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Cathie MacLean
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Cathie MacLean's Friends

  • Mrs Shirley Arnold
  • Connie VALENTI
  • Margot Zuckerman
  • Rhondda Pearson
  • conrad maharaj
  • Mary-Ann Baker
  • Christa
  • Dianne Caswell
  • Rob Collings
  • Sophie
  • Andrew Cumberland
  • Janet Fong
  • Susan

Cathie MacLean's Discussions


Started this discussion. Last reply by GayleD May 1, 2017. 19 Replies

I'm thinking I'd like to start writing a garden blog like many of you do already and just wonder how to go about it. Do you prepare all your text and pictures in word and then copy and paste?or just…Continue

Gardening calendar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Oct 15, 2016. 11 Replies

I am not an organised person.  I do life flying by the seat of my pants and that includes gardening. Sometimes it works out and I have success, but very often I find myself realising that if I’d…Continue

Eggplant rescue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Jul 17, 2016. 11 Replies

The eggplants at our community garden have developed hard scab-like skin at the blossom end of the fruit and they don't seem to be growing to full size. Could this be blossom end rot even though it…Continue

Garden visit

Started Jul 10, 2016 0 Replies

Today's garden visit report will be posted very soon. I've had a little set back with my computer shutting down to update itself in the middle of uploading the photos. Grrrrrrrr.... Will start over…Continue


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Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Members Outing - Global Food Village'
"Yes, it was a really fun outing with my daughter Amelia and the folk from BLF. Having recently started using pumpkin sprouts (15cm or so of the growing tips) and sweet potato tips in my cooking,it was great to see them offered for sale in big…"
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Dianne's first day back in to the garden

"Oh Dianne, what a brilliant photo! I bet it felt wonderful to be in the garden again. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Woodridge market."
Apr 14
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Paul Cobbin
"Welcome Paul. I hope you find what you are looking for -both at BLF and in your gardening pursuits.  Please get involved in the forums and come along to a garden visit if you can. We love to have participation from new members. Cheers, Cathie"
Apr 11
Cathie MacLean might attend Dianne Caswell's event

Members Outing - Global Food Village at Croydon Road, Woodridge (opposite the Woodridge train station)

April 15, 2018 from 6am to 2pm
WHENSunday, 15 April 2018,6am - 2pmThis is the time open from - untilVENUE ADDRESSCroydon Road, Woodridge (opposite the Woodridge train station), why not get the train in and leave the car at home.DETAILS Last year a few of us went along and had a wonderful time. We had a very tasty breakfast and then it was off to be amazed by the amount of produce and so much of it we had never seen before, a foodies paradise, not to mention the new species of root vegetables etc that were able to be bought.…See More
Apr 10
Cathie MacLean replied to Susan's discussion Banana Flour - Who Knew?
"Thanks a lot for that information Christa. I guess I've just been impatient after all! Good tip about potassium too. I've read they put out a 'flag' leaf that is significantly shorter than the others just before the flower…"
Mar 30
Cathie MacLean replied to Susan's discussion Banana Flour - Who Knew?
"Christa, I actually was so excited that the previous bananas had put out spear/sword suckers that I could plant in a new spot so I was expecting a bunch within a year. These have been in about 18months. I noticed all the suckers that these ones have…"
Mar 30
Cathie MacLean replied to Susan's discussion Banana Flour - Who Knew?
"I am STILL waiting for a bunch of bananas. I have four decent size trees and it's been way too long! Maybe I need to dig out a couple of suckers(or four or five...) to give them more energy to fruit? "
Mar 28
Cathie MacLean commented on Elaine de Saxe's photo

Graceful Froglet

"What a sweet little friend you have there! 5mm is so tiny. Lucky you saw it."
Mar 28
Cathie MacLean commented on Rhondda Pearson's photo

From the Daley's day trip.

"What a great view of your garden Rhondda! Attractive as well as edible. That's one terrific looking stand of bananas. "
Mar 25
Cathie MacLean commented on Susan's blog post Daley's Visit 2018
"Great report Susan.  I'll try and get the pics off my phone and add them too. Yes, it was a lovely day and fun to get to know Rhondda, a member who lives only seven minutes away from me! We had lots to chat about on our long journey down…"
Mar 25
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo

Seed Raising Methodology

"The challenge with sowing seed is getting the nutrients to them at the right time. I get them going no problem but then they often stall.I think I need to resort to a soluble nitrogen fertiliser.  Any advice?"
Mar 22
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo

Seed Raising Methodology

"Thanks for the recipe Dave and good idea to use tweezers for the seed placement.  As for the plant marker, I cut up the slats of a Venetian blind and use them slipped into the side of the pots with the name written in permanent ink. They are…"
Mar 22
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's event 'Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery Outing'
"Yikes... Google just reminded me that Kyogle is in another time zone so I'm guessing we need to be meeting there at 8am our time, 9am NSW.  Equals leaving around 5am! Someone tell me if I'm wrong...."
Mar 22
Cathie MacLean replied to Dave Riley's discussion How to poison yourself...Do not try this at home.
"Wow Dave, what an experience! I love my taro but boil the corms WELL, then usually slice and fry to make crunchy chips.  I did undercook it once when making a stew with coconut milk and it wasn't a pleasant sensation but nothing like…"
Mar 15
Cathie MacLean commented on Lissa's event 'LEARN TO MAKE KOMBUCHA'
"Lissa, I recently started doing second ferments with my kombucha and I use my homemade cordials rather than fruit. My favourite is passionfruit but the rest of the family likes rosella the best. My cordial recipe is basic - 700g (possibly could be…"
Mar 12
Cathie MacLean is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT and Wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free at Valerie's Garden

March 17, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY 29TH APRIL 10.00am TO 12.00pmAddress will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.Valerie has written a little about her Garden;Some info about my garden.We live on a roughly 600m2 flat block in The Gap. I started gardening…See More
Mar 9

Profile Information

I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I am very involved with the community garden at the retirement village where I work. I have applied for membership with Brisbane Organic Growers.
I am interested in:
Growing food in an urban environment. I am very interested in food from many cultures, ferments etc.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Plants and Produce, Community Involvement
What I am looking for:
Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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At 21:52 on June 19, 2017, Mrs Shirley Arnold said…
We arrive Sunday 25th June and leave Friday 30th. We have transport
At 9:31 on June 7, 2017, Connie VALENTI said…
Hi Cathie
I found your friend request! Thanking you for taking my call and I look forward to seeing you on the 16th June.
At 15:06 on April 22, 2017, conrad maharaj said…

I"II be there wed morning around 10am if ok mobile 0412118234

At 22:40 on July 10, 2016, Rob Collings said…

Thanks so much for being a GV Reporter Cathie! ... and sorry to hear about the posting issues.

Myself and other GV reporters have most likely had similar fun with this at some time.

With so many photos, we have split the report into 2 parts on 2 separate posts in many cases.

I tend to keep the picture file sizes between 100K - 500K, and sometimes a little larger.

And using a word processing program on the computer to prepare the report, followed by a cut & paste when ready can avoid loss resulting from potential site, Web, ISP or local networking issues.

At 4:24 on June 27, 2016, Lissa said…

Cathie - which retirement village do you work at? If you don't want to state publicly can you send me a PM (Private Message - top right of any page where it says Inbox).

I also work in aged care and would be interested to know about your community garden in the retirement village.

At 5:01 on February 4, 2014, Lissa said…

Welcome to Brisbane Local Food Cathie :)

Please get in touch via message or the discussion forum if you need help finding what you are after, or in using the site.

Otherwise simply explore, join the conversations and enjoy.

All the best and happy gardening




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