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Dave Riley posted a video

Weeding Around Vetiver Grass Using a Sickle

To weed around young Vetiver clumps we rely on the same sickle we use to cut them. Instead of a horizontal cut, you scrape vertically. More information here ...
8 hours ago
Dave Riley posted a discussion

PANDEMIC GARDENING: Grow your own face mask.

Despite all the advice being offered all around us, I find it tragic that it is not being recognised that your  garden can be a source of pandemic safety wear.And in times of lockdown, once you've finished wearing each fruit or vegetable, you can wash the item and eat it.None of this throwaway culture. Stare down that Covid-19  and later up your Vitamin C.If you must leave home never ever do so without vegetables or fruits.…See More
10 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Using what you have to hand
"Does anyone have the type of sweet potato that is grown primarily for its leaves? Such a plant exists. A real climber. Puts more energy into leaf growth. Did you know the sweet potato leaf is healthier than the root? I think the leaves taste better…"
19 hours ago
Dave Riley favorited Fiona Ryan's discussion Using what you have to hand
yesterday
Fiona Ryan replied to Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Buying seeds online
"ha ha - brilliant!"
yesterday
Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Buying seeds online
"Aldi had seeds and mushroom kits probably need to wear protective clothing  riot gear."
yesterday
paul replied to Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Buying seeds online
"Bondie seed are great you can get 50 packs of seed for 45$ they do not give you 50 pumpkin seeds but give 5 or 10 how many plants can you fit in yr garden ?? so you only pay small amount of seeds. "
yesterday
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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Quail and chicken update

"Just on laying times, we had a BarneVelder -- until it died. Cost us $40. But this breed will lay through the winter and supposedly for longer than other breeds. The Caboolture Poultry Club sells them. The club runs a stall on Sundays at the…"
Monday

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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)
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My website is:
http://vetivercom.blogspot.com/
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Location
Moreton Bay Region

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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 2 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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Am I a Lazy or a smart gardener?

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 5 Comments

My wife was talking to one of the ladies that come here Wednesdays.

She said to her, "Your husband is over weight. Is that why your garden is so overgrown and messy?'

While a bit rude, this crude perspective  rules the neatness obsessed.

My garden is overgrown because I want it that way. What…

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WEEDS AS COVER CROPS --

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 1:00 6 Comments

I have long been a mulch junkie such that my garden has been built with lawn clippings. It is now a rich loam chock full of life. It is spongy and worm dense.

Hypothetically any weed 'problem' was simply blanketed with more mulch.

But with the recent drought conditions my working template fell apart. I was now overhead watering and my mulch supply -- via the 'Mower Men' of my acquaintance --dropped off to nothing.

Then the …

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What more could you ask for? We eat.

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 21:30 3 Comments

Despite  the dry, we eat.

What more could you ask for?

After weeding, using my sickle-- as explained here -- I'm ready to plant out even more stuff.

My orchard is consolidating. It is situated inside the chook pen.…

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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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VETIVER COMMUNITY PROJECT

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.)

The Vetiver Community Project 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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