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Dave Riley commented on Lissa's blog post ALICE SPRINGS OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN
"I love the Alice.After the rains this year it should be bountiful. I was thinking of moving there in times gone by: when the Stuart Highway was dirt and it took so long by road from Port Augusta. Dust. Dust. Dust. --without traffic. Last time …"
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Dianne Caswell replied to Dave Riley's discussion Interview: Author Judith Schwartz Examines Water Management
"Great reading Dave, and interesting website Elaine, and I do agree with you that plants can help with keeping each other cool and this helps the soil stay moister longer.."
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Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Interview: Author Judith Schwartz Examines Water Management
"Looking forward to reading the interview. Interesting comments on your own place, Dave. I have found that having plants in the gardens keeps the water in them, sounds counter-intuitive but plants seem to be more effective at keeping water nearby…"
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"Since I now only water my terracotta pots I'm in a new aqua space. It's very instructive. And with the extensive grown cover -- both of mulch and growing plants bunched up together, I know that watering happens more often despite the lack…"
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Interview: Author Judith Schwartz Examines Water Management

If you are interested in soil 'context' , Schwartz is good value. This extensive interview can change your mind about water.Along with focus on Soil Organic Carbon, the question of changes in the water cycle become a crucial factor in our survival. Indeed, we could engineer self watering gardens because the water is there--water in plain sight if we know where to look.In the urban context -- consider dew and run…See More
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Cutting Vetiver: Preferred sickle

"With my trusty 8" sickle I've been harvesting Vetiver stems hither and yon -- especially as the plants respond to the warm 'Winter'. While Vetiver's growth properties are both height and number of stems, I'm likely to…"
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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.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Looking Good in July

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 21:30 6 Comments

I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.

As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest…


Is growing food at home costing you more?

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 0:55 9 Comments

An interesting report in the Brisbane Times  raises the conundrum of garden size vs water use as a primary cost factor.

It draws on research by James Ward  and John Symons , published as Optimising…


My absence from outback was not enough to sabotage the horticulture.

Posted on May 23, 2017 at 1:00 2 Comments

After a rough Summer, a recent bout of ill health kept me from my garden tasks for weeks. All I could manage was to fill up the terracotta pots I have located in the centre of my mounds with water.

Nowadays the 'mounds' aren't self evident as over time I have been mulching in between them -- but the…


"I is coming boys and girls. Get procreating."

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 0:01 6 Comments

'Tis the best time of the gardening year. This time. The March/April convergence.

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote

    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote

    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

    Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth

    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,

    And smale…

Summer is not over until I say it is.

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 22:30 5 Comments

No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.

Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...

Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.

Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.

I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn…


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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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