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Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Longara sells their milk crates for $6 each,. Butted together and compared to the cost and the far less moveable metal raised garden beds -- a 200 x 100 x 41cm will set you back close to $100 -- 6 milk crates  (36.2mm x 36.2mm x 32.5cm) …"
Jeff Kiehne commented on Dave Riley's blog post A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.
"Dave if your sending Vetiver slips locally a courier may be cheaper Australia post have changed how they charge  and not all that smart the changes."
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.
"Now that I am finally over that brutal flu..... I'm into a nursery growth spurt. After pushing the envelope effort today, I now have around 1100 Vetiver slips in production. Some of this is bespoke. I'll replant a few in my grow beds …"
Oct 12
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"I stuffed up the link to the Garden Culture Magazine. Here it is and it is well worth a read: Milk Crate Urban Farming. The crates they are using in the article are much smaller than our Australian standard. While we made the set up for my daughter…"
Oct 12
Travis Franklin commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Awesome idea Dave. I love how you put these infographics together"
Oct 12
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Practice is to put one crate underneath each soil filled crate to get the easy back height and encourage air flow."
Oct 12
Christa commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"Great use of plastic milk crates, Dave. You could put them up on an old coffee table and they would be more accessible for bad back gardeners.  A row of sugar cane bales between them for insulation.  "
Oct 12
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Making Garden Beds from Milk Crates

"As for herb gardening with milk crates:he's my own culinary line of milk crates growing herbs."
Oct 12

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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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What I am looking for:
Moreton Bay Region

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A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 18:30 11 Comments

After years of experimentation I now have a garden that has 'structure'. Less jungling and explosive but easier to manage than in days of yore.

Despite what may have been my past perspective, I have reduced the size of the garden that grows my veg.

Given my space quotient, compared to my BLF peers, this may seem an anathema.

But there…


Radish Man

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 12:30 7 Comments

I may call on the animal kingdom to help me with my stock, but anything that floats in my soup du jour comes from outback.

Pride of place in the broth is always the radish.

I'm a daikon aficionado and that includes the Watermelon pinks (pictured).

I'm at that stage where I'm beginning to foster a supply line. They are never…


It's that 'Neither/Nor' Time of year, isn't it?

Posted on August 24, 2019 at 23:00 6 Comments

No rain. Brutal drying westerly winds. Warmer days...This time of year is 'Spring' -- sort of-- but without all the elements converging as they should.

A little precipitation would help. Enough to suppress this waiting and dampen the earth.

But as my ma used to say: be careful what you wish for.

Mind you, 'tis pleasant enough except for the gusts.

If you saw…


The next seashore challenge ...while we wait.

Posted on August 15, 2019 at 11:03 0 Comments

Waiting for Vetiver to flush is like watching a pot boil.
But here is the next job pending...…

Ten Days to Sprinter...then comes Sprummer

Posted on July 21, 2019 at 16:00 1 Comment

Before you know it, the season changes...or, at least, begins to.

There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.

Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.

Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…


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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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