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Summer is not over until I say it is.

No surprise that I also had a rough Summer.



Ran out of mulch. The plants crisped up.Weeds took over. Too hot to toil...



Best consequence was that my clay pots kept the strong rooted mature annual plants alive. Seedlings, on the other hand,died.

Maybe I did get the shade I yearned for but losing my mulch supply line was a tragic disaster.



I have planted many frangipanis among the beds.The mower folk are back dropping off the lawn…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 2, 2017 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

School Garden Notes so far in 2017.

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As we'd…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 14, 2017 at 19:30 — 2 Comments

Pots: brewing and irrigating

It works! It truly works!

Who woulda thought?

I am learning to love my pots.

I have three models: one for the collection of slops and 'teas' ; the others to irrigate my garden.

The slops and washes protocol  is really kicking in (see diagram at right).

I collect the waste…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 15, 2017 at 11:26 — 4 Comments

Outback says, "Welcome to 2017. Looking good."

The year begins green.

Surprises in the soil.

This season we do have shade.

Added by Dave Riley on January 7, 2017 at 9:54 — 5 Comments

Vetiver Ventures

I began with 3 Vetiver slips. I grew them up to 1.5-1.7metres tall and started harvested root cuttings -- two to three months ago. I now have just under 100 plants in the soil with another 30 coming on in my nursery.

That may seem a lot of stock for any one plant but to bio-design with Vetiver you need to…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 30, 2016 at 0:00 — 26 Comments

I'm so darn empirical that I suffer from the green thumb fidgets.

I now and then ask myself,"Why don't you leave well enough alone?"

But, you know, if you don't potter about the garden -- grabbing any excuse --you may as well be dead...

As well as making over the front yard with copious plantings of creepers, aloes, kangaroo paw, vetiver, flowering bulbs,grevilleas…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 1, 2016 at 2:35 — 7 Comments

The garden in November: 'Death has come to so few.'

It may be a tad dry but it photosynthesizes. Always full of surprises. A garden of dirty delights.

Main events: the frangipanis…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 19, 2016 at 13:30 — 3 Comments

Less frenzy.Less jungle. I'll miss the improvisation...but I'll have 'a' plan

I think I lost it. 

A few weeks of influenza of whatever branding and the garden got away from me. 

Went feral with my frequent absence from the garden.

Led by a carpet of chickweed my investment in ground covers took off and I had nasturtiums up to pussie's bow. 

But I learnt that patience is its own reward and all annuals subside, even weeds. 

Die off. 

The rampaging nasturtiums drowned so much in their path that I couldn't find the comestibles…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 14, 2016 at 2:45 — 3 Comments

September: verdant -- Greening it up

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Added by Dave Riley on September 14, 2016 at 15:14 — 11 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…
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Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2016 at 11:30 — 23 Comments

Recycling Ways & Means

The only garbage that leaves our kitchen via the front door are those items that can't be eaten by either chooks, worms or their friendlies.

Any big item with a dead animal background -- if not fed to the dogs (or the chooks sometimes) -- is buried outback. 

The scrap bin that accepts all the…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 31, 2016 at 23:59 — 18 Comments

in Production and Gallery

We're away on another branch of the garden adventure.

You'll note the 'ground covers'-gone wild. I hack a space in that…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 17, 2016 at 22:00 — 8 Comments

Clay Pot Irrigation: no more flying saucer parking lot.

There I was commuting on the train heading south towards the CBD when I had one of those moments.

My 'thingness' came upon me and I had a flash of transcendence.

"What, if," thought I, "I used shade cloth instead of plates atop my irrigating clay pots?"

And voila...!

I got myself home.…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 31, 2016 at 21:30 — 5 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…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 17, 2016 at 23:06 — 10 Comments

Everything's Copacetic.

Well then.

You turn your back for five minutes and the greening business takes off.

It's scary. There's a thickening -- and, dare I say it, a quickening.. 

Outback, plants rule.

I don't think there is one seedling  -- and few seeds -- that haven't settled in situ and are now…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 10, 2016 at 0:00 — 1 Comment

The garden in June 2016

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Added by Dave Riley on June 25, 2016 at 18:18 — 4 Comments

Today was the first day of the rest of my life.

Today was the first day of the rest of my life. 

To mark the occasion I market-shopped for seedlings and produce.

'Tis my big day out every fortnight.

Being on the chilly side -- finally -- my gardening preference went with a good selection of brassicas and some purple carrots. For gardening umph I purchased a heap of Mizuna seedlings which I find to be a no nonsense versatile…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 13, 2016 at 0:16 — 25 Comments

Cheering up my green thumb

Now that the rain has come -- and gone -- I guess I can have more confidence in what's a'happening in da soil.

Today's tasks are clear: plant out the seedlings I've grown from seeds and mulch the potato plants that have come up.

I dug up some purple yams…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 5, 2016 at 11:00 — 12 Comments

A ton of worms living up and down...mounds, moats and plungers.

Oh I was going to tell you about my worms.Squirmy little buggers always under foot. No matter where I dig in my fingers there they are. Poor souls. Wriggling in the dirt, heading off...well, wherever worms go. 

Fat too. The sort of worm that makes a man proud of his labours. I can see it now: the epitaph. 'He grew good worms.'

'How do I do it?' you ask...Let me explain.

First up you build a sort of sand castle....…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 12, 2016 at 1:30 — 5 Comments

Fermenting A Philosophy

I have gone on an extremely indulgent ferment kick. Ferments are everywhere of course -- wine, cheese, beer, sauces, chocolate, vinegar, yogurt, salami,tea leaves, coffee beans, etc -- but mostly you are eating dead flesh.
As the vampire asked of Igor: "Don't you have anything alive!?"
I tell you Louis Pasteur has a lot to answer…
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Added by Dave Riley on April 27, 2016 at 1:00 — 1 Comment

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