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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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A call for help.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Nov 12, 2019. 5 Replies

I've copied this from a friend's post on facebook.…Continue

Worth a share

Started Sep 18, 2019 0 Replies

I stole this link from Gayle D.  Great article worth a share. …Continue

Climate change and its impact on Queensland specifically

Started Aug 7, 2019 0 Replies

I believe this report contains some very significant information.  Climate…Continue

Pine Rivers Show

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Aug 4, 2019. 4 Replies

For those of you who attended my garden visit, Trevor and Faye from the Pine Rivers Show were there looking to spread the word about contributing to good old fashioned agriculture show like the one…Continue


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I am interested in:
Aquaponics - I have a set-up that is going pretty nicely at the moment. It has two grow beds and produces quality Jade Perch.

Fowl - I keep four lovely chickens for eggs only and Japanese quail that breed.

Australian Native Bees - I have a hive and hope to be able to increase the numbers of these Ozzie treasures.

Distilling - I make a fair variety of spirits and liquors. I make rum for me and liquors for others/gifts. However, I'm moving to the stage where I don't want to use bought flavours any more. So, I've taught myself to make a rum from burned raw sugar and molasses. I've also made unflavoured rum by fermenting molasses. I've turned out iced peach tea, plum, strawberry, cumquat, and passionfruit liquors. My home grown cumquat liquor seemed to be a hit at the local garden visits. Lately, I've made a foray into ginger beer which was proved very successful, and some fruit based wines.

Beer - I've done a few batches of simple package based beers now.

Cheese making - I've done a lot of cheeses, including marinated fetas with herbs I grow. My most frequent is my Purple Onion Feta. My favourite cheese is my Brisbane Nutty Blue, modeled after a blue Jarlsberg. I also do a Glasshouse Blue which is mild and creamy. I've done Camembert, raw milk blue, cheddar and quite a few others. These days, I stick to my favourite few, unless I am teaching.

Sausage making: I've do a nice Middle Eastern lamb, Thai chicken and Kransky. Loving the smoked sausages.

Jams/Preserves/Chutney - I do kumquat marmalade (home grown), chili jam (home grown) and a lot of others. I'm my preserves have reached the stage where they are entirely driven by what I grow myself.

Crazy scrap reuse - I've managed to grow shallots from tails, sweet potato from tops and tails, and chopped up and recycled old potatoes. Ginger goes pretty well from off-cuts as well. Oh, and of course the other recycle is to compost kitchen waste. I've now cut my garbage output by half. I also have a worm farm and make compost tea.

I like to bake breads and cook, especially where I am using my own produce.

I teach photography and cheese making.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Training and Consultancy
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What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Andrew Cumberland's Blog

Garden update 21 March

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 13:03 2 Comments

I can't get youtube to link properly the normal way so I'll share the my latest update as a link that I know works. 

Garden update during Covid19 Ep 3

Tiny farm tales... August 2019

Posted on September 2, 2019 at 22:44 5 Comments

Tiny farm tales...

I have 48 quail eggs in the incubator, on day 7 now. They have about 10-12 days to go. That’s left me with four dozen eggs for eating. That’s a thought process that I mostly leave alone. I also have four or five old birds that I can tell will drop off the perch soon. I lost one on the weekend. Nature says the old must pass so the new can come on. People aren’t any different, except the span of years Is greater. 

I split a native bee…


Environmental warrior... or dirty old dumpster diver?

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 23:02 10 Comments

Am I an environmental warrior or just a dirty old dumpster diver?

Some folks would probably suggest that I am a tad over obsessed with climate change and living a life aimed at helping save the environment. There's some elements of that lifestyle which I normally don't talk about for fear of being labelled a dirty dumpster diver. But you know me - I'm gunna talk about them tonight!

I reuse and recycle a lot of wood and stuff. Why would I buy new stuff…


A late blogs... March/April 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019 at 22:30 19 Comments

April 2019

I have pumpkins coming in now (taking up a lot of room). I've planted spuds out too.  Lettuce seeds are growing but I'm not sure how valuable they'll be in winter - pesto sounds good.  Silverbeet are also doing well on the north. 

There's a fair bit of citrus to harvest but the south side of the yard continues to die back.  No sun.  I've slowed down feeding the fish.  There's very few eggs from the chooks but the quails are still…


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At 22:38 on March 14, 2020, Tracey James said…

Thank you Andrew for your welcome. The site looks lovely. I’m looking forward to exploring, 

At 15:19 on March 11, 2020, Fiona Ryan said…

Ah yes, the very unloved blog. I've finished working for now but still never seem to have time for it! I'm looking forward to learning and sharing with the local experts!

At 20:52 on March 8, 2020, Bobbie Moynihan said…

Hi Andrew, thank you :)

I will be making a couple of your lady beetle nesting houses tomorrow!

That was so useful. I see there are some lady beetles in my garden (since the rain) and would love them to stay a while.

Cheers, Bobbie

At 7:27 on March 3, 2020, Selina said…

Thanks Andrew,

I appreciate the welcome and looking forward to connecting with other gardeners as I've only been living in Brisbane a year and am really glad to have found your site.



At 11:46 on February 2, 2020, Vivienne Hallman said…

 Hi Andrew thank you for the welcome.  I just watched the video tour of your garden after the recent rain, what a difference some rain makes!!

At 11:29 on December 17, 2019, Molly Blake said…

Hi Andrew, that's great to hear! If you could please email me at and we can discuss more there and I will forward you the relevant documents for the study. Thanks, Molly

At 18:44 on July 19, 2019, Jacqueline Schloen said…

Thank you, Andrew, I had a very nice time at your garden visit on Sunday and have been telling all my friends to join BLF. 

At 21:55 on July 16, 2019, paul said…

blar blar

At 18:54 on May 8, 2019, Alchamilla said…

Thanks Andrew, Happy to be here

At 22:00 on April 12, 2019, Beth said…
Thanks for the welcome

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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.)

The Vetiver Community Project 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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