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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.

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CHERYL SLAPP commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Congratulations on the new adventure.  After reading your blog above I think I should get some, are we going to buy from you?"
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Don't worry. We are division specialists.We supply clients  in 50s, 100s, ... and even thousands. So it is all about scale. A few plants here or there won't impact on our supply line. The main game is for those with Vetiver growing to…"
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Good idea.  I'm happy to return some when I separate mine.  "
Jeff Kiehne commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"The people you have already supplied is there any possibility of getting planting material back as that is what one nursery was doing asking to prune plants for propagation  and paid a small fee for the plant material."
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"We'll have plenty soon enough. Patience is a virtue. We have supplied one site I know of in Gympie area. See HERE. One order pending around several nurseries is for 160,000 plants! Darwin, October 2021.We think we can supply 'some' of…"
Susan commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"Wow.  I was just thinking the other day about buying some vetiver from you And now it looks like I’m too late and you’re out of stock.  Who knew you’d develop this into a nursery.  "
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Where it all began... a visit to Sat-chit-ananda

"So did you see a spot you'd like to settle in? You know, and self suffice...? Self Sufficent Me is shot in Bellmere. For my money there is some good land at the Godwin Beach/Ningi interface. Just so long as you keep the flood maps in mind…"
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Managing our Vetiver Ventures
"That's wonderful news Dave.  Congrats mate.  "

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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)
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Moreton Bay Region

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Managing our Vetiver Ventures

Posted on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 9 Comments

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…


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…


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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.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

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