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LEMON CURD

Lemon Curd is also known as Lemon Cheese in Britain. It is a lovely preserve to make and is super-easy as you can see in this lemon curd recipes. This preserve is used in the same way as jam or as a cake topping or pie filling.



It keeps for up to two weeks in the fridge, and also freezes very well for up to 6 months.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

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Added by ben surfield on April 25, 2014 at 1:33 — 3 Comments

Emma-shae and Ed's experience in their new garden in Eagleby

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…

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Added by Liz Woods on April 17, 2014 at 10:00 — 4 Comments

cheap garden soils,gravels,mulchs,an more

this is the link to the add i mentioned at romans spurtopia event about very cheap organic items an stones....…

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Added by ben surfield on April 13, 2014 at 0:49 — 1 Comment

Trade/Free plants to a good home.

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…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on April 9, 2014 at 19:36 — 16 Comments

poisonous plants

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 — 3 Comments

cheap pvc planter hanger

Added by ben surfield on April 2, 2014 at 1:58 — 1 Comment

Redland Good Gardening Expo - 9 - 3pm, Sunday 13 April

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.  …

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Added by Kathy Petrik on April 1, 2014 at 9:26 — No Comments

fred hollow rose

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…

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Added by ben surfield on March 31, 2014 at 5:40 — 1 Comment

Don't wait till it's too late

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…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 30, 2014 at 12:41 — 2 Comments

My new and improved list of Plants for Crop swap March 2014

 at Crop Swap

Mizuna

Rouge De Marmande Tomato

Coriander

Okra

Kent Pumpkin

Red Trinidad Moruga Scorpion…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 27, 2014 at 20:04 — 2 Comments

Who uses Jiffy pots and peatPellets like I do??

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…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 26, 2014 at 15:07 — 2 Comments

bamboo screen potatos

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…

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Added by ben surfield on March 13, 2014 at 0:36 — 8 Comments

anzac day approaching...heres a treat

Anzac apple crumbles

Prep time: 30 minutes + cooling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 6

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…

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Added by ben surfield on March 13, 2014 at 0:08 — 3 Comments

Bens elderlower wine

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…

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Added by ben surfield on March 12, 2014 at 16:56 — 3 Comments

Pest Control

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 — No Comments

home made french ginger beer

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.

Equipment

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…

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Added by ben surfield on March 12, 2014 at 0:47 — 9 Comments

I am looking to have a crop swap before Crop swap

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

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

Herbs

Green Sage thyme rosemary parsley italian parsley Sweet basil mint vietnamise mint oregano curry…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 11, 2014 at 19:28 — 6 Comments

I need some info on Pruning a Peach tree

Does anyone know any experts on fruit trees? Particularly peaches? my Aunt has planted a grafted bare-root Okee Dokee peach/nectarine last winter.



- 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…

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Added by Emma-shae Dawson on March 7, 2014 at 9:17 — 2 Comments

Rainwater vs town water

http://www.sott.net/article/274843-Drinking-water-linked-to-infections-in-many-countries

This looks like another good reason to keep your own rainwater supply for drinking.

Added by Colin Westwood on March 2, 2014 at 12:15 — No Comments

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