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It was always about gardening, wasn't it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Mar 20. 1 Reply


Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Jan 19. 10 Replies

Full article here. Published today in the Lancet. …Continue

Dangers of potting mix

Started this discussion. Last reply by Roger Clark Jan 12. 4 Replies


Nasturtium seeds recipes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa Oct 19, 2018. 5 Replies

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


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Valerie is attending Andrew Cumberland's event

Garden visit at Andy's at McDowall

July 14, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY 14 July 10.00AM - 12.00PMAgenda forAndy and His Rozie’s Garden Visit:  14 July 201910.00 – 10.30:  Arrive, meet and introduce yourselves. Someone remind Andy to make sure there is tea, coffee and cold water!  (He’ll be all nervous and silly on the day.)10.30 – 11.00/15-ish:  Garden tour.  Somebody take photos to share on the web site!11.15-ish - 11.45:  Eat, drink, chat and be merry.  11.45 – 12.(whenever):  FREE LESSON:  how to … do some weird thing that Andy likes to do.  I haven’t…See More
May 31
Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT to Susan's Patch in Gympie at Address will be sent closer event

September 28, 2019 to September 29, 2019
Dates and Address to be confirmed soonThe address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profileSusan will write up a description of her property , this will be entered well before the day. ------------A few of us plan to book into a Hotel for the week-end in the area once we have the dates.I will update with more plans on this event once we finalise does, it will be during the Sept School…See More
May 31
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the First)
"I direct sow my carrot seeds on the ground, over a small layer of wet coir peat. It keeps the layer wet enough but still drain excess moisture. It seems to have worked so far. For bigger seeds or plants that will take more room when mature, I prefer…"
May 31
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Rye starter

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Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT at Address will be sent closer event

October 27, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY Sunday 27th October 10.00am TO 12.00pmThe address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profileRoger will write up a description of his garden , this will be entered before the day.Children welcome but must be…See More
May 16
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's status
"And potatoes, garlic, onions. "
May 8
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's status
"All brassicas (brocoli, kale...), greens (lettuce, celery, mustard, rocket), roots (carrot, turnip, beetroot), tomatoes, peas (sugar snap, and sweet peas too)"
May 8
Valerie commented on Susan's blog post Musings for the future.
"I have been looking for plant markers that don't cost a fortune. I really like the slate ones but I can't find them less than $11 a piece. "
May 6
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Valerie commented on Dave Riley's blog post The common ground are the greens.
"Piper lilot. "
Apr 19
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's blog post The common ground are the greens.
"Is there another name for piper l’îlot? I cannot find what it is."
Apr 19
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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…


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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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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