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Pineapple Seeds

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Mar 12. 10 Replies

When cutting open a recent store bought pineapple, I noticed some seeds.…Continue

Tags: seeds, Pineapple

Mystery Bean

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Feb 14. 5 Replies

This bean is a mystery to me at the moment. I've looked through the seeds I have, for names that should give this one away, however I cannot seem to find it.…Continue

Tags: Bean

A Home Biogas System

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

HomebiogasNiceNot much to add on this, the website says it all... I will say, I wish I had more scraps (after the chickens, goats, worms and…Continue

Darren James's Worm Tower with Removable Insert

Started this discussion. Last reply by DARREN JAMES Dec 30, 2016. 3 Replies

Thank you Darren…Continue


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"I feel that the reputation of wasabi been difficult to grow is due to the stem/rhizome target. Take away pressure to produce a, or quality stem/rhizome and accept that it may go to no leaves during the summer (with just the rhizome remaining in the…"
Rob Collings favorited Dianne Caswell's blog post WE WELCOME AUTUMN 2017
Rob Collings commented on Dianne Caswell's blog post WE WELCOME AUTUMN 2017
"Stunning Dianne! The effort that's been applied certainly shows."
Rob Collings favorited Dave Riley's discussion Growing Seedlings from Seeds at home
Andrew Cumberland commented on Rob Collings's photo


"Oh, I feel great shame brother.   Your success makes me feel a little better. "
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Corn Kids

"Popping corn -- sold as food -- apparently will work OK. The trick is the drying. Left on the stalk, the rats or cockies will ravage it. Rats got most of my last crop I suspect. That or some other korny critter. But harvesting and air drying looks…"
Christa commented on Rob Collings's photo


"This plant, if it is Eutrema japonicum, seems to be quite rare and you do well to manage to cultivate it. From what I have read, Allyl isothiocyanate is the active ingredient which gives the taste or odour, and this is only released when…"
Jeff Kiehne commented on Rob Collings's photo

Poor PawPaw

"Have you looked at claiming it  on insurance  if you  have evidence of how it happened."
Rob Collings commented on Rob Collings's photo


"It's seems to be a mild affect, like having a coffee at night. I found my mind active, but my body as tired as normal for the middle of the night. The time I really noticed it was when I ate some at 9pm... I would never have a coffee at that…"
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Poor PawPaw

"The vehicle did a three point turn, rather than five, at the pawpaw's expense. I'm guessing the driver did not expect this result, as the trunk was nudged less than 40cm. The trunks have a top-heavy habit when fruiting. That combined with…"
Lissa commented on Rob Collings's photo

Poor PawPaw

"Ooooh sad...and very odd behaviour of the driver. I had a similar incident after heavy rain with my old heavily laden favourite tree many years ago. Took the green fruit along to the Samford Garden Group meeting (pre BLF) and they fell on the them…"
Elaine de Saxe commented on Rob Collings's photo


"I was thinking of growing some. An insomnia-helper I do not need!"
Lissa commented on Rob Collings's photo


"Insomnia hey. That's an unexpected side effect. There must be some element in it. "
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Poor PawPaw

"So sorry to see this sort of thing happen to you in your wonderful part of the world."
Elaine de Saxe commented on Rob Collings's photo

Poor PawPaw

"You mean some passing motorist drove into your trees? :-O On the footpath perhaps, but still lousy navigation."

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Allotment Gardening

Posted on March 4, 2017 at 17:30 11 Comments

Attached are some pages from an old gardening book Tash found for me.

I'll add the printed date tomorrow, if you'd like to, click on each picture and have a read (especially about bacteria in soil and nitrogen cycle, starts on page 29) and take a guess when it was written.…


First Garden Blog

Posted on August 19, 2016 at 17:12 16 Comments

Here is a PDF of my first garden blog. I will go straight to the web blog for updates next time... whenever that is :)

First Garden…


Running on empty

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 22:30 13 Comments

I have found water supply to be an issue this year. It's the first summer in over 10 that I have seen the dam empty. In the past, it's been full/overflow-running by December at the latest.

The banana trees below sit at the base of the small dam (dam out of picture and to the right).…


Wicking Reservoir-Pipe Experiment

Posted on June 7, 2015 at 21:00 3 Comments

I'm expanding my front veggie garden at the moment, and decided to add some form of water savings to a section of the expansion in case I have another dry spring and summer like last year.

This is based on (and is) an open wicking bed (within the area of the garden around where its being laid).…


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At 19:23 on March 22, 2017, Melissa said…
Thanks! I have to plum plants in my garden. They are babes though. I have a bush flood gatden at work as a teaching resource but my garden at home is in its infancy. The plants are loving the rain though.
At 6:09 on February 14, 2017, Oliver Stratton said…

Thanks Rob.

At 20:09 on February 13, 2017, Oliver Stratton said…

Thanks for the welcome Rob.  I came across your Brisbane Local Food   site today looking for a source of Centella asiatica..  I feel lucky to have found such an interesting local group and look forward to being a member.

At 14:58 on January 11, 2017, Meegan Hardaker said…

Thanks for the welcome, Rob. Such a great site, very  glad to be here!

At 18:02 on December 16, 2016, Rhondda Pearson said…
Thanks Rob for your warm welcome.
At 17:10 on November 18, 2016, Simon Calcinai said…

Thanks for the welcome, Rob. I will be out of town for a few weeks, but look forward to utilising the site once I return and start gardening! 

At 22:20 on October 20, 2016, Terry Layman said…

No Gold here, except in new research.

At 19:52 on September 21, 2016, Drew O'Brien said…

Thanks Rob

At 22:43 on September 9, 2016, Dion Salmon said…
Thanks Rob looking forward to learning a lot about gardens cheers Dion
At 10:40 on August 1, 2016, jennifer baldwin said…

Thanks Rob i am sure i am going to enjoy, believe me i let myself get so mixed up re problems in the garden, found a post by Lissa on gardening remedies and suggestions so interesting. Jen.


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