Sunday, September 16, 2018

Will it work or not?

What to do when you have an idea but aren't sure if it is any good or if it will work or not? Call it a trial.

Today I planted two tomatoes into planting holes enriched with Searles 5 in1 product.

It's a new twist on an old idea I'd read about for using garden and kitchen waste materials to create compost planting holes for planting tomatoes in.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A few growing tips and suggestions for growing Rhubarb.

A few growing tips and suggestions for Rhubarb.

Fertilising rhubarb. I like to fertilise rhubarb every 6 to 8 weeks.

They are all leaf, big leaves at that, and will need a constant supply of nutrients. You do know you shouldn't eat the leaves. Rhubarb leaves contain dangerously high levels of oxalic acid which can cause serious kidney damage potentially leading to death. Even though a 64 kg person would need to eat about 10 pounds of rhubarb leaves to die, a small amount still has the ability to make a person sick.

Adding compost to rhubarb.

Applying mulch to rhubarb.

I used Sugar Cane mulch but Lucerne, Wheat or Barley straw or any material that will break down over time will do.

Monday, September 10, 2018

How I grow Micro-greens in the veggie garden. Part 1.

Part one of an ongoing series of growing a five crop micro-green rotation.

Beginning with pea shoots then lettuce, rocket, radish and broccoli.

Some other micro-greens you could try are Beetroot, silverbeet, pak choi, amaranth, chinese cabbage, kale, spinach, sunflower and turnip.

I buy my seeds, (D.T. Brown seeds) from The Reject Shop.

There is more than enough for me in a packet but if you'd like larger quantities then Eden Seeds will supply larger quantities If you need.

If you'd like to follow My Veggie Garden Facebook page then that's here,

Sunday, September 9, 2018

And that was the week that was.

It was a fairly hectic week.

Here is a short rundown.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Apples and affiliate marketing.

 I have four apple trees growing in my, work, garden that I am espaliering. I am going to buy this book for two reasons. One is to learn more about espaliering and the second will be to review.

 "This is a comprehensive, reliable and informative guide to apples old and new, their care, pest and disease control, propagation and harvesting. Topics include: grow your own organic apples; more apples and less work with Allen Gilbert's new pruning system; treat yourself and your friends to the true taste of apples from bygone years; improve your success rate with Allen Gilbert's new grafting technique; espalier apple trees for unusual landscape effects; grow more than ten different apple varieties on a single tree."

Below is an eBay Partner Network affiliate link (the 2nd photo). When you click on this link it will take you to eBay where you can purchase this book and without costing any extra at all I can get a little slice of the apple pie too.

Using Burgon and Balls 'Weed Slice' with a GoPro

Saturday, August 25, 2018

A few tips and tricks I use when planting out seeds.

 A few tips and tricks I use when planting out seeds.

When rain is predicted (95% chance) then out come the seeds.

I usually have a few areas ready for planting so it's just a matter of bunging them in and waiting for the rain.


Just wow!

They'd steal the eye out of a needle around here.

Monday, August 20, 2018

I hate meeces to pieces.

Three photos of lettuce plants.

The first I planted yesterday as a healthy seedling and covered with a wire cage to prevent any hungry possums helping themselves to a free lunnch. The second and the third I planted three weeks, the second I also covered with a cage and the third photo I covered overnight with a pot.

What's been happening here is that freshly planted seedlings and newly emerged seedlings have been getting eaten as shown it the first two photos.

Now in the past this hasn't been a problem because it is usually possums and I cover my seedlings with a wire cage and they can't get to  them. But that hasn't been working leaving me a little perplexed and confused.

Now last night I didn't have enough cages so I covered some of my seedlings with pots. These were left untouched while the seedlings covered with wire were. Queue "Lightbulb Moment"

So now, in conclusion, my best guess it is either rats or mice are helping themselves to a free feed. Seeing as I have eliminated the possibility
for a possum to get past the wirecages and have a feed.

On top of all that it's probobal as dry as it has ever been around my part of the woods so it stands to reason they will be eating plants that I haven't had any problems with before.

For now though, at the end of each day, you'll find me outside covering all my new little seedlings with pots.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Saturday in the garden and compost.

A rundown of Saturday's jobs in the garden.

  1. Rearrange the Compost Bins.
  2. Water, water and water and then water some more.
  3. Plant Lettuce.
  4. Water.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Propagating Tipouchina from tip cuttings.

The latest vlog in a blog.

Today I'm having a crack at Tibouchina tip cuttings.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Over the next five or six weeks, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is about all that matters where I live.

In order to get ahead of the curve, I've made this video to tell you all about whats happening for me and where I work.

You will also find a shift from the productive garden to flower gardens over the next five to six weeks so I hope you will enjoy.

All the info on Glenvale Villas. 

All the info on The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

All about The Chronicle Garden Competition.

