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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley 17 hours ago. 2 Replies

Mulch versus Compost

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Apr 3. 15 Replies


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Vetiver Hedgerows Layout

Not to scale but representative.This is mainly for my ongoing usage.However, the layout is working as the hedges establish themselves.Hypothetically, a bed should be fully mulched by harvesting the hedge that surrounds it.
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion SYNTROPIC AGRICULTURE
"That's the key question. I think the main take away is that cutting back and using the cuttings as mulch is relevant. If we have trees we may tend to mulch-machine the cuttings but really that drops a lot of nitrogen hungry fibre all at…"
17 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion SYNTROPIC AGRICULTURE
"Great info Dave, I still have a lot or reading to do but i think I can understand this system of growing. Ernst Gotsch has got me thinking.   He works his patch in Brazil in a similar way to permaculture way but learns when to prune and…"
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I'm sure most of us have been influenced by Permaculture principles. It may even be 'un-Australian' not to have been.Nonetheless I have major hesitancy about the system -- enough not to follow or apply its tenets like a readymade DIY.However, Syntropic agriculture -- developed by Ernst Gotsch  is another thing altogether. Organic and syntropic farming are two sisters, starting from the same idea, but the approach to the solution of the problems they come across with has led them to different…See More
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post The common ground are the greens.
"Opps, sorry, Valerie -- the spelling is piper lalot. -- Piper sarmentosum. AKA 'Betel Leaf'. Traditionally used -- eg: in Vietnam -- as a wrapping for grilled beef -- it is also deployed in other recipes -- like salads. It's a…"
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post The common ground are the greens.
"Opps, sorry, Valerie -- the spelling is piper lalot. -- Piper sarmentosum. AKA Betel Leaf. Traditionally used -- eg: in Vietnam -- as wrapping for grilled beef -- it is also deployed in other recipes -- like salads. Its a tad weedy -- but…"
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's blog post The common ground are the greens.
"Piper lilot. "

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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 am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Local Primary School Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Lacto Fermentation (such as kimchi). 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)
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Moreton Bay Region

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The Climbers & Ladders Gallery

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 10:00 3 Comments

A feature I love about my outback is the system of aerials and ladders that support climbers of any type I plant.

In true polycultural bent I can run a climber UP almost anywhere and mix it with other plants at its base.

When finished with, climber stems and leaves make for good mulch, but always trim them for obedience.…


Vetiver Coastal Project #1

Posted on April 13, 2019 at 17:00 3 Comments

We grew on the Vetiver beforehand -- inside cells --in a mix of the sand from the site  and composted cow…

You Gotta Start Somewhere: The Kitchen Garden has changed a lot in 9 years

Posted on April 12, 2019 at 3:30 1 Comment

I just discovered some photoes of my 'garden' 9 years ago. That is,when it did not exist. Now, it is a jungle. Such that it is hard to imagine it ever being so empty.

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Who needs a physiotherapist when you have dirt calling you to garden labour?

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 14:00 3 Comments

I've always had  a garden when I was living in a house. A food growing vegetable and herb garden was my habit.

And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.

Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.

I grew things to eat -- of course…


Vetiver (and sundries) in the Home Garden

Posted on March 17, 2019 at 17:30 3 Comments

Getting there...

As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.

Wee packets of soil they are.

I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…


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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

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.



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