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GARDEN VISIT - POSTPONEMENT - DATE TO BE GIVEN LATER - Dave's Garden Visit Plus Vetiver Discussion

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GARDEN VISIT - POSTPONEMENT - DATE TO BE GIVEN LATER - Dave's Garden Visit Plus Vetiver Discussion

Time: March 21, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
City/Town: address will be sent out prior to event
Phone: 0407691485
Event Type: garden visit plus vetiver discussion
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: Mar 19

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Dave has written a little about his place:-

Come for a Garden Visit to Dave Riley's backyard. It's a Sunday so make sure you  take in the Caboolture Markets en route to stock up on inexpensive seedlings.

Dave grows a big garden. While it began very beach sandy, it now, after 10 years, boasts rich dark soil and worms a'plenty. Lots of grass clippings over the decade caused this change.


Among the mix of vegetables he also grows Vetiver to enrich and hydrate the surrounding soil.

While  Dave now mulches with Vetiver grass, he has allowed the Australian native, Scurvy Weed (Commelina cyanea), to run rampant as a living green mulch.

He will show us how he manages both the Vetiver grass and the Commelina as an ongoing mulching exercise and explain the logic of their usage.

PLEASE NOTE - VETIVER - CHANGE OF PLAN - Perhaps we can do this when the area Regenerates - 

One change....this week's weather has gutted our coastline including the Vetiver hedges. So there isn't much left along the shore.

See images of the surge HERE.

To make up for the weather I can show anyone interested how to make fresh corn tortillas.


The plot is very much a kitchen garden that focuses on growing herbs, sweet & chilli  peppers, radishes, leafy greens, spring onions, beans, corn, cherry tomatoes and an array of squashes clumped closely together. 

A feature is the network of aerial lines straddling the beds, up which various climbers are grown, creating a jungle effect designed to make the most of the sun or shade the grounded plants in hot weather.


The garden also hosts a mosaic workshop where the local club meets weekly. In process and on display will be many creative uses of cut up bits of china and tile.


Nearby is an ice creamery and cafes with a newly opened Greek restaurant. There are several foreshore walking options.

Children welcome but must be supervised by parents at all times.

Please bring a small plate of Food or Drink to share, and any plants, produce or seed that you would like to share, swap or sell. 

It is always a good idea to bring along a chair as we do sometimes have more visitors than chairs available at GV gardens.

RSVP required so that the address can be sent to you closer to the date. The 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 profile.

Late attendees welcome. Message Dianne or phone 0407691485 on the day for the address.


It's easy. Check HERE read the blurb and message Dianne

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Comment by Christa on March 18, 2021 at 18:25

Good idea, I might be right for event later on.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 17, 2021 at 20:21

I am very happy to see this postponed. I know it's selfish but I am keen to attend and I just couldn't this weekend. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 17, 2021 at 19:28

I know how you feel, it was also raining for our GV this year though not enough to bother us for to long, not like this rain which seems set in for a while. Please let me know, when you are ready, a date & month & I will put you in again Dave. Our weekend away may also be cancelled yet.

I will put this on the calendar as a POSTPONEMENT - DATE TO BE GIVEN LATER.... Dianne

Comment by Dave Riley on March 17, 2021 at 14:05

Look, since there are only 6 RSVP attending and with the rain to persist, maybe it is a good idea to postpone my garden visit to another weekend.With the rain like this the road in  -- Beachmere Rd -- could be cut if we get river rise and flooding. There is a way around that,  but it is inconvenient and if there's water over the road it is dangerous.

If you urgently want my presence, message me personally to attend here at your meteorological convenience. Any time. Email:

I'm open for another date per scheduled calendar  gaps. But this coming weekend may not be the best of all possible times in anyone's garden.

Last BLF visit here it was raining and drizzle is a horticultural bummer.

Comment by Doug Hanning on March 15, 2021 at 21:18

I ain't afraid of no rain. Bring it on.

Comment by Dave Riley on March 15, 2021 at 19:35

Just saying, if the rain persists our back verandah runs the full width of the house. 

When arriving please park on the large nature strip, not only ours at #16 but also the neighbours' left and right BUT DO NOT BLOCK THEIR DRIVEWAY. Our hood is used to traffic jams at our place because there is a mosaics session every Wednesday, U3A events and sundries.

Enter the august event via the walkway along the left hand side of the house. Just push the gate open and push it closed. Don't lock it.

If you want any cuttings from my patch, you are welcome to what ever is there -- except the Chaya which  I'm bringing on to create a Chaya nursery.

(Eg: Nopales, Katuk, Okinawan spinach, Moringa, Longevity spinach, etc)

As I said you get a free slip of Vetiver to take home. Given that we are overwhelmed with orders you are lucky peoples.

Comment by Christa on March 10, 2021 at 12:52

Unfortunately still have right leg fracture, in a moonboot and my walking frame.  I would love to come and see your new things .  Good gardening Dave.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on March 9, 2021 at 19:49

I'm sorry but I am out as well.  Now, I am not a clever man but even I know not to go to a GV on my Rozie's birthday.  Does everyone realise, that I have never managed to attend an official GV at Dave's in all the years I've been on this site?!  Luckily, he was kind enough to do an unofficial GV at his place for me.  

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 9, 2021 at 16:38

Sorry we will miss your GV Dave, we will be away that weekend. I am sure your GV will be most successful as yours always are. I will look forward to reading the report afterwards.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on December 16, 2020 at 7:04

Whilst we cannot visit the the Vetiver Hedges on the Coastline Dave will still be able to tell us the benefits of growing Vetiver. He has also offered to make up for the weather by showing anyone interested how to make fresh corn tortillas.

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