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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland on Wednesday. 24 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

Curry leaf recipes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley May 23, 2020. 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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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
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Information, Products and/or Services, Events, Gardening Help
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Annual Tiny Farm production blog

Posted on March 1, 2021 at 21:00 9 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…

I got me an Air Fryer/ dehydrator/ rotisserie/ defroster gadget

Posted on December 12, 2020 at 22:00 17 Comments

I suspect you will hear a lot more about this.  I may even start a group like the pressure cooker one.  For those who have thought about getting one... here is my quick review as posted on facebook.  This is an 11 litre one from KMart for…

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…


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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!


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 :)

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

Thank you!

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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.

Place your business add here! ($5 per month or $25 for 9 months)

Talk to Andy on 0422 022 961.  You can  Pay on this link

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