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School garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley 14 hours ago. 2 Replies

I am thinking of managing our local primary school garden. I need to submit a plan.Whilst I have tons of ideas, I don't want to reinvent the wheel.Any advice or sources of information on planning for…Continue

Edible perenials

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley 9 hours ago. 5 Replies

Which ones do you grow? Which ones are worth growing, do well in Brisbane/subtropics?Continue

Green tomato chutney

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Oct 15, 2017. 18 Replies

Some of my cherry tomatoes never make it to ripe and red. I found out today that you can make chutney with unripe tomatoes.What recipe do you use?Here are a few examples but not tested. …Continue

Fipronil contamination and eggs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Aug 15, 2017. 4 Replies

In Australia, it is marketed under numerous trade names, including Combat Ant-Rid, Radiate and Termidor, and as generic fipronil. …Continue


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Valerie commented on Dave Riley's photo
8 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion Edible perenials
"Also, among my favs: Okinawan Spinach Katuk/Sweet leaf Passionfruit Yacon Lemon Grass Various Arrowroots Yams Perennial Capsicum Chili Perennial basils Kangkong Wild Rocket Banana Pepper leaf Piper lolot  Some kales Warrigal greens Some spring…"
9 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Edible perenials
"Sweet Potato does well in large pots with the greenery held upright on a small trellis. Try to stop the stems from self-layering and giving you a myriad of tiny useless tubers."
9 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Edible perenials
"Another self-seeding annual is Amaranth. The leaf varieties give generously over summer; flavour reminiscent of corn with a soft texture; nothing is ever as crisp as heading lettuce ;-)"
9 hours ago
Susan replied to Valerie's discussion Edible perenials
"I agree with the Ceylon spinach. I keep mine in a pot and it selfseeds readily so I replace every year. Gingers go great. I’m trialling perennial leeks. Asparagus is good. I get great crops after rain. Sweet potato of course but don’t…"
11 hours ago
Dave Riley replied to Valerie's discussion School garden
"Most recently: HERE By plan do you mean layout? Our have several small beds and some raised beds. But now , with the woodchip mulch down, I'm encouraging the children to walk on some of the beds. Veges? Main one ASAP to plant are Tommy Toe…"
14 hours ago
Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion Edible perenials
"Raspberries fruit well and the Heritage variety are the simplest to care for: after fruiting, clear fell and re-mineralise the soil. Await next year's harvest and keep the soil damp. Figs: 4 varieties do well in Brisbane: Black Genoa, Brown…"
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Elaine de Saxe replied to Valerie's discussion School garden
"Have you read Dave's school garden posts? There could be some answers there."
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Seed swappers

In this group, you can list the seeds you are willing to share when you can't make it to the Garden visits. Anybody who wishes to get seeds can become friends with the donor and send a message to get their postal address. You then send your own self-addressed and stamped envelope and seed packaging to the donor for them to return by post. Hope this makes sense :-)See More
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and native bee split demonstration - free'
"There is a lady at The Gap who is having an orchid sale on the same day to fund her mum's aged care if anybody want to take the GV opportunity  to have a look. Details to be posted by her the day before. Her mum propagates them herself and…"
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and Wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free'
"I am having a lot of fun making hanging baskets and kokedema in various fashions as I am running out of ground space in decent sunlight. Trying to find the easiest process and testing different soils. "
Feb 12
Andrew Cumberland commented on Valerie's photo


"Boy, they've pushed apart my vege bed. "
Feb 10
Valerie might attend Sophie's event

Daleys Outing at Geneva via Kyogle NSW

March 24, 2018 from 8am to 12pm
I have confirmation from Daleys Fruit Tree Nursery that they can meet with us 9-9.30am on Saturday 24 March 2017 for a tour. The Nursery opens to public at 10am. Option to have their chosen plants delivered to save on car space. You might like to car pool.Option to go out to lunch after and you might choose to stay overnight in the areaPlease note it takes about 2.5 hours from Brisbane to drive (about 170km) and about 1hour from Byron Bay.The address is :36 Daley's Lane,Geneva via Kyogle NSW…See More
Feb 8

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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.…


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. …


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.…


A mild december, early new year

Posted on December 26, 2016 at 21:30 0 Comments

Considering the weather is holding on to a very mild gardenable temperature with steady drizzle and tomorrow is the most favorable time to plant fruit in the garden, it's a good time for early new year resolution to clean up the garden. Photos to come.

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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


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 :)




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