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Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"Those are good levels of Calcium, Protein and Phosphorus.  My Chaya is quite tall and time to take some cuttings to regrow another plant.   Such a good plant needs to be kept in numbers.  Being a Mayan food plant from Belize, it…"
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Dave Riley replied to Dave Riley's discussion Chaya
"I have just taken cuttings of my Chaya -- which is now approaching treehood. "Approaching' but not there yet. I planted mine inside, what is now, the chook pen -- so access is inconvenient. The site is shaded too -- and there is too much…"
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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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My yard has a lake and waterfall

"I don't like ruling on bio engineering issues as I don't have the background. With Vetiver I aim to be a nurseryman and I'm currently negotiating certification with the internatioanl body.. But this site (check out details) is an…"
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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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"The key property of Vetiver that makes it so suitable for bioengineering is that the plant's roots go a long way straight down . We're talking up to >2 metres of a concentrated root mesh. So the soil is held in place. As the plant grows…"
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Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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"Don't forget to seize the day at some stage and divide some Vetiver for further planting out. Lesson there: when planting Vetiver for a particular role plant some more elsewhere so you will always have a nursery reserve you can divide…"
Feb 14
Dave Riley commented on Andrew Cumberland's video
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"There you go. You are part of the Vetiver family: LINK"
Feb 13

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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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Am I a Lazy or a smart gardener?

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 3 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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What more could you ask for? We eat.

Posted on December 18, 2019 at 21:30 3 Comments

Despite  the dry, we eat.

What more could you ask for?

After weeding, using my sickle-- as explained here -- I'm ready to plant out even more stuff.

My orchard is consolidating. It is situated inside the chook pen.…

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The mélange of the backyard-scape

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 20:30 3 Comments

I've been focused on my Vetiver Ventures as my major outdoor activity. Consequently the vegetables and herbs have had to wait their turn before god attends to them.

I am god, you see...either that or a servant.

Whatever: the…

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A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.

Posted on September 29, 2019 at 18:30 14 Comments

After years of experimentation I now have a garden that has 'structure'. Less jungling and explosive but easier to manage than in days of yore.

Despite what may have been my past perspective, I have reduced the size of the garden that grows my veg.

Given my space quotient, compared to my BLF peers, this may seem an anathema.

But there…

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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

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 borgia@tpg.com.au with your address & I will send some.

Jane

 
 
 

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