Saturday, December 12, 2009

Blue & Goji Berries

The permanent garden grows best... (Chilli, Lemon grass, Ginger, Galangal, Pineapple Guava, Passion fruit)

Following on from the last blog, I've planted some more permanent fruits...

A blueberry bush - it should grow to 3 metres. I can't wait to start getting blue fingers.

A Goji Berry Tree - this was only $12 at Bunnings. I don't think I've ever tried a Goji Berry before, but apparently they are great!

A Native Bush Plum - this was only $2 from the Gabba saturday markets, bargain! I've planted this underneath the avocado tree. (For no reason, other than I'm running out of room).

White Mulberry - I've moved it from under the passionfruit vine, no luck with the fruit yet, I'm suspecting possums!

The rest of the Garden's travelling well now that it's summer - even without much rain!

Kaffir Limes

Pumpkin, Eggplants, Capsicum Sweet Potato, Turmeric & Lime

Bird Chilli, Thai Eggplant & Habanero

Monday, November 30, 2009

I want more land...

I want to buy a large block - put a sala home high on the hill and create a food-forest on keyline-swales below.

Our suburban garden is good fun. It's 50% perenials & 50% chicken assisted high maintenance veggies. I'm thinking of making that 75% perenials though - they self mulch, are drought hardier, require less labour & are more productive. It's the labour intensive stuff that gets to me. Lettuce, Bok Choy, Beans, Tomotoes they all taste great, but I don't think you need a lot of them - 1/2 of what I plant fails through lack of water and maintenance. I reckon the best part of gardening is picking passionfruits fresh off the vine & eating them right there & then!

While I mull over where I find this block of land (it doesn't have to be fertile), I watch a lot of these videos....

Maybe it should be in Thailand..... (Example 1 - Example 2)

A really hot day!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My Chocolae Sapote Leaves are Yellow?

Can anyone tell me why my Chocolate Sapote leaves are yellow? It's growing much faster than last year...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Early New Years Resolution

After a little backyard planting, ordering new varieties of seeds and a DVD, I stumbled across this blog. It's something I've been mumbling about for a long time - buying plot of land and creating a food forest on it. The blog is fresh inspiration!

...who wants in?

...anyone know of some good land near Brisbane?

Another great food forest...

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Chocolate Sapote

This fruit is amazing....

It's a rainforest tree native to Mexico and is pretty hard to find in a supermarket here in Brisbane.

It literally tastes like chocolate pudding with only a hint of sweetness. There are heaps of recipes to google i.e. chocolate fruit cake, ice-cream, milkshakes...

We planted this about 2 years ago. It has probably only doubled in size - very slow growing! You should be able to buy them from Nielson's Native Nursery in Brisbane. If you have the patience, they will grow into a nice lush 8 metre high tree.

Spring Planting


The garden always seems to get neglected in winter - it's cold, not a lot grows and it always seems to be dark when getting home.

Without too much though we planted rows of the following;
'Lemon' Cucumber
'Saladbowl Red' Lettuce
'Sugarloaf' Cabbage
Bok Choy
'Hawaiian' Sweet Corn
'Chioggia' Beetroot
Mini Onions
and a lot of tomatoes...

Other than that, there are plenty of worms, bees and flowers...



Bok Choy



Kangaroo Paw

Aloe Vera

With all these flowers and bees I'm thinking of starting bee hive... anyone had any experience with them?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dragon Carrots

We found these heirloom carrots from Green Harvest, called 'Dragon Carrot'.
They taste great and so far have been the strongest & straightest carrots we've grown. Loose soil helps, and when thinning be ruthless (better to have fewer large carrots than thousands of carrot toothpicks).

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Combine David Attenborough & Al Gore...

....and you get this brilliant (free) movie : Home

The cinematography is breathtaking and the story told leaves me unable to find an adjective suitable. Please watch this.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Forgotten Avos

The neighbours and I may have forgotten about the avocados that were too high to collect, but my wife didn't. A harness, rope and extendible pole saw these monsters come crashing down....

Unlucky possums!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Our passionfruit is booming now. After only a few months we have approx 20m of vine on the southern (most sunlit) fence line. Our chilli bushes aren't going to badly either.

You can see below; Passionfruit, Chilli, Paw Paw, Galangal, Lemon Grass, Thai Basil, Sage, Chives, Gooseberry, Mango and of course Chickens.

It's starting to cool down a little now and the garden doesn't get as much sun as it used to. Time to start planting more lettuces, strawberries (with better luck than me), potatoes, garlic....

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Future of Farming

A great glimpse into what farming might look like in the not too distant future...

(I'm so keen to do a 2 week permaculture course... anyone else interested?)

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Looking forward to these!

With help from the neighbours we managed to collect 60+ (about 1/5 of the tree).

Apparently you ripen an avocado by putting them in brown paper bags, hope this works as they are rock-solid at the moment.

It's interesting to note we had virtually no mangoes this year (and no bats) but a great avocado season. It was vice versa the year before.

Anyone know if you can hedge an avocado tree? (It's too tall too reach and most of the lower branches have fallen off - no more low hanging fruit) It would be nice to lop the top half off and get a bushier tree.