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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
Location: BEACHMERE
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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POSTPONEMENT - DATE TO BE GIVEN LATER

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.

MULCHING

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.

POLYCULTURE

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.

MOSAICS

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.

LUNCH TIME

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.

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Comment by Dave Riley on December 15, 2020 at 21:08

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.

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GrowVetiver

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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