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JMS: JADAM Microorganism Solution

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Nov 10. 3 Replies

Turmeric Hummus

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker Oct 28. 1 Reply


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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Peruvian apple

"FYI: my fence line Peruvian  Apple is blooming again tonight. I guess what happens is that each flower bud blooms for one night as most of the many buds are closed after 3 nights of activity. I tried hand pollinating but the flowers are all…"
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Little Tree of Sarzano and Tatume squashes/zucchini

"Last week I made zucchini pizza for the school kids using herbs, tomatoes and zukes we'd grown together. Went down real well -- as you'd expect being pizza. I made 12 pizzas from scratch and it was quicker catering  than I thought it…"
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Little Tree of Sarzano and Tatume squashes/zucchini

"These look so yummy Dave great Fritter ideas, and I like your's for the Frittata Mary-Ann."
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Little Tree of Sarzano and Tatume squashes/zucchini

Coming up:Zucchini and bacon fritters with garlic yogurt for tea.
Dave Riley replied to Jeff Kiehne's discussion Growing onions in Brisbane
"Spring Onion seedlings are my most bought number from the Caboolture Mkts.I usually buy in lots of 45 and each of those is a bunch: say of around about 4-5 onions. 7 of these for a dollar/15 for $2. That's a lot of value for an everyday…"
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Little Tree of Sarzano and Tatume squashes/zucchini

"dare i say it - you could leave out the flour altogether if there s an argument about plain or SR flour ( actually i always use either rice flour or our own grown and processed cassava flour ) add an extra egg and maybe a handful of cheese and make…"
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Little Tree of Sarzano and Tatume squashes/zucchini

"I thought about the options, Andy. If plain I would have used less flour -- like 1/4 cup. The humble hash brown , of course, is flour free....but I wasn't sure if the grated spuds had enough starch to hold the other ingredients together so I…"

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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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Once upon a time...

Posted on November 11, 2017 at 22:00 0 Comments

Of late I've been investing energy 'renovating' the school garden while 'maintaining' my own. That doesn't mean I've been neglecting my own patch.

Indeed the effort has served to offer me a comparison.

When I look at my own outback it keeps changing each year, each season, each…


The School Garden

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 23:00 3 Comments

Since we had a Community Day yesterday I used the excuse to renovate the school garden.

This is a primary school project I've been engaged in for a few years now. Each week we take almost all classes through the gardening program. At other times it is deployed as a chill out or distraction zone for problem -- as in acting out --students.…


Clay Pot Irrigation : the latest and greatest in garden hardware

Posted on September 28, 2017 at 0:00 5 Comments

With the persistence of the dry weather I thought I'd share with you the latest version of my clay pot irrigation system. I've been experimenting with the setup for a few years and this rig works to my satisfaction and prevails against, weather, pet dogs,bush turkeys,  cane toads and crows.



Synchronizing my kitchen gardening with the culinary preferences of the house

Posted on September 19, 2017 at 0:45 1 Comment

Contrary to my expectations I still can harvest comestibles outback.

Looking about, I'm soon set to drown in tomatoes which have occupied my patch like weeds.

The greens survive the heat and lack of moisture while the spuds begin to flag their readiness  by  consecutively dying back above ground.Beans and peas are a waste of energy but the squashes have…


3 Sisters : intercropping, Kitchen Garden style.

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 23:00 10 Comments

No matter what I do I cannot play rain god and the soil --such as it is -- dries the more.

The comestibles live -- indeed in demographic abundance -- but they do not live well as the wee things suffer from the absence of precipitation. Even the dew has got surly and comes in each morning parched.

But such weather as this seems to suit the squash family. Less mould. Not damp. Just right to throw out the buds and shoot out a succulent stem or ball.

After years been held hostage…


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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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