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Valerie's Discussions

An orange turned purple after being cut open?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Sep 10. 1 Reply


Banana sap

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Aug 31. 5 Replies

Get the stains out of clothing by rubbing in hand sanitizer. It works!Continue

Chicken permit no more

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lissa Jul 31. 1 Reply

While we were sleeping, this was very discreetly introduced and then promptly scrapped. Hurray.…Continue


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Valerie replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Spring Gardening
"I have been (mostly) bedridden since diagnosed with disk bulge. Not allowed to sit or bend down. I'm still allowed to walk around so I do my little tour of the garden and harvest what I can reach. Loads of mulberries and cherry tomatoes. Hoping…"
Dianne Caswell favorited Valerie's photo
Dianne Caswell commented on Valerie's photo

Healthy banana chocolate cake

"Yum, they look great Valerie. Your boys are so lucky to have such wonderful treats...."
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Healthy banana chocolate cake

When you have lots of bananas. I used coconut yoghurt instead of milk and 1 tsp bicarb and 2 tsp AC vinegar instead of the baking powder/soda…
Valerie replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Wanted new and out of the ordinary ferns and Accent Plants
"I have some bright deep pink cordyline if you want that."
Sep 18
Valerie might attend Dianne Caswell's event


October 21, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY October 21st 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 profileDianne will soon write a little about her garden;Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.Please bring a small plate…See More
Sep 18
Valerie favorited Dave Riley's photo
Sep 15
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's photo

Rye crisp bread: Knäckebröd

"oooh! Clever. This would keep much longer presumably? Bread was on the dirty dozen list of BCC blog about waste. I can certainly relate to that. We waste so much bread sometimes. "
Sep 15
Valerie favorited Sid Saghe's photo
Sep 15
Elaine de Saxe commented on Valerie's photo

Yoga that makes sense

"Love Yoga! Cannot start too soon!"
Sep 14
Elaine de Saxe favorited Valerie's photo
Sep 14
Valerie commented on Susan's photo

Mulberry season

"I just netted my tree. The local birds were making a daily meal of it. Watering it did make a difference. Dehydrator ready to go...well if they make it to the dehydrator that is.  "
Sep 14
Valerie posted a photo
Sep 14
Valerie favorited Dave Riley's blog post September rhymes with Remember: the garden is green and makes a pleasant scene in September to remember.
Sep 12
Andrew Cumberland replied to Valerie's discussion An orange turned purple after being cut open?
"Oh, I didn't realise it was THAT local. "
Sep 10
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Mystery seedling?

"looks like a radish or a beet of some sort."
Sep 10

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Small space gardening
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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.…


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.…


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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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