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Sid Saghe
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Dave Riley commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Sorry, when you go HERE. -- enter 'clay pot'."
3 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Sid Saghe's status
"My experiences with clay pot irrigation is logged HERE. I set up  clay pot system at a friends' property near Chinchilla -- drought and so very little water available -- and the beds (recycled corrugated iron tank, cut in half) are…"
3 hours ago
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Sid, I'm not sure how your wicking bed turns into a slow draining tub unless you've got a hole in the base? Do you have a photo of your setup?The overflow that sticks out the side is essentially the maximum height of water in the system.…"
12 hours ago
Sid Saghe commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019'
"Sorry Valerie, do you mean the other way round? "
14 hours ago
Susan commented on Sid Saghe's status
"For my home garden, I have 7 larger beds (1.8x0.8)and 3 smaller (0.8 x 0.4).  The larger wicking beds are fantastic and pretty much the only way I grow during summer.  I water them once per week from top of soil (not in a fill pipe).…"
16 hours ago
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's status
"My bathtub wicking bed is a disaster. I can't say that the olla pots I am using in the old wicking bed are fantastic but they are keeping things growing despite the heat so thumbs up. The fruit trees in wicking bins are doing as well as can be…"
23 hours ago
Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Mystery volunteers

"That looks like sweet potatoes and a type of spinach. "
23 hours ago
Sid Saghe might attend Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - Valerie's to be held at Yoorala Street Community Garden - 24-11-2019 at Address will be sent closer event

November 24, 2019 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY Sunday 24th November 9.00am TO 11.00amThe address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you will need to change it in your profileValerie's GV will be held at:- Yoorala Street Community Garden Inc (YSCG Inc) was established in 2010. The garden is a…See More
Andrew Cumberland commented on Sid Saghe's status
"My wicking bed gets no sun in winter so I can only grow in it in summer.  However, if I had my time again, every veg bed would be a wicking bed.  "
Susan commented on Sid Saghe's status
"For my home garden, I have 7 larger beds (1.8x0.8)and 3 smaller (0.8 x 0.4).  The larger wicking beds are fantastic and pretty much the only way I grow during summer.  I water them once per week from top of soil (not in a fill pipe).…"
Jeff Kiehne commented on Sid Saghe's status
"The ground is getting so dry that i wanted to plant some corn seed  so dug up and watered  and the next day was totally dry so unless it starts raining wicking beds and hydroponics may be the only way to grow without needing lots of water."
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Mystery volunteers

Hi friends, I've had these two pop up and I'm having a little trouble identifying, can anyone point me in a direction?
Sid Saghe commented on Sid Saghe's status
"One has a leaking seal that I THOUGHT I had fixed but it turns out I hadn't, so right now it's basically a slow draining tub rather than a wicking bed. The other had a soil blocking the water pipe which will be an easy fix but is still…"
Andrew Cumberland commented on Sid Saghe's status
"If I had the choice, I'd always go wicking bed.  Like Cres, I'd be interested to hear what your problem is.  "
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Forgot to put the link to my wicking bed tutorials and the math, substrates, costs and my large reservoir modifications."
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"I love my wicking beds and continue to extoll their virtues to anyone with a passing interest. If you can provide details of your spat maybe we can reconcile you with yours.Ollas are nice but the sheer amount of water availability you can provide…"

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About me:
I only recently got into growing things in my teeny backyard, so have a lot to learn.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
None, unfortunately I work full time so haven't found a group nearby I can devote enough time to.
I am interested in:
Growing food in my backyard and potentially keeping native bees.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement, Other, None/Unsure
What I am looking for:
Gardening Help
Moreton Bay Region

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The limits of bathtub gardening?

Posted on October 22, 2018 at 15:31 7 Comments

Hey team!

As many of you may already know, I'm a big fan of planting in old bathtubs. Due to constraints at our home (size, storm drains, doggo, etc) everything I do needs to be raised. I was thinking of planting a few small trees in my tubs instead of doing large pots - are there any obvious downsides to this plan?

I'm not planning on moving them around (at least, not for quite a long time) but I'm sure I'm probably missing some problems!

As a bonus, have a new tub I…


Good Morning!

Posted on July 13, 2018 at 9:50 3 Comments

I thought I would share a couple of photos from my fledgling garden - I'm a complete novice but have had some small successes. Growing up all of the emphasis was on learning computers and similar skills rather than the hands on side, so I really am starting from level 0 (I had no idea most plants are meant to, you know, die).

I look forward to learning as much as possible and hopefully getting along to some visits!

The photos are my first potential pumpkin baby, some flowers, a…


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At 0:12 on August 14, 2018, Rob Collings said…

Hi Sid, the BLF regulars have posted good advice as usual, however they have humbly forgotten about themselves :)

For Brisbane gardening, I would try brisbanelocalfood, just alone for the diversity of direction you gain from this 10 year + compilation of info.

I would not use ning's search engine when looking for something specific. I have found google to be a better search engine for the site... examples below...

In the google search type : garden preparation pepino

Even throw a few regular posters' names in, some have been posting blogs, comments, pictures and videos for years. Dianne

In google, change the 'All' option and to 'Images' and get BLF picture results as in the example below.

Sometimes a little more work, however the results can be diversely rich.

At 6:07 on July 10, 2018, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Morning Sid, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF).

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2018 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR. We have a Garden Visit on this Saturday if you would like to come along.I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas. 

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question. If you feel you are particularly adept in a field you may like to add a new Group to our List or perhaps do a talk or demonstration at one of our GV. If a yes for the GV you might like to friend me and we can see what we can do. We are always looking for new ideas.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF…..

At 21:31 on July 9, 2018, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Sid. 



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