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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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Latest Activity

Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - FREE'
"Happy to provide you, and anyone else interested, with sourdough starter, Valerie. "
23 hours ago
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's blog post The thrills outback
"Hi Micheline, Recently a group from BLF visited a Sunday market held in the parking lot of Woodridge station  on the Southside. There were lots of stall holders from Africa and Asia selling bunches of different greens. Molokhia was definitely…"
Cathie MacLean is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT and demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for bread making? - Free at Sophie's Garden

May 27, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY 27TH MAY 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.Sophie will write a little piece about her garden and I will update;Sophie will give us a demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for…See More
May 25
Sophie commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"looking excellent! Love the towers!!"
May 25
Sophie favorited Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
May 25
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"roger -they are netted in a pot so every time i see flowes i do give the plants a bit of a shake !!!! "
May 25
Christa commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Roger, the electric toothbrush is a good tool for miracle berry.  As the flower is a little tight flower, the vibration spreads the pollen and since I tried shaking the branches with a similar effect as a toothbrush, the berries are more…"
May 25
Roger Clark commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Mary - Anne,  Thanks, it's useful to know that I can grow these under netting. I watched a video a while ago that showed an Italian gardener using an electric toothbrush against his tomatoes to vibrate the pollen free. He obviously…"
May 25
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"great garden and awesome reading everyone - Roger as Cape gooseberries are related to tomatoes they are wind pollinated as well so the ony way we can successfully grow them is under fruit fly netting ! or they are just decimated one day you think…"
May 25
Roger Clark commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Dave, Your research is spot on. I remember trying to combat them using Targetes Minulta, a type of Marigold that was very tall growing with almost insignificant flowers. You grew them in situ and then dug them into the top layer of soil. This was a…"
May 25
Dave Riley commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Your root knot nematodes has given me the heebee jeebees. I may not sleep tonight. I don't have such a problem (not yet)-- Phew! -- and don't want it, ever. Indeed I don't have many infestations that I know of.Maybe I can expect a…"
May 24
Cathie MacLean commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Thanks all. Roger, your warning about the gooseberry eating beetle was timely. I went outside and sure enough there was a beetle fitting your description on an already munched blossom and some of the leaves looked tatty. Good grief - it's a…"
May 24
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Looks wonderful Cathie. "
May 24
Susan commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"I have often seen these little cases around my place but never seen it’s inhabitant. I think you were quite lucky to spot it out of its home.  The tuteurs are very gorgeous!"
May 24
Dave Riley favorited Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
May 24
Roger Clark commented on Cathie MacLean's blog post Glorious days in May
"Cathie, Great to see how well your garden is growing. I have found that with Ginger, if you harvest it well before the tops die down, your ginger will be soft and succulent and easy to grate, at it's best, but if you leave it late to harvest…"
May 24

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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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Glorious days in May

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 22:30 17 Comments

These are the best days in the year for gardening, the best time to live in Brisbane in my opinion.  Less pests and  less sweat but the dense winter shade is the main challenge I face in this garden built around a two storey house with trees also blocking the low winter sun in the northeast.  I have to plant in different beds just to get enough sunshine. 

This month I will start in the front garden so that I can show off the tall tutuers that my son, Wil, made me.  I wanted something…


It's a jungle out there! My garden in March 2018.

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 19:40 13 Comments

With the amazing season of rain we've had (plus several weeks of full time work) I've been finding it hard to keep up outside. The growth is rampant! My tanks are full and I've had little call to use them. …


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At 20:18 on April 28, 2018, Karon Swift said…

Thanks so much Cathie. I have only been gardening a short time and really taken to it like a duck to water. I spent a few years overseas doing volunteer work and dragon fruit was my absolute favourite fruit. I was so happy when I came back and found out I could grow some of my own. I look forward to hearing about your varieties and what you have been doing in your garden. chat soon K

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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