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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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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and Wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free'
"It seems fixing the drainage is like trying to shut Pandora's box. One thing after the other. Sorry definitely having to postpone our GV. "
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT and Wax wraps and mini kokedama making - Free'
"We may have to postpone as the rain has uncovered more drainage issues. Trenches were dug up and I'm not sure this will be fixed on time for GV. Will keep you updated. "
Mar 10
Valerie commented on Valerie's status
"Ah great info but I meant to use the tiger grass cuttings as support, to build trellises for beans and others climbers. Would it be a better option than the wood poles currently used?"
Mar 6
Dave Riley commented on Valerie's status
"Tiger grass will make OK mulch if you cut it,when it isn't seeding,  but looking at your garden beds I can't see any reason to worry about your garden. If planted, I doubt that Tiger Grass will serve as much of a termite barrier.…"
Mar 6
Valerie commented on Valerie's status
"Is tiger grass good against termites?"
Mar 6
Dave Riley commented on Valerie's status
"No need to worry. Beds are encased in metal. No feed: no reason for termites to stay.Switch to bamboo or metal sticks for marking and support. I'm also sure that the Education Dept has termite protocols in place to protect its buildings. A lot…"
Mar 5
Valerie commented on Valerie's status
"The purple one at the front is the one with termites. The wooden sticks were the culprits. "
Mar 5
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Jeff Kiehne commented on Valerie's status
"Termites are every where would not worry if not in buildings."
Mar 5
Dave Riley commented on Valerie's status
"I doubt that 'white ants' present a problem unless they occupy a space withing a metre or two of a building. Tree roots are more of an issue than beds. Maybe your raised bed is built from wood that was infested? All land is sure to carry…"
Mar 5
Valerie commented on Valerie's status
"That would be awesome. I am worried the school will decide not to take that chance though. "
Mar 5
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pilaf / Plov :
"More that Here"
Mar 5
Valerie replied to Dave Riley's discussion Pilaf / Plov :
"You could indeed soak the brown rice overnight or precook/cook separately but the defeats the one-pot-wonder aspect. "
Mar 5
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"Aaaargh! Found white ants in one of the school raised beds."
Mar 5
Valerie commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo


"Wow, where did you get them?"
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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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