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All vaxed up and no where to go! What is to be done? Vetiver and green Tea

All vaxed up and nowhere to go!

I'm therefore sentenced to potting around outback. Mind you, I gotta make a list of what is to be done?

Otherwise, I won't build a head of steam and I need to last to the end of the week outdoors, outback, quarantined at home...

And such gardening weather!…


Added by Dave Riley on August 3, 2021 at 17:00 — 7 Comments



Big thank you to Lyle (Betts) from the SCG for providing a potato growing workshop for our members, though we did have a couple of ring in's from BOGI in the form of Ed and Louise. Always good when other groups can join us.

What an excellent, no nonsense approach Lyle has to growing spuds.



Added by Lissa on June 11, 2015 at 5:30 — 33 Comments

Lacto-Fermenting DIY

Since I haven't explained this DIY before, this is the rig I use to ferment vegetables. Now on display for the very first time.

  1. EasiYo Yogurt Maker: cheap and readily available flasks from Op shops(cheap) and supermarkets. I reckon they make great crocks.
  2. Pack in your prepped vegetables and ram them down to encourage sweating.
  3. Covered the…

Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2016 at 11:30 — 23 Comments

School Garden Update

The Community School Garden at Beachmere State School was originally set up in partnership with Beachmere Area Network Group and 2016 is its second year of its operation as a shared project.

Over the past 18 months the program has consolidated as the garden has adopted an approach which is more engaging of the…


Added by Dave Riley on July 17, 2016 at 23:06 — 11 Comments


At the January GV at Lissa's we had a guest speaker Ismail Moola, from Nutri-Organics. It was decided that those who purchased his Potting/Garden Medium might like to do a comparison test with the view to seeing which product performs best and fruits with a better tasting product.

It would be good if we could all keep a photo diary here to show the performance results. It would also help if we could each write a little piece about the performance/fertilizing products and methods…


Added by Dianne Caswell on January 27, 2016 at 12:00 — 21 Comments

Garlic 2015

Today's the day … out they came! Twenty-four in and 24 out!

Reading the other posts on this season's Garlic, I reckon I left them in the ground a week or two too long. Joseph I cannot remember them splitting; 'senior moments' reign supreme at times. But you are right, there is an optimum time to pull them. Next year.

The bed is a wicking bed (surprise!) in full sun all day and the second year I've grown Garlic in a wicking bed. Just not the same physical bed. It was under…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 26, 2015 at 15:30 — 4 Comments


Last revised 27.06.15.

I'm a list maker.

I like to gather information together in one spot so I don't have to keep hunting it down or scratch my head wondering where I read something and not being able to find it again. And I like to share, so please feel free to use this list of links or recommend more sites to be added as it's a continuous work in progress.

It is up to you to decide if you wish to deal with any of the companies, this is not a recommendation,…


Added by Lissa on April 21, 2013 at 6:30 — 19 Comments

How Humus Can Save The World - Report

Lissa and I joined quite a crowd to listen to Graham Sait expound at length on the need for and benefits of Humus (and although tasty, not the Chick Pea Hummus ;-)) See this event:

Not certain of Graham's academic background but he has the gift of making complex ideas and practices plain and clear to we ordinary…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on March 21, 2015 at 15:18 — 8 Comments

Mulching with lawn clippings: Oh the joy of dessicated grasses!

I love grass clippings! Can't get enough of 'em.
That's not just me being rhetorical but a statement of fact: I can never get enough grass clippings. Grass chopped up by mowers maketh up my garden. Year in  year out in all weathers I've collected and  distributed cut grasses atop my garden beds. 

Added by Dave Riley on April 19, 2014 at 17:00 — 20 Comments

A Wicking Bed Happened ...

Posted in the Wicking Beds Group a story with photos of our latest garden.

Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 26, 2013 at 22:03 — 2 Comments

Sweet Potato Tower


PURPLE/PURPLE sharply defined tri-pointed leaves

WHITE/PURPLE softly tri-pointed leaves 

PURPLE/WHITE heart shaped leaves 



Added by Lissa on July 28, 2013 at 12:00 — 15 Comments

Random Update Stardate: 24.07.13 or Some Serious Busy!

I figure I look like everything at my place has stalled in the last month.  Well, that's not really true - I've been flat out like a lizard drinkin'.  Here's a quick update on what I've been doing:

Garden: is going really well.  Had two solid meals from my snow peas, the rainbow silverbeet has provided a pie and several stir fries, I have a massive kumquat harvest due in a week or two and things like shallots are going well.  Lissa and Elaine's beans are about to…


Added by Andrew Cumberland on July 25, 2013 at 18:00 — 2 Comments

A beautiful organic house and garden for sale

Well, after all this time we have found a lovely acreage propoerty. That means that our home and garden in Wishart is on the market. Lots of people from the workshops and garden visits asked to be told if i ever sold the house, cos they'd love a ready made organic garden. Well, this is your chance.

Here is the link. The price is somewhat negotiable. You'll love 168 + different edible and useful plants in the garden with a whole vegie patch ready to harvest in the coming months. We…


Added by Linda Brennan on March 28, 2013 at 12:22 — 6 Comments


Check out this website for help with plant problems: VEGETABLE MD ONLINE


  • PLANTS and their requirements

Added by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 7:00 — 22 Comments

Tips for using the features on this site

It's taken me a while to work out how to do some things on this site:

Keeping informed

* At top right under your name is 'Settings'. If you go into the 'Email' section you can tick which activity you want to be emailed about. So then you'll get an email with a link when something happens - eg someone replies to your discussion post. Also on 'My Page' (one of the tabs in the red menu bar at the top) there is a link to all your discussions etc..

Keeping… Continue

Added by Scarlett on July 23, 2008 at 21:30 — No Comments

Why have a Brisbane Local Food network....

Jumping off point

* find out who is doing what around the place

* make pathways to getting to know people and getting involved

Social networking is the new black (no, that's compost)

Apparently 60% of web traffic is now on social networking sites (there must be a reason...)

Why social networking sites are easier than email

* you can connect in a very informal day-to-day sort of way

* you can email people without needing their contact… Continue

Added by Scarlett on July 23, 2008 at 20:06 — No Comments

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