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Barbara Tealby
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Barbara Tealby commented on Valerie's photo

Elderberry Syrup

"Lovely to be able to get the berries! Methinks, though, that chopping it down to a stump might cause LOTS of suckering??!!  I've got my eye on a roadside one near my place, but its just flowering right now - a month or two till berries, I…"
11 hours ago
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's photo

Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) : Eat me.

"My winged bean is just starting to flower. This is the first time I've grown it - keen to see if it is going to be a keeper for me. Pity it's an annual, though - I was hoping for a season or two."
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Making your own flour in the city

"That's really helpful, Andy. Pointing out possible mistakes was great. Can't wait for the proof of the pudding..."
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's blog post I did it!!!
"How did you make it, Andy? Grain mill? Blender? Or other. It will be interesting to see how the flours perform in baking."
Barbara Tealby is attending Dianne Caswell's event

GARDEN VISIT - 23rd of May - GayleD's Garden Visit at BRIDGEMAN DOWNS

May 23, 2021 from 10am to 12pm
SUNDAY  23rd of May 10.00am TO 12.00pmGayleD will give us a little Info About her Garden in the New Year:-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…See More
Barbara Tealby commented on Valerie's photo

Elderberry Syrup

"Looks lovely. What weight of elderberries for that lot? And did you grow them?"
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Must have plants for beginners and Brisbane gardeners
"Ginger. Really easy to grow in Brisbane. It will grow in full sun or in quite shady spots. Plant in pots or in the ground, in early spring. (Actually, I wonder if you could just bung in a bit anytime - there just wouldn't be a great harvest…"
Apr 30
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's blog post April in the Garden
"A really productive patch as usual, Dave.  It will be interesting to see how the vetiver/tomato combination goes. I've got winged bean growing now, but not fruiting yet. Will you be eating the cassava at some stage? "
Apr 28
Barbara Tealby commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo
Apr 26
Barbara Tealby favorited Dave Riley's photo
Apr 20
Barbara Tealby replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Susan's GV: 17 April 2021 in the group Garden Visits
"Thanks for hosting this GV, Susan. Lots of interest and inspiration, and a very enjoyable morning."
Apr 19
Barbara Tealby favorited Andrew Cumberland's discussion Susan's GV: 17 April 2021
Apr 19
Barbara Tealby commented on Mary-Ann Baker's blog post does size matter
"Were they rhinoceros beetles?"
Apr 18
Barbara Tealby commented on Dave Riley's blog post The joy of April:out back making things happen.
"Thanks for the link to the interesting and thought-provoking article, Dave. It's a bit discouraging to find that the solution to many of our pollution problems is out there, has been out there, but is being disregarded because of the great god…"
Apr 16
Barbara Tealby commented on Dianne Caswell's group ADVANTAGES OF THE MODERN COTTAGE GARDEN
"A few years ago, my cottage garden was largely perennial shrubs and annual flowers. That is changing as food plants have been added - fruit trees, perennials like ginger, lemon grass and turmeric, and the annual crops, more and more of which are…"
Apr 14

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About me:
I live on a 900sq m block. The house is biggish, as we had a big family, most of whom have left home. The gardens were more or less tacked on by the previous owners after the house and various landscaping features were finished, so no chance to do the permaculture thing, but gradually a food garden is taking shape. My background is in revegetation, volunteer management, and growing and selling local native plants, but I am a total convert to the idea of producing as much of our own food as possible. Fruit trees - in ground and in pots - are a particular enthusiasm, and I like to preserve my own and purchased produce.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
Rode-Chermside garden club
I am interested in:
Permaculture, growing my own food, preserving the produce. I would like to see other peoples' gardens, and
join in discussions to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of growing food. Happy to share bits and pieces of whatever I've got growing, and whatever knowledge I have accumulated over the years.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement
What I am looking for:
Information, Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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What was that fruit?

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 8:03 3 Comments

Doug, when we were at Dianne's place, you had some small fruits which you said came from a tree which was fairly hard to come by. They tasted quite good, and I took a few seeds home. Do you remember what that fruit tree was called? I'm putting in the seeds and would like to label them as something other than 'that-nice-fruit-that-Doug-brought-to-Dianne's'.

Drying the Dragon Fruit Harvest

Posted on February 12, 2021 at 17:09 7 Comments

There was a bit of chat a while ago about drying Dragon Fruit, so I am going to dry some of the 40-odd Dragon Fruit that are ripening all at once on my vine. I plan to just use my oven, since I don't have a dehydrator, and I suspect air drying with the humidity as it is won't be too successful. Has anyone got any tips or pointers about what I should and shouldn't do?

This week in the garden

Posted on January 26, 2021 at 9:00 11 Comments

Picked the first pineapple of the year yesterday - no photo cos I cut it up straight away - couldn't wait to try it. It was OK, but I think I jumped the gun a bit - not as sweet as they usually are, and the top quarter was still pale yellow, not golden. I'll leave the next one on a bit longer. Pineapples are going in all over the garden in odd spots - and I've got a lot of odd spots in my garden!

The Zucchinis are finished, and I'm letting the tromboncino go to seed now - sorry,…


Zucchinis and Tromboncinos

Posted on January 11, 2021 at 14:01 2 Comments

This year Zucchinis and Tromboncinos have been really successful for me. 

I put down the zucchini success to tying up the vines to 8-foot star pickets driven well into the ground. Never thought to do this until someone on  BLF - Dave, I think it was, thank you - posted up a link to a zucchini grower in the US who did this, and who also advocated taking…


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At 23:41 on November 18, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961.  I have at least two laying girls you can have.  

At 12:30 on August 29, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Give me a ring on 0422 022 961

At 20:38 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Ditto for me with night meetings. Look forward to seeing you :-)

At 7:16 on August 24, 2015, Elaine de Saxe said…

Not BOGG but Greening Australia seed-cleaning volunteers. Potted up seedlings at your place and at Rosemary's.

Join our Garden Visits group and come along to our GVs we love to share :-)

At 5:45 on August 24, 2015, Lissa said…
Welcome to BLF Barbara :)
You should find lots to interest you on the site. Feel free to join in conversations, post photos and blogs.
If you need any help please don't hesitate to ask.
Happy gardening

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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)

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