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Matthew Bushnell
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Panama Berry

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Oct 29, 2017. 11 Replies


Tags: fruit, berry, Panama

Growing True Cardamom from seed.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Oct 26, 2017. 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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GARDEN VISIT - FREE and Demonstration of the Making of Truffles and Rum Balls at Susan's Garden

December 9, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY Decemberber 9th 9.30am TO 11.30pmAddress has been sent 9.15pm Thurs 6th. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.Susan will send us a little about his garden at a later date;Many of our members will know Susan's Garden from her Blogs and perhaps you…See More
Aug 22
Matthew Bushnell might attend Dianne Caswell's event


November 18, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY November 18th 10.00am TO 12.00pmAddress sent Friday at 8.12am. . The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profileWe all enjoyed Andy's Beer and Liqueur Demonstration last year (some of us a bit too much). I am sure his Sausages will prove a winner as…See More
Aug 22
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - FREE - with talk "My Garden Heroes"'
"Hey Everyone, I'm so sorry I missed today's GV.  I had it in my head that it was Sunday.  (It's been a really hectic week and I think my brain must be fried!)  I hope you all had a great time as usual."
Jul 14
Matthew Bushnell favorited Andrew Cumberland's discussion Native hive splits - lessons I've learned
Jul 3
Matthew Bushnell joined Lissa's group

Bees - native and honey

Until I sold my home and garden recently, I owned two native bee hives of Tetragonula carbonaria and a top bar honey bee hive.While I'm am so far from expert at bee keeping it's not funny I do love to learn more about bees and the benefits they provide us.When I was a child at primary school we had our own honey-bee hive and the local bee keeper would come by regularly and we would all gather around while he showed us how to look after them and gather the honey.We have members on BLF who are…See More
Jun 19
Matthew Bushnell favorited Andrew Cumberland's discussion Design a BLF Logo competition
Jun 19
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for bread making? - Free'
"It was great to get along to Sophie's GV yesterday. For anyone who picked up some of the Pink/purple Agastache cuttings yesterday, here's a link to some information about…"
May 28
Matthew Bushnell favorited Janet Fong's discussion Lemongrass BBQ brush
May 28
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for bread making? - Free'
"I'm so looking forward to getting out to a garden visit. My garden had been so neglected due to other pressures. I need to get around other crazy like-minded gardeners and be re-inspired. My pineapple sage need a cut back, so I'll have…"
May 27
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Rescheduled garden visit - and wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free'
"Unfortunately, I realised I have a family function on at the same time so can't make it. I hope everyone has a great time."
Apr 26
Matthew Bushnell might attend Lissa's event

The Pine Rivers Garden and Plant Fair at Lawnton Show Grounds

April 28, 2018 at 8:30am to April 29, 2018 at 2pm
This is the first garden event to be held inside the Show Ring of the Pine Rivers Show grounds and hosted by Russell Young a local horticulturist.Enjoy a collection of plants and garden pieces from 40 exhibitors to suit all budgets and learn from some fabulous guest speakers.It is a family event, including your furry companion - there will be a wide range of food available and a decorated hat and a best dressed pooch competition, kids entertainment and spot raffles during the day.…See More
Apr 5
Matthew Bushnell replied to Mary-Ann Baker's discussion yabbies in acquaponics
"I have Red Claw crayfish currently and they are great fun to have in the aquaponics. I keep them in the sump, separate from the jade perch. Apparently really tasty too, though I haven't tried them. Andy is right about their proclivity to…"
Apr 5
Matthew Bushnell replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Pineapple Pups
"Thanks for the clarification."
Mar 25
Matthew Bushnell favorited Angeles Palacios's discussion RAW HONEY
Mar 25
Matthew Bushnell favorited Elaine de Saxe's discussion Pineapple Pups
Mar 25
Matthew Bushnell replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Pineapple Pups
"Excuse my ignorance Elaine, but what are "Smooth Pineapples"?"
Mar 25

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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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