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Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion Syntropy:'They're log paths that rot away over time/that protect the soil from compaction..'
"If the logs where split in half may make easier to walk on and double the number."
41 minutes ago
Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion Bat population in South-East Queensland affected by mass starvation event
"Previous neighbor built one of those good neighbor fences  and now the possums are too high  and  the new owners dog  barks and jumps on fence at night  and makes plenty of noise."
46 minutes ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Bat population in South-East Queensland affected by mass starvation event
"We still have the little critters calling in to our yard each night. They squabble over their tucker each night., the dogs seem to leave them alone now.  Our neighbour on the other side is selling out so that is more trees that will be…"
1 hour ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Syntropy:'They're log paths that rot away over time/that protect the soil from compaction..'
"I won't bore you with more pictures of logs in the dirt... But I will pontificate with some FYI advantages of such logging. When you trim a tree you'll have a size template to cut the branches to. That is you'll have a use in mind as…"
3 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Travis Franklin's status
"Having said that about Moringa stems  I need to point out that the most neglected kitchen tool is a one essential Korean implement: a pair of scissors. They even use them for BBQ meats. All Korean grocers stock awesome pairs of these…"
7 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Travis Franklin's status
"Further on Moringa... It annoys me that the leaves are so hard to strip off when the stems are fresh. A Katuk stem, in comparison, is pot supplying in no time. Great flavour too. I found that if you leave a Moringa stem for a day after…"
8 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Travis Franklin's status
"Me and trees! What can I say? Sandy soil and the aquifers 5 metres down. But I do have a couple of Moringas which refuse to thrive. Took any number of cuttings that took off but few sustained themselves in the dirt. One of the conundrums. Don't…"
19 hours ago
Andrew Cumberland replied to Dave Riley's discussion schoolstrike4climate
"I don't care whether people call it "man made climate change", "natural climate change" or "Charlie". We all know that you can't keep cutting down all of our forests and expect there won't be a negative…"

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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 am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Local Primary School Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Lacto Fermentation (such as kimchi). 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)
My website is:
What I am looking for:
Moreton Bay Region

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Radish Man

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 12:30 2 Comments

I may call on the animal kingdom to help me with my stock, but anything that floats in my soup du jour comes from outback.

Pride of place in the broth is always the radish.

I'm a daikon aficionado and that includes the Watermelon pinks (pictured).

I'm at that stage where I'm beginning to foster a supply line. They are never…


It's that 'Neither/Nor' Time of year, isn't it?

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 23:00 6 Comments

No rain. Brutal drying westerly winds. Warmer days...This time of year is 'Spring' -- sort of-- but without all the elements converging as they should.

A little precipitation would help. Enough to suppress this waiting and dampen the earth.

But as my ma used to say: be careful what you wish for.

Mind you, 'tis pleasant enough except for the gusts.

If you saw…


The next seashore challenge ...while we wait.

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 11:03 0 Comments

Waiting for Vetiver to flush is like watching a pot boil.
But here is the next job pending...…

Ten Days to Sprinter...then comes Sprummer

Posted on July 21, 2019 at 16:00 1 Comment

Before you know it, the season changes...or, at least, begins to.

There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.

Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.

Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…


My Favorite Backyard Comestibles -- the plants I love to grow to eat.

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 0 Comments

I used to do plant-of-the-year lists,  but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.

Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.

Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.

Multicultural 7 nights per week.


I can live without a lot of things, but my…


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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 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.




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