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Time: September 30, 2018 from 10am to 12pm
Location: Dave's Garden
Street: Address has been sent at 5.30pm Thurs 27th Sept
City/Town: Beachmere
Phone: 0407691485 Dianne
Event Type: free garden visit
Organized By: Dianne
Latest Activity: Sep 30, 2018

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SUNDAY 30th September 10.00am TO 12.00pm


Address will be sent closer the date. The address is always sent to your email you signed up with, if it is different you need to change your profile.

It has been a while since we have visited Dave's Garden at Beachmere. His garden is something to behold so many different Food Plants, Trees and Vines. 

But I will let Dave tell you about his garden; 

Dave created his garden out of Beachmere sand by laying down a lot of mulch. A LOT of mulch.

Grass clippings in the main -- but any and everything that could rot was laid down..

He now boasts a rich, worm-popular sandy loam.

After irrigating his patch for 8 years through unglazed terracotta pot -- olla -- irrigation he has renovated his garden after switching to a bore which taps the aquifers 5 metres below the surface.

With a preference for mixed vegetable planting, the garden is now formatted by Vetiver hedges which divide the growing space into separate beds or 'pens' surrounded by Vetiver.

The use of Vetiver is the garden's novel design approach as the Vetiver roots go down two metres while the above ground clumps are harvested for mulch.

The garden also has criss-crossing aerials above that support trellising for beans and cucurbits.

The backyard veranda also serves as a mosaic studio which hosts a regular weekly club. As part of your visit, Dave's partner, Helen, will demonstrate using broken crockery mosaics and how creative designs can be deployed practically in the garden.

Rough garden paths. Plenty of chairs and tables. On one level.

There is a little Cafe' nearby and it has been a wonderful spot for the group to end off the visit with lunch. So please join us, it is always a bit of fun.  

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 email address you nominated when you joined will be used. Please update this if it has changed.

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


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Comment by Valerie on August 28, 2018 at 12:13

Oh so sorry I am going to miss this as we are away that weekend in the opposite direction.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on August 26, 2018 at 7:20

I will book the Beach Shack Cafe' on the inside as it is always popular. So let us know by hitting RSVP button on top right, as soon as possible if you plan on coming to what is shaping up to be a very interesting and informative day. 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 24, 2018 at 22:33

There'll be 2 more with me and we'll bring our chairs. And we'll be having lunch with the others. Who is doing the booking?

Comment by Dave Riley on August 24, 2018 at 17:50

And don't forget the Caboolture Markets en route: every Sunday.

Cnr of Beerburrum Rd and Old Gympie Rd
Caboolture, Queensland
Best place for plants for sure! Seedlings. Trees. Veges. Fruit.
Comment by Dave Riley on August 24, 2018 at 17:45

I'm thinking, since my addiction is overwhelming, that I'll also offer any takers a kimchi tasting on the day of the garden visit. I'd also like to show folk the delights of the so very easily made Filmjölk yogurt.

Hopefully my Vetiver plants will consolidate their hedgerows by the day.

As for your lunch options: Beach Shack Cafe (LINK).

You may like to consider booking the  inside room if there are enough takers. Ring Amanda on  0408 878 550.

It can be busy on a Sunday mornings.

Please park on my nature strip if you come before others.

Unfortunately it will be high tide at around 1.30pm that day but the walk at the southern end of Biggs Ave (thru the dog park and wetlands) is dry. You can reach the Caboolture River mouth by following the path and coastline.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on May 20, 2018 at 17:31

Looking forward to the GV and the lunch in Beachmere.

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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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