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Looking for holiday ideas - SEQ

Dear fellow gardeners,

I am planning a short holiday to get away in the next two weeks.  Wonder if  that has the following attractions. 

1)  7-10 Days  (Between 1Aug to 10 Aug)

2) Bush walking or physical activity or gardening or permaculturing

3) Prefer Lamington National Park or O'Reilly Park or Mt Tambourine area

4) Affordable accommodation (Happy to bring own linen or swap muscle for food/accommodation)

5) Two…

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Added by Alice Lau on July 19, 2016 at 11:05 — 2 Comments

Rain rain come down and come back again another day

Well it is great to have all this rain.  It is a bit of a shame about LEAF, but happy that my garden is wet for a change.  I had been really concerned that we had entered our dry season after has such a dry summer.  I thought we had missed our chance for soil wetting rain.  I am so happy that this rain is recharging the soil and filling my empty rainwater tanks.   I am also really happy that I have increased my water storage capacity by 3000 litres recently.

My new rainwater…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on June 4, 2016 at 17:17 — No Comments

Frizzlelorp Bantams - Give away to good home or swap

We have some bantams to give away to good homes or possibly swap.

They are third generation frizzlelorps, i.e. three parts frizzle bantam, one part Australorp.

We have bred this little birds and they are hardy, intelligent little blighters that I feel are better layers than your average bantam.

They make brilliant pets, great with kids. Don't really want these to go to a home where they will be eaten, even though I realise doing so would be more ethical…

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Added by John Clark on May 10, 2016 at 18:02 — 1 Comment

Nursery stuff

Hi All

I run a small nursery and we have to move SOON due to owners return.

I have lots of pots {FREE 6 inch mainly } nursery trays, hothouse, prop unit w/bottom heat elect leaf misters etc.

very cheap forLFG members.

Cheers Bob 32976974 emailis dodgy as telstra are disconnecting soon. 0456711580 if all else fails.

Some labor reqd if you want to swap your muscles.

I hope this mees with posting guidelines but this move was very unexpected and I am a…

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Added by Bob McGuffin on May 1, 2016 at 7:38 — 3 Comments

Food Garden Project

I have set aside a section of my yard, approximately 10 metres × 6 metres for food production. At the moment it is just a clay wedge cut into the side of the hill. I plan to document my progress in turning this clay patch into a productive food garden here. Hopefully I can get some input as I progress, and my results might be useful for others in their food gardening endeavours.



On the site I plan to include:

1. Larger coup for my chickens.

2. Green house and garden… Continue

Added by John Clark on April 21, 2016 at 23:23 — 6 Comments

New GMO info, update on stingless bees and LOS

Hi from the south of Thailand where I once again potter about on long lazy days by the beach.…

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Added by Colin Westwood on January 17, 2016 at 13:51 — 1 Comment

YOU DIRTY RAT

I see a few people looking for rat solutions,  ha ha me too.

My PC died before Christmas, so have been offline for a while. 

OK I can tell you bunnings keep running out of traps.  If you do get traps get the plastic ones, they are dearer, but the wooden ones fall apart.

I actually made cages for some traps so only rats could get in.  So no dogs, cats, birds got trapped.

If you find their holes stuff a rag in there with diesel on it, they really hate the stuff.  We…

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Added by Pete Vicars on January 3, 2016 at 17:00 — 5 Comments

Making awesome bread

I would like to share with you the things I put in my bread mix to make the most awesome bread (and the reasons why).  It is not sour dough and it is not spelt, but it is awesome anyway.  I put all the ingredients in the breadmaker and put it on timer to be ready in the morning.  When I put it on timer it makes a much better loaf of bread.

2 c white flour (not organic as the organic I have bought from Woollies does not make a good bread)

1 c wholemeal flour

1 1/2…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on December 20, 2015 at 22:08 — No Comments

Pomegranate cuttings

Gabriele, I have cuttings from two types. One is an unknown variety that I got from a guy selling them from his backyard. The other is from a bought variety -" A Wonderful". Both are in flower now. I have had very little fruit from the first variety, but as they have responded very well to the recent rain, I believe it is my lack of watering that has caused this. The Wonderful is only two years old but is growing very well. You are welcome to a cutting of each. Please call me on 32000431 to…

