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WISE WORDS ABOUT FUNGI

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 8. 1 Reply

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Tags: mushrooms, fungi

Cane Toad Challenge research project

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Dec 24, 2017. 12 Replies

CANE TOAD CHALLENGE RESEARCH PROJECTProfessor Rob Capon and his team have…Continue

Tags: frog, toad, cane toad

UPCYCLED SEEDLING CONTAINERS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker Nov 28, 2017. 5 Replies

Many of us already recycle containers for seedlings, but here's some reminders of just how creative we can be. (Note: the "seedlings" are often bit of plant stuck in the container, but still give a…Continue

Tags: upcycle, seedlings, seeds, containers

SLASHER ORGANIC WEEDKILLER

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jan 14. 11 Replies

Has anyone tried this product and can give feedback:…Continue

Tags: weed killer, weed, organic

 

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About me:
Until 28th November 2016 I lived on a 24p or roughly 610sm suburban block in Strathpine for 15yrs before selling up and becoming a FT house/pet sitter. I've been booked solid until October 2018 when I hope to settle on Bribie.

A decorative gardener for most of my life, in 2010 I decided to start converting my yard into something much more productive. I had a few fruit trees and added three 4m long raised vege beds and more fruiting plants.

I am very interested in learning about the uncommon food plants that will grow well in our sub-tropical climate and sharing these with others so we can all learn together.
The clue to learning is sharing - information, plants and seeds.

I don't follow any one form of gardening lore/theory but take from them what I think is useful to me:
I am a no-dig gardener; I allow food plants to self seed (Amaranth, Mustard, lettuce etc); I compost all household kitchen scraps (nothing cooked) directly into the garden; I don't use any chemicals; I use mulch and intensive planting to suppress weeds; I eat the weeds/wild edibles where ever possible; I try not to let any organic material leave my yard via the bin - it should all be composted.

My personal motto is KISS - I don't believe in unnecessarily complicated theories and methods that potentially put off the learner gardener. Nature keeps it simple and so should we. Emulate nature as much as possible.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I visit as many groups and community gardens as interest and time permits.
I am interested in:
Learning to grow food plants that suit our climate.

Sharing information, cuttings and seeds with others.

"Truly successful agriculture requires not so much arduous labour as awareness, observation, connection and persistence."
Masanobu Fukuoka

"Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

Ethics of permaculture: care for the earth, care for people and share fairly.

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." Einstein

"Knowledge is like compost. It does no good unless you spread it around." Eliot Coleman
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Plants and Produce, Community Involvement
My website is:
http://youryard.wordpress.com/
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Training and Consultancy, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Community Involvement, Gardening Help
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

Lissa's Blog

MOVING TO BRIBIE

Posted on December 23, 2017 at 6:30 21 Comments

Where to start....an update.

A year ago I was put in the position of having to sell my home, well established food garden and bee hives. Painful to say the least, especially as the agreed trigger to sell was the passing of my last two dogs. 

As I owned only half of the house there was never going to be enough left over to buy another house....even if I could get another loan at my age I simply didn't want a mortgage hanging over my head.

Rent? (Expensive and would…

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PHOENIX SCULPTURE GARDENS

Posted on September 24, 2017 at 20:30 0 Comments

While I'm staying at Armstrong Creek for this extended period of house sitting it has given me the opportunity to explore the region when I have the time at weekends. This weekend my sister was staying over and I wanted to go check out the Phoenix Sculpture Gardens at Mt Glorious run by Graham and Margit Radcliffe.

Graham is an incredibly talented sculptor and also a painter. They have a property at the top of Mt Glorious…

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ALICE SPRINGS AND THE ROAD TO GLEN HELEN

Posted on July 25, 2017 at 18:30 4 Comments

During my week long stay in Alice Springs I have gone from sceptic to admirer of this area. The town is friendly, artistic and vibrant with a real community feel and all the amenities you could want.  

Population in 2017 approximately 29,000 (Bureau of Statistics).

In summer average temperatures range from 20 - 35°C and can soar to around 40°C. January is the wettest month with around 40mm (1.5") of rainfall, however the climate is considered dry and…

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ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK

Posted on July 22, 2017 at 18:00 0 Comments

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This is the most incredible park - like a combination of Australia Zoo and the best native botanic garden rolled into one. We stopped and chatted with one of the horticulturalists doing some new planting and it was mind boggling the amount of planning that…

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At 21:59 on November 4, 2017, Jacqui Honeywood said…

Thanks for the welcome Lissa, we're in Mitchelton. We haven't started running workshops yet, but that's on the cards in the future for us as a way of sharing information, educating the community and giving people confidence with handling their hives. We have over 40 hives now so there's plenty of opportunity to workshop a hive split or robbing honey if there's enough interest out there. 

