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Matthew Bushnell
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  • McDowall
  • Australia
  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Panama Berry

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 29. 11 Replies


Tags: fruit, berry, Panama

Growing True Cardamom from seed.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Oct 26. 14 Replies

Hi, I was wondering if anyone here has tried to grow true cardamom from seed?(Elettaria cardamomum as opposed to Alpinia nutans). I was going to get my hands on some organic pods and give it a go,…Continue


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Mary-Ann Baker commented on Matthew Bushnell's photo

Cassava Plant

"flour is a little tricky it is poisonous as is the plant if you dont treat it corrctly - you have to soak it for a few days first ! will get Col to tell you exactly what you have to do ! will miss you tomorrow - do drop over any ime you are out this…"
Dec 9
Matthew Bushnell commented on Matthew Bushnell's photo

Cassava Plant

"Unfortunately Mary-Ann, I can't make it tomorrow. I hope you all have a great time. How do you make your flour? Is it just a matter of drying the cassava and grinding to a fine powder?"
Dec 9
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Matthew Bushnell's photo

Cassava Plant

"so glad to see you had success - you might get some more or try our cassava flour if you come partying tomorrow ! "
Dec 9
Matthew Bushnell posted a photo

Cassava Plant

Just planted this out after it's been striking roots in the aquaponics bed.Thanks Mary-Ann and Colin for the cuttings.
Dec 9
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Dec 9
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Dec 9
Dianne Caswell commented on Matthew Bushnell's blog post CAUTION -------BLF IS DANGEROUS!!!!!
"Have only just stumbled across this Blog, you made me giddy, all of you, just reading about what you do. Not able to do too much at the moment in the garden but give me a couple of months after all my operations and treatment stops and I will be…"
Nov 19
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Nov 11
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Garden at Visit Susan's with Demonstration of Dumpling Making'
"Hi Susan, it was lovely to meet you at Andy's GV last month. Pauline and I were hoping to get to your place tomorrow, but unfortunately can't make it this time."
Nov 11
Mary-Ann Baker commented on Matthew Bushnell's status
"haha! some fun to brighten up the day ! "
Nov 2
Matthew Bushnell posted a status
"Need a laugh? Two gardeners chatting, "I use horse manure on my Strawberries - what do you use?" Other gardener "I prefer cream on mine.""
Nov 2
Matthew Bushnell replied to Mary-Ann Baker's discussion storm damage
"Mary Ann, I have a mulcher that can handle branches up to about 70mm. You're welcome to borrow it if it will help."
Oct 30
Matthew Bushnell joined pat pierce's group

Growing in pots/containers

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Oct 30
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Oct 30

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About me:
I'm a man approaching "middle age", married with three children 18-12 and we've been living in McDowall for about 14 years and just love all things garden. I am self employed as a Wall and Floor Tiler, which just seems to get in the way of my gardening! Over the last 4 years or so, I have enjoyed experimenting with turning my usable space into a productive urban farm. It is a constant work I progress and with the busy pace of life things often get neglected.
When I'm not in the garden, you might find me down at one of the local Bunnings rescuing various plants that they have drastically reduced, I love picking up a bargain and finding a place for it in my garden. Just call me "The Bunnings Beggar".
I have a particular interest in strange, rare and unusual plants, and especially enjoy learning more about herbalism and the medicinal/health benefits of the plants around us.
I am interested in:
Aquaponics: Currently running a 3 bed IBC CHOP system with around 35 Jade Perch. Also a few random water gardens about the place.
Fruit Trees I am currently growing (mostly in pots): Imperial mandarin; Emperor Mandarin; Navel Orange; Blood Orange; Grapefruit Ruby Red; Cara Cara Blood Navel; Meyer Lemon; Eureka Lemon; West Indian Lime; Tahitian Lime; Cherry Guava; Australian Peanut Tree; Jaboticaba; Panama Berry; Blueberry; Mulberry Black; Mulberry White; Avocado; White Sapote; Pecan.
Chickens: We currently have 5 chickens, (Tiny, Misty, Daisy, Speckles and Daffodil - she's a bit of a vicious "man eater".
Quail: We've recently acquired some quail and learning all about them on the run.
Composting and worm farming. I also breed live meal worms, though these have been very neglected, yet they continue to survive.
Plant propagation is another interest of mine. Composting, worm farming. Sourcing and growing more unusual plants, particularly various old world and medicinal herbs. I'm always looking for that next new and exciting plant to add to the garden.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Plants and Produce, Garden Materials, Gardening Help
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Training and Consultancy, Events, Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:25 15 Comments

Since rejoining BLF and going to Andy's GV on Sunday I've been finding it increasingly more difficult to get myself to work! I thought I was bad before, but you people are a bad influence on me. Here I am sitting on my front step with car keys in hand, having just planted put a few purple top turnips, looking at the rest of my seedlings and thinking, "What one more thing should I plant before I head off to my job."

Seriously, thanks for the inspiration everyone, but I have to get… Continue

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At 20:29 on October 16, 2017, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Evening Matthew, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF).

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One is the GARDEN VISITS, 2017 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR here. 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.

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 20:04 on October 16, 2017, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Matthew. 



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