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Urban Agriculure Magazine

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Preserved lemons

"I'm looking forward to using these. The lemons' skin was tough, thick and rough to begin with but now all the flesh is soft and succulent. I've been using fermented lemon peel (with cinnamon)  in cooking to very good effect --…"
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Elaine de Saxe commented on Dave Riley's photo

Preserved lemons

"Mine are salt and cinnamon. My version of the Moroccan Preserved Lemon. But not facto-fermented as far as I know. I put them down, screwed on the lid and put the jar in the fridge. It's still edible 2 or so years later. A very rich brew."
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Preserved lemons

I let these lacto-ferment for a long time -- an extra 2 and a half weeks.Lemony ++++ in a rich syrup (but made from salt : no sugar).Great place to keep your harvest.MULTI-USES:…
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Dave Riley commented on Dianne Caswell's blog post WHAT ARE YOU PLANTING, FERTILIZING, PREPARING FOR, ETC. NOW - SPRING 2016
"Well I'm gonna look at my seed larder and see what I can start planting out. But my keen trick this year is to plan with shade in mind. I have 2  -- maybe 3 -- gardens: hot, cooler and coolest -- and I'm planning to push the seasonal…"
Dianne Caswell favorited Dave Riley's blog post Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan
Oct 14
Dianne Caswell commented on Dave Riley's blog post Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan
"Sorry to hear you have been ill Dave, especially when you are itching to get into the garden to see what can be done. I do love the Yacon, a real taste treat. Have you ever considered growing a Babaco, we tried it earlier in the year and really…"
Oct 14
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan
"Hope you have recouped well from the flu.   The nasturtium plants were a bit more of a hassle for me this year, for some reason.  My worry was that they would suffocate the plants under the growth, but some plants seemed to thrive from…"
Oct 14

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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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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…

Recycling Ways & Means

Posted on August 31, 2016 at 23:59 18 Comments

The only garbage that leaves our kitchen via the front door are those items that can't be eaten by either chooks, worms or their friendlies.

Any big item with a dead animal background -- if not fed to the dogs (or the chooks sometimes) -- is buried outback. 

The scrap bin that accepts all the…


in Production and Gallery

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 22:00 8 Comments

We're away on another branch of the garden adventure.

You'll note the 'ground covers'-gone wild. I hack a space in that…


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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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