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Cathie MacLean
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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  • conrad maharaj
  • Mary-Ann Baker
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  • Rob Collings
  • Sophie
  • Andrew Cumberland
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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 replied to Dave Riley's discussion JMS: JADAM Microorganism Solution
"Dave, that's a quick way to build your microorganisms in the soil. I have done some of the Korean natural farming things with IMOs and I inoculate batches of coffee grounds every week with lacto storing them in icecream containers for a month…"
Nov 10
Cathie MacLean commented on Dave Riley's video

Making a Leaky Pipe for the verge

"This is basically what I have planned for one of my down pipes which does not feed water to my tanks. I am planning to cut the pipe where it meets the soil, redirect it via a solid pipe under a walkway then using the slotted pipe feed it through my…"
Nov 8
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's blog post October 2017
"Sophie... Garden and bread looks great. Is the flower Cleome? Great for bees!"
Nov 3
Cathie MacLean replied to Lissa's discussion BETEL LEAF WANTED
"I'm not far from Andrew and I have betel leaf as well - Hannah is welcome to most of the leaves if she would like them for something special. I'm sure the plant will bounce back no matter how much we trim it. How much do you need and when?"
Nov 2
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Kris luque
"Welcome Kris! It's good to have you join us."
Oct 24
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Garden Visit and Andy's Home Booze Demonstration'
"Apologies all. Would love to be there tomorrow but have a commitment with my dad in BliBli."
Oct 21
Cathie MacLean commented on Matthew Bushnell's photo

Plant ID please?

"Matthew, I have this in my yard -I think it came in with a pot plant once. I just googled speckled leaf bulb and I think the image that's closest to it identifies it as Ledebouria. Mine also has the white cluster flower on the end of a spike.…"
Oct 21
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Owen Neil Glover
"Welcome Owen! I hope you find everything you need here - there's lots of interesting information shared here for sure."
Oct 17
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Leandrea
"Welcome to the site Leandrea.  It's lovely to have you join us!"
Oct 17
Cathie MacLean replied to Christa's discussion Plants that clean the air we breath.
"The following short TED talk is very interesting - a businessman in India who uses three common plants to purify the air in his home and business place."
Oct 13
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Danielle Simpson
"Hi Danielle... Hope we get to meet you at an garden visit in the future. You will certainly meet like minded people on this site. Cheers."
Oct 4
Cathie MacLean replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Possum Deterrent Suggestion
"I have heard that if you staple some chicken wire to the top of the fence (sticking up) they won't walk on it because it wobbles. Mike reminded me that we tried that once and they trampled it down until it was solid enough to walk on! We have…"
Oct 2
Cathie MacLean commented on Glen's photo

My Happy Choux

"Your Cabbages look amazing. Hope they get nice firm hearts and taste great for you! I have four that are doing pretty well too. It takes an awfully long time to get them ready to harvest though, protecting them all along the way...."
Sep 30
Cathie MacLean replied to Dave Riley's discussion The seven farmers tales that show rain is on its way
"If that were true, Andy, it would have been pouring for a month! I have used so much town water keeping the garden alive. I have a son away so I decided to use his portion on the garden! Shame he's back on Wednesday - we better get some tank…"
Sep 29
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…"
Sep 21
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

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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