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Garden Mid April 2017

"Well the wind has kept me inside until now and I will also go out and check watering, I have some Whey left over from Cheese Making on the week end, so I best get it onto the plants. Your garden is looking great Dave, even with the onset of the…"
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Garden Mid April 2017

"I hobbled out to 'water' the garden today. Set routine: every two days by hose Squirt. Squirt. My pot system works so long as you attend to nurturing of newly planted seedlings who have to find the pot water source...and you keep the…"
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Garden Mid April 2017

"Your garden is looking amazing as usual Dave. You certainly have learned how to turn ordinary sand into a productive earth able to produce a variety of wonderful edibles..."
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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Frugal soup OR playing with a new pressure cooker

"Here's a PC tip. Many dishes rely on a thickener early in the cooking process. Roux for example. With pressure cookering I prefer to add the thickener towards the end for quick adjustable thickness, and I use Potato Starch. If your cooking…"
Apr 19
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Frugal soup OR playing with a new pressure cooker

"There are 'issues' with PC: price - stove top vs electric - how much gadgetry you want in the setup - the supplier  you plan to buy the PC from. Online is good -- indeed preferable --because there is a much bigger…"
Apr 19

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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.
My website is:

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"I is coming boys and girls. Get procreating."

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 0:01 6 Comments

'Tis the best time of the gardening year. This time. The March/April convergence.

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote

    The droghte of March hath perced to the roote

    And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

    Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

    Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth

    Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

    The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

    Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,

    And smale…

Summer is not over until I say it is.

Posted on March 2, 2017 at 22:30 5 Comments

No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.

Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...

Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.

Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.

I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn…


School Garden Notes so far in 2017.

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 19:30 2 Comments


As we'd…


Pots: brewing and irrigating

Posted on January 15, 2017 at 11:26 4 Comments

It works! It truly works!

Who woulda thought?

I am learning to love my pots.

I have three models: one for the collection of slops and 'teas' ; the others to irrigate my garden.

The slops and washes protocol  is really kicking in (see diagram at right).

I collect the waste…


Outback says, "Welcome to 2017. Looking good."

Posted on January 7, 2017 at 9:54 5 Comments

The year begins green.

Surprises in the soil.

This season we do have shade.

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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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