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Dianne Caswell
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  • Brisbane, Queensland
  • Australia
  • Brisbane Western Suburbs
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Started Apr 13 0 Replies

I thought I would share this with everyone. A Fabulous Do-It-Yourself Seed Raising Mix & More from -  …Continue

Tags: Do-It-Yourself, Seed, Raising, Mix, Inspiration


Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Dec 16, 2020. 1 Reply

ROGERS’ CHICKEN LIVER PATEIngredients:-500 g chicken livers        125 g butter        1 large onion chopped     ½ teaspoon Thyme      1 bay leaf                    6 rashers bacon       3…Continue


Looking for Tiny Clay Bowls for Cheeses

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Mar 3, 2020. 6 Replies

I am looking for some very Tiny Brownish Clay or Ceramic Bowls for some cheeses which I am making, I want the Cheeses to Age in the bowls.I need to have them D 3" (7.5cms) x H 3" (7.5cm), with…Continue

Tags: Cheese, Marceillin, Saint

Details of Gardening & Cooking Books, Dianne is selling

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe May 5, 2019. 3 Replies

Well the de Clutter of the over flow has begun as the Reno's are almost finished. I have a lot of Gardening and Cooking Books for sale on Ebay if anyone is interested. My shop name is Cottage,…Continue


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Profile Information

I am interested in:
We live on a fairly normal suburban 750sq metre block, all available space utilized.
I am a Moon Gardener. I enjoy Companion Planting.
We grow many miniature Fruit Trees in pots, a small Veggie Patch and Herb Garden.
Have started Bag Gardening and have a Blueberry and Alpine Strawberry Patch as well as Rose and Perennial Gardens.
We have Native Bees, Blue Tongue Lizards and Many Birds.
Breadmaking, Preserving, Fermenting and Cooking are other passions of mine.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Products and/or Services, Plants and Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Community Involvement, Other
Brisbane Western Suburbs

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Dianne Caswell's Blog

The Rain - What is everyone planting now.

Posted on February 11, 2020 at 9:30 0 Comments

Hasn't this rain been wonderful. It has made a tremendous difference to our place. Where all the Grass had died we now have Green & everything else has come back from being drought stressed. My Figs are so happy we even have babies on one tree for the first time.

I have been very quiet on the Blog front, almost 2 years quiet, due to not wanting and not being allowed (OT Rules) in the Veg Patch until my garden path had been replaced (due to bulging tree roots), and I have been…


Wanted Grafting, Air-layering, Marcotting, Pegging Enthusiast - For GV's

Posted on February 10, 2020 at 13:50 3 Comments

Would there be any of our members who are Grafting, Air-layering, Marcotting, Pegging Enthusiast (with good sound knowledge) - Available for talks at our Garden Visits.

If not a member with knowledge perhaps you know someone who does or has worked in the industry and who would be willing to come along to one of our Garden Visits. They will be well remunerated with a Good Spread for Morning Tea.

Dianne's 1st Day back into the Garden

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 19:30 6 Comments

Here are some photos of how the garden is looking at the moment.


Dianne's first day in the garden. Not a very flattering photos. But this is me after 8 weeks in hospital.

Tropical Cherry and Pink Guava are doing well…



Posted on March 26, 2017 at 19:49 11 Comments

It has been a very busy time here since you were all at the GV Last year. We have transformed our Front Gardens into Food and Fruit Gardens. My love of Citrus stands out and since being introduced to so many Sub Tropical Fruits both from Members and our Visit to Daley's  last year, you will find our Front Garden now very edible.

