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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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Matthew Bushnell might attend Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Elaine's Garden

August 15, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
WEDNESDAY 15TH AUGUST 10.00am TO 12.00pmIt will be Brisbane Exhibition Day but everything will be open in Deception Bay as they are in the Moreton Bay Regional Council. A lunch will follow at The Tavern, more details will be sent closer the date. Address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email…See More
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - FREE'
"Thanks to everyone who alerted me to my desire to time travel and attend this garden visit! In my eagerness to start the year off with a visit, I clicked on the calender link, not checking that it was fit 2017!!"
Matthew Bushnell commented on Dianne Caswell's page 2017 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR in the group Garden Visits
"I would love to host a GV at some stage in the future, but right now I am afflicted with a bad case of C.H.A.O.S. (Cant Have Anyone Over Syndrome). I need to deal with a bunch of clutter to make my place accessible for a GV!!"
Matthew Bushnell might attend Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - FREE at Jess's Garden

January 15, 2017 from 9:30am to 11:30am
SUNDAY 15TH JANUARY 9.30am TO 11.30amADDRESS HAS BEEN SENT TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE RSVP'ed on Tuesday 10th January at 1.30pm. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.Jess has written a little about her Garden;A little bit about my garden is this house was…See More
Matthew Bushnell favorited Lissa's discussion SLASHER ORGANIC WEEDKILLER
Matthew Bushnell commented on Sophie's blog post November 2017
"Lovely pics and update Sophie.  I would have said caraway to your plant id request, though now I can't tell if it is indeed valerian, (mine hasn't flowered yet). Is your beautiful healthy fruity sage plant one you got from the shabby…"
Dec 29, 2017
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Dec 29, 2017
Matthew Bushnell favorited Jacqui Honeywood's discussion Native Bee Log Hives For Sale
Dec 22, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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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, 2017
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Dec 9, 2017
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, 2017
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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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