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Valerie's Discussions

Nasturtium seeds recipes?

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I can find every recipe under the sun for pickled nasturtium "capers" but how else can you use the seeds?Continue

Gardening moments

Started this discussion. Last reply by Valerie on Sunday. 10 Replies

Just for a bit of fun, let's share a few key moment in 2018Copy and finish each of the sentences below (about gardening only): (or maybe we should save this for the Christmas party?)This year I…Continue

An orange turned purple after being cut open?

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Banana sap

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Aug 31. 5 Replies

Get the stains out of clothing by rubbing in hand sanitizer. It works!Continue

 

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Nasturtium seeds recipes?

I can find every recipe under the sun for pickled nasturtium "capers" but how else can you use the seeds?See More
1 hour ago
Valerie replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned...to pace myself in the garden. A little bit every day or even week is less daunting and really pays off. My biggest challenge was...to come full circle with each plant from seed to harvest.  I am getting better at raising…"
Sunday
Christa replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned that rainwater is precious My biggest challenge was knowing when to stop buying more plants My biggest success was the lettuce, blueberries and tiny tomatoes Next year I will probably not bother with pumpkin vines Next year…"
Saturday
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"Oh. Duh. Organic Xtra and home-made compost."
Friday
Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"In that case: My favourite plant foods are - weed teas and urine. But really my favourite plant foods are made by my army of garden worms. What i do is keep them happy and fecund. 24/7 no wages."
Friday
Dianne Caswell replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"Hi Valerie, on reflection I find that one of your questions the last one - My favourite plant food is? - most of us took this to mean food we like to eat but I think in your question you meant fertilizer for your plant, am I right if so Sid you…"
Oct 12
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned - That I am not as able to do as much physical work as I once was. My biggest challenge was - Reorganising my life around what I can do. My biggest success was - Dragon Fruit! Plant them and start running ;-) Next year I will…"
Oct 12
Dianne Caswell replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned - That without my BLF Friends my Illness would have been an even harder road to travel... My biggest challenge was - When I ventured out into the garden after a long recuperation, finding I had lost plants and…"
Oct 12
Dianne Caswell favorited Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
Oct 12
Roger Clark replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"  This year I learned how to make cheese thanks to Dianne. My biggest challenge was to keep the wildlife out of the garden in drought times. My biggest success was growing garlic of a decent size. Next year I will probably not bother with…"
Oct 12
Elaine de Saxe favorited Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
Oct 11
Sid Saghe replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned that I really can garden! My biggest challenge was learning about annuals and that many of the plants we grow die so fast My biggest success was my Malabar Spinach. Still going strong and producing seeds, and now…"
Oct 11
Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Gardening moments
"This year I learned that MORE water makes a huge difference to the quantity and variety of what you can grow. My biggest challenge was growing new varieties from seed. My biggest success was root vegetables. A breakthrough.That and varieties of…"
Oct 11
Valerie posted a discussion

Gardening moments

Just for a bit of fun, let's share a few key moment in 2018Copy and finish each of the sentences below (about gardening only): (or maybe we should save this for the Christmas party?)This year I learned...My biggest challenge was... My biggest success was...Next year I will probably not bother with...Next year I would like to try...My greatest discovery/tip I found this year was that The most unexpected thing was My favourite plants/tree is… because...The plant I used the most in my cooking…See More
Oct 11
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT AND CHEESE TASTING - free'
"Dianne, going through the group GV calendar page, RSVP is redirected to say this even has been cancelled?"
Oct 11
Valerie favorited Susan's blog post October harvests and summer plantings
Oct 10

Profile Information

I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Valsvegcoop
I am interested in:
Small space gardening
Organic and biodynamic
My website is:
http://https://www.facebook.com/valsvegcoop/
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Spring 2018 in The Gap

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 5 Comments

Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…

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Just how bad did it get after 7 weeks of neglect?

Posted on January 20, 2018 at 16:00 9 Comments

We went away to see my folks. Whilst we did have a house sitter, we did not have a garden sitter. So, how bad did it get? Well, I did not have much hope to find anything alive by the time I come back, so I had set up the bed with some hardy plants and had fully intended to plant green manure. How did I go, I hear you saying. 

Well, the front garden looked something like this. it wasn't long before hubby grabbed the lawnmower and filled the 3 compost bins.…

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Spring at The Gap

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 20:30 6 Comments

On days when it feels like nothing is growing in the garden, it is time to take stock. 

These garden were planted on 5 June17. Set up as simple version of wicking bed, they produced wonderfully for a while. constant supply of lettuce. Cauliflower that turned out to be red kale. (Thanks BOGI.) Kohlrabi and actual cauliflower that bolted and flowered but then got finally eaten. Ah well. You live and learn. …

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April at The Gap

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 14:00 5 Comments

Weather has finally cooled down and a bit of a break at work means I give the garden my almost full attention

Bed 1 got a facelift in time for summer, with frame and shade. Now planted with rescued cherry toms from facebook share page in the Gap, spring onions, parsley. Bed 2 has more advanced volunteer cherry toms. I planted celery, which is still alive but I don't argue with volunteer tomatoes.…

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At 1:57 on August 18, 2017, David Richardson said…

Thanks for the warm welcome.

At 21:07 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

.... and drop off worm farms to you! [sorry i left that out of my above comment]

At 21:06 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

ok LoL the garden visit is not until June, thats too far into time for me to know what im doing around than heehee.... but im driving into the city for rural discovery day {kids school trip} on the 22nd of May and if you are available, i can pick up before or after we have finished in there ??? 

At 20:57 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

HI Valerie, 

Im not sure about the next garden visit.... BRB ill just check when it is.... but id love to do a swap with you. {ps: these two farms do not have legs, i had them on bricks} 

At 20:21 on November 17, 2013, Muriel said…

Thanks very much for the lovely afternoon Valerie-Ann.

If you could bring plate to the Christmas garden visit that would be great.

Also please thank Rhys for the hose which will come in very useful

Muriel  

At 8:58 on March 17, 2013, DARREN JAMES said…

H Valerie jerusalum artichokes would still be growing and not ready for harvest yet and it may be hard at the moment to find   any rhisomes. to grow You may have to wait a while winter perhaps .One place worth a try is Kenmore village in the fruit shop although they may be in the same predicament..Good luck

At 5:16 on March 16, 2013, Lissa said…

Welcome to the Garden Visit group Valerie-Anne.

Keep an eye on the Calendar within the group to see where visits are planned for the year. I also list them in Events as some require RSVP.

Addresses for the visits are sent out the week before via email to your actual email account (whatever you have provided to the BLF site) - they don't turn up in your Private Messages.

Let me know if you have any problems. I'm happy to help :)

At 17:59 on February 24, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Valerie- Anne :)

Scarlett

 
 
 

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