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Dianne Caswell
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  • Brisbane, Queensland
  • Australia
  • Brisbane Western Suburbs
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Dianne Caswell's Discussions

Australian Native Myrtles - Bush Tucker - WANTED

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell May 14, 2017. 6 Replies

Cuttings or Seedlings wantedI am looking for Australian Myrtles to plant in pots. If you would have any of the Bush Tucker varieties, be they Cinnamon, Lemon, Aniseed etc. In the form of cuttings or…Continue

Tags: Myrtles, Bush, Tucker, Native, Australian

Did You Know - Council Cabs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Mar 31, 2017. 2 Replies

I wasn't sure where to put this.You know we sometimes complain about Councils but I was so impressed with this Council Cabs info I found whilst doing the entering of the Green and Other Free and $5…Continue

Tags: City, Council, Brisbane, Cabs, taxi

Molasses For Plants – How To Use It In Your Garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 22, 2017. 6 Replies

Molasses For Plants – How To Use It In Your GardenHave you wondered why some Organic Fertilizers smell like Molasses. I found this useful info whilst searching the net..It sounds crazy, but a can of…Continue

Tags: Fertilisers, Microbes, Fertilizers, Sprays, Coke


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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's 1st Day back into the Garden

Posted on April 14, 2018 at 19:30 2 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.…



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.…



Posted on December 21, 2016 at 22:09 0 Comments

Please find attached the 2017 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR it is filling quickly. Thank you to all member who have helped by Hosting next years GV's, a Special thanks must go to our new members. We are still needing the months that are clear to be filled. If you would like to host a GV, please Personal Message me.

Next year some of the GV's will include Talks/Presentation/etc.…



Posted on December 3, 2016 at 12:19 17 Comments

Well Summer is here. We have felt the brunt of the first storms for the Season, some of us left with a mess to clean up and others with some lovely rain added to their tanks. As we feel the extremes of Summer so do our Flowers, Vegetables, Herbs, Plants and Trees. Whilst some are very good at coping with the stresses of Summer others need help. So it's time to think about how we can help our plants along.

Mulching is important, as is keeping the water up. There are many forms of…


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Dianne Caswell commented on Dianne Caswell's page 2018 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR in the group Garden Visits
"Hi Rhondda, have answered your email, it will be in your in box. It will be lovely to visit another members garden that I we been to."
1 hour ago
Dianne Caswell commented on Valerie's photo

Edible garden

"I love it. Did you make it for any special event? You are very clever."
13 hours ago
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Dianne Caswell replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Free coffee grounds
"I would be happy to take 100lts to start with and 50lts month there after. If we supplied the bins that they use (if it like Starbucks, they use the I think it's a 60lt Black Bins with lid, I have same bins from Buns) we could swap over the…"
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Dave Riley favorited Dianne Caswell's blog post Dianne's 1st Day back into the Garden
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Becky is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Cathie's Garden

July 14, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SATURDAY 14th JULY 10.00am TO 12.00pmAddress will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.Cathie will write a little piece about her garden and I will update; Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.Please…See More
Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Members Outing - Global Food Village'
"Yes, it was a really fun outing with my daughter Amelia and the folk from BLF. Having recently started using pumpkin sprouts (15cm or so of the growing tips) and sweet potato tips in my cooking,it was great to see them offered for sale in big…"
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"Hmmm. The Figs have finished fruiting and look bedraggled. It just seems a little early to prune. Guess there's lots of different experiences out there though. Some wisdom I read suggests the breba crop is not worth having and if the fruit is…"
Susan commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"Hi Dianne, I posted recently about the garden show where I took notes about the pruning advice. After fruiting is when they lose their leavess, prune them back hard to a main frame. He was showing us pictures of these 60 cm high stumps with a couple…"
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"Cuttings - the bane of my existence. Some folks are good at it and some are not. However, reading the wisdom, semi-hardwood cuttings work best. Matter of opinion or experience which is what. I had thought waiting until spring and then taking the…"
Dave Riley commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"A 'fig forrest': is that feasible? What are they, pne or 1.5 metres apart? Seems to be a great idea. Just one thing, tho, are figs easy to strike cuttings from? What's the best time of year to take cuttings? I've had two attempts…"
Dianne Caswell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Members Outing - Global Food Village'
"It was so lovely to meet you Becky and meeting your family was a bonus. You are more than welcome to join in on as many outings and GV's. Here you will find some photos from our outing. They are not very good as the sun was always in the wrong…"
Elaine de Saxe commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"There's some Fig info floating about on BLF, finding it is the challenge. Naturally I've just gone through my bookmarks and turfed 'Fig Info'. Lissa posted the info I believe about 6-12 months ago, it's from the US but much…"
Dianne Caswell commented on Dianne Caswell's photo

