Friday, December 4, 2015

The lowest growing broad bean.

I don't remember the name of the seeds I bought from DT Brown's seeds but it was a 'dwarf' growing broad bean.

 Perfect for exposed sites or small gardens, this is the lowest growing broad bean.

Which was the attraction.

There was about twenty seeds (maybe more, I don't recall) in the packet and I planted them all and most of them came up.

They were 'dwarf' compared to a 'normal' sized broad bean, growing to around 60 to 70 cm.

So then, from the 20 odd seeds I planted I now have well over 100 and the next step is to plant these to see if they maintain their 'dwarf' properties.

It cropped well so I'm hopeful of some good smaller broad bean bushes covered in tasty bean pods this coming winter/spring

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

An Australian Vegetable Garden

Stocking stuffer from Santa, maybe?

Home Grown: An Australian Vegetable Garden

Following countless requests Lambley Nursery have for new release today Home Grown: An Australian Vegetable Garden, David Glenn’s brand new Vegetable Gardening two disc DVD set.

There can be few pleasures greater than picking your home grown vegetables from your own garden. Master gardener David Glenn takes you on a tour around his kitchen garden showing how to be self-sufficient in vegetables.

From asparagus to zucchini David Glenn grows enough produce to feed himself, his wife artist Criss Canning and their large extended family (They have eleven grandchildren).

David’s vegetable garden, set in the renowned Lambley Nursery Gardens in Central Victoria, is as beautiful as it is productive. Even though the climate can be very difficult with temperatures ranging from -8C to 45C. Frosts can occur as early as mid-April and as late as mid-November.

Whether you have a large country property or a small city garden this magnificent two DVD set shows how, with a little dedication, the keen home gardener can have an incredibly productive kitchen garden.

175 minutes
$39.95 each postage


Saturday, November 14, 2015

The Secret History of the British Garden

 Looks like fun.

The Secret History of the British GardenSunday 9.00pm BBC TwoHere's something to whet your appetite :)
Posted by BBC Gardeners' World on Friday, 13 November 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Growing carrots from seeds (the only way)

Growing carrots from seeds is the only way to grow carrots. You're wasting your time planting carrots from punnets of seedlings, as they will always be twisted and stunted. Unless that's how you like your carrots.

Planting carrot seeds is also dead easy. You just need some organically vibrant soil (soil enriched with compost or from a previous crop), make a shallow row (5mm) and place your seeds in the row and cover them back over.

It's now the fun, read difficult, begins.

It's getting the little buggers (seeds) to germinate.

The only way I know is to keep them moist or in other words, never let them or the soil get dry, ever, not for a minute, not for a second. As far as I know they can't be over watered so even if the soil surface is looking like it will go dry I'll be in there with a watering can.

Not so bad in the cooler Spring weather but in Summer while at work I'll build a little shade cover with some fencing wire and clothes pegs and hopefully this will prevent them from drying out until I get home from work. Or I'll wait until some showery weather is forecast and plant then.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Broccolini and Brasscias

I was reading an article or it might have been a gardening tip somewhere that suggested removing the seed leaves or the first set of leaves and planting your brasscias into the soil up to the base of the first set of true leaves, so here goes.



Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Coming Season

Getting ready for the coming growing season can mean only one thing here at My Veggie Garden, seeds.

This year I'm taking a different path to the one I usually take.

After reading David Glenn's, from Lambley Nursery, spiel on growing F1 hybrid tomatoes for improved yield and increased disease resistance I've purchased two packets of tomato seeds to trial here in My Veggie Garden.

Lambley Nursery is set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry wind swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields so it will be interesting to see how they do in my, usually hot and humid summer.

 At around a dollar per seed they could be considered expensive but I consider it a small price to pay, for if they do crop well it will be a good investment.
The two Tomato varieties I'll be trying are,
On the Lambley Nursery web site, David Glenn goes on to say,

"If you are having trouble growing a good crop or indeed any crop at all of “heirloom” tomatoes or seedling tomatoes bought from garden centres or big box stores you will be joining a growing band of gardeners.  The answer is to plant disease resistant varieties. 

