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The mélange of the backyard-scape

I've been focused on my Vetiver Ventures as my major outdoor activity. Consequently the vegetables and herbs have had to wait their turn before god attends to them.

I am god, you see...either that or a servant.

Whatever: the…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 2, 2019 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.

After years of experimentation I now have a garden that has 'structure'. Less jungling and explosive but easier to manage than in days of yore.

Despite what may have been my past perspective, I have reduced the size of the garden that grows my veg.

Given my space quotient, compared to my BLF peers, this may seem an anathema.

But there…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 29, 2019 at 18:30 — 14 Comments

Radish Man

I may call on the animal kingdom to help me with my stock, but anything that floats in my soup du jour comes from outback.

Pride of place in the broth is always the radish.

I'm a daikon aficionado and that includes the Watermelon pinks (pictured).

I'm at that stage where I'm beginning to foster a supply line. They are never…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 5, 2019 at 12:30 — 7 Comments

It's that 'Neither/Nor' Time of year, isn't it?

No rain. Brutal drying westerly winds. Warmer days...This time of year is 'Spring' -- sort of-- but without all the elements converging as they should.

A little precipitation would help. Enough to suppress this waiting and dampen the earth.

But as my ma used to say: be careful what you wish for.

Mind you, 'tis pleasant enough except for the gusts.

If you saw…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 24, 2019 at 23:00 — 6 Comments

The next seashore challenge ...while we wait.

Waiting for Vetiver to flush is like watching a pot boil.
But here is the next job pending...…
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Added by Dave Riley on August 15, 2019 at 11:03 — No Comments

Ten Days to Sprinter...then comes Sprummer

Before you know it, the season changes...or, at least, begins to.

There is a yearning for warmth by bird and plant alike.

Since it has been cold, it must be the day length that heralds the change.

Forget all this European fascination with Spring.…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 21, 2019 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

My Favorite Backyard Comestibles -- the plants I love to grow to eat.

I used to do plant-of-the-year lists,  but nowadays I seem to have settled in to a routine consumption.

Aside from the key issue of what you can actually grow, what you seek to eat is the true raison d'être of the backyard business.

Of course I have my breakfast, lunch and din din habits -- my domestic menu -- which tends to be a tad eclectic and exotic.

Multicultural 7 nights per week.

THE HERBS

I can live without a lot of things, but my…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 1, 2019 at 5:30 — No Comments

The Opportunity of all this Rain. What happenstance! So plant out

It sure is raining. Buckets of the stuff.

Who woulda thought?

Opportunism knocks.

The Winter Solstice may have just visited but hey this is the sub tropics!

With so such moisturised goodness under foot, what can we plant?

If we are expecting to be frost free, well then: go for it I say. Get rid of all those old seed packets by planting  out their contents.Clear out the cupboard for a Spring buy up.

PLANT LISTS

Here's a list.…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 27, 2019 at 4:30 — 12 Comments

Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

After some keen renovation work and extensive planting of Vetiver hedgerows I've planted more veges (& herbs)  than I've ever done before.

Both seeds and seedlings.

Conscious calendar-ruled seasonal plantings isn't my usual norm. But the June crazies are upon me like a chilling wind.

This discussion -- Direct Sowing of Seeds (Part the…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 3, 2019 at 19:00 — No Comments

It's challenge enough to keep up with the harvest.

I've been prevailed upon to cut back the garden and create more lawn. Not my perspective nor preferred lifestyle, but you have to forgo some laziness some times and spend more time (spit! bugger!) 'mowing'.

As it turns out , the new directive opened up quite a few renovating options that I now have embraced. That and the fact that my…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 11, 2019 at 0:00 — 3 Comments

I UPPED MY SCOVILLE HEAT UNITS

Since I run out of my regular supply of home made fermented chili paste more than my menu tolerates, I started planting chili bushes that were hotter than my usual  cultivation -- in the hope I'd use less.

With my ferment still in the crock I began picking from the chili bushes to go into my dishes neat.

And I'm feeling the change…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 1, 2019 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

2nd Term Begins in the School Garden.

A bit wet for the children to be gardening at the moment... but the perennials are coming on keenly.

The seats were constructed from timber logged from school trimmings.

We are beginning to drown in passion fruit and the gourds and squashes are seriously away.

Herbs a'plenty. Pumpkins. Dragon fruit....

Waiting on tomatoes.…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 24, 2019 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Climbers & Ladders Gallery

A feature I love about my outback is the system of aerials and ladders that support climbers of any type I plant.

In true polycultural bent I can run a climber UP almost anywhere and mix it with other plants at its base.

When finished with, climber stems and leaves make for good mulch, but always trim them for obedience.…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 18, 2019 at 10:00 — 8 Comments

Vetiver Coastal Project #1

We grew on the Vetiver beforehand -- inside cells --in a mix of the sand from the site  and composted cow…
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Added by Dave Riley on April 13, 2019 at 17:00 — 3 Comments

You Gotta Start Somewhere: The Kitchen Garden has changed a lot in 9 years

I just discovered some photoes of my 'garden' 9 years ago. That is,when it did not exist. Now, it is a jungle. Such that it is hard to imagine it ever being so empty.

Switch to…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 12, 2019 at 3:30 — 1 Comment

Who needs a physiotherapist when you have dirt calling you to garden labour?

I've always had  a garden when I was living in a house. A food growing vegetable and herb garden was my habit.

And I've always cooked since I started batching it. With a longstanding preference for Middle Eastern foods, I developed quite a skillset.

Then when I fell ill 33 years ago I combined the two obsessions.

I grew things to eat -- of course…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 4, 2019 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Vetiver (and sundries) in the Home Garden

Getting there...

As I prep the beds for 'Autumn' -- albeit a hot & sweaty task -- the Vetiver hedges have reached a stage where they are becoming true enclosures.

Wee packets of soil they are.

I've only recently trimmed the hedges for mulch and split some of the clumps to supply stock for a local community plant-out along the…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 17, 2019 at 17:30 — 3 Comments

The common ground are the greens.

I've always viewed my garden as a Kitchen Garden where what I grow is determined by what I eat. That perspective has waxed and waned over the years as periods of experimentation set in, only later to pass.

Ironically, my most recent menu advance was not located outback, but grew indoors instead.

When I started sprouting mung beans near the wash…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 16, 2019 at 21:30 — 12 Comments

On the Homefront

I finally got around to prepping the school garden for the return of the children next week. It survived the Summer graciously.

The beds we did not cover with weed mat, I carpeted with harvested Vetiver mulch and they've done OK -- not much in way of weeds.

Hardly any '…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 23, 2019 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

My Tortilla Press & I

I think I have made the transition to 'flat breads'.

It all began with my passion for Knäckebröd (Swedish style rye crisp [as in flat & hard] bread)...

Still make 'em. Still love 'em.

Gotta  always have  Knäckebröd on hand.

With the invested practice I can quickly put together a batch of these…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2019 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

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