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Cathie MacLean
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  • 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, 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 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?"
21 hours ago
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…"
21 hours ago
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...."
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
SATURDAY 17TH MARCH 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…See More
Mar 9
Cathie MacLean replied to Mary-Ann Baker's discussion food processor
"Doesn't sound lazy to me.  Sounds like just the tool for helping you to be busy creating good things to eat! "
Feb 28
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's photo


"Looks good Dave. What seaweed do you use? -wakame perchance?"
Feb 8
Cathie MacLean is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT and native bee split demonstration - free at Jacqui and Clay's Garden

February 24, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SATURDAY February 24th 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.Clay and I live with our 3 boys in Mitchelton. Here are the details about our garden:  We live on a 683m block, our house sits right in…See More
Feb 7
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's event 'Daleys Outing'
"Count me in! "
Feb 6
Cathie MacLean is attending Sophie's event

Daleys Outing at Geneva via Kyogle NSW

March 24, 2018 from 8am to 12pm
I have confirmation from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery that they can meet with us 9-9.30am on Saturday 24 March 2017 for a tour. The Nursery opens to public at 10am. Option to have their chosen plants delivered to save on car space. You might like to car pool.Option to go out to lunch after and you might choose to stay overnight in the areaPlease note it takes about 2.5 hours from Brisbane to drive (about 170km) and about 1hour from Byron Bay.The address is :36 Daley's Lane,Geneva via Kyogle NSW…See More
Feb 6
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Andrew Bader
"Welcome Andrew!  It's good to have you join us as we are all passionate about growing food and some of us keep chickens (and quail) too! "
Feb 3
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Patti Telfer
"Welcome Patti! I hope you enjoy browsing the site for things that interest you. We'd love to have you join in by posting anything about your garden and, if you can make it to a Garden Visit at some stage, it would be lovely to meet you in…"
Jan 31
Dave Riley commented on Cathie MacLean's photo


"Since I seem to have killed my starter --although I haven't switched off the ventilator yet -- here's a good DIY for sourdough starter (LINK).  As a  workaround there's this useful hack using yogurt: LINK And remember: just…"
Jan 22
Cathie MacLean commented on Cathie MacLean's photo


"Valerie, my starter was shared with me by a blogger in Sydney who I had been following for a while. It is a pretty wet starter fed with equal quantities of flour and water.  I had a lot of success for many months then I somehow got off track…"
Jan 22
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's page 2018 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR in the group Garden Visits
"Double yes to a Daley's visit! I wasn't really active in the group when the last one was offered."
Jan 22

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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