28 May 2017 4:51pm – The Farm Warming

The Farm Warming yesterday was absolutely brilliant. A HUGE thankyou to everyone who could make it, bringing a plate/drinks and their great company, and especially to Nerida and John who drove up late on Friday, set their tent up in the dark and got up bright and early to dig us a ground oven! It was amazing! Then the bonfire, and conversation lasting well into the night. Then breakfast this morning with all those who braved the cool nights to camp over. It was awesome! THANKYOU! :D

And today, we planted out the very first plant into our bushfoods & tropicals section: a red-centred finger lime – a farm warming present from one family of guests. Thankyou! :D

The dragon fruit plants, brazillian cherries and citronella geranium will be planted out when it warms up a little. Thankyou! :D

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25 May 2017 3:42pm – Spined Citrus Bug

A helpful tip from Jerry if you have citrus in your yard …

Posted by Jerry Colby-Williams, 25 May 2017 at 8:14am:

 

Look out for the Spined citrus bug (Biprorulus bibax). This native insect is an emerging pest of citrus, so not everyone is familiar with it. Feeding spoils citrus, making them and their juice unpalatable. Feeding wounds fruit which may rot. They love mandarin and kaffir lime in my garden.

Spray infested citrus with white oil now and you will eradicate the adult pests preparing to overwinter on trees. I learned the spines on adult bugs are sharp enough to draw blood, plus their unpleasant odour is lasting. If you act quickly, you’ll probably prevent breeding and egg laying.

Egg masses are easily squashed…once you know what to look for :-)

Range, see Atlas of Living Australia:

http://bie.ala.org.au/…/urn:lsid:biodiversity.org.au:afd.ta… ”

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24 May 2017 5:15pm – Citrus update: one week in

All of the baby citrus are looking good after their first week in the ground. Both lemons had one leaf with leaf miner, which got promptly squashed, but even ‘the bendy mandy’ (the Ellendale is top heavy and was not staked correctly so had grown bent over, and had to be retrained) are looking happy. Here’s a few random shots:

        

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21 May 2017 5:59pm – Cumquat and Mandarine Marmalade

Breaking in the new jam pan and spoon with this season’s first batch of cumquat and mandarine marmalade! :)

 

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20 May 2017 6:49pm – Jam, Marmalade and Bottled Fruit at Cornersmith

Back in Bris again after another awesome course with Alex and Maddie at Cornersmith Picklery, this time doing jam, marmalade and bottled fruit. You guys are awesome and I couldn’t recommend your courses highly enough; you are well worth the trip to Sydney. See you again soon! :)

[Pic: some of the produce made: rhubarb and apple jam on the left, orange marmalade at the back, pectin stock at the front and preserved pears to the right, one jar with cinnamon, all spice and ginger, the other with star anise, cinnamon, ginger, all spice and clove.]

We also bought a proper jam pan, so hopefully we’ll be able to put Alex’s and Maddie’s expert tips into action with the coming rosella jam, chilli jam and citrus season, and make Black Chicken Preserves even better! :D

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18 May 2017 6:51pm – New Citrus and Fence at The Farm

Back in Bris now and am tired but happy that we not only got the planting done but also now have a new boundary fence AND gate! MASSIVE thankyous to my folks, Craig and Eryn, and dad-in-law Les! Probably would have half killed myself trying to do the planting by myself (really didn’t expect that soil to be as hard as it was!) and couldn’t in my wildest dreams have done the fencing in such a neat and professional way, so THANK YOU!!

I didn’t get a chance to take close-up pics of any of the trees (will post some next Wednesday when we get back from watering), but we now have 3x blood oranges (1x dwarf, 2x standard), 3x oranges (2x dwarf Washington Navels, 1x standard Lanes), 3x mandarines (1x standard Emperor, 1x standard Ellendale, 1x standard Hickson), 3x lemonades (1x dwarf, 2x standard), 3x standard Tahitian limes, 2x standard Eureka lemons, 1x standard cumquat. Fingers crossed they all like their new home and flourish :)

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9 May 2017 1:29pm – Advice to Young Farmers

Some great advice!

Advice to a young farmer, from Eliot Coleman

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9 May 2017 6:51am – Self-Care

Self-Care is an often-forgotten part of permaculture. I’ve been practicing yoga for years, but often feel guilt-tripped into avoiding other ‘time-out’/’me-time’. If you’re having trouble too, here are some tips on how to add a little.

For me, a hammock, random chairs under trees and an outside bathtub were always going to be on the list of installations for any farm we bought, but I convinced my hubby to buy fairy lights the other day, and recently I’ve also added ‘swing’ to the list (one of my friends has one in her lounge room!) to add a bit of playfulness. What other things would you add?

5 SELF-CARE STRATEGIES THAT AREN’T FUCKING MANI-PEDIS

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8 May 2017 6:46pm – Understanding What Makes Plants Happy

What a fascinating article! And a totally different way of looking at your groupings and companion planting.

Understanding what makes plants happy

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6 May 2017 5:40pm – Citrus!

The back of our ute was looking good today! :D

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