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Dave Riley replied to Elaine coolowl's discussion Who Has Heard about Nabo?
"It's a corporate pitch backed by a few local councils.It tries to replicate an US model --NextDoor-- but the game is to foster advertising income over time. The Seven network is a core investor as is Westpac. I think it has the same local…"
17 hours ago
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Urban Farming in the Sub Tropics

 Great article by well known Sandgate local chef and gardener, Michael Stillman.Urban farming for the subtropicsMany people in urban areas are interested in sustainable small-scale city farming as a legitimate way to produce a portion of our food supply from our own backyards and community farms. Is it feasible, in the greater scheme of things, to produce all of what we eat? The…See More
21 hours ago
Elaine coolowl replied to Dave Riley's discussion Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management
"Car tyres were 'in' when we started gardening here in 2002. We ended up with around 20 including a set from our own car. Just recently dumped at $8 each :-( You can use any vessel as a wicking bed. I've used everything from half a…"
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management
"Yes 'wicking' is the most efficient use of water -- followed by the clay pot system. In India 'wicking' actually uses wicks -- made from jute. I was thinking of converting my bathtub to a wicking bed just so I could explore the…"
Elaine coolowl replied to Dave Riley's discussion Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management
"And related topics on Colin Austin's site. Colin is a modern adopter of wicking beds allied to soil ecology. His outlook on our 'dry' continent is worth a read if only for a different point of view."
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management
"RELATED: Catch water, grow plants: How to “sow the rain” and cool the climate "
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Rehydrating the Earth: A New Paradigm For Water Management

"The new water paradigm, rather than focusing on dams and rivers, focuses instead on slowing down the progress of water through the system, holding it in soils, vegetation and groundwater systems, based on the knowledge that the small water cycle will ensure the water is continually cycled through the landscape before eventually returning to the ocean. In simple terms, the new paradigm for water focuses on getting the most possible value from water on land via the small water cycle." …See More
Dave Riley replied to Lucas Smith's discussion White shahtoot mulberry and avocado varieties
"You mean shahatut  -- the White Mulberry, Morus alba...the silkworm tree? I planted one in February and it is growing. I got mine from the Caboolture Markets. I do take cuttings of mulberries each year as I'm making a mulberry hedge (3…"
Apr 13

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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.
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I hope to sell produce at local monthly markets in my township.
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The Garden in April: the Month of the Triffids

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:30 4 Comments

After a desultory Summer, the garden has re-invented itself as a garden of Triffids.
Plants that move! Clamber relentlessly. That twirl…

Culinary Adventures

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 1:00 26 Comments

I'm dedicated to cooking. For me it has always been a life saver. The evening meal is my special time. 
Everyday it comes around and every…

The Garden in March

Posted on March 6, 2015 at 10:30 15 Comments

The Garden in March, 2015. Hopefully the Summer heat and humidity is in the past and seedlings get a better start in life. Despite the wet Summer, the garden looks bedraggled and unsure of itself.It hasn't quite decided which plant will rule the soil or the air. 



The Garden In February

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:30 4 Comments

After a steady bout of humidity there's been many excuses to green up but with that, the constraints of fungi. Some plants just can't cut the mustard and I've lost plenty to  too much wetness.…

Cheap and easy way to make yogurt

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 16:00 11 Comments

I've been making my own yogurt for years and have developed my technique with easy DIY in mind.Home made yogurt is so much cheaper than store bought stuff as all you need is milk and a little starter (left over from a previous batch).


  • Cooking thermometer: make sure you use one with a long stem and easy to read (very large) numbers.
  • Rice cooker with a glass lid: if you don't have one of these, get a…

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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 .
At 12:52 on January 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
thanks for the reply . I have no water tanks myself , very hard in this climate to do any thing without water , but feel free to come along whether you intend to host a visit or not .

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