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What's with wheat (and this gluten thing)?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley on Sunday. 1 Reply

Growing Potatoes by drowning them in mulch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Collings on Friday. 8 Replies

Mosaic froggery

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jun 20. 2 Replies


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Dave Riley commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Fermenting Workshop with Dave Riley'
"Just so I have it as reference -- here is a scum gallery. If anything , all I ever get -- whenever --  are a few mold flecks where some veg stems sneak out of the brine to breath air.  I get Kahm yeast in my garden ferment teas outback in…"
11 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's group Aquaponics Adventures
"Chicken wire, Elaine? Yabbies are escapologists... They are the bantams of the underwater world."
17 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's group Aquaponics Adventures
"Two yabbyculture QUESTIONS:  What diameter do the pipes or pots need to be -- and how deep -- to protect the yabbies from themselves?The narrower the pipe the more I can fit into one space. You use netting, I see, for the fingerlings. I assume…"
Elaine de Saxe favorited Dave Riley's discussion What's with wheat (and this gluten thing)?
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion What's with wheat and this gluten thing?
"If I could add my 2 bob's worth... We may be eating too much wheat. Better to vary your grains (rice, corn, oats, rye, etc) and consider filling out your meals with starchy tubers like potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams.  When it comes to…"
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What's with wheat and this gluten thing?

Michael Pollan offers a useful discussion about gluten intolerance vis a vis 'wheat' HERE-- and it's a interview well worth the reading. I always value Pollan's measured take on food and foodism.Having spent the last 2 years 'off wheat' -- I've kinda been there and done that. Although I accommodated the shift without major complication -- one thing you do learn from going wheat free is how much wheat is in…See More
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post The garden in June 2016
"I forget the sweet peppers/capsicums... The plants listed may be growing but they aren't necessarily surging...and harvest is another  day's issue. But as it is written, 'Every day, in every way, outback is getting better and…"
Christa commented on Dave Riley's blog post The garden in June 2016
"You have a supermarket aisle in your back yard Dave.  Hard to believe that you have changed a plot of sand into a food forest. Well done. "

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About me:
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
My own residence. Sandgate PCYC Community and Market Garden
I am interested in:
Vegetables. Rain harvesting.Starchy vegetables.
About what I can offer:
I hope to sell produce at local monthly markets in my township.
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The garden in June 2016

Posted on June 25, 2016 at 18:18 4 Comments

Today was the first day of the rest of my life.

Posted on June 13, 2016 at 0:16 25 Comments

Today was the first day of the rest of my life. 

To mark the occasion I market-shopped for seedlings and produce.

'Tis my big day out every fortnight.

Being on the chilly side -- finally -- my gardening preference went with a good selection of brassicas and some purple carrots. For gardening umph I purchased a heap of Mizuna seedlings which I find to be a no nonsense versatile…


Cheering up my green thumb

Posted on June 5, 2016 at 11:00 13 Comments

Now that the rain has come -- and gone -- I guess I can have more confidence in what's a'happening in da soil.

Today's tasks are clear: plant out the seedlings I've grown from seeds and mulch the potato plants that have come up.

I dug up some purple yams…


A ton of worms living up and down...mounds, moats and plungers.

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 1:30 5 Comments

Oh I was going to tell you about my worms.Squirmy little buggers always under foot. No matter where I dig in my fingers there they are. Poor souls. Wriggling in the dirt, heading off...well, wherever worms go. 

Fat too. The sort of worm that makes a man proud of his labours. I can see it now: the epitaph. 'He grew good worms.'

'How do I do it?' you ask...Let me explain.

First up you build a sort of sand castle....…


Fermenting A Philosophy

Posted on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 1 Comment

I have gone on an extremely indulgent ferment kick. Ferments are everywhere of course -- wine, cheese, beer, sauces, chocolate, vinegar, yogurt, salami,tea leaves, coffee beans, etc -- but mostly you are eating dead flesh.
As the vampire asked of Igor: "Don't you have anything alive!?"
I tell you Louis Pasteur has a lot to answer…

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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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