Brisbane Local Food

Growing local

Dave Riley
  • Male
  • Australia
Share on Facebook

Dave Riley's Friends

  • Vinay Nellipudi
  • Christa
  • Dianne Caswell
  • Rob Collings
  • Susanne
  • Lissa
  • Jane
  • Elaine de Saxe
  • Fungi Mushroom Growing Kits
  • Donna
  • Scarlett

Dave Riley's Discussions

From friends out west...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe 9 hours ago. 1 Reply

Make your own Fungi Happen:DIY Mycorrhizal Innoculate.

Started this discussion. Last reply by CHERYL SLAPP on Wednesday. 2 Replies


Dave Riley's Page

Latest Activity

Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's video

OMG What have I been doing !?

"New Scientist must be an advertising company for some big firm like Monsanto.  I'm shocked they would be so blatant. "
8 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion From friends out west...
"Phewwww. Only one inch of rain from these several storms, still rattling around. But no damage. And 25mm is way better than 3mm."
9 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe favorited Dave Riley's discussion From friends out west...
9 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dave Riley's video

OMG What have I been doing !?

"GM? What are they smoking? Biodynamics with its minimal inputs and support for soil microbes has the potential to grow more than enough food. And the food keeps better. We chuck out conventional fruits which mould or rot before they are ripe, just…"
9 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

OMG What have I been doing !?

"And from the 'New Scientist" too! Ignores all the research. I'm gobsmacked. Must be Trump America New Science."
10 hours ago
Dave Riley posted a discussion

From friends out west...

Yesterday the thermometer was off the scale. 2pm 47C in the shade and 53C in the sun...And today is the same. Spud(the dog) has blistered all four paws and is very sorry for himself.See More
11 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

OMG What have I been doing !?

"Oh pick the number of lies and the amount of spin..."
11 hours ago
Dave Riley posted a video

Stop buying organic food if you care about the planet

Organic farming produces more greenhouse emissions on average than conventional farming. Read more:
11 hours ago

Profile Information

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:

Dave Riley's Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Dave Riley's Blog

I'm so darn empirical that I suffer from the green thumb fidgets.

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 2:35 3 Comments

I now and then ask myself,"Why don't you leave well enough alone?"

But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...

As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas…


The garden in November: 'Death has come to so few.'

Posted on November 19, 2016 at 13:30 3 Comments

It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.

Main events: the frangipanis…


Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan

Posted on October 14, 2016 at 2:45 3 Comments

I think I lost it. 

A few weeks of influenza of whatever branding and the garden got away from me. 

Went feral with my frequent absence from the garden.

Led by a carpet of chickweed my investment in ground covers took off and I had nasturtiums up to pussie's bow. 

But I learnt that patience is its own reward and all annuals subside, even weeds. 

Die off. 

The rampaging nasturtiums drowned so much in their path that I couldn't find the comestibles…


Lacto-Fermenting DIY

Posted on September 3, 2016 at 11:30 23 Comments

Since I haven't explained this DIY before, this is the rig I use to ferment vegetables. Now on display for the very first time.

  1. EasiYo Yogurt Maker: cheap and readily available flasks from Op shops(cheap) and supermarkets. I reckon they make great crocks.
  2. Pack in your…

Dave Riley's Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Comment Wall (12 comments)

You need to be a member of Brisbane Local Food to add comments!

Join Brisbane Local Food

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 .

Fresh Local Provisions: Fresh Food, Local and Online

About this site

Welcome to Brisbane Local Food (BLF)!

This site was created by Scarlett Patrick, to build capacity in the Brisbane  community for growing, buying, and living sustainably. Six years on, BLF is an important hub to promote, discuss, share and learn about local food growing, production, gardens, services and activities happening in our part of the world.

This site exists for you - make the most if it!

BLF is motivated by passion, not profit. We thank all volunteers and members who make this an active and inspiring space to be, as well as those individuals, organisations and groups working to make the future greener.


What is local?
The closer the better - but regional and global activities are important too.

Why local?
To reduce food miles, increase food freshness & security, improve social outcomes and reduce the unused outputs of our living environments - like stormwater and green waste.

Brisbane is a sub-tropical city in Queensland, Australia.

Organic Farm Share

Ads by Google

More Google ads

© 2016   Created by Farina Murray.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service