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Black Beans Meanz Keens

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Katuk Salsa/Katuk Tzatziki

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Manure Musings: 2 books

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Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Black Beans Meanz Keens
"It's amazing how you find these things, Dave.  You must be a great cook, no boring meals in your house.  The only place I have heard about them is in Chinese food meals."
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Black Beans Meanz Keens

I've not been of the leguminous persuasion until I recently embraced Pigeon Peas passionately.  My habit -- inasmuch as it previously existed -- rested on the Middle Eastern tradition of chick peas and (if pushed) brown lentils. [But I do like my Hummus...] Pigeon Peas are a core legume staple in eastern Caribbean cuisine but there's another beanie thing about them waters: …See More
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Katuk Salsa/Katuk Tzatziki
"Another katuk option is to marry the leaves with spuds: INGREDIENTS: Katuk : leaves stripped and washed. New potatoes either whole if small or chopped if large. 2-5 garlic cloves Rosemary Chilli pepper(optional) Salt and pepper Butter Olive…"
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Katuk Salsa/Katuk Tzatziki

Katuk/Sweet Leaf  (Sauropus androgynus) may go into a stir fry, a Vietnamese style soup or mixed in with eggs but I like it as a green partner in a minced meat fry up.But then I got to thinking about the plant and its leaves and thought that the real game is to extend  its versatility.Katuk leaves are…See More
Lissa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Manure Musings: 2 books
"Glad to hear you have some assistance Christa :)"

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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 January Garden .... and still More Mounds

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 15:00 12 Comments

Any excuse.

Finally -- the last section of veg garden has been converted into mounds.

The worst 'soil' (and I use the term lightly) I own, is now contoured according to template. The engineering may be  an easy DIY but the patch had been neglected as occupying the…


The gardening equation: There's been a quickening.

Posted on January 6, 2016 at 22:30 13 Comments

When I started my current garden project I wanted to create it via recycling. While I've thrown some local manures at it , the major inputs have been paper, cardboard, grass clippings,  tree and brush trimmings. 

I've collected, accumulated and added these items relentlessly for 6 years and my yellow sand has turned into loam, albeit very sandy loam.

What I've done is add heaps of carbon and offered up my labour to its accumulation in the soil.

If you seek to replicate…


The Gardening Year at BLF

Posted on December 26, 2015 at 17:00 5 Comments

As we approach the end of 2015 I'd like to say how much I've appreciated the discussions, the shared information, the inputs and resources posted to  this forum.

BLF is a great learning curve and excuse to lay out what you may be trying to do.It challenges perceptions and encourages you to push your gardening envelope by being 'creative' and more engaged with your patch of dirt.

In that mix, BLF's other great attribute is that it isn't ruled by shibboleths. It is indeed a broad…


The listing, description & celebration of some culinary plants

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 3:30 10 Comments

 The LISTING, description  & celebration of some  culinary & EXOTIC plants …


Mr Punch Has Green Thumbs

Posted on November 15, 2015 at 12:11 0 Comments

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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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