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Amazing nature

"I have toms cooking inside their own skins right now.  Crazy stuff. "
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Amazing nature

This tomato plant came out of the gravel. I'm not usually one to fight that, so I thought, Meh. Let's see what you got! This is just about the only thing not frying in the sun right now. One determined plant it is.
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Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Yoorala Street Community Garden visit in the group Garden Visits
"Thank you all for coming to this lovely morning. Our gardens have about 35 members and about 30 plots. It is a great community. "
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019'
"Yes please.I have explained our system with swaps and morning tea. Seeds and plant swap is not that common but morning tea at YCG is also very much a plate to share system. We tends to pick and share harvest on working bees though. There will also…"
Nov 19
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GARDEN VISIT - Roger and Brenda's - End of Year Party - 15-12-2019 at Address will be sent closer event

December 15, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY Sunday Date to be Fixed December 10.00am TO 12.00pmThis will be our End of Year PartyThe 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 profileHere at Park Ridge South it has been mostly bereft of green for a while…See More
Nov 19
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019'
"The folks at YCG are keen to meet us and they look forward to finding out more about what we do."
Nov 19
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019'
"Sorry for confusion. The working bee is from 7am to 9am and the garden visit will be from 9am to 11am. The working bee if for YCG members but you are welcome to take part. We are finishing our second wicking bed.  "
Nov 18
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's status
"My bathtub wicking bed is a disaster. I can't say that the olla pots I am using in the old wicking bed are fantastic but they are keeping things growing despite the heat so thumbs up. The fruit trees in wicking bins are doing as well as can be…"
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"That looks like sweet potatoes and a type of spinach. "
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019'
"Due to the hot weather the YCG working bee has been moved from 7am to 9am. So the garden visit has also been moved from 9 to 11am.  "
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More on my lovely leeks

"You can cut and regrow too."
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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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