We have both log hives which we sell for $400 and normal boxed hives with 'honey supers' which we sell for $500. 

Thanks for the tip on advertising and tagging. I'm still getting a feel for where everything is on the site. There's so much to see here!!!

At 12:17 on October 31, 2017, Hannah Nguyen said…
hi Lissa. i have found this page and know that you have the wild betal leave,or la lot... i really want to ask you where can i buy it? or have it ?i looking for this leave to make a special dish for my husband birthday coming soon in november. i'm in gold coast and i willing to come to buy or collect them.
many thanks for your help
At 5:59 on August 25, 2017, Paul Hargreaves said…

Yes it is a bit "city", My this is my first time in a unit complex and having to deal with a body corporate. There are only 16 units and a high owner occupancy rate, the ages range from 1 to 80's, only one tenant was opposed to the garden on the grounds that it does not get too much of an eyesore - I can't see us having chickens anytime soon, but native bees.....

At 20:51 on August 24, 2017, Paul Hargreaves said…

Hi Lissa,

I am in Rosemont Gardens in Auchenflower, I have a herb garden already in a tiered window planter, have chilli, tomatoes, Snowpeas and Capcium in a garden bed all doing well and a lots of lemon tree trying hard. I was just given permission by body corporate to establish a new vege garden in a roughly 3m x 1m area near a pool so I'll be navigating the website for ideas - I saw the ABC article which piqued my interest

At 6:00 on February 27, 2017, christopher zane hart said…

i,m very well thank you for your welcome.

At 10:16 on February 24, 2017, Christine Butler said…

Very pleased to join this group and so timely as I have wanted to do more in my ungrowable garden for so long! Maybe you can get your garden jollies in my garden and help me get started Lissa while you are gardenless atm!

At 13:29 on February 8, 2017, DeborahFolkes said…

Hey Lissa, saw an ad by you regarding bunya nuts, my girlfriend lives in Blackwater and has been looking everywhere to purchase some. She and her children and grandchildren really love Bunya nuts and would really appreciate if she could find where to get some from. We have come to a halt trying to find some and really know where else to look. Was wondering if at all possible maybe you could point us in the direction to purchase some. Much obliged Debbie Folkes (Ipswich Resident)

At 15:00 on October 24, 2016, Sophie said…

Hi Lissa Thank you for your message, for some reason Ning is not letting me reply!

At 14:29 on October 21, 2016, Terry Layman said…

This is similar to what we are doing, but our students are younger, some are starting 7th grade.

Community College Hort Professor Prepares Students to Work in Indoor Farms of the Future

BY TRISH POPOVITCH

When it comes to Controlled Environment Agriculture [CEA], Valerie Loew wants the U.S. to catch up with Europe and China before it’s too late. “The rest of the world is so far ahead of us, because they are so limited with their own resources,” says Loew, horticulture department head at Fullerton College. “They are taking advantage of this technology way before us because we have sunshine and we have water; but we really don’t. Between Europe and China, the amount of greenhouses they have is just off the charts. We need to start catch

At 21:51 on October 20, 2016, Terry Layman said…

A group of students with a interest of learning the art of growing using Auquaponics. They are not affiliated in any way with the schools they get their regular education, in fact the research is not gov't funded in any way.

They are not allowed to do many things on-line, but do most of the research on-line, this is to protect them from anybody coming in the backway and stealing their research for monetary gains.

I've signed a Non-Disclousre that I can't reveal any of their research to the general public in any form. My position is to coach and clarify technigues when they have a idea on how to do something they want to do different from normal procedures..  Once they get an idea, its discussed among the group, and voted on as going forward with the project by their peers. The coaches then will go on-line and do the research on what is being done, and guide the students from that point on.

give you an example, a student has a idea on how to make something better, He doesn't even know how to start to build it, that's were we help them. Where does a 14 year old get the funds to build it in the first place, he can't just raise a few thousand dollars by himself, so the idea he has goes away, but if the benefactor who is in charge thinks that the student is on to something, he will step up and fund the project.

An example, a student can learn to weld metals and such in shop class at school, but were does he learn how to weld plastics. The shop instructors don't even know how its done and could care less to learn. He can if he's in this group.

Any questions just ask? 

 
 
 

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