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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Achoca/Caigua/Bolivian Cucumber Seeds
"FYI: I started a few years back going low carb and overcome the instability of my late onset Diabetes II. My dad had diabetes -- and was on insulin -- and we guess my grandmother/his mum suffered from it too.  Here's a good review of…"
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Achoca/Caigua/Bolivian Cucumber Seeds
"Sure. I have some climbers coming on.But no extra seeds at the moment. Not directly related, botanically, but other plants proven good for blood sugar levels  are Jerusalem artichokes, and turmeric. But then a low carbohydrate diet is best of…"
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CHERYL SLAPP replied to Dave Riley's discussion Achoca/Caigua/Bolivian Cucumber Seeds
"HI Dave, just catching up on my reading.  Interested in anything that is good for diabetics - would love to be put on your list for seeds when you have them."
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Andrew Cumberland favorited Dave Riley's blog post Mr Punch Has Green Thumbs
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatillos
"Hold that thought... I find the mixed fresh/raw ingredient salsa one of my great kitchen discoveries.While the combo crops up in many cuisines  the trick is to chop up what you can and combine them with a -- preferably citrus --acid. Vinegar is…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatillos
"I made some salsa tonight based on cucumber and raw tomatillo (& chopped spring onions, chopped sweet peppers [capsicums]parsley, garlic, lime S&P...) and it was delicious.  While tasty enough green , as their skin yellows up (the skin…"
Rob Collings favorited Dave Riley's discussion AGROECOLOGY CASE STUDIES
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion AGROECOLOGY CASE STUDIES
"Relevant  is this site on cover crops (with some very useful vids): Agro ecology experiments and this one on Cuban agro ecology  Agro ecology:lessons from Cuba My interest, I've decided, is succulents as 'cover…"

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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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Mr Punch Has Green Thumbs

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 12:11 0 Comments

News from among the under twelves

Posted on November 6, 2015 at 13:30 3 Comments

We're in the process of putting the garden 'to sleep' for the Summer Hols. 

We are manuring the small beds and those we don't cover with weed mat, we'll plant out with a cover crop. 

Hopefully we'll move salad production next term into the shade tunnel and more keenly  grow our own…


The thrills outback

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 12:00 7 Comments

It gets thrilling when the plants you angst over start delivering...

  • My Tomatillos are coming on keenly so I'm looking forward to Salsa Verde: Green Tomatillo Salsa.
  • With what's coming on and many cuttings taken off in reserve, this Summer I won't run out of Katuk leaves.
  • The many Pigeon Peas I planted  are taking off.
  • Have I enough Molokhia -- Egyptian spinach --…

October Gallery

Posted on October 17, 2015 at 9:30 14 Comments

It grows and rises up!

I've been converting the 'beds' into mounds of various sizes.

Thus the growing space has grown significantly and the photosynthesistic joy is self evident. I use fewer pots per area and since the garden comes up to meet me, I don't have to bend down so far.

I find I can hose fill uncovered pots even when standing at some distance from them.

Note the paving --old woollen carpets -- and new potting work station.…


Kitchen Gardening's Hard Yards

Posted on October 9, 2015 at 18:00 6 Comments

After years growing stuff in different backyards I reckon the great quest is to synchronise your vegetable and herb patch activities with you kitchen needs.

Not absolutely as if  ruled by some hippiefied 'self sufficiency' dogma...but fulfilling enough  in the sense of having freshly harvested  comestibles on hand as a daily option.

I know we all say that's what we aspire to do, but allowing the garden to be ruled by the kitchen is a culinary and horticultural art. The more I…


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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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