Garden Journal #2: Cider Pressing, from a Tropical Garden to an Autumn one and Some Permaculture Thinking

Thank you @riverflows for getting the ball rolling last week and creating all the logos as the gardening newsletter migrates to a more gardening specific community. I hope I can keep up with her as I know my work doesn't draw as much reward as hers, so I'll apologise now for beneficiaries not being as well rewarded on my week. 😉

In the Garden Journal newsletter we'll be highlighting and looking at all things #homesteading, #gardening, #permaculture, #sustainability and checking in on the #gardenjournal tag, so if these are your areas of interest too, then I hope you enjoy the highlights I have today.

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A big part of homesteading is harvesting, preparation and preserving and this is no mean feat. This week @goldenoakfarm took us through a whole day of cider pressing from one tree and this was with extra hands on board! She was up at 5am then going solid throughout the day, towards the end of which some unwelcome visitors began to arrive.

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Moving from the cold wet climate of the UK, to the dry desert climate of South Australia, means I've experienced two opposing climates. Yet I'm still drawn to tropical gardens and what can be grown in that climate. With @madushanka's mother-in-law under the weather, they paid her a visit and readers are invited along to see what's thriving in her tropical garden. just look at those bananas and pineapples, I'm getting tropical envy!

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From the tropics, let's head over to North America where @amberyooper gives us a tour of an end of summer garden which is looking very autumn/fall like with its produce and colours. There's even a display to remind us that Halloween will soon be upon us!

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In true permaculture fashion, @solominer is making use of nature's provisions by using old tree trunks as supports for a blackberry trellis. No need to dig extra post holes this way and no need for buying in extra materials other than the trellis itself. This is labour saving and money saving at its best.

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Wow! Pumpkin and Pine Apple! I have that too!

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Are you trying to make me jealous?! 😆 I've tried to grow pineapple, but no luck.

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Great collection of posts. Thank you!

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You're welcome and thank you for dropping by. A reminder to see how you're going on the trail. 😊

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I'm so far behind on posting... it's getting ridiculous 😅 in Kapunda now. I'll catch up, eventually 🤦‍♂️ thanks for having a look anyway

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I've been harvesting butternuts and the greenbeans, (also other sort of "greens" but can't put the pics on hive haha),

Thanks for the curation work!

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I love the trellis, that could so work for fences too :) All of the gardens look wonderful :)

I hope @madushanka's mother-in-law is well soon.

!PIZZA !ALIVE

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With summer finally on us and the trees a riot of blossoms. With the ground begging for seedlings and the new lambs needing a once over......I guess I'll have to pass on this month's garden journal @minismallholding. But those PINEAPPLES!!!! Why won't they grow here?!?!?!?!?!!!!

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You'll have to catch us up on everything when you come up for air. I need to pull my finger out here, as well, talking of seedlings...

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@minismallholding I'm sorry to have missed this - as you know I was away for most of the week. I'm sure those rewards were a one off haha and as this community grows, so too will the garden journal votes to benefit all the great gardeners out there. Loved @solominer's posts! And I'm so jealous of @madushanka 's pineapples. I definitely don't know what we'd do without @goldenoakfarm on HIVE either!

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Thanks alot.. glad you liked my post about my fence for my blackberries. :)

Will be doing a follow up post on how I tighten the fence.

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As they say, better late than never. 😉

Such a wealth of knowledge the GoldenOak has to share. We're lucky to have her.

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