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Cathie MacLean
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  • Australia
  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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  • Mrs Shirley Arnold
  • Connie VALENTI
  • Margot Zuckerman
  • conrad maharaj
  • Mary-Ann Baker
  • Christa
  • Dianne Caswell
  • Rob Collings
  • Sophie
  • Andrew Cumberland
  • Janet Fong
  • Susan
  • Lissa

Cathie MacLean's Discussions


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 Valerie's photo

This is what happens after a garden visit

"That's one of the best things about our group! I always think of the members who have contributed plants to my garden via seeds and cuttings and plants when I see them blooming or producing fruit. I love to hear how my own contributions to…"
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Lorraine Casperson
"Hi Lorraine, welcome to BLF! It sounds like you have a wealth of knowledge about gardening for health and longevity. I grow gynura crepioides and would be more than happy to give you a cutting. I will add you as a friend and we can message each…"
Sep 9
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Follow-up on some projects and spring has sprung

"Nice to have success with your grape cuttings Andy. Seeing all your citrus makes me remember I promised I would plant a grapefruit for my son. If only it would rain for us. I have 8000 litres of capacity just waiting to be refilled. I am curious…"
Sep 7
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Margaret small
"Welcome Margaret! It's nice to have you join us."
Sep 3
Cathie MacLean left a comment for hazel parry
"Welcome Hazel! I hope we get to meet you at a Garden visit or other event. I certainly understand what it's like to have people glaze over when you share your passion for the garden etc and I guarantee that won't happen here! Cheers."
Sep 2
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Cherie Johnson
"Welcome to the site Cherie. Sounds like you are a perfect fit for Brisbane Local Food. It will be nice to meet you at a garden visit if you are able to join us some time. Join in the conversation, post pictures of your garden, whatever you have time…"
Aug 27
Cathie MacLean is attending Lissa's event


September 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Sun, 17 Sep 2017, 10 am - 3 pmSpurtopia Homestead, Fernvale to public - Australia sustainable house dayCome and see how we have transformed one acre of land into a sustainable paradise.Learn sustainable living practices and how in less than one year we growing majority of our family food needs via different gardening techniques Gold coin donationSee More
Aug 26
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Paul Hargreaves
"Paul, so pleased to hear about your opportunity to grow food in a 'public' space. That's a manageable size plot to keep looking attractive so that people don't complain. Healthy vegetables are beautiful to see and can be…"
Aug 25
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Jane Bosward
"Welcome to BLF Jane! I expect you will find lots of interesting ways to grow, create and recycle on the site."
Aug 25
Cathie MacLean replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Gayle's GV August 2017 in the group Garden Visits
"Thank you Gayle and Ken... It was so good to visit again and see all you've done. Lots of lovely veg growing in and around the natives. I was really aware of the bird life and bees enjoying the garden along with us. You've created a lovely…"
Aug 22
Cathie MacLean replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Brisbane Local Food - on the radio!
"Well done Andy, that was a really good interview. I'm sure people were inspired by what you had to say."
Aug 22
Cathie MacLean posted a status
"What are you up to?"
Aug 20
Cathie MacLean replied to Wendy Clark's discussion Anyone seen prickly pear growing locally?
"Hi there Wendy, if you are going to be at Gayle's garden visit I can bring you a bunch of nopales paddles if that is what you are after. What I have originated with Lissa and I'm sure she had blogged about them. Let me know and I will be…"
Aug 17
Cathie MacLean left a comment for David Richardson
"Hi David, welcome to BLF! I hope you find lots to interest you here. It would be great to hear of the progress of your garden when you have the time. Cheers."
Aug 16
Cathie MacLean is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT with a Discussion 'how to turn your swimming pool into a water tank' - FREE at GayleD's Garden

August 20, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY AUGUST 20th10.00am TO 12.00pmGayleD has given us a little bit of an insight into the major renovations of her gardens:It seems like I have a very different garden since the last BLF visit. What was the swimming pool is now a 50,000L water tank. The lid is slightly raised above the ground and you can walk on it.  That…See More
Aug 15
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Jessica
"It's nice to have you join us Jessica! People in our group grow in all kinds of containers from styrofoam boxes to large wicking beds so I'm sure you'll get ideas here. Welcome to the group."
Aug 13

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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