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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Quail recipes or home butchered fowl

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Sep 24. 6 Replies

I wanted to start a place where we could share recipes for quail.  Then I figured that chicken would be much the same.  I know a brave soul who also keeps pigeon so those recipes would fit in here…Continue

Curry leaf recipes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley May 23. 1 Reply

I recently finally found a recipe that used my curry leaves.  Very yummy and I also got to use lemongrass and a heap of tromboncino.…Continue

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A call for help.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland Nov 12, 2019. 5 Replies

I've copied this from a friend's post on facebook.…Continue

Worth a share

Started Sep 18, 2019 0 Replies

I stole this link from Gayle D.  Great article worth a share. …Continue


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I am interested in:
Aquaponics - I have a set-up that is going pretty nicely at the moment. It has two grow beds and produces quality Jade Perch.

Fowl - I keep five lovely chickens for eggs only but these are new girls and haven't started to lay yet. I also keep Japanese quail that I breed and eat. I also eat their eggs. I am about to transition to jumbo Japs.

Australian Native Bees - I have 3 hives and hope to be able to increase the numbers of these Ozzie treasures.

Distilling - I make a fair variety of spirits and liquors. I make rum for me and liquors for others/gifts. However, I'm moving to the stage where I don't want to use bought flavours any more. So, I've taught myself to make a rum from burned raw sugar and molasses. I've also made unflavoured rum by fermenting molasses. I've turned out iced peach tea, plum, strawberry, cumquat, and passionfruit liquors. My home grown cumquat liquor seemed to be a hit at the local garden visits. Lately, I've made a foray into ginger beer which was proved very successful, and some fruit based wines.

Beer - I've done a few batches of simple package based beers now.

Cheese making - I've done a lot of cheeses, including marinated fetas with herbs I grow. My most frequent is my Purple Onion Feta. My favourite cheese is my Brisbane Nutty Blue, modeled after a blue Jarlsberg. I also do a Glasshouse Blue which is mild and creamy. I've done Camembert, raw milk blue, cheddar and quite a few others. These days, I stick to my favourite few, unless I am teaching.

Sausage making: I've do a nice Middle Eastern lamb, Thai chicken and Kransky. Loving the smoked sausages.

Jams/Preserves/Chutney - I do kumquat marmalade (home grown), chili jam (home grown) and a lot of others. I'm my preserves have reached the stage where they are entirely driven by what I grow myself.

Crazy scrap reuse - I've managed to grow shallots from tails, sweet potato from tops and tails, and chopped up and recycled old potatoes. Ginger goes pretty well from off-cuts as well. Oh, and of course the other recycle is to compost kitchen waste. I've now cut my garbage output by half. I also have a worm farm and make compost tea.

I like to bake breads and cook, especially where I am using my own produce.

I used to teach photography and cheese making.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Information, Training and Consultancy
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What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Andrew Cumberland's Blog

Tiny farm tales... August 2020

Posted on August 29, 2020 at 21:00 4 Comments

Little pots, be gone!  Inspired by Doug’s huge grow bags, I bought ten x 100l bags.  They are very good quality and at around $12 a piece, you can’t go wrong.  I got them here and I think Doug uses the same supplier:   I’m also surprised that I can still slide the bags around to move them even when fully planted. 

Most of our north side plants that were in dinky pots have now been moved into the grow bags.  I think…


Some very sad news about Elaine

Posted on June 21, 2020 at 19:19 7 Comments

I learned this afternoon that Elaine passed away on 26 May 2020.  She was cremated on 5 June.  I believe she would have been 78. 

Long time members will know that Elaine's health had suffered recently as a result of diabetes.  Her heart had been damaged and finally gave out.  

There is to be a memorial service at Great Northern Gardens at Deception Bay in 6 - 8 weeks.  I asked to be advised when the date was set.  

The site has been much quieter since she got ill and…


Trying a new old thing

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 0:34 10 Comments

I got this today at the Op Shop for $15 instead of $80 new.  Can't wait to give it a try.  

Pressure canning

Posted on May 6, 2020 at 0:00 5 Comments

Tiny tales

Well damn. I’m used to making jams and sauces etc, bottling them and boiling them in a water bath so they seal and can be kept for many months. I do a lot of that.

Then I got this pressure canner thing. It works as a pressure cooker – I made pea and ham soup in it tonight. However, the damn thing can cook your meal in a jar and store it out of the fridge for a year or more. So, I can add a quail or two to my bottles and then onion, potato,…


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At 7:30 on August 29, 2020, Barbara Tealby said…

Thanks, Andy. Is it OK if I come around this morning and get them?

At 8:00 on August 16, 2020, Gemma Wells said…

Thankyou Andrew :)

At 10:38 on July 21, 2020, Feriel said…

Thank you!

At 21:55 on July 14, 2020, Diana Yeo said…

Thanks Andrew

At 12:56 on May 8, 2020, Cindy P said…

Thanks Andrew, I am looking forward to getting to know the group and learning about gardening in Brisbane.

At 13:47 on May 3, 2020, Grant P Rundle said…

Thanks i am looking for somewhere i can buy chaya and moringa plants , found your site on web hope you can help . Thank you

At 13:03 on April 30, 2020, Mike Watson said…

Thanks Andrew. Looking forward to solving some bean growing problems, as well as sharing my admittedly limited veggie growing knowledge. :)

At 22:38 on March 14, 2020, Tracey James said…

Thank you Andrew for your welcome. The site looks lovely. I’m looking forward to exploring, 

At 15:19 on March 11, 2020, Fiona Ryan said…

Ah yes, the very unloved blog. I've finished working for now but still never seem to have time for it! I'm looking forward to learning and sharing with the local experts!

At 20:52 on March 8, 2020, Bobbie Moynihan said…

Hi Andrew, thank you :)

I will be making a couple of your lady beetle nesting houses tomorrow!

That was so useful. I see there are some lady beetles in my garden (since the rain) and would love them to stay a while.

Cheers, Bobbie

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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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