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Valerie's Discussions

Silica & Potash- worth the money?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Kiehne Jun 7. 3 Replies

What other fertilizers do you use once plants are established but compost not quite ready or plentiful enough?Continue

subtropical Deciduous Fruits

Started this discussion. Last reply by Susan Jun 7. 11 Replies

The plan is to grow trees that shade the beds in summer but loose their leaves in winter to let the light in. I know many of you grow stone fruit with variable success. Looking forward to reading…Continue

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


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Valerie replied to Dianne Caswell's discussion Fabulous time of the year to make cheese in the group Cheese Makers
"I'd be up for that. Now, to work out the babysitting situation...."
Valerie replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Vetiver Grass Clumps for Removal
"I am tempted too but to find the time. Where does it grow best or is it one of those so resilient, it'll grow anywhere? I am thinking It could use in front of our new fence to fill in the gap at the bottom but it is mostly in shade until 3pm"
Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion I'd like to express my gratitude - or - where's Andy been?
"You've got our attention. More at the garden visit tomorrow?"
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The story of my coffee

"Awesome!  Congrats on getting to the final reward.  Would there be a workshop somewhere in the future?  I've got coffee saplings in the yard, with the intention of doing this one day.  Would be great to hear in more detail…"
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The story of my coffee

"Chocolate-coated coffee beans - now you're talking!"
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The story of my coffee

"WOW!  You bloody did it!  I doff my hat, good Lady.  Congrats.  "
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The story of my coffee

"Congrads Valerie, I can't wait till I can get some beans off my trees and make coffee or Choc Coated Coffee Beans. You are an inspiration along with You, Dave, Andy and Many other Members what you all come up with is great. Thanks so much for…"
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The story of my coffee

"Whoops. It should read (corrected now) It started with 2.4kg of fresh berries and ended up with 300g of coffee. A bit less than the 1 to 6 typical ratio but not bad considering this is the first attempt with the whole process. "
Jul 12
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The story of my coffee

"All the more reasons to grow your own."
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The story of my coffee

"Good to hear. It sounds like a tedious process. Not clear what started with 2.4kg of beans and ended with 300g."
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The story of my coffee

"Yes, definitely. Knowing it grew in my garden, something I never dreamt I could do, definitely worth the satisfaction. "
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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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