Sunday, January 23, 2011

Jerky made at home

This worked. I got a piece of yearling topside, from Austral meat. Trimmed it and cut it into strips - like the strips you'd cut for a stirfry. Overnight marinade - soy sauce, extra salt, honey, plus some ketjap manis (sweet soy).

Next day when juice is fully absorbed, get it into a dehydrator on full heat. Normally for about 12 hours.

Great quality and really handy for traveling where I HATE getting skinned by eating in restaurants.

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Cannas in a tricky spot

Not enough sun to sustain the kikuyu right into the corner. So I planted some Cannas that my brother gave me.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Rare fruit planting

Down the side fence. Goji berries - I'm told they're fantastic - dragon fruit (?) and feijoa. Let's see how that all goes.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Goodie's agaves

Wow. Thanks Steve.

I took him some plants and produce over the last little while and Steve came back with about 17 agave 'pups'. Well they'll die if you ignore them, but no joke grow them for a year and they're worth $20 each. Not, really that I'd sell them but as with my dad it shits me to pay big bucks for things I can grow.

Heyne's, Newman's and Vadoulis' is full of people willing to pay top dollar for things I get for free - sometimes I'm one of them. So go the agaves!

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Peach Green Aphid - sorted

This has to be the worst pest on my list. They get on the back of stone fruit and - in this case - tamarillo and suck away. The suck moisture out of the leaves, which shrivel, they suck energy out if the plant. And they're damn hard to get rid of. Sprays, dusts, they never seemed to work. And they I heard about Confidor as a drench. Forget spraying it - didn't work for me. But when I mixed it normal strength and then watered it into the rootzone - kapow!

So I'm cautiously optimistic that I might have found a way to battle my most challenging insect pest.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Low yield, uses heaps of water but the 3 or 4 nights each year that I can feed my family corn from the garden? Well worth it.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Welcome Brian

Brian is a hen that shared a backyard with a Shar Pei which must have nuzzled all Brian's feathers off.

Now she's staying with me.

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Food Tube

Delivering the first of my "food tubes". Probably - not - the next big thing in home gardening but a fun little experiment
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Friday, January 14, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hard Prune on a Fuchsia

Ouchie. I cut this hard and then put it into a shadier spot. Probably a bad double whammy. I've noticed these plants drop their leaves if they're not needed to suck up sunlight.

I thought I'd lost two this way, but I see the buds are swelling. I might recover from it.

Well, I pruned three more today. A little less hard and have them in better sun. I also planed out 24 cuttings so in the best case I'll have a whole bunch of new Fuchsias come autumn.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

The agony of establishing a citrus

It's a 3 year plan in Adelaide. There's a "tough as old boots" Jamaican lime in behind this two year old Imperial mandarin.

1/ don't plant in the cold
2/ don't disturb the roots
3/ plenty of sun
4/ plenty of water
5/ fertilise monthly in late spring through autumn
6/ foliar spray zinc/manganese once a year
6a/ perhaps some very expensive iron chelate once or twice a year
7/ use confidor maybe every six weeks to stop your leaves curling from thrips
8/ your fresh green leaves in spring and summer are your future. See above, the old dark green to the left will soon be pruned at the trunk
9/ in winter don't let the roots get too wet and cold at the same time
10/ whatever you do, keep leaves on it. Don't be in a hurry to prune too soon. I've never seen one recover from bare stems.
11/ I paint the sunward bark with any waterbased paint in spring to reduce sunburn.

It's worth persevering, they're tough and rewarding once they get through their fractious childhood.

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Two months of tomato

Alrighty then. From here on the problem is not one of growing tomatoes but of managing them. And I certainly don't need to be buying any.

The Mighty Reds are on stream now, Roma will take another month to come on and in March I'll plant some Burnley and prepare to glass them through late March/April.

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