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Cathie MacLean
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  • Australia
  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Cathie MacLean's Discussions

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

Hand pollinating squash

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Jul 11, 2016. 3 Replies

Wonder if anyone can help me with this question. My zucchini boy and girl flowers sometimes have trouble getting it together - opening on different days or even within the same day the boys will be…Continue


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conrad maharaj left a comment for Cathie MacLean
"I"II be there wed morning around 10am if ok mobile 0412118234"
Cathie MacLean replied to conrad maharaj's discussion Edible Tahitian Spinach,or Taro leaf
"Sure thing Conrad. Let me friend request you and I'll give you more details."
Cathie MacLean replied to conrad maharaj's discussion Edible Tahitian Spinach,or Taro leaf
"Conrad, Lissa was good enough to give me her leaf taro when she moved and I'd be happy to share with you. Also I have lots and lots of regular taro - very tasty - if you would like some. Will you be at Susan's GV in May?"
Cathie MacLean commented on Lissa's event 'VISIT JEFFREY HODGES GARDEN, FLAXTON'
"I have friends arriving from the U.S. two days earlier and normally would not book in for something when they are here but I would be very disappointed to miss this. Is there a maximum number for our group? Maybe my friend would like to come....…"
Apr 10
Cathie MacLean is attending Lissa's event


June 25, 2017 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY 25TH JUNE AT 10AM – 77 FLAXTON MILL RD, FLAXTONLocal organic gardening expert and author Jeffrey Hodges has kindly invited us to …See More
Apr 10
Cathie MacLean commented on Susan's blog post April 2017 The big clean up
"Good work Susan. It's painful for me to see those banana trunks on the ground but I love to lay them in the garden beds - they break down making it so moist and delicious for the worms. The soil always seems to get a boost from them."
Apr 9
Cathie MacLean replied to Roger Clark's discussion Summer Hibernation in Queensland?
"Struggled along through the summer too, Roger - I covered several beds as well. I will say that did the trick though as, when preparing those beds for autumn planting, I discovered they are full of juicy worms and fungal threads and look like they…"
Apr 9
Cathie MacLean commented on Roger Clark's blog post Palagonite - BOGI talk
"Aaaahhh... I knew I should have pushed through my weariness and gone to that meeting! Susan, BOGI meetings are on the first Thursday of the month. I, too, am clearly using too little rock dust."
Apr 9
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's blog post Garden Feb 2017
"just read through my comment - sourdough ratio should say:- 1x weight of starter: 2 x weight of water: 3 x weight of flours etc."
Mar 16
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's blog post Garden Feb 2017
"Hey Sophie.... It's been a tough season but you are still holding the faith! Eggplant soup looks divine - I've never cooked eggplant that way so I'll have to give it a try when I produce some decent eggplant. I've got two white…"
Mar 16
Cathie MacLean might attend Dianne Caswell's event

Turner's Fruit Nursery Outing at "Turner's Fruit Nursery"

March 25, 2017 from 10am to 1pm
SATURDAY 25TH MARCH, HALF DAY I am sure most of our members like to visit Nurseries. Turners's Nursery a Family owned business which is predominantly a Fruit Tree Nursery but has not only got one of the best number of varieties of Fruit Trees but also sells, Vegetable Seedlings, Bush Tucker Plants as well as other Plants and Gardening Needs. There will be a member of staff there to give us a tour and talk.I have been advised that if we were to have Lunch there they would have enough seating for…See More
Mar 14
Cathie MacLean commented on Lissa's blog post TWO WEEKS IN DAYBORO
"Lissa, I believe your mystery plant is a 'Barleria'. I have most commonly seen the pink form but I'm pretty sure that is what you have. Good to know it is so popular with the bees. I really enjoyed visiting the garden at Wayne and…"
Mar 5
Cathie MacLean commented on DARREN JAMES's blog post A lacklustre summers garden
"OMG.. Is the site back to normal?????? I have been having withdrawal symptoms as I could not navigate around and find new posts over the last few weeks. Looking forward to catching up on everyone's news. Not much to report here. Garden was very…"
Feb 25
Cathie MacLean commented on Rob Collings's video

Natural Sequence Farming, with Bob Cannard

"He emphasises timing and observation as being critical... When to give the weeds a 'haircut' and let the crop come through. He talked (in another video I think) about losses of whole crops due to getting the timing wrong so his success is…"
Jan 8
Cathie MacLean replied to Lissa's discussion HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR
"Thank you Lissa. Happy Christmas to everyone! Looking forward to growing together in 2017!"
Dec 23, 2016
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's blog post Garden Dec 2016
"OMG.... A Google search for tromboncino with white flowers reveals ..... We are growing 'cuccuzi' edible squash !!!! Sorry Sophie, gave you seeds in good faith! I hope they taste good to you and we will have to grow the real deal next.…"
Dec 21, 2016

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 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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