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meaning of the word avocado ;)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Jun 20. 1 Reply

I've just got to share this. I'm sure it will give you a new perspective when you are enjoying your avos.Continue

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wise saying

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SPROUTS?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Dec 29, 2018. 21 Replies

It's been years since I did any sprouting. Decades.Seeing as I have no garden to speak of, but am now settled in one place, I'm keen to create fresh food in whatever way possible.Suggestions for best…Continue

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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 sitter. I ended up doing this for two years solid before settling back on Bribie, where I come from originally and my elderly parents need a bit of a hand. Having my own place to myself again is glorious....trouble is it has no yard for growing, just a small space for a few grow bags and pots.

THE FOLLOWING RELATES TO THE GARDEN I HAD:
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

SUGGESTIONS FOR EDIBLES TO BE GROWN IN POTS IN A VERY SMALL SPACE :)

Posted on January 2, 2019 at 7:00 42 Comments

Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself. 

Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.

Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.

Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants…

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CREATE MORE BUTTERFLIES

Posted on October 21, 2018 at 7:00 16 Comments

Compared to Brisbane, there aren't many gardening related workshops on offer at Bribie so I was keen to support this one run by Helen Schwencke at the local library yesterday.

Helen has put out a wonderful little book full of colour photos with a pic for each butterfly in adult, caterpillar and chrysalis stages called Create More Butterflies 

Available on her website Earthling Enterprises it's not cheap at…

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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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Sid Saghe commented on Lissa's group Bees - native and honey
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Sid Saghe joined Lissa's group
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BRISBANE GARDEN AND PLANT EXPO at Brookfield Showground

October 5, 2019 at 9am to October 6, 2019 at 2pm
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Farm Open Day at Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

November 24, 2019 from 9am to 3pm
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Lissa commented on Farina Murray's group BLF Futures
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Lissa replied to Becky's discussion Looking for established fruit trees, economically. in the group Frugal Fellows
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Lissa commented on Lissa's group Name that insect!
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QUEENSLAND GARDEN EXPO at Nambour Showgrounds

July 12, 2019 to July 14, 2019
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Christa commented on Lissa's event 'Food Preserving and Sauce making'
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Andrew Cumberland commented on Lissa's status
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"BLF Format looks wierd to me again."
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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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