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Dave Riley's Discussions

Growing mushrooms at home?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Sep 3. 10 Replies

Eggs. eggs. eggs.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Aug 25. 2 Replies

Difference between Armenian-type cucumbers

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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Bevy of beans.

"Madagascar beans The musical fruit The more you eat The more you toot Just saying, as one approaches toot-hood, the Mexican herb, epazote, not only tastes great in bean dishes but suppresses the music when the legumes seek to break  into…"
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Dave Riley favorited Mike Watson's discussion protecting climbing beans from bean fly
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"Mine have never self seeded unfortunately. Perhaps because I pick them all."
Doug Hanning commented on Dave Riley's photo


"Hey Dave do they self seed easily. Have heard of people having trouble with them becoming weedy. I havent forgotten about the nopales either, might try to pick them up not this weekend but the next, trying to organise some stuff I have to pick up on…"
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"Yes Tomatillos are a rarity here but they are a much better taste experience than green tomatoes. As Alys Fowler writes: You wouldn’t expect a sour-tasting relative of the tomato to get under your skin, but once you’ve married it with…"
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"I did a green cherry tom salsa verde, but I doubt it was near as good. "
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"I used some tomatillos tonight to make a braising sauce for lamb tacos. the base was a Mirepoix/Holy Trinity of peppers, onions + celery. Very nicely it was. Tomatillos are best harvested when the fruit ball fills the casing, or even splits it. The…"
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Watermelon Radish

"Dongchimi recipes are a fascinating mix of fermented ingedients like radish PLUS pears/apples.When fermentation is finished my broth may be pink -- when clear is the norm."

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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 currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Local Primary School Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. 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)
Information, Products and/or Services
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Moreton Bay Region

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Dave Riley's Blog

The Kitchen Garden Comestibles

Posted on September 5, 2020 at 16:00 7 Comments

Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…


My Soup Lifestyle (yet again I prattle on about it)

Posted on August 13, 2020 at 23:30 2 Comments

I eat soup every day for lunch. I love soup....and I guess I'm skilled at soupology.

Essentially my soup making works to a template.


I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…


Very Mulchly

Posted on August 6, 2020 at 19:00 5 Comments

I just ate some fresh corn I harvested outback. So over Winter it is possible here in SEQ to grow corn...albeit on the coast.

I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.



The Tommy Toe Tomato Appreciation Society : TTT

Posted on July 25, 2020 at 21:30 4 Comments

By Dave Riley

Founder & President

Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…


Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.

Posted on July 16, 2020 at 20:16 10 Comments

Since the cool months are Vetiver down time,I thought I'd invest any surplus energy into seed raising.

The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling  garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.



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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 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 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.

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