Curl Grubs

I’ve no doubt most gardeners have encountered these guys in their garden before. Most garden groups will suggest you throw them to the chickens as they eat roots and can kill your crops, but honestly I have a different tactic. Description These grubs generally are from the Scarabaeidae family which consists of some 30,000 species…

Plain Pumpkin Beetle

DescriptionsPlain pumpkin beetles (Aulacophora abdominalis) are an orange oval shaped beetle slightly larger than a ladybug (approx 6-8mm long). They leave a distinctive circle bite mark on the leaves of cucurbits (pumpkin,  melons,  zucchini etc). If they have been attacking a plant for a while without detection there may be skeletonised leaves where only the…

Fruit Piercing Moth

If you live in South East QLD and have a citrus tree you may have noticed recently the fruit is dropping just short of ripening. If not, I implore you to keep reading regardless so you can take measures to protect yourself from the incoming invasion. As we leave the drought behind us, things are…

Homemade Yogurt Recipe

Since our rural move we have had to become cautiously aware of our perishable food supplies. Our nearest supermarket is a 30 minute drive away making getting groceries a potentially costly affair. To limit this i try and get a large home delivery order once a month. Having young kids, yohurt is a staple in…

Tomatoes

Tomatoes grow easily year-round in my subtropical corner of the world. They prefer warm weather with lots of water however they are an incredibly resilient fruit which has earned them their place as a kitchen staple. As such there is roughly more than ten thousand varieties of tomato cultivators each with their own little nuances….

Food as medicine: Pineapple

This past week I have been horribly sick with a productive mucousy cough. I am not one to hate on ‘Big Pharma’, to the contrary I believe we owe an awful lot to modern medicine and I can confidently say I would unlikely be here today without various medical interventions throughout my life (starting from…

The Ethics of Invasive Plants

Recently I’ve been deliberating over the ethics of plant selection for our future food forest. Currently around Brisbane I’ve come across quite a few fruiting Brazilian Cherries (Eugenia uniflora). Upon tasting them I find them quite delicious and have contemplated growing them in our food forest. However on researching the best way to grow them…

Shampoo substitute: Aloe Vera

Lately I’ve been reading “Green made easy” by Chris Prelitz and was inspired to try making a homemade shampoo, not one listed in the book but that I’ve come across in my internet browsing. It’s a pretty basic Aloe Vera gel rinse to add a bit of moisture to my hair. I’ve been fairly “no…

Lawn Substitute: Kidney Weed (Dichondra Repens)

On Arch Gully we currently have approximately an acre of lawn. So much lawn translates to far too much time required to mow. In an effort to minimise the time, effort and emissions lawns require we are aiming to replace as much as possible leaving a few sections for play areas.One alternative I’m looking into,…

Mundu (G. Dulcis)

Garcinia dulcis, also known as mundu, maphuut or rata, is a tropical evergreen fruit tree that can grow up to 15m tall. It prolifically produces fruit that when ripe are orange in colour. The fruit contains a sour, juicy, pulp that can be preserved into jam. The unripe green fruit when cut produces a neon…