Fig forest

"Thanks for the info Elaine. They were to be espaliered but getting the frame made is another thing. That is why I have called it my Fig Forest."

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At 20:25 on April 8, 2018, Andrew Cumberland said…

It's WONDERFUL to have you back Dianne!  You have been greatly missed. 

At 10:44 on April 8, 2018, Anne Clancy said…

Thanks Dianne,

Looking forward to learing and have joined some other groups associated with the page. Just got to get used to the internet group as i have gotten used to seeing everything on facebook these days.

Looking forward to picking up knowlage from those in the know.

Regards Anne

At 6:50 on January 23, 2018, Adam Baker said…

Hi Dianne,

Thanks for the friend request! Re hosting a garden visit in September, a bit of info about our place... it is a duplex on a battle-axe block, so parking is on the street- however there is plenty of room. Then if everyone can just walk up the driveway and to the duplex on the right hand side. It is all flat ground, easy to get around and kid- friendly. Ourr little girl, Sophie, will be 2 by September)

We rent and everything we have in the garden is designed to be able to pack up and take with us to the next place. Having only been in Brisbane for 6 months I am still getting things going again, but hopefully by September there will be a bit more to see!

It is a very small block, but I aim to utilise as much space as possible. I have edibles in pots, some hydroponics and (hopefully by september) at least have made a start on the aquaponics. Also worms and native bees. The bees will be due for a split soon- perhaps we can do that at the Garden visit?

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more info. Cheers!

At 14:01 on November 19, 2017, Jacqui Honeywood said…

Thanks for the BLF friend request Diane :-)

At 21:43 on November 4, 2017, Jacqui Honeywood said…

G'day Dianne, thanks very much for your warm welcome. I have to be honest that it's my hubby Clay who is the green thumb in our family, I just tell him what I want planted and then enjoy the fruits of his labours (literally, haha). Lovely to meet other native bee enthusiasts here too. The GVs sound really lovely; Clay and I would love the opportunity to come along and learn from others and see the variety of gardens around Brissy. We might even be brave enough to share ours sometime in the future too. Thanks also for your tips for the website, I'll spend a bit of time and get to know my way around. Looks like there's lots of 'our kinda people' here :-). 

At 20:28 on October 19, 2017, Daniel Kemp said…

Thanks Dianne.  I am working my way around the site before going back to work.

At 21:27 on October 16, 2017, Matthew Bushnell said…
Thanks Dianne. I was a member of BLF previously but wasn't very active. I went to sign in tonight to discover my email address wasnt recognized.
I'm hoping to be a bit now activein the near future.
At 7:29 on October 11, 2017, Clive Buckingham said…

Hi Dianne, Thanks for the welcome. We are a 3 generation family and bought the property with our daughter, son-in-law and baby. It was established with the fruit trees and we are now trying to learn how to care for them and grow as much of our own food as possible. I have almost completed the chook shed so chooks will be arriving soon. I have also started building some wicking beds.

We will be joining some of the groups and the Garden Visits looks very inviting. Hopefully we will have something to share.

Cheers Clive

At 8:59 on September 5, 2017, Chris Denaro said…

Thanks for the welcome Diane. The site looks great, looking forward to delving deeper and getting involved! :)

At 13:45 on August 25, 2017, Adrian Kilsby said…

Thank You Dianne ,

It will be early next year before we settle into our new house but it be good to out of this two bedroom flat .Can't wait to start growing a few herbs and conducting my experiments even if a lot of them are failures . Ah!! such is life.



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