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Russell James
  • Killarney
  • Australia
  • Toowoomba Region
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Russell James commented on Susan's photo

Summer broccoli harvest

"Yes I don't think you can grow much without a well-secured net over it during our summer "
Feb 14
Russell James commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Australian native bees A gentle way to split the hive

"I have put together a European beehive and joined the local beekeeping association quite a fascinating learning curve as I come to realize the intricacies of beekeeping.   There has just aired a program on the ABC about bees…"
Feb 13
Christa commented on Russell James's photo


"Russell, have you ever looked into bio-intensive mini-farming. It is quite interesting to view on video, the main one I have seen is John Jeavons.  His system gives some ideas on how much land you need to feed 4 persons.  The thing that…"
Feb 9
CHERYL SLAPP favorited Russell James's photo
Feb 9
CHERYL SLAPP commented on Russell James's photo


"Love the way you have the netting set up.  By the look of your veges this set up works well, maybe one day I will get at least some of my garden netted.  Would love to see your full set up"
Feb 9
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Feb 9
Elaine de Saxe commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"The only reason fresh or old grass matters for composting is *if the heap needs the brown stuff*."
Feb 5
Russell James commented on Kate Wall's event 'Gardening in The Pub - Subtropical Edibles'
"Great subject matter, I hope somebody from the forum goes along and take some notes ....... It's the one thing I do miss about being in a more populated area is the opportunity to attend this type of get together."
Feb 5
Russell James commented on Dave Riley's photo

Mexican style fermented chili sauce

"Hey Dave, when you do your fermentation, are you doing it with all the fancy airlock devices and that sort of gear.  "
Feb 5
Russell James commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"Andrew Cumberland  it works well enough for the area I have, but I still have not got the harvesting of the worms down pat as I still have to do too much sifting of the material to separate the worms that are left. Depending on how much money…"
Feb 5
Russell James commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"Christa For worm farming, grass clippings and the like are not needed if you are feeding them with your food scraps with a supplement of some animal manure. That's the good thing about worm farming for either the worm or its…"
Feb 5
Russell James commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"Elaine de Saxe yes compost is a different set of rules than worm farming but fresh or old grass I did not think matters for a compost heap."
Feb 5
Elaine de Saxe commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"Grass clippings when fresh are green so it's old dead stuff we need for good compost. My grass clippings stay on the grass too."
Feb 4
Christa commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"It sounds good Russell, we use most of our scraps in our compost heap,  We have failed before with our compost containers but that looks simple.  Where we have a problem is that we don't have grass clippings. They get mowed without a…"
Feb 4
Elaine de Saxe favorited Russell James's blog post Worm food
Feb 4
Andrew Cumberland commented on Russell James's blog post Worm food
"Looks like a good system. "
Feb 4

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About me:
I have a no dig garden that I have been developing for the last 2 years
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
facebook group Australian market gardeners, Charles Dowling forum
I am interested in:
Local food security, seed saving, worm farming, strawberries.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Products and/or Services, Plants and Produce, Garden Materials, Other
What I am looking for:
Information, Community Involvement
Toowoomba Region

Matthews Rest Produce

The software only allowed me to select the Toowoomba Region as my location yet I am actually in the town of Killarney closer to Warwick than Toowoomba. 

I started the gardens as an Urban farming project but the principles the concept is based on requires a larger population base than what we have in the area.

Whereas I still do sell to local cafe's and business I set up a "farmgate' stall and modified the produce selection to be more expansive than the original cut greens and fast turnover crops I started with. 

Matthews Rest is so named as a memorial garden to my youngest son Matthew who was killed in a car crash in February 2017 whilst serving with the Australian army based in Darwin.

My "speciality" is strawberries grown the old fashion way in the ground and lots of good living soil. 

In 2018 I increased the plantings to approximately 1000 plant and in 20019 I hope to expand to 1500.  

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Worm food

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 13:47 7 Comments

The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.

I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking. 

Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…


Seed Saving

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 0 Comments

I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-)  so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.

I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again has an appearance in the clip.

I have over the past couple of years been saving…


Hot and dry

Posted on January 20, 2019 at 14:15 1 Comment

I have had to delay plantings to at least 3 of my beds due to the hot dry conditions even though I am covering with shade cloth and netting that I have made up on tunnel hoops, it is still taking a lot of water just to fill the local cafe's orders.

The continuing dry spell will be starting to make an impact on fruit and veg prices and availability soon enough, so as a grower its always good to know you have at least…


Strawberry Beds Planting Out

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 10:30 6 Comments

I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.

As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.…


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At 14:18 on December 22, 2018, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Russell. 



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