Friday, August 10, 2018

What to plant now.

Every now and then I get it into my head that I should write a 'what to plant and when,' post.

Then I start thinking about all the research and the different climate zones and microclimates and then all the different types of plants, annuals, herbs, perennials, biennial.

Next thing you know I find myself lying on the floor in the fetal position, semi-comatose, wishing someone else could do it.

But someone else has done it and all the hard work and done it extremely well, phew. 

I can get up off the floor now. I'm so glad I Don't have that thought to often. Though our floors are clean they are hard and at this time of the year cold as well. 

Below if from the Gardenate web site. Link here for the Gardenate web site

About Gardenate

Why Gardenate?

Gardenate is intended to make it easier to keep your kitchen garden growing and producing. Each month the home page lists what you can plant now in your climate zone, and what to prepare for next month.
One way to productive gardening is to plant regularly - plant something every day if possible in suitable climates.


We provide as a service for home gardeners. Local conditions and micro-climates will affect how any plant performs in your specific location. Please seek advice from your local nursery or garden centre to obtain the most accurate climate zone and planting information for your garden.

Who is behind Gardenate?

Gardenate is a personal project designed and built by myself, Chris Hutchinson. My business, Hutchinson Software, designs and implements mobile apps, web applications and database software, so get in touch if you need a custom application.
Gardenate data entry has been mostly done by my gardening mother, Liz Hutchinson. I'm in the Australian cool temperate zone, she's in temperate New Zealand, so that perhaps explains any bias in the zone and species list.
I like edible gardening, but tend to forget to keep up with regular planting of successions, and end up battling our highly variable climate and drought. Gardenate is an attempt to make it easier to remember what to plant now, and to get in seed ready for next month.
If you have any feedback or suggestions we would love to hear from you, so please contact us.

Why is it called Gardenate?

It seemed like a good idea at the time! I was thinking of a combination of 'garden' and 'eat'...

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Planting Cauliflower, Sicily Purple.

Cauliflower, Sicily Purple.

A colourful Italian heirloom with brilliant purple heads and a mild, sweet flavour. The head cooks to green but tastes great fresh from the garden. Less appealing to brassica pests. Harvest at 17 weeks.

Diggers Club

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Spring is in the air

An update on yesterdays jobs in the garden, hope you enjoy.

Spring is in the air even though it's only early August.

There's always plenty of jobs to do and here is but a few of them.

Getting asparagus ready for spring. Fertilising citrus.


Where I get my cow poo - Garden City Landscapes Supplies.

All about Searles 5 in 1 -

Monday, July 30, 2018

Quickie Monday - Liquid Fertilising.

I went away for the weekend so not much was done in the veggie garden, nothing at all actually.

Anyway, I manage a quick and short video this afternoon espousing the benefits of liquid fertilising.

Hope you enjoy it, cheers.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jobs done. 

An update on this afternoons veggie garden activities.

It was a lovely winter's day and much was achieved.

Beetroot - Bok Choi - Lettuce - Snap Peas

Beetroot - Bok Choi - Lettuce - Snap Peas

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Amazing bean seeds, pt 2.

   Back in March, I reported that I'd managed to save five seeds from a particularly tasty bush bean and that I'd also managed to get them to germinate.

   Sadly I lost one seedling but four continued on to full-sized plants and you can see the results in the photo.

   Should be more than enough seeds for the upcoming growing season.

   Looking forward to tasting the beans again and see if they remain as tasty as the original.

Link to the original story.
Amazing bean seeds.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

It rained. 

It rained, I know, it’s hard to believe but it rained. 9mm to be precise. That’s about the best rainfall I’ve had here since my last post three months ago.

So with as much optimism and enthusiasm as I could muster I went forth into the wilderness and planted a veggie. Well a herb to be precise. Good old parsley. Yeah!

Then I got carried away in the fervour of the moment and bunged in a few lettuce, some beetroot and leek as well as a cabbage and broccoli.

With further light falls predicted over the next few days, what can go wrong.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Nothing beats rain.

      Over the last three or so weeks we've had more rain than I can remember since March/April last year and the veggie garden is loving it.

Everything is putting on new growth and looking very healthy.

It's a joy just walking around and taking it all in.

Here are a few photos showing the fresh new growth in my 'work' patch.



Monday, March 5, 2018

Amazing bean seeds.

I planted several different varieties of bush beans over summer and one lot had a sweet edge to them and were great eating raw.

I wanted to save some seed from them but they were so popular they kept getting picked.

Eventually, one pod with five half-sized beans got through but, because of their size, I didn’t give them much hope of germinating when I planted them.

To my amazement, all five have germinated.

Now I need to find a protected place to plant them so I can build up a good supply of seed for next summer.

I only hope Autumn is warm enough to produce some seed pods.