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Dave Riley's Discussions

PANDEMIC GARDENING: Grow your own face mask.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland on Monday. 2 Replies

PANDEMIC GARDENING: Buying seeds online

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley on Tuesday. 13 Replies

 

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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus : Nopales -- a celebration. (puntia ficus-indica )
"As you may know I'm a huge fan of Prickly Pear. Here at home -- in 'Downtown Mexico City' -- I grow a lot of Opuntia ficus indica -- my much loved spineless PP. I eat the paddles, as you know. They have some of the therapeutic…"
Tuesday
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Sewing seeds in what?Cow manure fights Coronavirus
"Here's the latest images of my seed to seedlings growing project in my cow manure blend. I use these containers because I want the seedling to have some root depth. These are watered daily and sit in full sun. Please excuse my labelling…"
Tuesday
Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Buying seeds online
"While I have yet to receive my latest order of seeds, I have planted what was seasonal from my stock. In lock down mode one tends to do that. However, I'm sure to  have more seedlings than I need by the time they're ready to plant…"
Tuesday
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Chives and Spring Onions
"Ah. Woolies call them eschallots. and sell 'onion shallots' but there they are confused."
Monday
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Chives and Spring Onions
"Leek like body but less tough and smaller.  No bulb.  Round leaves not flat.  The leaves are hallow and leak fluid when fresh and cut.  They come from plants that woolies and coles sell as "shallots."  Each spring…"
Monday
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post Chives and Spring Onions
"Do you actually mean 'shallots' -- which are wee oniony hard bulbs that are hard to peel.Or do you mean spring onions? This is also where the chives come in. They are perennial, build into a big clump,grow almost anywhere, produce all…"
Monday
Andrew Cumberland favorited Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Grow your own face mask.
Monday
Andrew Cumberland replied to Dave Riley's discussion PANDEMIC GARDENING: Grow your own face mask.
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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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http://vetivercom.blogspot.com/
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Chives and Spring Onions

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 23:00 5 Comments

As I've mentioned on occasion, I grow my own 'onions' -- my own Spring Onions./ Scallions/Green Onions.

You can imagine how many I can get through over any one year.

In the heat of Summer, harvest peters out and I need go out and buy bunches.While I have spring onions growing in my patch, I'm handicapped by the absence of accessible seedlings (due to there not being any in this Covid times )so I need to grow my own from seed.

Never that successful for my greenoid thumbs…

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Soup of the day, every day.

Posted on March 19, 2020 at 0:38 1 Comment

While I eat an evening meal, and may settle for coffee as breakfast, the great culinary love of my life is lunch.

Day in day out, I always eat soup for lunch.

And what a soup it is! A delicious stock to which is added whatever I harvest out back.

Each day I celebrate my kitchen garden by eating  it.

A bubbling broth…

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Methinks I have discovered a new way to garden (for me): meadow mowing

Posted on March 8, 2020 at 21:00 2 Comments

I just got myself a seriously active brushcutter so I went outback and...

What I may seem to have here is a tabula rasa --  a blank slate-- but you would be mistaken.

What I have here are 'x' number of beds mulched with Vetiver and edged by Vetiver hedges. Maybe you can't see them because they too were cut short.…

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Am I a Lazy or a smart gardener?

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 5 Comments

My wife was talking to one of the ladies that come here Wednesdays.

She said to her, "Your husband is over weight. Is that why your garden is so overgrown and messy?'

While a bit rude, this crude perspective  rules the neatness obsessed.

My garden is overgrown because I want it that way. What…

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WEEDS AS COVER CROPS --

Posted on February 2, 2020 at 1:00 6 Comments

I have long been a mulch junkie such that my garden has been built with lawn clippings. It is now a rich loam chock full of life. It is spongy and worm dense.

Hypothetically any weed 'problem' was simply blanketed with more mulch.

But with the recent drought conditions my working template fell apart. I was now overhead watering and my mulch supply -- via the 'Mower Men' of my acquaintance --dropped off to nothing.

Then the …

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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 darren_and_deb@hotmail.com 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

 
 
 

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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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