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Dug up my sweet potatoes the 2 orange produced about 7 kg from each plant, not sure what i did wrong with the 1 purple one i was trying for the first time thought they grow in the same conditions as the orange sweet potato or whether tassie isn't the right climate for it would anybody have any ideas on it, I grow my sweet potatoes up a trellis to save space. Oh! and i thought i would pull a carrot for dinner lol.
As stated in the title, I live in South East Queensland and I'd like to try my hand at growing potatoes. Specifically, I'm intending to attempt to do so within a food grade barrel (I've found a company in Brisbane that sells them), mainly due to the fact I don't have a garden bed, and it's easier to harvest the booty as you just have to tip the contents onto a tarpaulin; no pitchfork required. I did buy a packet of seed potatoes a few weeks ago; 'Otway Red'. I've been doing a bit of research, and I've found a recurring theme that red potato varieties don't grow particularly well in warmer climates, so I'm intending on exchanging the bag for a different variety at the nursery I bought it from, probably a white variety of some sort.
My question is has anyone in this forum who lives in South East Queensland, or similar climate, attempted and had success in growing potatoes within a container, and which varieties did you grow? Any feedback would be very much...
This post will cover every zone in Australia for both flowers and vegetables. People in other southern hemisphere countries could also use this list as a broad guide.
I always like to plant flowers as well, whether they are dedicated companion types, bee and insect attractant or simply colourful.
Flowers for Cool and Temperate Climates
Alyssum, Aurora Daisy, Cineraria, Cornflower, Cyclamen, English Daisy, French Marigold, Iceland poppy, Lobelia, Lupin, Pansy, Polyanthus, Primula, Snapdragon, Stock, Strawflower, Sweet Pea, Viola.
Flowers for Subtropical Climates
Ageratum, Allysum, Candytuft, Carnation, Dianthus, Everlasting Daisy, Iceland Poppy, Impatiens, Marigold, Sweet Pea, Viola.
Flowers for Tropical Climates
Ageratum, Aster, Balsam, Crysanthemum, Coxscomb, Coleus, Cosmos, Dahlia, Dianthus, Petunia,...
With the arrival of my 2nd child last Tuesday, I've got some time to get some jobs ticked off.
I needed to repair a cracked pipe and put in a retaining wall to stop my yard flooding during the heavy winter rains but my local council won't let me put it close enough to the fence without approval and engineer sign off.
It clicked that's probably why the previous owner hadn't done it although mentioned it would be a good idea. After scouring the legislation, there is nothing preventing me from putting a garden bed in......cue cogs whirring.
Created a design I wanted, signed it off with the wife (who is more important than the council) and started levelling my yard today in preparation for my raised beds (that aren't retaining anything other than veggies - eventually).
That's where I've gotten to today. The pipe repair will get done tomorrow pending how my back is feeling tomorrow. I'll go shopping for materials for the beds as well in preparation for...
Has alot to answer for, I keep telling Sarah do not leave me unsupervised and alone on the Laptop, I just cant be trusted hahaha
Well I found something oldish that caught my eye, I looked at it, tried to ignore it, but kept coming back to it, I kinda have a fetish for older equipment (In saying that its not ancient) but I had to buy it, it comes on Friday around lunch time, cant wait to fire it up and play
more to come
what norty things have you bought lately??
I posted a week or so back about my harvest of Pumpkins, or technically... Squash.
I grew a heap of butternuts and a new variety (for me) Golden nugget. Also a massive amount of west Indian gherkin. Well, I still have more Butternuts coming and could not see myself using them all, so decide I would put it out there and see if anyone wanted them. I put 1 post on one facebook site advertising them for $1 each...
I sold the lot in under 2 hours! $50 back into the seed budget
I can't be the only one jealous of the digging tool Mark makes use of around his garden. I have been in search of something similar for quite a while. But have come up short until I got lucky recently on Amazon.
It's called Yard Butler Terra Planter. Pretty inexpensive for anyone in the US but I had to pay a penny for shipping to Oz. Lucky I had a gift card
When we moved into our home several years ago, there was a garden plot next to the house. I had grandiose ideas of growing as much food as possible for my family. What I didn't realize was due to the condition of the soil from how it was used for a number of years, it was completely dead! No worms, no other soil beneficial creatures, nothing. This happened because of deep tilling and constant use of only commercial fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides. Only some weeds grew in the almost one acre plot. So I decided to put in raised beds, but the cost for the soil was prohibitive for us at that time. I decided to hold off for a few years and let nature work on the ground.
