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Northey Street City Farm

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Organic Markets Sign

The Northey Street City Farm runs tours every Tuesday morning at 9.30 am. The farm is located in Windsor, just north of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. This morning, despite the rainy weather, I drove over to the farm and spent two hours being guided around the grounds learning about the farm and permaculture. It was a fantastic (and free) opportunity to pick up lots of good ideas and advice for my own backyard garden.

Edible Landscapes Sign The farm operates in line with permaculture principles and as well as being a community garden, there is a plant nursery ‘Edible Landscapes’ where you buy seedlings, fruit trees, mulch, manure, fertiliser and other gardening supplies. The nursery stocks some really interesting plants that you’ll be unlikely to find in your local nursery. Today wild passionfruits, elderberry, water chestnuts and ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) were all in stock.  It is open to the public:

Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday: 6 am to 12 noon

There are also organic markets held in the carpark every Sunday morning (6 – 10.30 am). In fact they are the oldest organic markets in Queensland and sell  certified organic produce.

If you get the chance I would definitely recommend the tour and a wander through the nursery afterwards. Of course, the farm is always looking for volunteers so you may end up staying a little longer than you plan…

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Regrow Spring Onions in a Jar of Water

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It’s true. You can regrow shallots in a glass of water. Here’s the results of a couple of days, actually it could be a week or more as I forget when I actually ‘planted’ this bunch. Since then I have simply been changing the water each day. You can see where they were cut and the fresh green regrowth.

I only recently read about this technique on a number of websites and thought that I would try it out for myself. As you can see, the results speak for themselves. If you already have a vegetable garden planted, or a spare pot lying around, plant them in the soil and apparently they’ll grow back indefinitely (ApartmentTherapy).

How to Create a No Fuss No-dig Vegetable Garden

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In Jackie French’s ‘Backyard Self Sufficiency’ she describes a garden full of life. Masses of healthy plants dripping with heirloom fruit and vegetables.  Free-range chickens scratching in the earth for grubs and insects. Clumps of lavender growing beneath the clothesline. Native birds flitting amongst the trees. A compost heap in the back corner supplying rich black soil for the garden and reducing household waste. Native bees pollinating the fruit and vegetable crops and providing honey. In short, a complete ecology in your own backyard. Jackie French also describes a minimum work no-dig garden as an easy way to get a vegetable garden up and running.

I found another description of a no-dig garden in Leonie Norrington’s ‘Tropical Food Gardens’ which looked surprisingly quick and easy to establish.

What you will need:

  • fertilizer
  • cardboard or newspaper
  • straw
  • manure
  • potting mix
  • seedlings
Step One: select a sunny site with exposure to the morning sun and preferably sheltered from the harsh afternoon sun.

Step Two: fertilise.

Step Three: lay down a layer of cardboard and wet throroughly.

Step Four: lay down a layer of straw and wet thoroughly.

Step Five: lay down a layer of manure and wet thoroughly.

Step Six: lay down another layer of straw and wet thoroughly.

Step Seven: lay out your seedlings.

Step Eight: divide parts of the straw and sit the seedlings in the gap. use the potting mix to stabilise the plants.

Step Nine: cover the potting mix with straw being sure to leave some space around the base of the plant.

Voila!