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Tragic spud humour

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Pigeon Pea Stew.

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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"My seeds came out of the Coles supermarket pack...and it seems many were viable. I just threw them at the garden. I'd spilled some when washing so I just recycled them. I had some growing elsewhere in single planting and they set heads about 2…"
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Elaine coolowl commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"I've got a bucket of viable Quinoa here you can have some. Mine was grown by Biodynamic means in Tasmania. Only other place to commercially grow Quinoa that I know of, is in Western Australia. It's not a tropical or sub-tropical crop. If…"
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David Hatcher commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"You have Quinoa? Where did you get the viable seeds, and does it grow well in the caboolture environment? "
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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"The complication with Permie 'guilds' is that the approach gets invested with all the theoretical principles and arrangements that sustain and justify the Permaculture outlook. The main one being an overwhelming preference for…"
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Elaine coolowl commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"There's a newish trend with Permaculture called 'guilds'; as I understand it, the intercropping you describe is very similar."
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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's blog post GETTING DOWN AND GETTING DIRTY WITH MOUNDS
"I was planting out some seedlings today and it shocked me how warm the soil in the pot was. Despite being damp and still only 2pm, it was a tepid mix in my hand. This made me ponder the fact that raised beds -- such as mounds -- absorb more heat…"
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Chaa-plu at Epicurious

Piper sarmentosum Chaa-plu--Vietnamese Pepper -- makes a delicious wrap. I didn't know of the vine until I ate some at a Vietnamese restaurant way way away in Melbourne.I now grow it.Mine hasn't come on strong enough to harvest but any visitor to South Bank's Epicurious Garden would be surprised to find…See More
Dave Riley commented on Lissa's photo

lettuce ring in

"The culinary dandelion you can buy is a little different from the feral stuff. If you bought lettuce seedlings from thew Cab Mkts -- they also grow and sell dandelion sometimes and usually sell chicory. The white backbone is indicative of endive or…"

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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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Posted on July 22, 2015 at 12:00 6 Comments

As escavations go, garden mounds are not the least bit photogenic. As soon as you say, 'show us your best side' -- the contour seems to flatten out or its bumpiness is drowned in greenery.

So these images are suggestive rather than scenery you could base a map on.

And they're messy.…


The garden in July: insects, mounds and milk crates

Posted on July 13, 2015 at 23:30 12 Comments

The way it comes together!
There may not be the explosive growth of the warmer and wetter months but the plants that appreciate a…

Two recent indulgences: sand mining and milk crate gardening

Posted on July 3, 2015 at 2:00 0 Comments

I've mentioned it before  but I get a lot of fertility value out of mining my chook pen. I only have 2 chooks but the pen is large --occupying a shady dead area of the outback. All the veg house scraps and garden cuttings and weeds go over the fence and the chickens gobble everything up. They also get grain but chooks are eating machines. Pigs with feathers.

If I'm building new beds or topping up old ones --such as …


Notes about mounds.

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 0:30 7 Comments

As I mentioned I'm garden  intense at the moment and since my bush turkey fiend seems now to be boycotting the beds she roamed and brutalized so often, I thought I'd risk a plant out. I wanted to plant out some seed spuds -- Nicola -- so I built a series of mounds as is…


A kitchen garden for a cook who gardens

Posted on June 19, 2015 at 4:00 1 Comment

Since I've recently been negotiating a period of intense gardening indulgence which has qualitatively improved my engagement with da dirt,  I want to rule off on the intensity with some peripheral…

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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 .
At 12:52 on January 14, 2009, christopher zane hart said…
thanks for the reply . I have no water tanks myself , very hard in this climate to do any thing without water , but feel free to come along whether you intend to host a visit or not .

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