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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 we live. You will also need a kettle. One this size (about 1.7…


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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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.

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