We trialled 10 varieties of disease resistant hybrid tomatoes and the 3 listed below were the best for taste and for disease resistance. I was still picking good, ripe, full size tomatoes at the end of April. 

The seed of modern, good flavoured, disease resistant tomato hybrids is expensive but it more than pays for itself in the vastly improved production of ripe tomatoes."

I've also ordered other seeds that I will trial for myself as well, these include,
I'm keen to get started and can't wait to see the results but I'll be posting as I sow and plant and hopefully have a bountiful harvest to share.

Lambley Nursery has a good reputation among my circle of gardening friends and my seeds arrived well packaged and inside the two week time frame I was advised to expect.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy days.

Three eggs from the girls.

Yay, we're back in business again.

Happy days.



Saturday, August 1, 2015

New Potatoe Patch

Stand back trendsetters. I've got some serious digging to do. ‪#‎newpotatopatch‬

Busy morning digging a new potato patch in the neighbours yard.

Hard Virgin soil, 16 bags of stable horse manure and an hour later and I'm all done. Even had to break out the mattock at one stage,

Leave it sit for a week and I'll add a couple of wheelbarrow loads of compost with some blood and bone and turn it again.

Leave it sit for another week and I'll be planting spuds.

I think they're chitting themselves. #badpun #baddadjoke

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bees baby, bees.

To bee or not to bee, I can't decide. Though a decision might be getting closer.

I've been a member of the Southern Beekeepers Assn for a couple of years now though I've only attended a few meetings.

But now, with my new job, more spare time and some spare money, I'm beginning to think it's time to take the plunge and get myself a hive or two.

I do feel there is a great responsibility to the bees in keeping bees. I want to be sure they can look after themselves if I go away for any period of time. I'd also like to gain enough knowledge in beekeeping to be aware of any encroaching problems or needs the bees might have.

The the time I have spent with the other members of the Southern Beekeepers Assn. thay have always been very friendly and helpful so I feel sure I wont be left in the dark at any stage.

I'll go to the next Southern Beekeepers meeting and see if I can make some positive steps in the direction on having a hive or two. bee continued....

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Twinkle 'Yellow Fantacy.'

Once I'd melted the ice from the windscreen we, my daughter and I, had a nice, uneventful, run down the hill into Brissy.

Still fairly cool when we arrived at the Mt. Coot-tha Botanic gardens.

We made our way to the John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc. Orchid show only to find that we didn't have any cash and they didn't have any electronic means of taking our money. So back to the car to find an ATM and then back to the show.

This was our first Orchid show so I've no idea if it was big, small, good or bad but I did enjoy the Orchids they had on display.

We also sat in on an Orchid potting lesson and got to ask a few questions about some pressing orchid issues like, why is that one smaller than this one and will this live in Toowoomba? All of which they were happy to answer for us. They were very friendly and helpful.

Also you don't go to an Orchid show and walk away empty handed so I bought two booklets, one for beginners and one on Cattleyas, some plant labels and a pen.

I also bought my self an Orchid called Twinkle 'Yellow Fantacy.'

My Orchid adventure may only just be beginning because the Toowoomba Orchid Society is holding their show this coming weekend too and I thing I'll have to attend.

Yellow Fantasy

Cheers for now,


Friday, July 17, 2015

Busy weekend ahead

Busy weekend ahead but not in the veggie garden.

Tomorrow I'm heading to the Brisbane Botanic Gardens with my daughter, Elysha, to visit the John Oxley District Orchid Society Inc's Orchid show. for their displays of hybrid species and native orchids. Cultural advice from very knowledgeable growers available along with potting demonstrations. Plants, growing requirements and floral arrangements on sale.

