I joined this site a little while back and am slowly building up a picture of my garden. I’ve still got quite a few plants to add but I only pop in every now and then. There don’t seem to be too many members up here in the north … so I’m not finding too much that’s relevant to gardening in my part of Oz.
Hi BernieH. You do seem to be on your lonesome up there.
It took me a moment or two to realize that you weren’t from Brisbane. Your Home page shows that, but your gardens give it as Townsville. That anomaly may correct itself if you enter Townsville, Queensland into the City or Town field? The locator seems to be quirky at times.
Interesting that your area is classed as “dry tropics,” that would certainly present a challenge, let alone your hilly, rocky positioning. Either way, your blog shows that you’ve met the challenge head on. It’s very appealing. Hopefully we’ll see you around a bit more, and that you get some company on the Folia locator. :)
I have just joined. I have a 5 acre garden in the ‘dry’ tropics just out of Bloomsbury, just south of Proserpine. Just where cyclone Uluri crossed. So have been busy since getting things back to the way they were, let alone progress. I have clay soil that that needs lots of interference to garden with but we are getting there. My aim is to be self sufficient and to this end I have ducks, geese and chooks wondering my garden, waiting to fatten to eat and trade. We have been here only a little over 12 months, on virgin land so have been busy, busy. I joined this site as I feel like I am flying blind at times and it seems it could grow into something great. I just have to learn a few tricks yet. I don’t think my plants went in correctly. But I am on it. So you are no longer lonesome!!
Hi MyInsatiablePassion. That’s a neat name too.
Welcome and lets hope you achieve your goal. As for mistakes – lets call them refinements or experiments because in the end they can only help us to get on track. Your site sounds very appealing, 5 acres of virgin land with a menagerie of feathers to boot. Colour me garden green for envy :) Good luck!
Hello Graibeard … sorry it’s taken a while to realise you had replied to my post. I obviously missed it somewhere along the line … perhaps I just haven’t been visiting often enough!
Anyway thanks for your welcome … and yes I had realised the map is wrong on my profile page but it came up as Brisbane despite the fact I had entered Townsville on my City/Town field. I’ve gone in several time to re-enter ‘Townsville’ but it’s made no difference … maybe Townsville got lost on Google maps!!
Hi MyInsatiablePassion … how wonderful to find someone who’s so close. I haven’t been popping into this site much because there just didn’t seem to be many gardeners with the same conditions as myself and that’s why it’s taken me so long to reply … but, as you say, I’m no longer lonesome!!!
I’ll have to go and check out your page now. It sounds like you’ve got a huge job ahead of you … dry tropics conditions and clay soil! On my patch it’s granite bedrock so garden beds had to be built up and soil brought in … aside from a couple of large beds created many years ago before we moved here, I’ve only created one bed myself … and that was … and continues to be … a bit of a failure. So you’re not alone when it comes to making mistakes … we’ll both just call them ‘experiments’ as Graibeard suggests!!!!!
I now pretty much restrict my gardening efforts to my potted plants that add colour to my Courtyard Garden and Shadehouse Garden. The rest of the garden beds survive on their own now.
We’ve thought about having a vegie garden here, but as we live on the side of a hill there’s absolutely no flat ground … which makes it difficult for us to even build up a garden bed. So, we’re still pondering about that one!
Anyway it’s great to have a gardener close by … we’ll be able to talk about similar gardening experiences, trials and tribulations!
I’m up in North Queensland in a tiny village south of Ingham. Although I’ve been with Folia since 2008, I have just looked at the Groups page and am delighted to find that others from up here are finally with Folia. Looks like we are a group of 3!
I had kept checking in from time to time, but not finding anyone in my area (until now) I had just about given up. But today I decided to see who else in Aus was about and did a quick search which took me to this group. Once I saw the heading “Hi from Bernie in north Queensland” I had to read this post.
Anyway, I’m on the edge of the wet tropics, on the coastal strip with the Paluma Range as a lovely backdrop to my garden. I watch the clouds form on the top of the range, then I watch them slowly float down the mountain, across the highway, across the cane farm behind us, and into my garden.
The garden was established when we moved in, complete with fenced vegetable patch and a scattering of fruit trees. The land is relatively flat, with only a slight incline near the fruit trees, which aids drainage. The soil is clay and shallow. An ephemeral creek forms around January during the wet season. We have bore water and a rainwater tank. I find I can only use the rainwater on the plants as the bore water tends to kill many of them. Only hardy acid loving plants seem to survive the bore water. Consequently, I’m setting up a propogation area around the water tank.
I’ve taken my time further developing the garden as I was used to gardening in more southern climes and had to learn a whole new way of approaching everything. The first year I was here I watched most of my veges cook in the summer sun! I also have to dodge the ocassional snake. I learned to run very fast when one lunged out of a flower bed and then kept coming for me, jaws wide open! I made it to the front verandah very quickly indeed. Then there was the day I nearly walked into a king brown, but for my ducks drawing attention to it, I may not be here today.
I am attempting to develop my garden upon permaculture principles. I initially had 5 little ducks (a Campbell drake and duck, and 3 Indian Runners who all turned out to be drakes). A few months back 10 little Muscovy ducklings joined my flock. I’m raising the muscovies but I only want to keep a few females and will be looking to swap the drakes and any excess ducks for a drake and perhaps a female or two, as I will need to introduce a new blood line. I’ve thought about slaughtering the excess stock but their purpose was always as part of a permaculture system – pest control, fertilizer production, etc, with the only food component being an added bonus should I get any eggs. I will need a muscovy drake to keep my flock numbers up due to natural attrition as the birds age. I have an unrelated pair in the Campbells and I wanted to increase their numbers. Hence the muscovies, which become wonderfully broody and will hatch any egg you like to put under them, and raise the chick. (Although my husband says he would like to seem them hatch and raise an emu!) The Indian Runners are just beautiful birds. They were hatched from show stock but were excess to the breeder’s needs. I think he was happy to know their purpose was for gardening duties and not the table. They are glossy black with deep teal-green and blue throughout their feathers and a spattering of white on the chest.
Well, I probably should get back to my gardening duties.
I’m looking forward to further chatting with my fellow north Qld gardeners!