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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Urine as fertiliser
" Sex effects of water pollution "
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Elaine coolowl favorited Dave Riley's discussion A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism
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Florence replied to Dave Riley's discussion Urine as fertiliser
"I've read a couple of years ago medical residual from human waste already made its way to waterways in the US... we may not be much different here.... unfortunately... and all water's connected except maybe the dead sea I think...."
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Florence replied to Dave Riley's discussion Urine as fertiliser
"I only buy Australian fish, maybe N.Z. .... but I've noticed that the choices available are getting less, sometimes the only thing available aussie are the farmed Barra, or Tassie Salmon...unless you go to a fish market..."
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Florence replied to Dave Riley's discussion Urine as fertiliser
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A Rational Agriculture Is Incompatible with Capitalism

This article ticks all the boxes I reckon. Fred Magdoff also explores the conundrums of expanding acreage and industrial processes such as extending the use of  machinery and GMO seeds while harvest per hectare deteriorates.He is also kind to CSAs --" Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms which are managed ecologically (many organically) and grow food for the purpose of feeding a specific group of people."He concludes: " A rational agriculture would be carried out by individual farmers or…See More
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Jan Holley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Urine as fertiliser
"Nope! Not for me, thanks! I agree with Lissa. I'd only consider it in an extreme case where survival made it absolutely necessary (to stave off dehydration). Even then, I reckon I'd have a tough time convincing myself to down it.…"
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Dave Riley replied to Ryan's discussion Ornamental flowers for green manure?
"I have around 25 Frangipanis in my garden -- and many of those are strategically planted in the veg garden to offer Summer shade, Winter light and trellising for climbers.I'm still in the early days of my Frangipani experiment -- but the…"
17 hours ago

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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.
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About what I can offer:
I hope to sell produce at local monthly markets in my township.
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The Garden In February

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 7:30 4 Comments

After a steady bout of humidity there's been many excuses to green up but with that, the constraints of fungi. Some plants just can't cut the mustard and I've lost plenty to  too much wetness.…

Cheap and easy way to make yogurt

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 16:00 11 Comments

I've been making my own yogurt for years and have developed my technique with easy DIY in mind.Home made yogurt is so much cheaper than store bought stuff as all you need is milk and a little starter (left over from a previous batch).


  • Cooking thermometer: make sure you use one with a long stem and easy to read (very large) numbers.
  • Rice cooker with a glass lid: if you don't have one of these, get a…

Turning the production mode

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 21:00 7 Comments

'Tis a niggling habit plants have of not doing what you expect them to. You plant with a template in mind -- a projection on how the garden will grow....…

Vegetative processes outside of my control

Posted on December 25, 2014 at 1:30 3 Comments

I think my patch of vegetative nutrition has turned the corner and any reason I may have had for a Xmas suicide has passed.
I've got my garden…


Posted on December 12, 2014 at 14:00 3 Comments

Finally we are getting decent rain....albeit with a price tag.
My garden was devastated by the October/November heat  and lack of moisture and…

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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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