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  • Sorry to break in on this thread but would love to know what you do Jaygee to grow ginger and tumeric successfully in Newcastle. I think it cool that you can grow them so far south. :clap:There is hope for us in Sydney.

    Thanks

    -Meg

  • Nasturtiums are great the orange flowers are edible tasty and great in salads. They provide great ground cover and grow like weeds in our garden.

    English lavender flowers are edible, whether they grow in Queensland I’m not sure?

    Violets can be used for decoration but ditto as above.

    It’s lovely to grow flowers that are both pretty and…[Read more]

  • Thanks Lyn, it seems building up the humus in the soil is pretty critical to ensuring plant health.

    I will stay away from that chook poo when fertilizing my natives, from now on.

    So much to learn about soil science!!! :geek:I guess one step at a time.

    Meg

  • Sorry meant kitchen scrapes. The nurseries sell manures that they say are organic, one can only hope it is not false advertising.

    -Meg

  • Welcome Moonshadow, :hug:I sympathize with you, gardening is quite hard and expensive in Sydney. Australian Native Landscapes is a great suggestion and you can go to Flower Power nursery at Terry Hills while you are up that way. You can buy your seaweed fertilizers there as no true gardener can do with out them. You can buy manures there too, at…[Read more]

  • Funny you should say that. I added some well rotted cow manure to the soil surrounding it on Sunday. Didn’t know about the mycorrhiza issue. Does the absence of this fungi affect other Australian natives, like lillipillies? I fed them with organic chook poo, would that encourage the fungi too?

    I might put some of my compost around it too I guess…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Yacon in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Missed GA, too busy in the garden. At least I now know to eat the round ones and replant the thin ones. Looking forward to harvesting them now. That recipe sounds delicious Sonya.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • replied to the topic Yacon in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks, must go to the green harvest site when I get a moment.

    Meg

  • replied to the topic Yacon in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    I knew you guys would have the answers.:clap: So I think I will leave them until they die down, to ensure they are sweet.

    I brought my from Daleys fruit tree nursery along with my fruit trees, just as an experiment.

    How does one prepare the tubers for eating?

    Thanks

    -Meg

  • Great story Creeker :clap:. We may no longer be earning large salaries but when you can get up in the morning and walk on the beach and spend time with the family what more can you ask for?

    I sometime wonder when this materialist society will wake up to itself and say there is more to life.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • replied to the topic Perpetual Lettuce in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks Sue, hopefully my lettuces will prove as fruitful as yours. I think baby spinach and rocket are a good idea they are so yummy in salads. I like the sound of pest free vegetables, makes life a lot less complicated.

    Have already planted some lettuce in pots might try your suggestions too.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • The good news is that we are still harvesting basil and cherry tomatoes out of the garden, those tomatoes just seem to keep on coming up, I suppose this cold snap might finish them off. I have managed to freeze several containers of basil and tomato sauce, a little bit of summer captured for those cold winter nights. Why is preserving food so…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Perpetual Lettuce in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Thank you everyone. In the long term will try the seeds but in the short term will go to the nursery and buy some punnets of mignonette.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • You could possibly be suffering the symptoms of a cold infection. If so I swear by Manuka Honey with the active + 10+ antibacterial activity to prevent secondary infections, lemon juice and homemade chicken soup it has great natural antibiotic properties.

    As for the dreaded menopauseed you may be a little young yet I think the average age is…[Read more]

  • Ali_celt do you add layers of shredded newspaper between your layers of food scrapes? I tend to do that and it seems to inhibit the vinegar flies.

    I wet the newspaper down a little and that seems to get the heat going again. Still experimenting however at least I am not chucking out so much in the garbage each week, which is a great feeling. I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Blue Zarr Potatoes in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    We have been buying them in the local vege shop and they are delicious they make the best crunchy home made chips. I know chips are not good for you but as a treat yummmmm.:tongue:

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thanks Plumtree for your suggestion. The only thing that worries me about ivy is if we go away it may get out of hand as our son is not really garden conscious, if you know what I mean. I am sure it would look pretty in such a situation.

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Thanks Lyn no I don’t want to change the soil around the tree as it is big and healthy now. If it’s not broken don’t try and fix it.

    Sounds like your soils are similar pH to ours, which is very encouraging as it is obvious they can be modified. Once our vegetable beds are built I am going to grow green manures, (can’t wait).

    Cheers

    -Meg

  • Poor you! I find tea tree lotion works for us in eliminating those nasty itches and reations to insect bites.

    Meg

  • Are there any health food or organic shops nearby that maybe you could get a job at, you sound highly qualified for such a position and would be more in keeping with your general philosophy of life.

    What about jobs at medical centres, your psychology and herbal medicine may be useful, doctors are much more broadminded these days.

    Don’t know if…[Read more]

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