Then on Sunday it's a little more local for a visit to the 2015 Toowoomba Toowoomba Hospice Camellia and Flower Show. 
Which starts on Saturday and continues on the Sunday.

With features like these below I'd be crazy not to go.

Inspirational Speakers
Camellia Hall and Competitions
Camellia Plants for Sale
Qld Early Ford V8 Club Display (Saturday Only)
Local & Regional Plant Nurseries & Growers
Fruit Trees
Salvias, Geraniums, Native Plants
Perennial Plants  & Herbs
Flower & Vegetable Seedlings & Other Plants
Toowoomba Floral Art Group
Millinery Demonstration/Workshop
Toowoomba Hospice Craft and Baked Goods Stall
Multi-Draw Raffle - Chance to win BBQ
Toowoomba Choral Society
Great Entertainment
Local Produce and Products
Wilsonton Lions Club BBQ Stall
Tea and Specialty Coffee (Cappuccino, Latte etc.)
Plus More 


Cheers, and I might see you out there,



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gardening in a polluted paradise

Here's an interesting by the American Society of Agronomy on growing veggies in/on contaminated/polluted soil.

It's called Gardening in a polluted paradise and it came to me via The Queensland Gardening Pages newsletter.

They say, Green thumbs, do not fret. Pockets of soil in urban areas are still available for the increasingly popular practice of urban gardening.

And while the proximity of these soils to pollution and industry can increase levels of contamination by harmful compounds, some scientists have found that the risks associated with gardening in these soils may not be as high as first thought. Read more here.

Might have to rethink making tattie tyres again.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Some amazing things.

Just got back from the Qld Garden Expo​ and of all the amazing things to see and plants to look at three things really caught my attention.
1/ Garden Sharp. Lawn and garden tool sharpener. I've already used it on my secateurs
2/ easyclip. from  Here's a video link that shows some of its uses.
3/ And last but not least, PVC connectors for making all kinds of things. I've been looking for a product like this for years but haven't been able to find any until now.



Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy day

Busy day in the veggie garden yesterday.

Planted several rows of brown onion seedlings, a row of 'Early Crop Massey' peas seeds as well as some spring onion seedlings.
Also, as you can see in my previous post, I also harvested my Dwarf Sunray Jerusalem Artichoke and replanted four more tubers.

I've also been allowed to use some of the neighbours backyard for growing veggies so I plumbed in a new tap that I can use to get water there and then I set about getting a small bed of Broad Beans started.

It's a bit late for Broad Beans and there wasn't much soil prep but I just wanted to get something started.

I plan to grow some of the bigger veggies there like corn, potatoes and pumpkin but it's amazing how quickly you can run out of space.

I'll keep my yard for growing the quick pick veggies like lettuce, peas and beans, and herbs.

Cheers Stewart

P.S. Drizzly rain today so everything's getting a good start.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dwarf Sunray Jerusalem Artichoke

 You might remember me banging on about getting a hold of some Dwarf Sunray Jerusalem Artichoke around August last year, well, the results are in.

I went down to Jerry Coleby-Williams open day last year in the hope of getting some dwarf Jerusalem Artichoke from him and I did. Two small tubers of which only one went on to grow.

The above ground growth was small and dwarf as expected and I assumed much the same was happening under ground but to my surprise I was very wrong.
I dug them up today and an area about 45cm square was thick with little and big knobby tubers.

This is far more than I expected so if anyone would like a few knobby tubers to try, let me know.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The love

The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jeckyll

Monday, May 4, 2015

03 05 15. Bellthorpe N.P.

Bit of a bush blast.

This is what's keeping me busy these days. Sadly the veggie garden is suffering.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Grow a Living Wall by Shawna Coronado

 Grow a Living Wall, by Shawna Coronado.

 If you're stuck for space in your garden then this is the book for you. If you've ever wanted to save some space and grow your garden straight up and down, then this is the book for you.

