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For all those turkey lovers out there

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Watering Can Recommendation

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Mosaics: Adventures in garden edging

Helen is making these up. If anyone is interested, please let me know. Email ..At home we have mosaiced pots, totems, bird baths, frames, ..and now edgings.Some pics of an experiment in garden edging for the kids townhouse garden. I have mosaiced the top and half side of bricks in a wave pattern, in…See More
56 minutes ago
Elaine coolowl replied to Dave Riley's discussion For all those turkey lovers out there
"Perhaps the Permaculture 'Banana Circle' is a development of the mounds or anyway is a related system."
4 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion For all those turkey lovers out there
"Completely unexpected...although the dog is unpredictable. There is no way I could have expected such  dishevelment from a canine. .. But really, I'm sweet. I'm making more mounds and the garden is expanding exponentially. I purchased…"
11 hours ago
DARREN JAMES replied to Dave Riley's discussion For all those turkey lovers out there
"Drum gardens anyone?Sorry Dave the garden gods certainly are not with you as off late ,beginning to feel that my earlier jokes regarding the camo gear were not to far out of line.I will put something on the forum soon  to give you a belly laugh…"
14 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion For all those turkey lovers out there
"Last night there was an altercation out back -- apparently -- and when I got there IN THE POURING RAIN my Jack Russell had dug up  4 of my milk crate 'beds'. He'd jumped up and savaged them! Torn the weed mat walls. Dug over the…"
18 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Phil's photo

Modest Winter Pumpkin Harvest

"Major pumpkin issues. Most of this year. But then  I managed to harvest some butternut so I  made this.. and this simple cook up I thoroughly recommend. Celebrates what you grew in pure form. On the other hand, my recent plant out…"
Dave Riley commented on Susan's photo


"I went look for a recipe. When I dig them up they seem so meaty and succulent it always seems wasteful to feed them to the chooks. They aren't wichity grubs unfortunately. However, I came upon this trap method care of Jerry Coleby-Williams.…"
Phil commented on Dave Riley's blog post The garden after a warm Winter
"Thanks for the info Dave. I'll give it a try."

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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.
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The garden after a warm Winter

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 9:30 8 Comments

This time last year I was desperate. Low on water resources. No mulch to be had. Pithy dry beds...
This year, despite a very warm, and a…

The joy of annuals

Posted on August 9, 2015 at 7:00 2 Comments

Elsewhere they debate these things, but from my subjective POV I'm real glad that I'm an 'annuals' man. Don't get me wrong: I like to eat of the fruits of the trees…



Posted on July 22, 2015 at 12:00 6 Comments

As escavations go, garden mounds are not the least bit photogenic. As soon as you say, 'show us your best side' -- the contour seems to flatten out or its bumpiness is drowned in greenery.

So these images are suggestive rather than scenery you could base a map on.

And they're messy.…


The garden in July: insects, mounds and milk crates

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 23:30 12 Comments

The way it comes together!
There may not be the explosive growth of the warmer and wetter months but the plants that appreciate a…

Two recent indulgences: sand mining and milk crate gardening

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 2:00 0 Comments

I've mentioned it before  but I get a lot of fertility value out of mining my chook pen. I only have 2 chooks but the pen is large --occupying a shady dead area of the outback. All the veg house scraps and garden cuttings and weeds go over the fence and the chickens gobble everything up. They also get grain but chooks are eating machines. Pigs with feathers.

If I'm building new beds or topping up old ones --such as …


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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 .
At 12:52 on January 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
thanks for the reply . I have no water tanks myself , very hard in this climate to do any thing without water , but feel free to come along whether you intend to host a visit or not .

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