and then as the vines grow taller, they are topped off… Continue
Added by ben surfield on March 13, 2014 at 0:36 —
Anzac apple crumbles
Prep time: 30 minutes + cooling
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1.5kg Granny Smith apples
lemon juice (see step 1)
2 tablespoons caster sugar
11/4 cups (110g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (75g) plain flour
1/2 cup (45g) desiccated coconut… Continue
Added by ben surfield on March 13, 2014 at 0:08 —
Homemade Elderflower wine
For many the blooming of the elderflowers heralds the coming of summertime. This is one of the best flower wines, and is especially good as a sparkling white wine with its light flavour and clean palette. Other blossoms from this time of year are also great for wine making and can be substituted in equal quantities as elderflowers in this recipe. Raisins are a recommended addition to this wine to add…
Added by ben surfield on March 12, 2014 at 16:56 —
Bury those prawn shells in the garden bed where you plan to plant the next crop of Tomatoes and you will minimise the risk of nematode problems.
Added by Jason ash on March 12, 2014 at 15:46 —
Ginger Beer - The French Alternative If you don't want all that hassle of making ginger beer then try this lil treat,It's called cheat's ginger beer and it can be ready to drink in 24 hours.
4-5 large plastic bottles, sterilised (do not use glass bottles - they might explode) 1 large stainless steel or enamel pot, with a lid or very clean tea towel to cover funnel wooden spoon perforated metal… Continue
Added by ben surfield on March 12, 2014 at 0:47 —
It was suggested that I make a lost of all the plants that I have for trade or sale so here it is
Food Plants Continue
Black beauty Eggplant chocolate Capsicum red Capsicum R,G,Y Capsicum Indigo Rose Tomato Kent Pumpkin
Yellow corn Purple cherry tomato Yellow perfection tomato red Cherry tomato Snow pea purple capsicum orange capsicum pak choy choy boc okra mizuna
Green Sage thyme rosemary parsley italian parsley Sweet basil mint vietnamise mint oregano curry…
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 11, 2014 at 19:28 —
Does anyone know any experts on fruit trees? Particularly peaches? my Aunt has planted a grafted bare-root Okee Dokee peach/nectarine last winter. Continue
- Is it necessary to prune off all growth/watersprouts under the height of the nectarine graft in order to encourage growth above the graft?
- Re winter pruning, when exactly should this be done? I believe it's supposed to be after leaf fall but before flowering. But then aren't you just pruning…
Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 7, 2014 at 9:17 —
Added by Colin Westwood on March 2, 2014 at 12:15 —
Home grown food is better for individuals, families, communities and the planet for social, emotional, health and environmental reasons.
- Individuals –
- health - it is more nutritious, delicious, fresher and poisonous-spray free
- Social and emotional - People who grow food feel a closer connection to the land, the place and the environment. They also feel a sense of pride for creating something so…
Added by Lyn Buffett on February 27, 2014 at 20:30 —