Good Morning..any special plans for today?

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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby abwal » Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:53 am

Got petrol in the car. Qld. fuel subsidy ends today and tomorrow's price it tipped to be between 20 and 25 cents per litre dearer. Saved enough to buy another orchid. :D :D

Potted on some African violets and planted some hibiscus cuttings.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Pam » Tue Jun 30, 2009 12:43 pm

Bother, I forgot about that! :roll:
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Tue Jun 30, 2009 1:14 pm

I've done the same, Abwal - got in just in time - when I left the queue was out on the road again.

Got the hot water system installed and Brian and his mum are about to move 27 bags of mushroom compost through the mud to the back yard. I'm cooking and ironing. Hope he gets time to get a little more soil to mix with it for the fourth bed and we can get that planted.

Has anyone up this way tried growing brussel sprouts? Or parsnips? If parsnips, where did you find the seeds?
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make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Pam » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:24 pm

Hubby tried brussel sprouts last year. They didn't develop.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:51 pm

Bugger...
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby guzzigirl » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:53 pm

brussel sprouts like it cold. they even like a bit of frost.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Tue Jun 30, 2009 3:54 pm

That's what I thought - I'd just love to see them growing. We do get maybe 1 - 2 frosts per year - might give them a whirl next year, just to experiment.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby tam » Wed Jul 01, 2009 10:11 pm

Sam I have grown brussel sprouts and they did ok. It would be a bit late now though.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Thu Jul 02, 2009 8:39 am

Thanks, Tam - will try next year.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Systema_Naturae » Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:30 pm

I pruned the olive tree today - there's something about lopping that's so therapeutic.

I pruned to make the tree more manageable once it starts fruiting. It's been in for 5 years now and I'm crossing my fingers that this season is the one it begins to bear fruit. We had the odd one last year, which I hope is a sign of the tree about to hit maturity.

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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby midgin » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:00 pm

I hope you are correct re your olive crop next year, SN. When you do have a crop, do you pickle them? How simple or difficult is that process?
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Systema_Naturae » Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:04 pm

Hi Midgin,

We're hoping to pickle ours ourselves. The process seems a bit involved, but we've never done it before so I can't tell you for certain.

The most labour intensive part seems to be slitting each olive with a knife. Our plan is to get some friends involved and split the crop 50/50.

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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:10 pm

John - it is involved and you are right - splitting the olives is the 'worst' part. We used to buy them in 10 kilo lots at the markets and brine then marinate them.

We read something about splitting using the bottom of a stubbie but found it didn't work.

It is well worth doing - we gave the bottles of olives as Christmas presents and they were soooo well received.

Funnily enough...we don't even eat them.
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cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
makes it good.” Alice May Brock, Alice’s Restaurant Cookbook.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby andi » Sun Aug 23, 2009 1:48 pm

Finally have a Sunday to myself (first in 3 months that I haven't had to drive someone somewhere-can't wait til my eldest gets her driver's licence next year!) I was hoping the wind would finally ease here in Melbourne but I can't waste a free day so I'm planting all the plants I've been collecting for about 6 months now, about 50 to go in. Got most of the prepration done slowly over winter, now the fun part! Mulch arriving this week, 10sq m really hope the wind eases.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Ianrobert » Thu Sep 10, 2009 7:24 am

Today I am off to the friendship day at Aspley Garden Club where I am guest speaker. My subject is 'Smart Sub Tropical Gardening'.
I show off a power point presentation with about 120 photos from our garden. I talk about soil, compost, water, transformation and the right plants and needs.
I really enjoy it, even to the point where I have bought my own data projector and screen.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby raccoon » Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:51 am

Just about to knock off last shift flying out,off for the week,be tractor hunting and transplanting strawberry runners.Hope we get some rain soon
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Sam » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:49 am

I'm actually looking forward to putting some washing on the line. Even if I do have to wear the gumboots to put it out.
“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian, wine and tarragon
make it French, sour cream makes it Russian, lemon and
cinnamon make it Greek, soya sauce makes it Chinese, Garlic
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Pam » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:36 am

Sam wrote:I'm actually looking forward to putting some washing on the line. Even if I do have to wear the gumboots to put it out.


I think our whole house could just about go on the line for a while after it has been wet for so long. I don't think we'd have had more than half a dozen days since Christmas when it wasn't raining. I dread to think how much bicarb soda I have sprinkled on the carpet to stop it smelling musty over that time. Thank goodness it's available in bulk.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby belladonna » Wed Mar 10, 2010 3:20 pm

repotted my daylilies,potted up a beefsteak plant and a pink Chinese Lantern.Planted out some hyacinth which is already sprouting!Dug the seeds out to find the sweetpeas ,they were in the last unpacked box from our move here.So they are ready to go in on St Padraig's day going to grow them on the old chook house.Turned the ground on the second garden bed for the veggie patch this will be for carrots and the yet to find beans.
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Re: Good Morning..any special plans for today?

Postby Tropicgardener » Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:16 pm

I got in today and completed the rock garden out the front and planted a few Alcantarea and Aechmea blanchetiana broms, Furcraea foetida (Bali Agave), a nice sized bottle palm. Also planted some Costus gingers, Heliconias and Aglaonemas in the side garden and finally planted some of my rare or uncommon palms such as Carpoxylon macrospermum, Verschaffeltia splendida. Watermelon Chambeyronia and a couple of unusual Licuala palms.....I am now a happy camper :lol:

Just hope that monster of a Tropical Cyclone heading my way doesn't undo all of my hard work :?
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