One spring I asked my father-in-law if I could collect some of the hay lying in the pasture where he had fed the cattle. He reluctantly said yes and I collected a pretty good pile of wet, moldy, poo and pee filled hay. I allowed it to compost for a full year and the resultant soil was a beautiful black sweet...
Put about 20 of our babies into a temp enclosure around our water tanks, the grass was around 6ft all through the area, and I was about to hand weed and clean and I thought why not let nature take its course
The guys have done a wonderful job thus far, taking alot of the weeds and grass back to dirt, another couple of months and we will be ready to sort it all out
Recently started getting back into homebrewing to save some money (lol).
This evening I poured the result of my first partial mash and I must say I won't be going back to the kit and kilo method of old.
Very, very decent NEIPA/Hazy IPA style
My fermentables were;
1.7kg tin Coopers Australian Pale Ale
1.4kg Barrett Burston Pale Malt
375g rolled oats
500g Light Dry Malt Extract
I used US-05 for my yeasties, and fairly substantial hop additions (which I will post the detail tomorrow - my toddler has taken my brew book into his room and he's in bed).
Starting Gravity was 1.050 and final gravity was 1.010 resulting in a reasonable 5.25%.
My next brew will be saying goodbye to the rim entirely, using ale malt and LDME and doing my own hop additions during the boil.
My system currently is just a Big W 19L pot ($20) and a Bunnings paint strainer bag (3 for $9) - cheap and cheerful, budget BIAB.
I posed the question here not long ago, what has changed for you in the past few weeks with all the changes regarding the virus, I really hope that was not considered insensitive or anything - I apologize if I offended any with that question. I didn't get much of a response but thinking about it, I wouldn't really expect much from everyone here because you are all probably growing lots and heading towards self sufficiency and as such will not be greatly affected by any restrictions Anyway, I did get talking to others in my community and I think that the ones most affected would be working parents with children. I was also thinking of households who have gone into isolation for whatever reason and that has got to be hard, especially if you don't have an interest in gardening/cooking/preserving already.
The idea came up that we may be able to reach out to anyone we know in isolation, via post. There is currently a Seed Share Station in our nearest town, packets of seeds have been...
I recently just got my first ever sweet potato from my garden - very exciting. Yeah probably a bit early but still very encouraging. I was wondering if its possible to just continue to harvest the potatoes as you need them, while leaving as much of the plant in tact as possible - and how long you can continue on like this. All the harvesting videos I see on youtube involve people pulling everything out of the ground at the same time and restarting - but to me it makes more sense intuitively to treat it like a perennial and take as I need.
Any tips are appreciated
It's been interesting to me that most of my family members and/or people I know, haven't had a lot of changes in their lives since the virus landed on our shores and restrictions have come into play. Some, like me, have lost their jobs - it may be temporary and it may not - mine was only a part time job and so I've had to stop spending money I made those last paychecks count!!
In our household, my husband and daughter both have what are considered 'essential services' jobs so they are still required to go to work, I wouldn't say as normal because there seems to be more work for both of them - even though they don't necessarily want it. So we are a bit more diligent with our cleanliness and keeping everyone's cups and plates separate. I work into my routine more targeted sanitizing of door handles, light switches, taps, basins etc just as an extra precaution.
I've always tried to keep our household expenses low and for years have been looking at providing not only most of our...
Just planned this dwarf Cavendish banana a few days ago and it's looking a bit sick. I followed all of the planting instructions, but I'm not sure if it's suffering a bit of shock from planting or if there's something else that I've done wrong. Any tips would be appreciated.
PS please ignore the weeds, the house has been empty for 2 years and I'm slowly, very, very slowly trying to clear the weeds ♀️ lol
I have been give a nice watermelon quarter and would like to try pickling the rind . has anyone done this. I love eating pickels love the taste of vinegar. wondering what flavours would go well with this . I've never really pickled anything before solooking for something easy first.
Finally got into the veggie garden today after weeks of neglect and was pulling out the large clumps of grass in the sweet potato patch when I partly uncovered a sweet potato so thought I might as well dig it out and what a beauty it is 1.7kg. Even with the super market shelves getting emptied we will be right for another week eating this big boy.
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