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Pickling hog plums

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Hatcher May 29, 2017. 7 Replies

I am pickling. This year is the first year I am pickling my fruit. Earlier I made mango and hog plum (ambarella) atchar, now I want to make some ambarella laactar which is grated hog plum pickle.…Continue

 

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Dave Riley favorited David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
Jul 5
David Hatcher commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"The taro just described has side offshoots that has little taro roots coming off it and these can be very nice as little roasts if boiled first then roasted with your roast a 10 minute boil then roast with your chicken hum. The general way i time my…"
Jul 4
David Hatcher commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"i have just looked up the name Bun Long Taro and have found out that it is what we call dalo ni wai or taro for water and is the taro that I grow in my storm water drain. I use it extensively as my staple taro. I use the leaves and the stems as well…"
Jul 4
David Hatcher commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"Janet the way we tell that our taro is matua or ready is when the top of the root shows just above the soil, but only just as if it goes too far up the texture of the flesh becomes sticky and slimy and the taste is not pleasant. I am not sure if the…"
Jul 4
Janet Fong commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"I grow Chinese taro - the Bun Long Taro cultivar, I don't know how it is different but we only eat this type. It's easy enough to grow but I am never sure when it's time to pull out of the ground. The optimum taro is when its texture…"
Jul 4
David Hatcher commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"Hello Christa, there are many varieties of Taro. The variety that grows in the creeks around Chermside and towards Zilmere are the Toxic variety do not use those unless you want a sore stomach. What we call the Samoan variety is a nice pale pink…"
Jul 4
David Hatcher commented on Dave Riley's blog post Making Grow Bags with Double Decker Milk Crates to Grow Tubers
"They also used varieties of sweat potato that were specific adapted to the cold  and temperate zone that do not grow well in the tropics the Kumara from Atearoa rot in most of the gardens of the Viti Gardens only may survive in the mid year up…"
Jul 4
Dave Riley favorited David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
Jul 4
Christa commented on David Hatcher's blog post Taro and its uses
"Hello David, Thank you for sharing those great hints on growing and cooking Taro. Do you use the canned corned beef?  I have a large taro plant growing well in a big drum. The trouble for us non-islanders(Samoans} is we don't know which…"
Jul 4
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Taro and its uses

Taro is probably one of the most versatile plants on earth! However it is one that you have to know how how to grow it, how to harvest it, how to store the different bits of it and how to prepare it and how to cook it and then lastly how to eat it.  It is a complex plant but worth it if you master it as it is a complete plant that nothing is wasted.To start with planting moist or wet soil, almost boggy preferably, make a hole as deep as the size you want your taro to be then stick your taro top…See More
Jul 4
David Hatcher commented on Dave Riley's blog post Making Grow Bags with Double Decker Milk Crates to Grow Tubers
"if you use composed banana tree trunks as the soil with your potting mix this will give the tubers the right NPK balance to give the best productive results.  The old Fijian farmers used to bury their banana trees in pits and a year later…"
Jul 4
Andrew Cumberland commented on David Hatcher's status
"Good to see you are back.  My suggestion is just bite it off in chunks mate.  Pick the closest bit to your door and work on about a meter or so of that.  It's overwhelming when you look at the whole yard.   "
May 1
David Hatcher posted a status
"been crook for 2 years just now getting back to where I used to be but the garden now horrifies me due to neglect!!!"
May 1
Dianne Caswell commented on David Hatcher's status
"Sorry Janet can't help with a tuber as mine have just about been used up, I can tell you however that you can buy them from W Nursery in Tasmania (can't give the full name here), they always have very good quality plants."
Dec 2, 2020
Janet Fong commented on David Hatcher's status
"Diane, where can I get seeds or starter tuber for horseradish? Would you have any to spare?"
Dec 2, 2020
Dianne Caswell commented on David Hatcher's status
"Yes David & Janet, I grow Horseradish in my Asparagus Garden as it along with Parsley is a Companion Plant to Asparagus. So you should have no problem growing it. But don't over water it."
Dec 2, 2020

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Born in Fiji, came to Aust when 21 went back and got married the settled in SA, Adelaide then Gawler then Whyalla. Moved to Townsville for 17 years then now in SE Qld. Wife is ethnically Tongan brought up in Fiji. Kids a son and 2 daughters. Son maried with 2 daughters.
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Taro and its uses

Posted on July 4, 2021 at 17:20 6 Comments

Taro is probably one of the most versatile plants on earth! However it is one that you have to know how how to grow it, how to harvest it, how to store the different bits of it and how to prepare it and how to cook it and then lastly how to eat it.  It is a complex plant but worth it if you master it as it is a complete plant that nothing is wasted.

To start with planting moist or wet soil, almost boggy preferably, make a hole as deep as the size you want your taro to be then stick…

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getting back on track

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 11:20 1 Comment

Well the last 18 months have bee awful!!!! I have had a resurgence of Meinghers and on top of that now have vestibular migraines and peripheral vaso-dilation. On a bad day I either pass out, have attacks with acute severe imbalance and nausea, or poor balance and headaches!

Still I have gone 9 good days in a row just before Christmas so on my good days i am now in the shed in the heat and in the garden in the evenings.

My garden looks neglected now but I am slowly working to get it…

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lacto-fermentation

Posted on January 1, 2019 at 14:20 2 Comments

Has any one here done any preserving using lacto-fermentation?  If so how do you store your jars once made?

Growing Rubarb in Brisbane

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 9:55 3 Comments

I have grown Rubarb a number of times in Brisbane and each year I used have the plants die on me each summer, They just rotted at the stems next to the soil.  I then planted them in a Narrow wicking garden with a 25 cm depth to the water reservoir.  I did need to fill the reservoir from below to ensure the soil at the surface stayed dry. I have had plants that became too congested and had to be divided, so this system works!!!

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At 4:34 on September 30, 2016, Lissa said…

Apologies David the deletion of your original membership was my fault. I cleared out over 2000 inactive accounts and two of you got mixed up in it.

At 22:08 on September 29, 2016, Andrew Cumberland said…

It appears you original profile was accidently deleted David.  

At 20:30 on September 28, 2016, Dianne Caswell said…

Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF) David, Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One is the GARDEN VISITS, 2016 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR here. I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas.  

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF.

At 14:56 on September 28, 2016, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site David. Enjoy!

 
 
 

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