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School garden

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mary-Ann Baker Feb 22. 9 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 Valerie Feb 21. 7 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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Them Lemons

"Going by the citrus walk last weekend, Annette highly recommended the Eureka for Brisbane area. Fruits all year round as per Susan's experience and no thorns. Lotsoflemon does not do well in the ground apparently, better in pots. She also…"
May 14
Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT and demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for bread making? - Free at Sophie's Garden

May 27, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAYDAY 27TH MAY 10.00am TO 12.00pmAddress will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.Sophie will write a little piece about her garden and I will update;Sophie will give us a demonstration of the 'slap and fold' technique for…See More
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'Rescheduled garden visit - and wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free'
"What was the variety? Was it goldfingers? Avocado was beautiful. "
May 7
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MOGI citrus walk at Michelton Library

May 12, 2018 from 9am to 10am
This event is originally only intended for MOGI members but I requested it to be opened to BLF. Annette McFarlane is giving us a 30-minute tour of the MOGI garden and talking about citrus care. This is all very informal and will be followed by a cuppa in the library meeting room.Due to informality there is a limit to the number of people who can attend. RSVP essential.  See More
May 7
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Hello Sir

"Or just someone with a big schnozz ;-)"
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Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Valerie's Garden Visit 29 April 2018 in the group Garden Visits
"Thank you for the fantastic video Andrew. I have shared it with my family in Europe as some won't be able to visit. "
Apr 30
Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Valerie's Garden Visit 29 April 2018 in the group Garden Visits
"It was a lot of fun. The beeswax wraps did turn out well after a longer time in the oven. "
Apr 30

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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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