Brisbane Local Food

Growing local


Well, I finally have a small space within the nursery that surrounds my new home, to grow some pots of edibles for myself. 

Some sunlight during the day but shade in the arvo.

Because I'm renting I'm keeping to pots and grow bags (still to come) so I need food plants that won't grow huge or need too much space and are productive and versatile.

Herb pot (foreground) has been going for many months now at the last house-sit. When moving, I emptied the pot, shoved the plants in buckets of water and re potted it all at my new place. I didn't expect much but all the plants have taken off again. 

Sage, Sorrel, parsley and a sad looking Rosemary hiding in the middle along with a couple of Asian greens and Spring Onions grown from store bought cut-offs. 

I have bought a large Rosemary from the nursery as it's my favourite herb.

Small pot on the right has Rocket and more sprouting garlic.

Pot on the left is Ethiopian Cabbage, surrounded by garlic that just insisted on being planted. Good for garlic shoots. The seed for the EC came from Yandina Community Garden and out of an entire packet that I have been carting around for a year, only two precious seedlings came up. 

Pot in the middle has my precious Walking Stick Collards which had a pretty good germination rate. I'll have to thin these out in a pot this size.

Warrigal Greens grow in easily accessible spots on the island, including on the beach. I will liberate a plant or two for a grow bag. Very useful green.

I liked the look of the Chaya that Dave was spruiking and have ordered one. It looks like the sort of perennial that would do ok in a pot. A bit like Aibika only tastier by the sounds.

I would love a Moringa, one of my favourite greens, but any other suggestions for things to grow that I just must have, please! 


Views: 488

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of Brisbane Local Food to add comments!

Join Brisbane Local Food

Comment by Lissa on January 4, 2019 at 15:46

Asystasia gangetica - interesting. I'll keep an eye open for it Christa.

Andy I looked at Daleys Dwf citrus, would love a Lime, but I think it would take up too much of my precious tiny space/not get enough sun/create too much shade on other plants. It's on my want list though and will keep ruminating on the thought.

Definitely plan on growing some tatties when the season comes around. They grow well in pots and bags for sure.

Comment by Lissa on January 4, 2019 at 15:29

Sambung would be a good addition, thanks for the idea Sid. Tolerates a wide variety of situations but is still rewarding and giving.

Thank you for the offer of cuttings're somewhere around Narangba aren't you? I will look for them at the Caboolture Markets also.

Comment by Sid Saghe on January 4, 2019 at 14:34

My Sambung is going nuts and should do fine in a decent sized growbag or pot - let me know if you want some cuttings as it's starting to overtake my fence!

Comment by Jeff Kiehne on January 4, 2019 at 10:11

Pak choi may be worth growing  easy to germinate seeds and quick growing .

Comment by Christa on January 4, 2019 at 8:38

Have you ever tried Asystasia gangetica.  It is often called tropical primrose, chinese violet, and the leaf is eaten as a vegetable in other countries. Leaves are supposed to have a pea flavour as it is called mange-tout in French, it grows in shade, and would do well in a pot, as it has been known to wander about in the ground but easily controlled by pulling up.  We have not eaten it, but grown the yellow flowering type and I have passed some on to Dianne C. and it was growing well. It was planted as a butterfly attracting plant by the Butterfly lady.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on January 4, 2019 at 6:38

My turmeric, ginger, potatoes and even citrus trees do well in pots/buckets.  

Comment by Lissa on January 4, 2019 at 4:10

Thanks Valerie. I love any greens, especially the asian ones. 

Going vertical is tempting but as I don't own the fence I would have to get permission from the owners of the nursery to attach anything. If I find something free standing might be possible. 

Strawberries no. Not enough product to warrant giving over my small amount of space.

Comment by Valerie on January 3, 2019 at 19:39

Comment by Valerie 1 second ago Delete Comment

The strawberries in wicking box are looking very healthy but limited yield. You could go vertical as it takes less space, with climbers. Beetroots are easy if you like them. You can eat the lot, root and leaves. I've become quite a fan of gai Lan or Chinese brocoli. Again you can eat the leaves, stems and flowers and very resilient to heat. 

Comment by Valerie on January 3, 2019 at 19:36

My lettuces did really well in the tube/pipe last winter. 

Comment by Lissa on January 2, 2019 at 15:13

Thanks Jeff and Elaine.

I'm staying away from red toms these days Elaine. They really inflame gout in my big toes (along with prawns). I used to be able to eat the little yellow ones without problem and will keep them in mind.

I've been thinking about how Roger grows so many things in PVC tubing - a variation of the pots Jeff - and will give that a go eventually. The tubes fit in and fill up small spaces not to mention being deep.

Important note about adding photos:

Always add photos using the "From my computer" option, even if you are on a mobile phone or other device.


  • Add Photos
  • View All


  • Add Videos
  • View All


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.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

© 2020   Created by Andrew Cumberland.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service