BEFORE - Garden has now been widened and…


Latest Activity

Dianne Caswell left a comment for Anthony Lawrence
"Good Morning Anthony, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2021 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR I am sure you would enjoy visiting our…"
19 hours ago
Dianne Caswell replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Susan's GV: 17 April 2021 in the group Garden Visits
"Thanks so much Andy for writing the visit up. I am sorry but we were and are experiencing computer problems here and will have to put photos up at a later date.     The day started out quite gloomy with the chance of a shower, but…"
19 hours ago
Dianne Caswell favorited Andrew Cumberland's discussion Susan's GV: 17 April 2021
20 hours ago
Sid Saghe commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 17th APRIL - SUSAN'S GARDEN VISIT'
"I'm sorry I missed this! Will definitely try my best to be there next time!"
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"Dave, thanks for sharing those glimpses of the old time ferneries etc.  I remember spending time with some older ladies in Gympie many years ago, who took pride in their verandah display of choice ferns, orchids and cane chairs and pretty table…"
Dianne Caswell commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"Welcome to the Group Dave & Christa. I love the site you sent us to Dave there must have been a heck of a lot of Bamboo around at that time to build these structures. I do grow Annuals as well as Perennials. I have many Salvias, Cat's…"
Dianne Caswell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 17th APRIL - SUSAN'S GARDEN VISIT'
"I have sent the address 6.20pm Friday Night, if you do not receive it, it will be because you may have changed your address since joining. If this is the case please correct your address and either phone or SMS me on 0407691485 and I will send it to…"
Dave Riley commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"I always love the notion of a 'cottager' for the garden's owner. I've had a few trad cottage gardens in the past but they need to be adapted to subtropical conditions otherwise they are an early Spring event. Polyculture is key,…"
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A Group for those Members who love growing their Herbs, Fruits & Vegetables but would also like to be able to grow Flowers alongside for use as Companion Plants, The House and to Gift to Friends.ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDENMy Idea of the Modern Cottage Garden is not that far removed from the Traditional Cottage Gardens of the 1800's, though we do not have…See More
Christa commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"My thoughts on a modern cottage garden, is that the colour and perfume that can make up a cottage garden, provides us with all types of insects.  This completes the circle in nature. My choice, is perennials,  colour in plants such as…"
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 17th APRIL - SUSAN'S GARDEN VISIT'
"sorry not going to make it tomorrow - look forward to next months ! "
Dianne Caswell left a comment for Deborah Watson
"Well this New Member many of you have met at my GV, she is Deborah, my Garden Buddy and she also does a great job as a Hostess. Pleased to have you join us."
Dianne Caswell left a comment for Deborah Watson
"Good Morning Deborah, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). Sorry you can't join us tomorrow for the GV perhaps next time. Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2021 GARDEN…"
Dianne Caswell commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post Samford edible food trail
"Just love the Video of the Farm, Amazing, and the Solar Food Hydrator (how wonderful), I want one. Yes I am so, so jealous, you are living my dream."
Dianne Caswell commented on Sophie's event 'Farm tour - Kendall Permaculture farm'
"I am sorry would have loved to be there but have a busy week-end this week. Have a good time Sophie. "
Dianne Caswell replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion The "wish list" thread. What you'd like:
"I have a Bulk 25gm Packet of Seeds, PERMACULTURE SEED MIX to give away at Susan's GV on Saturday. The packet will cover a 15 square metre area. If there are a couple of members who would like to share the packet that would be nice. Packet…"

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At 11:36 on January 25, 2021, Tyler said…

Thanks for the welcoming message and the reply to my message i sent about the finger limes/Davidson plum if you ever want any elderberry cuttings i am in eagleby just shoot me a message.

At 13:02 on December 12, 2020, Christine Margaret Roles said…

Thank you for the warm welcome Dianne.

At 10:25 on December 2, 2020, Ron Hyde said…

Morning Dianne

Thank you for the welcome. I am interested in being involved with the garden visits but I won't be in a position to do so until April 2021 onwards. I have changed my avatar as you suggested. I am pleased to share whatever relevant knowledge I have with any member on the forum, however this forum appears to already have lots of people more knowledgeable than I am, the thing I like about this forum is there doesn't appear to be any egotists, as in, this is the only way to do something, which is a most pleasant change.

At 21:55 on July 14, 2020, Diana Yeo said…

Thanks Dianne

At 12:55 on May 8, 2020, Cindy P said…

Thanks Dianne.  I'll have a look around and see how I might fit in.  Looking forward to learning about growing food in Brisbane.

At 15:22 on March 11, 2020, Fiona Ryan said…

I was very surprised to log in and see such a lovely welcome. I think I have a lot to learn from this group and hope I can share my own tips and ideas along the way. We have just created our first wicking bed, made totally from salvaged and reclaimed materials (except the soil). We are raring to go. I look forward to contributing where I can.

At 7:26 on March 3, 2020, Selina said…

Hi Dianne, 

Thank you for such a lovely welcome! I've only been living in Brisbane for a year now and am trying to connect with like minded people, basically 'us mad gardeners'. 



At 11:23 on February 2, 2020, Vivienne Hallman said…

 Hi Dianne, thank you very much for the warm welcome, I look forward to meeting the members.  Garden visits look good I hope I can join you in February.  A busy time in the garden at present after great rain.

At 12:03 on January 30, 2020, Manoj said…
At 19:59 on August 10, 2019, Pat Dorsett said…

Would love to get to know some other like minded members, but may not be able to make any of the up coming garden visits that are listed. Hopefully my time will free up a bit more in a couple of months. 


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