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Mushroom rises from fungus buried in sea for 20 million years

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Aug 10. 3 Replies

ARTICLEThis mushroom, measuring about 1 centimeter in size, was grown from a fungus collected from a…Continue

Tags: mushroom, fungi

anyone got room in their house for a young lady from China for a few days?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jul 31. 1 Reply

I have a lovely young (32) Hong Kong friend who is looking for somewhere to stay for a few days while she organises her travel plans to Bali. Neat, tidy, friendly, excellent English, very…Continue

ETHIOPIAN CABBAGE

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jul 31. 18 Replies

I was at the Yandina Community Gardens yesterday with Phil attending a talk on Food Forests and during the session we all took a walk through the YCG food forest. One of the plants I nibbled on,…Continue

Tags: greens, collard, cabbage, ethiopian cabbage

SEED, THE UNTOLD STORY DVD

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jul 30. 9 Replies

SEED, THE UNTOLD STORYI recently bought a copy of the DVD and would like to offer it for loan for individual viewing. I have tried to…Continue

Tags: dvd, seed

 

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About me:
Until 28th November 2016 I lived on a 24p or roughly 610sm suburban block in Strathpine. I have just sold and will be house sitting other peoples gardens and pets for the foreseeable future.

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 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
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

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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ALICE SPRINGS OLIVE PINK BOTANIC GARDEN

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 15:00 7 Comments

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You can't visit Alice Springs without going to visit the Olive Pink Botanic Gardens. I searched for information about any guided tours through the garden and couldn't find anything and asking at the…

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ALICE SPRINGS COMMUNITY GARDEN

Posted on July 17, 2017 at 20:30 9 Comments

I have to pinch myself. I'm here in the dead centre of Australia (visiting my daughter, who works and lives here) and it turns out it's not so dead. In fact Alice Springs boasts the most productive and attractive community garden I personally have seen. Semi-retired dentist Bruce is a keen volunteer and agreed to meet me at the gardens for a tour.

Bruce tells me his own garden at home is also lush and thriving (I have an invitation to come visit and I hope I can fit…

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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? 

At 17:06 on September 12, 2016, John Miner said…

Kate & I would be happy to do some concerts for free, we could also run some ukulele classes if they would be of interest.

Give Kate a call on 0421 046273

Regards

John

At 10:04 on August 2, 2016, jennifer baldwin said…

Good morning Lissa, The soil is not to bad once you get through all the rock/stones, have mainly bought in soil and built up. Finding the article you posted "Garden Remedies and suggestions" very interesting. Have what looks like black spot in pawpaws, looks like best to do for that is up the nutrition level. wow great sweet potato, have planted some seem to be taking ages to get any potatoes on just orange type. all the best. Jen.  

 
 
 

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