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My garden of earthly delights.

My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.

White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.

I invested energy  in drag and drop today. Did 2 beds in double quick time.

Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.

I'd been…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 15, 2020 at 23:00 — 7 Comments

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

The Kitchen Garden Comestibles

Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 5, 2020 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

My Soup Lifestyle (yet again I prattle on about it)

I eat soup every day for lunch. I love soup....and I guess I'm skilled at soupology.

Essentially my soup making works to a template.

1.STOCK

I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 13, 2020 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Very Mulchly

I just ate some fresh corn I harvested outback. So over Winter it is possible here in SEQ to grow corn...albeit on the coast.

I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.

Wee…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 6, 2020 at 19:00 — 5 Comments

The Tommy Toe Tomato Appreciation Society : TTT

By Dave Riley

Founder & President

Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 25, 2020 at 21:30 — 4 Comments

Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.

Since the cool months are Vetiver down time,I thought I'd invest any surplus energy into seed raising.

The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling  garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.

In…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 16, 2020 at 20:16 — 10 Comments

Blue Corn Tortillas: better than yellow.

It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.

The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.

Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 29, 2020 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Community Garden may not be the way to go...

I am negotiating a transition moment.

The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.

But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 20, 2020 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

Chives and Spring Onions

As I've mentioned on occasion, I grow my own 'onions' -- my own Spring Onions./ Scallions/Green Onions.

You can imagine how many I can get through over any one year.

In the heat of Summer, harvest peters out and I need go out and buy bunches.While I have spring onions growing in my patch, I'm handicapped by the absence of accessible seedlings (due to there not being any in this Covid times )so I need to grow my own from seed.

Never that successful for my greenoid thumbs…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 4, 2020 at 23:00 — 5 Comments

Soup of the day, every day.

While I eat an evening meal, and may settle for coffee as breakfast, the great culinary love of my life is lunch.

Day in day out, I always eat soup for lunch.

And what a soup it is! A delicious stock to which is added whatever I harvest out back.

Each day I celebrate my kitchen garden by eating  it.

A bubbling broth…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 19, 2020 at 0:38 — 1 Comment

Methinks I have discovered a new way to garden (for me): meadow mowing

I just got myself a seriously active brushcutter so I went outback and...

What I may seem to have here is a tabula rasa --  a blank slate-- but you would be mistaken.

What I have here are 'x' number of beds mulched with Vetiver and edged by Vetiver hedges. Maybe you can't see them because they too were cut short.…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 8, 2020 at 21:00 — 7 Comments

Am I a Lazy or a smart gardener?

My wife was talking to one of the ladies that come here Wednesdays.

She said to her, "Your husband is over weight. Is that why your garden is so overgrown and messy?'

While a bit rude, this crude perspective  rules the neatness obsessed.

My garden is overgrown because I want it that way. What…

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Added by Dave Riley on February 12, 2020 at 5:00 — 7 Comments

WEEDS AS COVER CROPS --

I have long been a mulch junkie such that my garden has been built with lawn clippings. It is now a rich loam chock full of life. It is spongy and worm dense.

Hypothetically any weed 'problem' was simply blanketed with more mulch.

But with the recent drought conditions my working template fell apart. I was now overhead watering and my mulch supply -- via the 'Mower Men' of my acquaintance --dropped off to nothing.

Then the …

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Added by Dave Riley on February 2, 2020 at 1:00 — 6 Comments

What more could you ask for? We eat.

Despite  the dry, we eat.

What more could you ask for?

After weeding, using my sickle-- as explained here -- I'm ready to plant out even more stuff.

My orchard is consolidating. It is situated inside the chook pen.…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 18, 2019 at 21:30 — 3 Comments

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

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

GrowVetiver is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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