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Krystal favorited Scarlett's discussion Permaculture Design Certificate with Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton
Apr 21, 2016
Sophie replied to Scarlett's discussion Growing Taro (transferred from backyarders)
"I got given this "taro" stem on Friday, with small rooting tuber attached. I was told it was eating taro but after searching a bit I am wondering whether it isnt evil purple stemmed weed instead…"
Mar 17, 2016
Christa commented on Scarlett's status
"Looks like a fox could be the problem in the Geebung Zillmere area, as a local has lost 6 chickens from her yard at night.  The suspect took off their heads only.  Lock up your girls at night, is my advice."
Nov 3, 2015
Scarlett replied to Donna's discussion Passionfruit (Passiflora edulis)
"Hello Lissa and everyone! I'm following this conversation apparently - popped up on my phone! I didn't know that about the black passionfruit. I only have bunnings for plants now in regional Victoria - hopefully if I can ever get my…"
Sep 20, 2015
Lissa replied to Scarlett's discussion Fruit Tree Outlets
"They're a good company aren't they :) Always quality product, always packed well, good growing info. If you want to make sure you are getting quality plants I would always recommend buying from them rather than buying seedlings from some…"
Jun 26, 2015
Susan replied to Scarlett's discussion Fruit Tree Outlets
"Just to keep this valuable thread going.  I cannot recommend Daley's enough.  I have now ordered about 20 trees from them (2xdwarf mango's, 2xmandarin, ruby red grapefruit, cara cara orange, lychee, kerriberry, cherry tree,…"
Jun 25, 2015
Florence favorited Scarlett's photo
Nov 1, 2014
Rob Walter commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"Heaps of the Indian Hawthorn (assuming my identification is correct) at UQ. They've just finished flowering, so maybe go there in a couple of months and grab them if you find out that they are useful after all."
Oct 26, 2014
Elaine de Saxe commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"No idea about edibility or palatability either. Medicinal properties would be different … perhaps looking into the plants in some detail might help, I don't have any first-hand knowledge one way or t'other."
Oct 24, 2014
Rob Walter commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"Hah! To think that the plant I've been calling "not blueberries" all this time is actually edible. Although it's not even in the same genus as proper hawthorn."
Oct 24, 2014
Florence commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"Yes, I see the Indian Hawthorn a lot when they're in flowers either in older suburbs, or in nursery.  I have actually saw one called Apple Hawthorn which looked like Indian Hawthorn but with a lovely apple fragrance at Big W once few years…"
Oct 23, 2014
Elaine de Saxe commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"Florence there is an Indian Hawthorn which grows well in Brisbane. Sheds its fruit (or Haws as Scarlett reminds us) all over footpaths probably more in older suburbs. We even have a suburb Hawthorn (with or without 'e') not aware of what…"
Oct 23, 2014
Florence commented on Scarlett's photo

(Vic) hawthorn berries for jelly

"Cool~ Can I grow them in Brisbane?  I bought these as supplement tablets for my home hoping it would help her with her hypertension..."
Oct 23, 2014
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Dec 7, 2013
Lissa replied to Scarlett's discussion Fruit Tree Outlets
"Thanks Michael. If you have a look at the Home page you'll see Elaine has started a group for this topic. Any experiences you have with buying fruit trees and seed can be shared there now."
Nov 17, 2013
Michael Hoff replied to Scarlett's discussion Fruit Tree Outlets
"I have purchased most of my trees from Daley's. I have had them delivered, always excellent packaging and speedy delivery. I have also been to the nursery to buy plants. They are great to deal with face to face and are ready to offer all the…"
Nov 14, 2013
Elaine de Saxe replied to Scarlett's discussion GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs
"And worse, kill or render ineffective, the soil microbes. The very microbes which are vital to the plant's ability to take up and utilise the nutrients in the soil. Making the soil virtually dead and just used (post World Ward II) as a sterile…"
Oct 21, 2013
Elaine de Saxe favorited Scarlett's discussion GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs
Oct 21, 2013
Lissa replied to Scarlett's discussion GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs
"More from America (Organic Connections) on GMO's: GMO Labeling Won’t Increase Food Prices, Here’s Why Share on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on pinterest_shareMore Sharing Services17 Guest article by Michael…"
Oct 21, 2013

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My Victorian garden

Posted on April 10, 2013 at 13:00 5 Comments

It's easy enough to buy expensive things and follow the directions and get beautiful (although often not very tasty or resilient) plants. Growing amazingly healthy plants using natural processes and products to be found in your own backyard (or front yard as the case may be) is much harder - but it is possible. It's a question of harnessing and powerboosting natural processes. Brilliant soil, teaming with microbes and organic material, is the real holy grail I think.

