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Dave Riley's Discussions

Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe 4 hours ago. 7 Replies

KimChi in Kraut mode

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley on Friday. 2 Replies

Pumpernickel -- the real thing.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Jan 11. 2 Replies

 

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Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"'Widely cultivated in Australia' - uh? Not seen them, so who does the cultivating and what do they do with the fruits?"
4 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"Indian Fig Opuntia ficus-indica Originally from Tropical America, it has been cultivated and naturalised in many countries throughout the world. Probably the most widely cultivated cactus in Australia. This is because of its excellent flavoured…"
8 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"Good grief, dirty work at the cross-roads! So did the Australian government buy prickly pear from Burbank - and was it those plants which went feral especially in Queensland? Story I read was it was an escapee from an ornamental garden. Maybe the…"
9 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"Ah, some background has been uncovered --and its faswcinating: Luther Burbank (he of the potato)developed the spineless cactus from Opuntia ficus-indica Luther Burbank was clearly peeved when the reporter asked for comment on whether his greatest…"
9 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"Prickly Pear jam is to die for. Need tongs to prepare the fruit, there's some way of cutting the spiky bits and peeling them off the fruit. Not done it myself but the jam was worth someone's effort."
11 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"As I've mentioned before Opuntia is illegal to grow in Qld (LINK) except for one species --Opuntia ficus-indica.[LINK} That's what I'm growing: Indian Fig Opuntia, Indian Fig, Barbary Fig, Cactus Pear, Spineless Cactus, Prickly Pear,…"
16 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Uses of Cactus (Prickly) pear...
"I wonder if it would benefit from growing with Vetiver ... Opuntia an underused resource by the sound of it. What stops it from becoming a major pest as it did in Australia in the 20s, probably my only reservation with its use. Keeping it in check…"
17 hours ago
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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.
My website is:
http://kickbike.blogspot.com/search/label/Gardening
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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YEAR'S BEST.

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 1:20 17 Comments

Great moments in agriculture award:

  • Balinese corn  -- finally found one that I can grow.
  • Perennial Capsicum -- producing AGAIN as we speak.
  • Dragon Fruit -- keenly fruits.

Festering Passions:

  • Squashes --…
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Once upon a time...

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 22:00 7 Comments

Of late I've been investing energy 'renovating' the school garden while 'maintaining' my own. That doesn't mean I've been neglecting my own patch.

Indeed the effort has served to offer me a comparison.

When I look at my own outback it keeps changing each year, each season, each…

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The School Garden

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 23:00 3 Comments

Since we had a Community Day yesterday I used the excuse to renovate the school garden.

This is a primary school project I've been engaged in for a few years now. Each week we take almost all classes through the gardening program. At other times it is deployed as a chill out or distraction zone for problem -- as in acting out --students.…

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Clay Pot Irrigation : the latest and greatest in garden hardware

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 0:00 5 Comments

With the persistence of the dry weather I thought I'd share with you the latest version of my clay pot irrigation system. I've been experimenting with the setup for a few years and this rig works to my satisfaction and prevails against, weather, pet dogs,bush turkeys,  cane toads and crows.

THE…

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Synchronizing my kitchen gardening with the culinary preferences of the house

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 0:45 1 Comment

Contrary to my expectations I still can harvest comestibles outback.

Looking about, I'm soon set to drown in tomatoes which have occupied my patch like weeds.

The greens survive the heat and lack of moisture while the spuds begin to flag their readiness  by  consecutively dying back above ground.Beans and peas are a waste of energy but the squashes have…

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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 darren_and_deb@hotmail.com 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 borgia@tpg.com.au with your address & I will send some.

Jane

At 21:10 on June 15, 2009, Scarlett said…
hello
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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