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Moringa (Malunggay)

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Making Bone Broth

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Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"Dave, have you read about the water cleaning effect of the feathery dry seeds of Moringa?"
19 minutes ago
Travis Franklin commented on Dave Riley's blog post The joy of April:out back making things happen.
"Scurvy weed sounds very interesting. I've read about it in my bush tucker books but haven't been able to find any. Kinda like the elusive chickweed"
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Travis Franklin replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"Wow that sounds pretty good actually"
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Mary-Ann Baker replied to Dave Riley's discussion Moringa (Malunggay)
"yes moringa and chokos are much maligned yet versatile and useful vegetables - also find this with malabar ceylon and other spinaches . Will try some of the recipes definitely - our favourite here is a couple of minutes in the microwave for chokos…"
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Moringa (Malunggay)

Not my favorite vegetable but I do grow and eat it.However, I am learning respect for Filipino cuisine and along with choko, Filipinos celebrate Moringa. Indeed, if there is a moringa tree in your neighbourhood, chances are its grower has some Filipino background.This article is a great summary of the plant itself, and then goes on to deliver a series of recipes that feature moringa leaves or other parts of the tree.…See More
Dave Riley commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"I always love the notion of a 'cottager' for the garden's owner. I've had a few trad cottage gardens in the past but they need to be adapted to subtropical conditions otherwise they are an early Spring event. Polyculture is key,…"
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A Group for those Members who love growing their Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables but would also like to be able to grow Flowers alongside for use as Companion Plants, The House and to Gift to Friends.ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDENMy Idea of the Modern Cottage Garden is not that far removed from the Traditional Cottage Gardens of the 1800's, though we do not have…See More
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's blog post The joy of April:out back making things happen.
"Thanks for the link to the interesting and thought-provoking article, Dave. It's a bit discouraging to find that the solution to many of our pollution problems is out there, has been out there, but is being disregarded because of the great god…"

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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 interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Various cuisines and the plants they make use of -- especially Turkish, Mexican, Caribbean, Korean and Sri Lankan.
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The joy of April:out back making things happen.

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 20:30 6 Comments

You know how it is...

You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.

Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.



Worm Farmer Dave : Vermiculturalist with stabbing stick.

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 23:30 1 Comment

One of my chooks died a couple of days ago. It happens.

So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.

See! the chickens round the gate

For their morning portion wait;

Fill the basket from the store,

Let us open wide the door;

Throw out crumbs…


Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 0 Comments

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…

The way of the stick.

Posted on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 0 Comments

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…


Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

Posted on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 5 Comments

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…

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At 22:34 on February 13, 2021, Janey said…

Aw what a shame - but you can’t beat the tide- probably even with a rock wall...our beach lost a lot of sand this year too. It’s been exactly one year now since we planted our 100 tiny vetiver plants and they have grown so quickly and made a huge difference to soil- lots of worms wherever we dig and they grow 6 inches a week, - so make lots of mulch! Also stops grass from invading new beds and keeps dogs off! 

At 21:53 on February 8, 2021, Janey said…

Hey Dave the vetiver I got from you for my sandy garden at Straddie are going great guns, I even had enough now to give some to a neighbour and spend the word about wonderful vetiver!

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


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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.

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