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Elaine de Saxe replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
3 hours ago
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"Wondering if (this is getting off tomato topic now.) if the baking of sourdough kills/pasteurizes?"
6 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"There's really not that much difference between the presumed benefits of kefir versus those of yogurt. The bug orchestra may vary but they are all still playing from the same song sheet. In my experience with lactobaccillus et al, the main game…"
6 hours ago
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"I can't handle anything even remotely fizzy and the smell/taste is definitely something acquired for me. I keep trting because of the presumed benefits but not very motivated. "
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Cathie MacLean replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"Valerie, that is absolutely true of kefir water and also kombucha. The perfect ferments to lure little vinegar flies. I wonder why you won't drink the kefir though? Did you have some kind of bad reaction to it? We love it and flavour with…"
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"After Roger mentioned the 'netted contraption' I ordered these bags which will give me protective versatility inside and outside the fridge as well as when out and about -- even when picking up the produce to buy: Re-usable produce…"
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Tomatoes
"I have been given kefir water grain recently and found that though I am very unlikely to ever drink the brew, it makes an absolutely awesome fruit fly catcher. Mix the brew with a tiny drop of dish soap to break the water surface tension and they…"
Dave Riley favorited Roger Clark's discussion Organic matter slumping - another try to counter this.

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Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
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The garden is working so well in my favour

Posted on July 9, 2018 at 1:06 0 Comments

I harvested mulch from my Vetiver hedges today now that the grass clippings are no longer available -- as lawns are in hiatus -- as are lawnmower men.

A new system of carpeting soil is upon me as I laid out the stems over one of my productive beds.

Beats weeding.

This time of year the chickweed drives me crazy.

I also planted out seeds -- yes seeds! -- for potato onion and perennial leeks which I got from a specialty nursery in Bendigo.  In the meantime my most…


Hanging About the Garden

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 18:10 3 Comments

A walk around the happenings in the garden is to experience a lot of up and down.

There are a lot of plants hanging about. Hangers on -- attaching themselves to on-hand climbing or clambering things.

Nowadays every new seedling I plant is marked with a stick.

It a dog defence.…


The earth moves at my feet.

Posted on June 4, 2018 at 22:54 1 Comment

This time of year it's lazy days.

The weeds don't thrive. Irrigation needs are forgiving. Plants grow in their own good time...

Mind you, seeds are slow to sprout . But if you are patient, the harvests keep a'comin.

Best time of year: no question. Here in SEQ at least.

Despite my best efforts I still have some empty spaces left…


Capturing the garden going about its everyday business...

Posted on May 20, 2018 at 19:00 7 Comments

It always seem to happen that I can never capture the garden in a photograph.

It's messy and jungle-like and green merges into green so that it is always hard to distinguish the species of plants one from t'other.

But I've tried...

Captured en route to…


My new garden 'plan' -- green aspirations in motion with snakes and ladders, Vetiver and stuff.

Posted on May 6, 2018 at 22:00 19 Comments

Now that the mulch has settled and the seedlings are tucked up in their beds I can play the lord of the manor -- and tweak my vista.

Herein is an exposé of the underlying principles that my good self have concocted within the juicy confines of my fertile brain.



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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.


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 .

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