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Dave Riley's Discussions

Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Vegetable prices soar in wake of Queensland's floods

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

Greekish Chicken -- the best I've found.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Oct 12. 1 Reply

 

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Matthew Bushnell favorited Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
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Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
"They use saw dust to decompose large dead animals maybe some one should tell this to the councils that keep burying dead whales on the beach  but if meat waste and bones where placed in wood chips in a vermin proof  container would it…"
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CHERYL SLAPP favorited Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
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Mary-Ann Baker replied to Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
"interesting read as always Dave - thanks - we do use wood chips but as mulch to stop the weeds rather than compost to entice plants to grow, so it doesnt seem to matter what trees they come from for established plants ( we havent lost any plants yet…"
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Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
"Coffee grounds have nitrogen starbucks did an analyses if you can get may be worth mixing for the free nitrogen and small size with wood chips its the size that is the problem if can make smaller they will compost quicker could possibly soak in…"
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Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
"Interesting! Wicking beds are easy to construct as she points out. She uses a lot more holes than I do - a 22mm hole in a 200L wicking bed is quite adequate, I would use only 1 hole in a bin that size; make the hole with a hot skewer or drill it…"
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Elaine de Saxe favorited Dave Riley's discussion Woodchips in the veg graden: good or bad?
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Jeff Kiehne replied to Dave Riley's discussion Vegetable prices soar in wake of Queensland's floods
"They can now grow all these vegetables in other areas they now use poly tunnels to protect from weather  the fruit and vegetable market  are  manipulated by the supermarkets what about the companies that have big contracts from green…"
6 hours ago

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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.
My website is:
http://kickbike.blogspot.com/search/label/Gardening
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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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.

THE…

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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…

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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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Looking Good in July

Posted on July 9, 2017 at 21:30 6 Comments

I was outback and the garden was looking so good I thought I'd capture the moment.

As you can see, I'm growing sticks too -- cuts from mulberry bushes. I use the sticks to mark where I plant seedlings and to later deploy them to raise up climbers or ramblers.'Tis an African habit.The red berets are the latest…

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Is growing food at home costing you more?

Posted on June 26, 2017 at 0:55 9 Comments

An interesting report in the Brisbane Times  raises the conundrum of garden size vs water use as a primary cost factor.

It draws on research by James Ward  and John Symons , published as Optimising…

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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 darren_and_deb@hotmail.com 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 borgia@tpg.com.au with your address & I will send some.

Jane

At 21:10 on June 15, 2009, Scarlett said…
hello
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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