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Dave Riley's Discussions

'Farming' Worms

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe 6 hours ago. 17 Replies

Native Hibiscus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 13. 8 Replies

No pesticide residue levels are safe

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Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
"Blind to our way of looking at the world but very aware of their surroundings. Put one on the soil surface and see how fast it gets away. Never know whether worms or bees or other tiny animals sleep. I'd love to know. Maybe like horses they can…"
6 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Last Loaf

"I 'crack' my own rye. Whizz the kernels in batches in the blender. Don't under or over do it. My last batch I under did it (I was in a hurry) and the resulatnat loaves are  a tad crumbly.Over do it and the texture is denser, like…"
8 hours ago
San commented on Dave Riley's photo

Last Loaf

"Hi Dave,  I've been inspired by your Rogbrod, and so am going to give it a try. I've only been able to find whole rye kernels, any tips of who might stock cracked rye? Or tips for cracking the rye yourself? "
10 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
11 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
"Dave,  The earthworm's work is silent, it chews up our garbage and renews the soil with it's castings and drainage works.  They should be protected by law like certain snakes and birds. I love the words "worm…"
11 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
"I've made 6 of these rigs so far and buried them. I have plans for a few more. If they work I'll let you know. One group will be in my garden maintained by moi. The other at the school and the kids will be  resourcing the mesh lined…"
14 hours ago
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
"I meant Darren, not Dave."
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion 'Farming' Worms
"A clay pot even with a drainage hole left open could lead to drowning of the worms as it limits water run off.It wouldn't hold much rubbish either. Worms like the outside perimeter of the clay pots because, I suspect, they are moist (and cool…"

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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.
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Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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By the time these fermented zukes are ready for eating, I should be ready to photo-shoot the change.

Posted on April 1, 2018 at 23:30 6 Comments

At left is a recent harvest.

Tromboncinos: an Italian heirloom zucchini originally from Liguria.

If you have space, 'tis an essential grow.

Since I'm renovating outback I had to cut down a couple of these vines, thus the contents of these…


Two Garden Tales

Posted on February 19, 2018 at 22:16 2 Comments

I'm in the process of renovating two gardens at present: my own and the school garden.

As I pointed out --…


Vetiver Ventures (Part 2)

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 0:30 8 Comments

Vetiver and I have finally decided to get engaged so that we are retrofitting our family home together. Over the past two years we have grown closer to one another so that a day seldom goes by when we aren't interacting with one another... in an horticultural sense of course.

I've come to know Vetiver's ways and have learnt to appreciate the plant even more. In that embrace I can imagine the grass' potential.

At present I have three projects in mind:

  • Redesigning my…

A change is afoot...

Posted on January 28, 2018 at 9:30 0 Comments

The great joy of annuals and the like is that nothing lasts as it was. Gardening with non perennial plants  is full of options,quickly realised.

Since taking up with Vetiver grass (we are indeed married)-- we've not only had many offspring together but I've experimented with uses.

The big deal is that I'm embarking on a garden retrofit structured by Vetiver hedges.

I guess the main impetus for this is that after installing a spear pump my irrigation protocols have…



Posted on January 2, 2018 at 1:20 17 Comments

Great moments in agriculture award:

  • Balinese corn  -- finally found one that I can grow.
  • Perennial Capsicum -- producing AGAIN as we speak.
  • Dragon Fruit -- keenly fruits.

Festering Passions:

  • Squashes --…

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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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