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Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland on Wednesday. 1 Reply

What to plant now?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Feb 26. 1 Reply


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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"Thanks. That would be great!"
8 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"I will try to grow some cuttings, Dave.  If you have trouble obtaining them just let me know. "
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"Good that you have folk from Nepal labouring in your garden! The trick with nopales cactus is to keep trimming it, even across large paddles, and new nopalitas will form along the cut. The smaller the nopalita the better. I don't bother…"
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"At first look, I would say it is an aibika, which I think is also called Queensland Greens.  All these non botanical names are confusing. Aibika has 4 leaf types as you will see on Green Harvest Website.  They are all called Abelmoschus…"
Doug Hanning replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"I have a feeling this is it. Was told it was Australian Tree Spinach. Will still have to plant chaya beside it. The Nepalese are powering along. Picked about 20 paddles on the weekend for folks from the stfc to try. Everyone liked it, that was a…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"But the Aibika looks like that too. Abelmoschus manihot tree spinach aibika beli. And looking at that, sure looks like yours...and it too is called 'Tree Spinach'. Although it's a hibiscus. It also has Australian…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"There are a couple of species of Chaya -- one with fine hairs. The leaves supposedly are maple leaf like -- and they are. But... When the plant is still young or are forming  they do adopt different shapes like in your image -- and your photo…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"No I've not microwaved the leaves. Must do. You can boil Chaya for about 10 minutes, with a bit of salt to preserve vitamin c levels, steam, fry, or microwave for 10 minutes and that will remove any toxins from the leaves."

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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 also run a Vetiver Grass nursery.
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Various cuisines and the plants they make use of -- especially Turkish, Mexican, Caribbean, Korean and Sri Lankan.
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Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 0 Comments

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…

The way of the stick.

Posted on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 0 Comments

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…


Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 5 Comments

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…

It lives!

Posted on January 4, 2021 at 19:27 2 Comments

I have seen a few Summers here. They come and go while the plants respond to the weather.

But this time around...

I am overwhelmed by the verdant growth. I've had to hack my way along the paths to get from A to…


Comestibles out back on their blanket of green suggesting a promise of meals to come.

Posted on December 16, 2020 at 16:00 2 Comments

Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!

Spring onions,sweet peppers and maybe a Calabacitas...



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At 22:34 on February 13, 2021, Janey said…

Aw what a shame - but you can’t beat the tide- probably even with a rock wall...our beach lost a lot of sand this year too. It’s been exactly one year now since we planted our 100 tiny vetiver plants and they have grown so quickly and made a huge difference to soil- lots of worms wherever we dig and they grow 6 inches a week, - so make lots of mulch! Also stops grass from invading new beds and keeps dogs off! 

At 21:53 on February 8, 2021, Janey said…

Hey Dave the vetiver I got from you for my sandy garden at Straddie are going great guns, I even had enough now to give some to a neighbour and spend the word about wonderful vetiver!

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 and I will get them over to you


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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.)

GrowVetiver 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.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

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