My garden's…


Lots of baking, some espalier, and a new vegie garden on the way

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 12:34 6 Comments

It's official. I can't live happily without a vegie garden. So I'm putting one in. Here is the 'before' shot of the extremely annoying patch of grass in the front yard which kept growing across the gravel and creating a lot of work. 



Making your own yoghurt

Posted on June 8, 2011 at 11:16 12 Comments


(note you don't have to have the Easiyo containers, see recipe below).


NB in Brisbane I recommend Barambah Organic Full Cream Milk, or Food Connect Herd Share milk. Because I'm in Victoria now I'm buying beautiful grass fed milk produced locally in the Western District where…


On the sourdough journey

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 12:30 13 Comments

I checked The starter that I dug out about one week later - a nasty shade of blackish grey, and smelled a bit mouldy. I chucked it. Will have to make a new one. I think Elaine found the reason - I had used boiled kettle water because I ran out of bottled water. I've bought some distilled water until I replace my filter machine.
Black mould…

Temperate Autumn

Posted on April 28, 2011 at 14:00 7 Comments

As you may be aware, I moved to country Victoria last December.

I'm still keeping up Brisbane Local Food because so many people are using it, and I'm proud of it, and I enjoy it, and I think it's helping the world which makes me feel good. 

I apologise, though, for now being out of touch with the weather and what's going on for people in Brisbane, and having only an…


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At 7:03 on May 8, 2013, Christine Cox said…

Thankyou Scarlett Cheers Christine

At 6:08 on April 4, 2013, Lissa said…

I must admit my first reaction was...what the! isn't that my pic? why has that person used my pic?? But then I realised what was going on lol. Happy for them to be "famous" :D

I had a similar, now funny, experience lately. One of the online garden sites is looking for pics for a calendar and I clean forgot I had sent some in. I followed their link to their FB page and there were my pics! I actually posted a comment saying "why are my pics here?" before remembering and deleting almost immediately. Unfortunately, they still ended up with the comment and sent me a testy little email asking if I wanted them removed lol.

At 12:33 on January 22, 2013, Pollyanna said…
I don't know how much longer we will get sufficient chill for any but bred-for-the-tropics stone fruit. Even my cassava and baby Saba nut wereleafless for only about 8 weeks this winter. The nights do not seem to be as cold, winter or summer as they were 30 years ago.
At 14:55 on January 21, 2013, Pollyanna said…
Thanks Scarlett! I've ended up at this site on several occasions when googling one thing or another. When it happened again last week thought it must be time to join. As warm as the last few Toowoomba winters have been, it 'almost' feels like I'm in Brisbane anyway.
At 8:44 on January 11, 2013, Rob Walter said…

Thanks Scarlett. The site was recommended by someone I met on another forum. I went to her place to pick up some raspberry runners and I got a free tour of the garden, some extra things and the web address for this site. Her name is Lissa, but I'm not sure of her online name.

At 14:36 on December 5, 2012, Liz Pardede said…
Thank you Scarlett, for your welcome. I am a novice at growing my own food but enjoying the journey. I look forward to learning from you all.
At 20:16 on November 14, 2012, Andrew Cumberland said…

Cheers for that Scarlett.  Great site. 

At 23:42 on October 20, 2012, Rell Oliver-Braddock said…

thanks for your welcome Scarlett.  I am looking forward to learning and sharing here.

At 4:28 on August 28, 2012, Lissa said…

That would be an excellent idea Scarlett. There would be a lot of people interested in having one I'm thinking. 

If you just get a heap made with Brisbane Local Food and don't worry about personal names then anyone could use them.

At 6:06 on August 26, 2012, Lissa said…

I'm thinking not everyone will have the ability to print let alone in colour (logo).

Not everyone owns any ribbon - I know I don't - not worth a trip to the shop just for a bit of ribbon in the right colour.

Most folk own a name tag I'm thinking - I'll ask them to wear one.

And ask them to all post a recent pic of themselves so we can recognise each other visually.

Do you want to think about getting some "official" name tags made available for a small price? Won't be in time for this event but could be useful in the future. Your site is pretty popular and famous now :)



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