Author, Shawna Coronado, has hundreds and hundreds of ideas, and photos, of ways you can incorporate vertical gardening to grow a living wall into most any aspect of a modern backyard.

I am genuinely impressed with the author's obvious passion and her enthusiasm shines through on every page to make this a thoroughly enjoyable book to read.

Shawna's thoughts, ideas and a practical approach on how to grow a living wall are well set out and build from the basics of growing a living wall to the most complex of ideas.
Part 1 includes  some great chapters on 'How to Create Living Walls,' which includes what tools you'll need, how to water your living wall and what soils and compost to use.

Part 2 of Shawna's book, then moves on to more specific applications of growing living walls with chapters on, Growing a Fern Garden, a Vertical Vegetable Farm, a Culinary Kitchen Garden and many more.

Beautifully illustrated with step by step photo and instructions on how to create your own Living Wall Garden.

Shawna Coronado
Here is a copy and paste from on Grow a Living Wall by Shawna Coronado

Make a beautiful, practical, environmentally conscious garden, even in a small space - grow UP with a living wall!
A living wall is a vertical structure, usually outside the home, that is built with live plants growing in containers hung in a decorative arrangement.
Sometimes called "Green Walls" and "Vertical Gardens," living walls are easier than ever to plan and grow! Grow a Living Wall is the first wall-gardening book to focus exclusively on the needs of home gardeners.
Make your vertical garden environmentally friendly and sustainable. It's easy with author Shawna Coronado's help! One of her themed vertical gardens is stocked mostly with flowers to make it a haven for bees and other pollinators. Other gardens are filled with vegetables and herbs so anyone with an outdoor wall can grow their own food - beautifully! Even more gardens promote aromatherapy or medicinal plants. Some are designed to provide a green net of air filtration near a living area, or to protect exterior walls from exposure to direct sunlight, which helps to keep the indoors cool.
In addition to the comprehensive, step-by-step information that explains the basics of vertical gardening, each of the 20 featured gardens has its own chapter filled with useful tips, stunning photography, and fascinating background stories that point out how much difference a small garden can make. Like author Shawna herself, the gardens you'll find in Grow a Living Wall are positive, life affirming, and sure to produce a smile or two.

 Shawna Coronado is an author, columnist, blogger, photographer, and spokesperson for organic gardening, green lifestyle living, and culinary preparation who campaigns for social good. Shawna's goal in authoring gardening and green lifestyle books is to promote a world initiative to encourage healthy and sustainable living. Shawna was featured as a Chicago Tribune "Remarkable Woman" and speaks internationally on building community, simple urban garden living, and green lifestyle tips for the everyday person. Shawna lives in the western suburbs of Chicago where she has a suburban front lawn vegetable garden. This adventurous garden is highlighted in all her books and has been featured in many media venues including radio, and TV. Her organic living photographs and stories have been shown both online and off in many international home and garden magazines and multiple books. You can learn more about her at

Cheers and happy Grow a Living Wall,


Monday, March 16, 2015

Garlic bed prep.

I've started getting the soil ready for planting garlic around the end of March or early April.

I have two varieties to plant. One is Italian Red coming from The Diggers Club and the other is a white garlic that I picked up from an organic shop and have been growing here for the last two or three years.

Both soft neck varieties suited to our warmer climate.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Renewable energy

Here's some good news on the Solar power front from ABC Catalyst Program.

Dr Graham Phillips investigates new technology that is able to convert more than 40 per cent of the sun's light into electricity. This is more than double the efficiency of today's domestic rooftop solar panels, and could eventually lead to cheaper sources of renewable energy.|CatalystSuperSolarCells_FBP|abc

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Grow a living wall

Hi there trendsetters, I received this in an e-mail today and thought you might find it interesting.



Friday, February 6, 2015

3:20 minutes

What happens when I give my mind free reign?

I stick a GoPro on the mower at work and set the time laps to one photo per second and this is what you get.

This is 3:20 minutes of your life you'll never get back so I hope you enjoyed it.