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Frog Hotel

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Peanuts planting and eating thereof

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Dave Riley commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Bamboo isn't deep rooted like Vetiver and Vetiver is so much easier to work with. My challenge isn't the splitting of the clumps as my technique is more Zen than huff&puff. I just don't have enough large clumps to divide as …"
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Dave Riley commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Here's my site: Vetiver Community Project I spent today dividing 4 clumps but there isn't much available this time of the year as plant growth slow down in the cooler months. And what is there -- is bespoke as I have 2 projects to…"
4 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's video

Desert Streetside Rainwater Abundance at 25 years!

"Do the maths. If one third of our suburbia is made up of road surfaces. And another huge percentile is occupied by our roofs  -- 'stormwater' runoff is massive . Indeed the vulnerability of the Brisbane River Valley to flooding is…"
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Desert Streetside Rainwater Abundance at 25 years!

Brad Lancaster leads us on a tour of the rainwater harvesting neighborhood transformation that has happened in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. Brad has b...
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post The Climbers & Ladders Gallery
"We use a shade cloth rectangle on our small above ground pool. Put it up and take it down. I'd not use climbers because they drop leaves and aren't as responsive as you'd like in regard to shade. That's why horrid palm trees were…"
Lily commented on Dave Riley's blog post The Climbers & Ladders Gallery
"This is amazing, and just the solution I’ve been looking for to get some cheap and pleasant shade over our pool (productive shade would be just a bonus!)  I have eaves I can attach to on one side and engage in some acrobatics to attach…"
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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)
My website is:
What I am looking for:
Moreton Bay Region

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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.…


My Favorite Backyard Comestibles -- the plants I love to grow to eat.

Posted on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 0 Comments

I used to do plant-of-the-year lists,  but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.

Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.

Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.

Multicultural 7 nights per week.


I can live without a lot of things, but my…


The Opportunity of all this Rain. What happenstance! So plant out

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 4:30 12 Comments

It sure is raining. Buckets of the stuff.

Who woulda thought?

Opportunism knocks.

The Winter Solstice may have just visited but hey this is the sub tropics!

With so such moisturised goodness under foot, what can we plant?

If we are expecting to be frost free, well then: go for it I say. Get rid of all those old seed packets by planting  out their contents.Clear out the cupboard for a Spring buy up.


Here's a list.…


Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

Posted on June 3, 2019 at 19:00 0 Comments

After some keen renovation work and extensive planting of Vetiver hedgerows I've planted more veges (& herbs)  than I've ever done before.

Both seeds and seedlings.

Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

This discussion -- Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the…


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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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