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Andrew Cumberland
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  • McDowall, Brisbane, Queensland
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  • Brisbane Northern Suburbs
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Must have plants for beginners and Brisbane gardeners

Started this discussion. Last reply by Travis May 2. 15 Replies

I thought it would be a good idea to list some "must have" plants for Brisbane gardens.  Feel free to chip in.  I'm hoping this thread might become a good resource for all of us.My criteria…Continue

The "wish list" thread. What you'd like:

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sophie Apr 23. 25 Replies

Wish listIt became obvious that most of the posts in the buy, swap and give away forum are now a complete waste of time because they expired years ago.  So, I figured I would make a single thread…Continue

Tags: thread, list, wish

Tips for beginners

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Feb 23. 18 Replies

I have started a video series of tips for new gardeners.Introductory episodeEpisode 1: compostingEpisode 2: start by planting perennials Episode 3: livestock for city blocks or apartmentsEpisode 4:…Continue

Tags: beginners, for, tips

Quail recipes or home butchered fowl

Started this discussion. Last reply by Doug Hanning Jan 13. 11 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

 

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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, Plants and Produce, Gardening Help
My website is:
http://www.youtube.com/mcdowallmanor
What I am looking for:
Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Location
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Flour experiment 2: mixed flour Turkish bread

Posted on May 12, 2021 at 23:17 0 Comments

I thought I had at least 2 cups of bean flour.  So, I bravely started the next experiment.  For some reason, I went onto Turkish bread.  I love the stuff and I was too lazy to do mashed potato first.  After getting the yeast ready, I discovered I in fact was down to 1 last cup of bean flour.  So, 1 bean flour to 4 wheat/bakers' flour.  The good news is that it worked - I thought very well.  …

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Flour experiment 1: pancakes

Posted on May 11, 2021 at 22:00 5 Comments

So, using the flour to make pancakes worked perfectly well.  It is slightly nutty but a very nice flavour indeed.  I added just a touch of mashed potato, pinch of baking powder and some salt and sugar.  I think I could increase the salt slightly, thicken the batter and use it as a flat bread.  Test one seemed to be a complete success - even by harsh Rozie standards.  …

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I did it!!!

Posted on May 6, 2021 at 17:00 2 Comments

You are looking at  three versions of home grown and made flour from the tiny city farm. Hulled,  part-hulled and unfilled.  I'll cook three muffins for taste comparison. I used Madagascar beans to make it. I'm also going to try with pigeon peas. This is a big part of my self sufficient jigsaw filled in.  …

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Annual Tiny Farm production blog

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 21:00 12 Comments

I've become a bit more serious about plotting the food that I grow and harvest here on the block.  Mostly, because of the Youtube shedwars contest I am in... it's actually just an excuse to share gardening tips for beginners but it also forces me to track my produce by weight.  

I've decided I will do this for 12 months and maybe even more, even though the contest stops in April.  You see, I've realised:

  1. I produce much more than I…
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At 4:37 on May 10, 2021, Mike Cowie said…

Thanks for the welcome Andrew

At 15:35 on April 8, 2021, Dave Riley said…

At 21:51 on February 8, 2021, Janey said…

Yep I tracked Dave down early in my soil improvement journey and the vetiver I got from him have made a huge difference already!

At 12:49 on January 24, 2021, Tyler said…

Thanks Mate 

At 8:20 on December 31, 2020, Julia Bolam said…

Thanks for the welcome Andrew! I just joined the group as suggested :) Sounds great!

Julia

At 13:04 on December 12, 2020, Christine Margaret Roles said…

Thank you Andrew.

At 7:55 on November 27, 2020, Ron Hyde said…

Thankyou Andrew, appreciate the welcome

At 6:42 on November 17, 2020, Barbara Tealby said…
How did it go with the quails, Andy?
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 :)

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Steamed quail with garlic and ginger.

This is a fantastic recipe for steamed quail that I found on Dan Seto's channel. This was a trial run. I'll eventually adapt it slightly but wanted to try ...
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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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