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Dave Riley
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  • Moreton Bay Region
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I canna live without my radishes.

"One of the burdens of my life is the conundrum that the more I grow my own, the less I need to shop. And I love market shopping. My daughter and I took in the Caboolture Mkts on Sunday so I got to renew my relationship with my preferred stall…"
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Light reading - not!

"Last time I looked mushroom kits were in short supply and limited range. But here in Brissie there has been a break through:Little Acre. Their story is really inspiring. It is also a segment on Landline: HERE."
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I canna live without my radishes.

"What a good site, Dave, there is quite a difference in harvesting times in the different varieties. I suppose it is their size that takes some time to mature. There is nothing like the crunch when you bite into a fresh little red radish. We have to…"
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I canna live without my radishes.

"Radishes are supposedly easy to grow. When it comes to the menu they really don't get the respect they deserve. I eat them in soup -- added just before serving so that they still have crunch. They go in any stir fry. Make a great pickle.…"
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In Production: Kitchen Garden (June)

"They say a watched pot never boils...but have you looked long and hard at sewn seed? This time of year they suit themselves in their own good time when deciding to sprout. I've thrown care to the winds and sewn many seeds with the aim of…"
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Sid Saghe replied to Dave Riley's discussion For those who seek yeomany and want more land to urban farm
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About me:
I grow vegetables on what was sand along the shores of Moreton Bay.After years of mulching I have a rich loam to work with and plenty of earth worm helpers.
I also run a Vetiver Grass nursery.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Local Primary School Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Various cuisines and the plants they make use of -- especially Turkish, Mexican, Caribbean, Korean and Sri Lankan.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Products and/or Services
My website is:
http://www.growvetiver.com/
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Location
Moreton Bay Region

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Blue Corn Tortillas: better than yellow.

Posted on May 29, 2020 at 19:00 6 Comments

It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.

The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.

Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non…

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Community Garden may not be the way to go...

Posted on May 20, 2020 at 22:00 3 Comments

I am negotiating a transition moment.

The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.

But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…

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Chives and Spring Onions

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 23:00 5 Comments

As I've mentioned on occasion, I grow my own 'onions' -- my own Spring Onions./ Scallions/Green Onions.

You can imagine how many I can get through over any one year.

In the heat of Summer, harvest peters out and I need go out and buy bunches.While I have spring onions growing in my patch, I'm handicapped by the absence of accessible seedlings (due to there not being any in this Covid times )so I need to grow my own from seed.

Never that successful for my greenoid thumbs…

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Soup of the day, every day.

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 0:38 1 Comment

While I eat an evening meal, and may settle for coffee as breakfast, the great culinary love of my life is lunch.

Day in day out, I always eat soup for lunch.

And what a soup it is! A delicious stock to which is added whatever I harvest out back.

Each day I celebrate my kitchen garden by eating  it.

A bubbling broth…

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Methinks I have discovered a new way to garden (for me): meadow mowing

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 21:00 7 Comments

I just got myself a seriously active brushcutter so I went outback and...

What I may seem to have here is a tabula rasa --  a blank slate-- but you would be mistaken.

What I have here are 'x' number of beds mulched with Vetiver and edged by Vetiver hedges. Maybe you can't see them because they too were cut short.…

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At 18:38 on March 28, 2020, Susan said…

Hey Dave, I use "after photo" - it's free but with ads. 

At 9:11 on March 27, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

And you probably could do that to Dave.

At 10:37 on February 2, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Oh, and I forgot how good his jokes are too????

At 8:29 on February 2, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Love the Updated Profile and Avatar, you really have a gift Dave, you are an inspiration to all our Members I am sure. Could I say to all if you are a newer member please take the time to read through some of Dave's Blogs etc I promise you that you will gain a different prospective on how Sand can become Humus. Be sure to read about how Dave has inspired Children to garden at his local school, and his Cooking and Recipes skills have gone from strength to strength.

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

 
 
 

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GrowVetiver

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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