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Added by Roger Clark on November 14, 2015 at 9:26 — 5 Comments

fussy chickens

I seem to have very fussy chickens who throw the feed they don't like out of the feeder, which adds up to quite a substantial waste not to mention the continuous food for vermin. I use Jenko grain layer mash. I have tried the ground feed which is just the same. Has anyone experienced this and how did you fix it. I am thinking of just buying pellets (nothing to sort - all the same) but i have tried them with a small sample znd they won't eat it. Is it a matter of tough love and just give them… Continue

Added by Gabriele Duffy on November 14, 2015 at 7:59 — 3 Comments

The best it has ever been

Wow my garden keeps getting better and better.  The soil is getting better so the plants are growing better and producing more.  I also have more garden beds than I have had in the past, so I have more opportunities to grow a greater variety and quantity of vegies.  This all adds up to food growing heaven.  

In the weekend I did a big clean up of junk that had been lying around and sent my hubby off to the dump.  It feels good to have the yard looking productive AND tidy (well…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on October 28, 2015 at 17:30 — No Comments

bio-char

Bio-char story here, made on a massive scale. See you all in the Spring, but from now on I will be bicycle powered, walking or catching public transport in order to reduce my carbon footprint and try to make up for all those international flights eh?

http://www.echo.net.au/2015/08/biochar-gone-to-the-cows-you-bet/

Added by Colin Westwood on August 19, 2015 at 11:30 — No Comments

Moving to Stockleigh

My partner Anna and I have just bought a 5.25 acre farm in Stockleigh, having almost exhausted our garden space in our rented Graceville flat. I have been working in and around Brisbane as a permaculture consultant for over 5 years and will be able to continue doing design work in the area. My business is called All You Can Eat Gardens.

The farm has a large house and shed, small dam, a paddock and has been used as a…

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Added by Tim Auld on August 18, 2015 at 11:30 — 4 Comments

You are going to laugh at this

I have desperately been trying to correct a nutrient deficiency in some of my brassicas.  They look a bit like the attached photo.  I have just realised my error.  This is an ornamental cabbage and not an eating cabbage!!!  So the white and purple are to look pretty in flour arrangements and are not a nutrient deficiency!!!  My friend who works at a wholesale nursery gave them to me (along with a variety of others), so he probably didn't realise they were ornamentals!!!  

I am so…

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Added by Lyn Buffett on July 16, 2015 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Fluoride update from LOS

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Added by Colin Westwood on July 14, 2015 at 10:09 — No Comments

Hello

Hello everyone. Would like to add some photos and information about my garden and share the great things about gardening. These are my new resident ducks. Not edible but lots of fun. Eggs are good too. They have names Latte, Caramello, Indigo and Jill. Great mobile fertilizers.

Have a great day in your garden tomorrow. :-)

Added by Teresa McDonald on July 14, 2015 at 1:05 — No Comments

Natural energy and hidden wisdom

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/ciencia/supressed_inventions/suppressed_inventions17.htm

Hi from Thailand.

This extraordinary story is well worth reading carefully. 

Added by Colin Westwood on June 27, 2015 at 20:23 — No Comments

Pete's aquaponics update.

Hi everyone, thanks for attending my aquaponics day.  It gave Robyn and myself great pleasure to host such a day. 

After losing most of my wicking pot/bed plants late last year it is taking a while to get back to normal.  That was due to what I believe was contaminated horse manure.  There is a hebicide that kills flat weeds and if this is used it goes through the horse in there manure passing on the herbecide.  So every pot/bed had to be emptied, about 2Sq meters of…

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Added by Pete Vicars on June 23, 2015 at 19:11 — 6 Comments

cooking a chook from the yard

Hi all.

One of my chickens died, from old age, I'm guessing. Does anyone know how to prepare it for cooking, pls contact me quickly.

Thanks, Joe

Added by Brother Joe on June 11, 2015 at 8:18 — 8 Comments

I am super happy :)

Super happy with how my garden is going at the moment and the things I have been learning about growing food successfully.

I had a little win this morning when I looked up Google to find out what the nutrient deficiency was in the leaves of my brassicas in one part of my garden.  The younger leaves had white veins but green between the veins and some of the leaves were all white in the middle..  I am aware that this is called Chlorosis, however by using this …

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Added by Lyn Buffett on June 6, 2015 at 21:36 — No Comments

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