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Cathie MacLean
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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  • conrad maharaj
  • Mary-Ann Baker
  • Dianne Caswell
  • Rob Collings
  • CHERYL SLAPP
  • Sophie
  • Andrew Cumberland
  • DARREN JAMES
  • Susan
  • Lissa
  • Elaine de Saxe

Cathie MacLean's Discussions

Blogging

Started this discussion. Last reply by GayleD May 1. 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 Dave Riley's photo
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Perennial Capsicum/Sweet Pepper

"I have no problem with '24 hour urea' as a friend calls it. It would be interesting to have the ferments analysed sometime. Clearly the peppers are happy!"
Friday
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo
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Perennial Capsicum/Sweet Pepper

"Well, I have pepper envy. There's just no other way to say it. Re the issue of gross feeders - I've always been timid with nitrogen because it seemed like when I fertilised the leaves would distort and darken and shrivel. I do give them…"
Friday
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo
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Perennial Capsicum/Sweet Pepper

"What variety are these Dave? I bought seed of the Italian corni di toro (Bulls horn? Something like that) with very high hopes. They have grown soooooo slowly, are still small and have not fruited. I hope they will overwinter and come good in…"
Thursday
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo
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Perennial Capsicum/Sweet Pepper

"Now that is something that has always eluded me in all my years of gardening - a reliable, quality capsicum. No end of chills but no really good capsicum. They are usually thin-walled, fruit fly infested or midgetlike. I resorted to the tiny ones…"
Thursday
Cathie MacLean replied to Christa's discussion THE FUTURE PATH FOR OUR GARDEN
"Yep, opened and read the first (with delight) and couldn't open the second."
Thursday
Cathie MacLean commented on Susan's photo
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Cara Cara orange

"What a lovely colour!"
May 24
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's blog post My absence from outback was not enough to sabotage the horticulture.
"Good to hear that you've developed the watering system to the point where keeping your big garden alive is working. Sounds like you've got a lot in production! Hope you are feeling better now Dave. I'll be a bit more respectful of my…"
May 23
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Connie VALENTI
"Hi there Connie... I notice you are located in the northern suburbs and are looking for community involvement. I coordinate a community garden at a retirement village in Keperra and wonder if you would be interested to visit sometime? I will send…"
May 23
Cathie MacLean replied to Christa's discussion THE FUTURE PATH FOR OUR GARDEN
"Elaine, I suspect, like Hazelip she adds it to her mulch layer on the beds. Inspirational to see her gardening at her age. May we never surrender!"
May 23
Cathie MacLean replied to Christa's discussion THE FUTURE PATH FOR OUR GARDEN
"OMG Christa thank you for sharing that video link! That was totally moving. I have read of Ruth Stout in the context of no dig gardens but I did not realise how closely aligned with Emilia Hazelip/Fukuoka she was in her methods. Ultimate simplicity.…"
May 23
Cathie MacLean replied to Christa's discussion THE FUTURE PATH FOR OUR GARDEN
"I can identify with the quest for a simpler way to garden. I have enjoyed creating my own inputs for the garden and always find it interesting when people share the 'new' things that they are trying out. It invariably stimulates another…"
May 21
Cathie MacLean is attending Dianne Caswell's event
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Pollinators, predators and pests at Mt Coot-tha Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, Toowong

May 27, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
WHEN Saturday, May 27, 2017, 10:30am – 12pmVENUE Mt Coot-tha LibraryVENUE ADDRESS Mt Coot-tha Library, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Rd, ToowongBOOKINGS Phone Mt Coot-tha Library on 07 3403 2550COST Free DETAILSBookings essential.Delve into the miniature world of insect life and learn how to identify the good bugs from the bad. Learn how to increase the population of beneficial insect life in the garden without the use of harmful chemicals. Presented by horticulturalist, Noel Burdette.…See More
May 21
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Sages/Salvias - Culinary, Companion & Bee/Bird/Butterfly Attracting in the group Companion Planting
"Thanks so much Elaine.  I don't know why I didn't take more time to look at the reply box more carefully - it's as clear as can be! I was just hasty. Anyway thanks for sharing my pretty flower. I think i'll give it a feed…"
May 20
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Sages/Salvias - Culinary, Companion & Bee/Bird/Butterfly Attracting in the group Companion Planting
"I'll be happy to share! The deep purple cutting I got from you is thriving and I've had a couple of flowers.  I moved it to a permanent spot now so it is happy. Besides that I have a little white, a little salmon pink one and the…"
May 20
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Sages/Salvias - Culinary, Companion & Bee/Bird/Butterfly Attracting in the group Companion Planting
"Ha Dianne, I had no idea it was actually called that. It is just so velvety - and pink.  It actually hasn't bloomed for a while. It used to be massive and I pulled out heaps of it - now I regret that and am trying to give it some…"
May 20
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Sages/Salvias - Culinary, Companion & Bee/Bird/Butterfly Attracting in the group Companion Planting
"This looks a lot like my velvet pink salvia"
May 20

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
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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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

Lissa

 
 
 

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