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Started May 25, 2020 0 Replies

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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'BRISBANE GARDEN AND PLANT EXPO 2021 - 13 TO 14 March 2021'
"This event has been cancelled :("
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 28th February - living my dream Sid's Garden Visit'
"HI Sid. Gayle and I are coming. I'll bring garlic and coffee seedlings in case. "
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Feb 27
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 28th February - living my dream Sid's Garden Visit'
"Sid, do you want any coffee tree seedlings? Also if anybody want garlic seeds I have some glen large and pink italian from my last year's crop."
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Glass gem maize

"How good is that?!"
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GARDEN VISIT - 28th February - living my dream Sid's Garden Visit at WAMURAN

February 28, 2021 from 11am to 2pm
SUNDAY  28th February  11.00am TO 2.00pmA Little from Sid:-My spiel -  Come for a Garden Visit to Sid's newly acquired dream property. It's a Sunday so make sure you take in the Caboolture Markets ( en route to stock up on inexpensive seedlings (tip stolen from Dave, thanks…See More
Feb 5
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Glass gem maize

Makes perfect pop corn. Yum!
Feb 4
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion The Santa Claus melon, aka Christmas melon or Piel de Sapo (Toad Skin)
"I have one under production but the vine is very fickle. "
Jan 29
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's blog post Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)
"Re jerusalem artichole, boiling bean with Kumbu seaweed prevent trapped wind side effect. Maybe this could work for JA? Re maize, have you figured out the nixtamalisation process? I grew great glass gem, but apart from pop corn or ornament, I am…"
Jan 21
Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 23rd of May - GayleD's Garden Visit at BRIDGEMAN DOWNS

May 23, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  23rd of May 10.00am TO 12.00pmGayleD will give us a little Info About her Garden in the New Year:-Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.Please bring a small plate of Food or Drink to share, and any plants, produce or seed that you would like to share, swap or sell. It is always a good idea to bring along a chair as we do sometimes have…See More
Jan 18
Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 21st March - Dave's Garden Visit Plus Vetiver Discussion at BEACHMERE

March 21, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  21st March 10.00am TO 12.00pmDave has written a little about his place:-Come for a Garden Visit to Dave Riley's backyard. It's a Sunday so make sure you  take in the Caboolture Markets en route to stock up on inexpensive seedlings.Dave grows a big garden. While it began very…See More
Jan 18

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Winter at The Gap

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 9 Comments


When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…


Autumn in the school garden

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:00 2 Comments

With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…


School garden

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 3 Comments

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…


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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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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