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Dave Riley's Discussions

Nopales a la Prickly Pear

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa 3 hours ago. 2 Replies

Ruminant livestock and greenhouse gases

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Apr 23. 1 Reply


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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

Composting Chickens: Chicken house design and management (FUN)

"My variation isn't really sustainable. I just mine the sandy soil below my chicken coop.  One of the many  advantage of using chooks as composters is that any maggots are quickly eaten. Originally i'd planned to run grass…"
2 hours ago
Lissa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Nopales a la Prickly Pear
"Easiest way to cook some for the first time is to slice it bean like and fry it up with your bacon and eggs. Very pleasant tangy slightly lemony taste. The mucilaginous aspect is fried out."
3 hours ago
Lissa commented on Dave Riley's video

Composting Chickens: Chicken house design and management (FUN)

"Interesting young man. I finally realised it was his staring, unblinking eyes that crept me out the most. Along with the hairdo. All in the first shoot. After that the hair comes down and the eyes blink. Hmmm."
3 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dave Riley's video

Composting Chickens: Chicken house design and management (FUN)

"Sounds interesting! Not being a chook owner I have no idea how practical this is. He doesn't say how he accesses the real compost at the bottom - he'd have to shovel everything off the top surely. It sounds like a good idea but I wonder…"
10 hours ago
Susan commented on Dave Riley's video

Composting Chickens: Chicken house design and management (FUN)

"This guy is a bit full on :)  I like his idea though.  Between the dog and the chickens, my yard is getting destroyed."
12 hours ago
Dave Riley posted a video

Composting Chickens: Chicken house design and management (FUN)

How to keep chickens. Chicken house design with composting chickens. Learn how to keep happy healthy hens and chickens in your backyard. This video presents,...
13 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Lissa's photo

Collard Greens

"I am not necessarily a greens pursuer in that I am limited by fam preferences. So I don't follow a career in Collardary unless I can sneak them into a dish disguised.  Kale as we know, is not to be so easily hidden in a recipe... But as a…"
16 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's group Cheese Makers
"I use whey from yogurt in some of the fermenting I'm experimenting with..but I see that it isn't necessary as most harvested veg will carry lactobacillus on their skin and leaves. While not necessary...its use will speed up the fermenting…"
20 hours ago

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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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Fermenting A Philosophy

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 1 Comment

I have gone on an extremely indulgent ferment kick. Ferments are everywhere of course -- wine, cheese, beer, sauces, chocolate, vinegar, yogurt, salami,tea leaves, coffee beans, etc -- but mostly you are eating dead flesh.
As the vampire asked of Igor: "Don't you have anything alive!?"
I tell you Louis Pasteur has a lot to answer…

Snip! Gardening :Weeds & My Conversion to Root Wrangling

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 4:30 21 Comments

I'm not obsessive about weeds. Most of all, in regard to them, I'm lazy. 

I may spray (vinegar+borax+salt) to murder them on the paths and gravel surrounds, but among the veg I'm tolerant because I know if I pull-a-weed I am sure to remove more than I planned.

If you are planning to pull, I say, do so only after good rain.



Keeping my head in the sand

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 0:00 23 Comments

Tonight the temperature falls to 19C (and maybe below) for the first time this year in my patch. You can feel the cooling night air on your skin.

Despite the warm days still, you can see how the evening respite from the heat is registering among the plants.

I just built (wait for it...wait for it) another two mounds and planted both of these out with potatoes I'd chitted from store-boughts.

I then divided a Vetiver Grass clump  by hacking at its edges. 

[I have a…


Kitchen Garden Mosaic and Sharing

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:00 7 Comments

While I'm outback pottering about in the dirt, my other half is slaving away on the veranda making mosaic and Pique Assiette whoopee.

It goes to show how…


In production: March

Posted on March 9, 2016 at 21:00 4 Comments

It always amazes me how various the food basket is.Not all of this is harvestable but it's all out back growing --although some plants are growing better than others. 

For detailed view click on the image.

One day I'd seriously like to fret over a few plants rather than pander to the many.…


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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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