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Cathie MacLean
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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  • Mary-Ann Baker
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  • Rob Collings
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  • Andrew Cumberland
  • Janet Fong
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  • Lissa
  • Elaine de Saxe

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 Lissa's discussion SEED, THE UNTOLD STORY DVD
"I want to see this! Lissa, I may be able to arrange a screening at my workplace. There is a group that organises two to three films a month for residents and they may be interested to show it. Alternatively the community garden group may…"
16 hours ago
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion 23.07.17 CATHIE'S GV in the group Garden Visits
"Also yes, winter shade is a bit of a problem but there are sunny spots in the front and the back does get quite a few hours of good sun in the summer when the sun is higher in the sky and clears the roof of the house which is two storey. I have…"
Cathie MacLean replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion 23.07.17 CATHIE'S GV in the group Garden Visits
"Elaine, my little 'covered wagon' beds are made of the following:- metal garden beds from Aldi, bird netting cut to size from Bunnings to keep out cabbage white butterfly/moth, ag pipe which I picked off the sidewalk when we had kerbside…"
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Harvesting a flow hive

"Nope, no rehearsing Lissa. Just felt like I was in front of a classroom of eager students. They were so kind and attentive!"
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Citrus and Passionfruit Cordial

"Dianne, you really need to share this recipe as I have both citrus and passionfruit to process!"
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Harvesting a flow hive

"Thanks Andy for filming this. Bit hard to watch myself on camera but it's great to have a record of the harvest. BTW to answer Graham's question in the video ' is it harder to open the cells in winter?' , not really, but I have…"
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Growing an incredible edible garden - Morag Gamble from Our Permaculture Life'
"Christa, I totally want to walk around Nudgee with Aboriginal elders! Where and when??? I guess I can google it. We are looking to add a bush tucker component to the community garden at work so that would be pretty interesting."
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Growing an incredible edible garden - Morag Gamble from Our Permaculture Life'
"We enjoyed broccoli leaves tossed in with other things in a stirfry the other night. At least as good as kale. Dave, I always enjoy the links you put up. In the comments one of the people referred to cucchiteddi which seems to be a cookie or…"
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT/FLOW BEE HIVE TALK- FREE'
"Thanks so much everyone for coming to visit today. Having a GV wasn't too scary after all! All the food was delicious and there were lots of leftovers from the swap table I'll be putting to good use. By the way, someone lovely left…"
Cathie MacLean commented on Sophie's blog post June 2017
"Nice job again Sophie. The garden looks great but wow! your bread! That fruit nut loaf looks super! It's been a while since I've baked a fruit loaf. You've inspired me."
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT/FLOW BEE HIVE TALK- FREE'
"I hope you feel better soon Julie. Take care."
Jul 22
Cathie MacLean commented on Lissa's blog post ALICE SPRINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN
"Wow, Lissa, how cool is that! I'm glad you got to enjoy a garden visit this week after all! Thank you for taking the time to blog and share with us. Have a lovely stay with Clare."
Jul 18
Cathie MacLean commented on Roger Clark's blog post Roger's Garden in July
"Looks just lovely Roger. It's a pleasure to garden when moist and cool, isn't it? I thought I'd have acres of flat leaf parsley after the many plants that I let seed last year but alas, only one scant plant. I bet your spuds will be…"
Jul 16
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post It's gotta melt your heart
"This is absolutely precious Andy. I hope the garden and garden mentoring relationship continues - although it seems young Andrew feels like the mentor here! How wonderful."
Jul 15
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'EPICURIOUS GARDEN & LUNCH AT ARBOUR VIEWS CAFE'S, SOUTH BANK'
"Enjoy your lunch folks. Hope the day is as beautiful as today was. We have visitors from overseas with us at the moment and will be headed down to the coast with them."
Jul 8
Cathie MacLean commented on Valerie's group Seed swappers
"Hey folks, does anyone have seed of Costata Romanesco zucchini to share? It is a striped, ribbed, meaty zucchini which is firm enough to be dried and later used in soups etc. I had seed from BOGI once but am not sure they have it now or if I can get…"
Jun 27

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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