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5 a day myth?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley 22 hours ago. 3 Replies

Jerusalem Artichokes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa on Friday. 3 Replies


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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Aloe Vera 'fertilizer'
"Reporting In: Despite the dry weather and the challenge of keeping water up to the plants I suspect that my ready use of my fermented brew is impacting on the garden. It's now an easy routine: Driving that, is the sprinkling of ferment,…"
39 minutes ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion 5 a day myth?
"When I looked at the 5 per day protocol it can be hard to fit that number in -- given the serving sizes recommended. Indeed most of humanity do not coming any where near that. It's mainly aspirational. I did however come upon a great rule of…"
22 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Rob Collings's video

Jade Perch Enjoy Their Fruit, Veg & Pellets

"What an amazing fish.The Barcoo's harvest is our collective gain.  Makes one yearn for a aquaculture setup..."
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion 5 a day myth?
"Well the main game is that with every mouthful of veg you want the best bang for your buck. That is assuming you eat with nutrition in mind.  But it is also swings and slides: you do have options -- esp if you can't get the nippers to eat…"
Dave Riley commented on Susan's blog post Start of Winter 2016
"Doin' the right thing. Keeping soil like that busy."
Dave Riley favorited Susan's blog post Start of Winter 2016
Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion 5 a day myth?
"Today's conventionally-grown foods are reputed to be deficient in many vitamins and minerals. I have read about farmers with animals finding that when they fed Biodynamically-grown forage and pasture, the animals were healthier and ate…"
Elaine de Saxe favorited Dave Riley's discussion 5 a day myth?

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About me:
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
My own residence. Sandgate PCYC Community and Market Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
About what I can offer:
I hope to sell produce at local monthly markets in my township.
My website is:

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A ton of worms living up and down...mounds, moats and plungers.

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 1:30 5 Comments

Oh I was going to tell you about my worms.Squirmy little buggers always under foot. No matter where I dig in my fingers there they are. Poor souls. Wriggling in the dirt, heading off...well, wherever worms go. 

Fat too. The sort of worm that makes a man proud of his labours. I can see it now: the epitaph. 'He grew good worms.'

'How do I do it?' you ask...Let me explain.

First up you build a sort of sand castle....…


Fermenting A Philosophy

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 1 Comment

I have gone on an extremely indulgent ferment kick. Ferments are everywhere of course -- wine, cheese, beer, sauces, chocolate, vinegar, yogurt, salami,tea leaves, coffee beans, etc -- but mostly you are eating dead flesh.
As the vampire asked of Igor: "Don't you have anything alive!?"
I tell you Louis Pasteur has a lot to answer…

Snip! Gardening :Weeds & My Conversion to Root Wrangling

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 4:30 21 Comments

I'm not obsessive about weeds. Most of all, in regard to them, I'm lazy. 

I may spray (vinegar+borax+salt) to murder them on the paths and gravel surrounds, but among the veg I'm tolerant because I know if I pull-a-weed I am sure to remove more than I planned.

If you are planning to pull, I say, do so only after good rain.



Keeping my head in the sand

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 0:00 23 Comments

Tonight the temperature falls to 19C (and maybe below) for the first time this year in my patch. You can feel the cooling night air on your skin.

Despite the warm days still, you can see how the evening respite from the heat is registering among the plants.

I just built (wait for it...wait for it) another two mounds and planted both of these out with potatoes I'd chitted from store-boughts.

I then divided a Vetiver Grass clump  by hacking at its edges. 

[I have a…


Kitchen Garden Mosaic and Sharing

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:00 7 Comments

While I'm outback pottering about in the dirt, my other half is slaving away on the veranda making mosaic and Pique Assiette whoopee.

It goes to show how…


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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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