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Keen to try this variety

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sophie Jul 20, 2020. 4 Replies

You know how it is. You go to the local IGA for some milk and you leave with an unusual variety of seeds that you've never heard of. …Continue

We have our 2nd wicking bed ready to go

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Hanning Jul 10, 2020. 3 Replies

Finally (finally!), we have completed preparations of other parts of the garden which meant we could have a load of soil delivered. Our wicking beds are made from reclaimed hardwood sleepers and…Continue

Growing Raspberries in Brisbane

Started this discussion. Last reply by angela holmes Sep 7, 2020. 6 Replies

So here’s the scenario: our builder showed up with a heap of gifted produce as well as some tomato plants, a pigeon pea plant and a pot with some raspberry canes. The canes look a bit sad at present…Continue

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Name this nasty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 16, 2020. 4 Replies

I’m wondering about this, on one of my eggplants. I think it’s red spider mite?…Continue


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Fiona Ryan commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo

Spanakopita from the patch

"The silverbeet is pumping at our house too. We're having it once a week as well as adding it to most meals. Today I'm going to give an Ottolenghi recipe for 'green  pancakes' a go."
Oct 13, 2020
angela holmes replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Growing Raspberries in Brisbane
"Worth a go if you can keep the water up to them. I have autumn bliss in the ground and Atherton in a pot doing quite well. Though i had no luck with the autumn bliss until i got a blumat watering system. Watch out for fruit fly in summer. I got it…"
Sep 7, 2020
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Jul 31, 2020
Fiona Ryan commented on Roger Clark's blog post Tomato Growing what Roger does - please add to this
"I have a good crop of solanto cherry tomatoes at present. One set on plants are dying off but another set planted a little later are reaching for the moon. I had to add extra rio to tie them to. This is my first serious year of growing, and I have…"
Jul 31, 2020
Dave Riley commented on Fiona Ryan's photo

Slow to Bolt Choy Sum - Allegedly

"How to Prevent Bolting in Bok Choy There are several answers to what it means when bok choy bolts and how to prevent bolting. In bok choy, the key factor is shock, which can be caused by transplanting, temperature, and water. It’s a sign your…"
Jul 23, 2020
Jeff Kiehne commented on Fiona Ryan's photo

Slow to Bolt Choy Sum - Allegedly

"How cold is it where you are because may be from big change in temperature from day to night  and the short days  may not help.Planted potatoes 4 months ago and think that to get good results in winter need to be in full sun and no…"
Jul 23, 2020
Dave Riley commented on Fiona Ryan's photo

Slow to Bolt Choy Sum - Allegedly

"We had a big feed of Choy Sum on last Sunday night. They were a bit lanky when picked. My bok choy, on the other hand, has been great. I've been able to harvest as needed -- one at a time. I prefer bok choy anyway. The Choy Sum had a little bit…"
Jul 22, 2020
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Jul 22, 2020
Sophie replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Keen to try this variety
"Yes, I had one from BLF too - very hardy and pretty prolific but the skin was a little thick from memory compared to the purple type. Enjoy!"
Jul 20, 2020
Sophie favorited Fiona Ryan's discussion Keen to try this variety
Jul 20, 2020
Fiona Ryan replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Keen to try this variety
"Time will tell."
Jul 19, 2020
Fiona Ryan commented on Fiona Ryan's photo

Slow to Bolt Choy Sum - Allegedly

"Interesting point Andrew. I would say ‘yes, full sun all day’. The others seems OK and to be honest, I’m sure I’ll be up to my neck in it before I know it. I will however check just how much sun they get at various times in…"
Jul 19, 2020
Andrew Cumberland replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Keen to try this variety
"I had one plant gifted to me by Rob Collings who was a member here.  I'll be really interested to see if you can get seedlings Fiona.  "
Jul 18, 2020
Andrew Cumberland commented on Fiona Ryan's photo

Slow to Bolt Choy Sum - Allegedly

"Did it have enough sun?  I noticed my lettuce used to bolt if they didn't get enough sunlight (as well as in the heat)."
Jul 18, 2020
Doug Hanning replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Keen to try this variety
"We go to IGA for baranbah milk as well! Those eggplants look strange."
Jul 18, 2020
Fiona Ryan commented on Dave Riley's blog post Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.
"Did you run your stall this morning Dave? If so, was there any interest?"
Jul 18, 2020

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About me:
A long term Brisbane resident who has a keen interest in cooking so I want to be able to grow my own vegetables.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
None at present
I am interested in:
Learning gardening tips, sustainability, making rather than buying and reducing my footprint
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement, None/Unsure
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What I am looking for:
Information, Plants or Produce, Community Involvement, Gardening Help
Brisbane Eastern Suburbs

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At 6:07 on March 11, 2020, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Morning Fiona, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). So lovely to have you join us, we have many keen cooks as well as very good gardeners in our group so I am sure you will fit in very well. 

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2019 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR. 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. If you feel you are particularly adept in a field you may like to add a new Group to our List or perhaps do a talk or demonstration at one of our GV. If a yes for the GV you might like to friend me and we can see what we can do. We are always looking for new ideas.

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 17:48 on March 10, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Fiona.  After quickly looking at your blog, I suspect you've found a community that will entirely suit you.  


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