Brisbane Local Food

Growing local

What a feast today. Beautiful cakes and muffins. Teas of all kinds and most of all great company.

Paul took us in small groups to see the beehives at the top of his garden. Slowly we made our way through the bees' flight path. What a wealth of information! Whilst Paul opens the contraption, the bees diligently continue their relentless work flying in and out as far as 6 km away.

One of Paul' beehive contains about 20,000 bees and produces as much as 60kg a year, not to mention wax, propolis, combs. The honey available for tasting just melted in our mouth and for a moment we were just transported in heaven.

Our visit continued rythmed by the quiet trickle of Paul's pond. Sustained with a solar pump, the pond hosts small fish, beautiful lillies and we are told loads more frogs to join with the warmer days ahead.

A small glimpse of vertical garden on our exit offered an interesting insight into a new experimental way to grow plants in small spaces.

Thanks you Paul for a wonderful begining to our weekend and see you at the next visits!

The feast

The contraption

Extracting the honey through a double filter, first a bucket with holes, then a fine mesh.

The wax.

The pond with all the wetland plants.

The vertical gardening (Sorry I can't get the picture to go vertical...O)

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What a great looking garden. I'm really sorry I missed. I would have loved to buy some honey if it was available.

It was available. And it's good. If you contact Paul you may yet be able to go collect some.

Sure Kathryn, you're welcome to drop in and pick some up - email for details


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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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