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Sustainable Agriculture vs Corporate Greed

Due out soon: my occasional collaborators are soon to be in print.I subbed a wee bit of the text but Alan and Elena really do Know their stuff from front line experience..Book launch before Easter.From the Introduction:There is money to be made in farming, but not by the farmers. This pamphlet examines the reasons why farmers around the world are poor and there are a billion hungry people. The terms of trade for farmers continually declines and farmers are forced off the land. Governments and…See More
Andrew Cumberland replied to Dave Riley's discussion THE HORTA LIFESTYLE: Greening Up the Plate.
"I'm liking the idea of scrambled eggs, potato and greens as well. "
Feb 7
Dave Riley posted a discussion

THE HORTA LIFESTYLE: Greening Up the Plate.

I was watching one of Anthony Bourdain's  food travel episodes about Crete. Aside from the wine, raki  and the seafood -- the persistent appearance of 'horta' at the table was a fascinating feature of local culinary life. Horta means greens -- often greens foraged for. Once collected and washed they are simply boiled, cooled, and traditionally eaten topped with olive oil and lemon, and a dash of salt.…See More
Feb 4
Rob Collings replied to Dave Riley's discussion One Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice.
"Sounds tasty Dave.  Have you tried cooking with freekeh? It complements chicken very well."
Feb 4
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Vetiver Ventures
"Since this image will be lost on line soon, here's an example of a  Vetiver mulched garden. I suspect because of the weather -- hot and dry -- my Vetiver are slow coaching at the moment so my hopes are slowed a bit and I'm behind in…"
Feb 1
Lissa commented on Dave Riley's blog post Pots: brewing and irrigating
"Great use of your slops going on there Dave. I wouldn't have thought of adding the milk....but I guess if you empty daily there isn't much risk of stinky stuff going on in the house. How is the smell out in the garden around the outdoor…"
Jan 27
Dave Riley replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Slasher - Organic Weed Control
"You can add Borax -- very benign. Also cheap."
Jan 25
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Pots: brewing and irrigating
"KITCHEN I find that 'rubbish' bins in the kitchen generally are a fly attractant. But a sturdy pot with a heavy, strong lid --emptied every 24-48 hours -- and an easy grab handle --works for me. As for the glass lid...who wants to look at…"
Jan 15

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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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School Garden Notes so far in 2017.

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 19:30 2 Comments


As we'd…


Pots: brewing and irrigating

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 11:26 4 Comments

It works! It truly works!

Who woulda thought?

I am learning to love my pots.

I have three models: one for the collection of slops and 'teas' ; the others to irrigate my garden.

The slops and washes protocol  is really kicking in (see diagram at right).

I collect the waste…


Outback says, "Welcome to 2017. Looking good."

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 9:54 5 Comments

The year begins green.

Surprises in the soil.

This season we do have shade.

Vetiver Ventures

Posted on December 30, 2016 at 0:00 16 Comments

I began with 3 Vetiver slips. I grew them up to 1.5-1.7metres tall and started harvested root cuttings -- two to three months ago. I now have just under 100 plants in the soil with another 30 coming on in my nursery.

That may seem a lot of stock for any one plant but to bio-design with Vetiver you need to…


I'm so darn empirical that I suffer from the green thumb fidgets.

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 2:35 7 Comments

I now and then ask myself,"Why don't you leave well enough alone?"

But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...

As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas…


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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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