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CHERYL SLAPP replied to Dave Riley's discussion A stew from Iran especially for Turmeric junkies
"Andy where does Roz but the dried lemons??? "
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CHERYL SLAPP favorited Dave Riley's discussion A stew from Iran especially for Turmeric junkies
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Lissa favorited Dave Riley's discussion Super Efficient Irrigation With Buried Clay Pots
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Andrew Cumberland replied to Dave Riley's discussion A stew from Iran especially for Turmeric junkies
"Imagine we lived 20 years ago.... none of these food would have been there for us to learn.  I am trying to hunt down good Turkish recipes. I loved the food when I was there.  I really wish we could bottle this stuff.   The flavours…"
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Rob Collings favorited Dave Riley's blog post Gone potty: irrigating with terracotta pots and hand watering
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Rob Collings favorited Dave Riley's discussion Super Efficient Irrigation With Buried Clay Pots
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Super Efficient Irrigation With Buried Clay Pots

I've written much about all this before but this article is a useful summary of the simple technology of clay pot irrigation.COMMENT (Dave Riley): I've been relying on clay pot irrigation for over 5 years while adjusting and tweaking my methods.[LINK]Mine are generally 1.5 metres apart with a…See More
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Aloe Vera 'fertilizer'
"Good point, Elaine.  The simple answer is : because it's there. But the main perspective is to recycle what is part of the whole domestic ecology. In my head I'm trying to raise the garden soil up to a level of microbial activity that…"
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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.
My website is:

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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…

Snip! Gardening :Weeds & My Conversion to Root Wrangling

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 4:30 21 Comments

I'm not obsessive about weeds. Most of all, in regard to them, I'm lazy. 

I may spray (vinegar+borax+salt) to murder them on the paths and gravel surrounds, but among the veg I'm tolerant because I know if I pull-a-weed I am sure to remove more than I planned.

If you are planning to pull, I say, do so only after good rain.



Keeping my head in the sand

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 0:00 23 Comments

Tonight the temperature falls to 19C (and maybe below) for the first time this year in my patch. You can feel the cooling night air on your skin.

Despite the warm days still, you can see how the evening respite from the heat is registering among the plants.

I just built (wait for it...wait for it) another two mounds and planted both of these out with potatoes I'd chitted from store-boughts.

I then divided a Vetiver Grass clump  by hacking at its edges. 

[I have a…


Kitchen Garden Mosaic and Sharing

Posted on March 18, 2016 at 1:00 7 Comments

While I'm outback pottering about in the dirt, my other half is slaving away on the veranda making mosaic and Pique Assiette whoopee.

It goes to show how…


In production: March

Posted on March 9, 2016 at 21:00 4 Comments

It always amazes me how various the food basket is.Not all of this is harvestable but it's all out back growing --although some plants are growing better than others. 

For detailed view click on the image.

One day I'd seriously like to fret over a few plants rather than pander to the many.…


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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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