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Dave Riley replied to Roger Clark's discussion Growing Garlic in South East Qld. - from a talk given by Phil Dudman
"The australiangarlic growers website has heaps of info:LINK. Inasmuch as I can gather, garlics aint garlics. We are indeed fortunate to have GlenLarge to grow. LINK. Glenlarge was originally selected by a grower in Toogooloowah, for its potential to…"
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Dave Riley commented on Che Corrie's photo

First attempt at making yoghurt

"Culture is an inoculant. Like the flu. Once infected the medium takes off. Adding more isn't necessarily better. In a normal pre-prepped /heated milk medium, one tablespoon is sufficient. Rather than buying cultures, you can make yogurt from…"
Dave Riley replied to Roger Clark's discussion Growing Garlic in South East Qld. - from a talk given by Phil Dudman
"Thanks. Great info, Roger. 3 years. I assume that garlic must be refrigerator-stored otherwise it will sprout. As soon as I take my Glen Large out of the fridge it gets keen to sprout."
Dave Riley favorited Roger Clark's discussion Growing Garlic in South East Qld. - from a talk given by Phil Dudman
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dave Riley's photo

'Lynched' Tomatoes: hang 'em until ripe.

"That's the one irritating thing about Toms: they love to make laterals - laterals on their laterals. To the detriment of decent-sized fruit. Even with small-fruited varieties, I've found controlling the number of laterals and so stems is…"
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'Lynched' Tomatoes: hang 'em until ripe.

"Much as I like to celebrate my own  inventiveness, stringing the tomatoes hasn't been as successful as I'd hoped. I really do need to pinch em out and control the stems. That means more work on the toms from an earlier age. However,…"
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Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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The garden is working so well in my favour

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 1:06 0 Comments

I harvested mulch from my Vetiver hedges today now that the grass clippings are no longer available -- as lawns are in hiatus -- as are lawnmower men.

A new system of carpeting soil is upon me as I laid out the stems over one of my productive beds.

Beats weeding.

This time of year the chickweed drives me crazy.

I also planted out seeds -- yes seeds! -- for potato onion and perennial leeks which I got from a specialty nursery in Bendigo.  In the meantime my most…


Hanging About the Garden

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 18:10 3 Comments

A walk around the happenings in the garden is to experience a lot of up and down.

There are a lot of plants hanging about. Hangers on -- attaching themselves to on-hand climbing or clambering things.

Nowadays every new seedling I plant is marked with a stick.

It a dog defence.…


The earth moves at my feet.

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 22:54 1 Comment

This time of year it's lazy days.

The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...

Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.

Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.

Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left…


Capturing the garden going about its everyday business...

Posted on May 20, 2018 at 19:00 7 Comments

It always seem to happen that I can never capture the garden in a photograph.

It's messy and jungle-like and green merges into green so that it is always hard to distinguish the species of plants one from t'other.

But I've tried...

Captured en route to…


My new garden 'plan' -- green aspirations in motion with snakes and ladders, Vetiver and stuff.

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 22:00 18 Comments

Now that the mulch has settled and the seedlings are tucked up in their beds I can play the lord of the manor -- and tweak my vista.

Herein is an exposé of the underlying principles that my good self have concocted within the juicy confines of my fertile brain.



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At 15:37 on February 23, 2016, Vinay Nellipudi said…
Thanks for friend request.
At 12:06 on January 10, 2015, DARREN JAMES said…

Thanks Dave for your recipes ,will you be going to lissas garden visit as I can give you those brazillian spinach if not will bring them over for you cheers

At 16:52 on December 21, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Dave havent forgotten you caught up with work .will get them over to you in the new year sometime hope you have a good xmass  

At 8:32 on December 16, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi mate leave us an address at and I will get them over to you

At 21:05 on December 1, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Thanks for your reply mate I do have flowers but they wouldn't be a metre high due to the very sandy soil and low nutrients even though I did put lots of compost in before planting .I planted them initially to stop the neighbours walking across the front lawn,Your plants sound really healthy and you can look forward to good yields 3 to 4 kilos per plant if your lucky and not forgetting the  flowers wich  will be a real head turner. cheers

At 19:51 on November 30, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Dave didnt want to hijack your latest blog but just wanted to ask about your Jerusalem artichokes as we seem to be the only few blf members growing them .How tall are they do you have any flowers yet always good to compare your plants with others to guage how things are.cheers

At 17:12 on January 11, 2012, Jane said…

Hi Dave, did you manage to get the Snake Beans. If not you may contact me on with your address & I will send some.


At 21:10 on June 15, 2009, Scarlett said…
hey i want to delete the backyarders group and i'm copying the discussions across, but i can't copy your little cuba photos - what to do?
At 20:50 on March 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
Hi Dave , just a reminder that the 2nd Garden Visit is on the 29th at Vanessa place .
At 16:18 on February 4, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
Hi Dave , just a reminder that the GARDEN VISITS are starting at the end of the month (22nd) .Everyone is welcome .

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