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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT to Susan's Patch in Gympie'
"Where is everybody staying?"
Valerie commented on Roger Clark's blog post Weeds, just what I need
"I have some for you."
Aug 30
Valerie favorited Sophie's blog post Apologies and link to photos
Aug 24
Valerie favorited Dave Riley's photo
Aug 17
Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Member features. in the group BLF Futures
"Thanks a million for the honor. It is a real pleasure to be part of this community. I have to share this credit with my beautiful husband who made most of the raffle prizes I brought in. I am just the gardener, who sometimes finds nice ideas to…"
Aug 11
Valerie was featured
Aug 10
Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs'
"Andy, Could you bring me a cutting of your cranberry hibiscus please? I am bringing cucumber and cuccamelon seedlings (if they survive ;-). Does anybody want sweet potato cuttings? The orange or the white type."
Aug 9
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's photo

Vetiver Hedges

"That looks awesome. I wish I had enough space to do that at school."
Aug 8
Valerie posted a photo

Impromptu harvest.

I was just doing my daily wander and...ate lunch.
Aug 8
Valerie commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post Environmental warrior... or dirty old dumpster diver?
"Great on you for doing this. Every little helps. I've been thinking about doing the same. It's a big ask to tell the catering business to separate onions and citrus though.  A word of caution with bread and chicken though. It can…"
Aug 6
Valerie favorited Andrew Cumberland's blog post Environmental warrior... or dirty old dumpster diver?
Aug 6
Valerie is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs at Address will be sent closer event

August 11, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY Sunday 11th August 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 profileA Message from Gayle...GayleFor those who haven’t been before, this is a mainly flat cut-and-fill suburban block with a…See More
Aug 6
Valerie commented on mon's blog post need help with gardening-I am lerning the QLD way
"Too many grasshoppers apparently means not enough birds to eat them. Maybe install a bird bath or house to attract them."
Aug 3
Valerie favorited mon's blog post need help with gardening-I am lerning the QLD way
Aug 3
Valerie commented on mon's blog post need help with gardening-I am lerning the QLD way
"Mon, The best thing is to supplement your potting mix and nourish your soil. You can't rely on any potting mix nowadays. Compost is your best asset. Worm farm definitely helps. In-ground is a good option if you remember to feed them. Beware not…"
Aug 3
Valerie commented on Dave Riley's video

Sprinter Comes to the Kitchen Garden

"Hey Dave. Great to see your garden. You may want to slow down the camera/visual pace in your next one as there is so much to see. I felt like a bee spoilt for choice ;) Your garden certainly looks very productive.    "
Aug 2

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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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