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Cathie MacLean
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Cathie MacLean's Discussions

Re: Sourdough starter for Dianne, Christa and Anne

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Jul 22, 2018. 22 Replies

I'm posting this as a discussion for the ladies who got a starter today. It's ok in the plastic Baggie for a couple of days in the fridge but soon it would be good to put it into the jar you plan to…Continue

Ginger and turmeric storage

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Jul 5, 2018. 6 Replies

I harvested some more ginger today. It's really quite amazing how it increases from a tiny nub to a big claw of gingery goodness in 8 or 9 months with very little attention. My polystyrene box had…Continue


Started this discussion. Last reply by GayleD May 1, 2017. 19 Replies

I'm thinking I'd like to start writing a garden blog like many of you do already and just wonder how to go about it. Do you prepare all your text and pictures in word and then copy and paste?or just…Continue

Gardening calendar

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cathie MacLean Oct 15, 2016. 11 Replies

I am not an organised person.  I do life flying by the seat of my pants and that includes gardening. Sometimes it works out and I have success, but very often I find myself realising that if I’d…Continue


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Cathie MacLean commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - Gayle D's, Bridgeman Downs'
"Sorry I can't make it to the visit. My nephew's wedding this weekend and am very involved with family coming to Brisbane for it. Have a lovely gathering. "
Aug 5, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's event 'Garden visit at Andy's'
"Sorry Andy, we have visitors from overseas and will be busy. I hope it is a fun day."
Jul 12, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Susan's photo

That time of year again when I come back from holidays and find a mountain of food.

"What an awesome photo Susan! Great variety to plan your meals around."
Jul 12, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Variety is the spice of life

"Good job Sid.  All that diversity contributes to good health for you and your garden.  Love it."
Jul 12, 2019
Cathie MacLean replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Member features. in the group BLF Futures
"Well deserved Christa! You always have interesting things to add to discussions and your encouraging comments build the BLF community."
May 24, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Andrew Cumberland's photo


"The fruit flies love them too! This is one fruit, like guava, that always gets stung in my garden. I like the flavour of the fruit but mine are on the small side and a bit 'grainy' apart from the pulpy centre. I think it is an attractive…"
May 24, 2019
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Carla O'Brien
"Gosh, Carla, that was quick ! Nice to see you found the site! Welcome to BLF. I'm sure you'll find lots to interest you here. Looking forward to having in the community garden next week!"
Apr 29, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Janet Fong's blog post Dragonfruit art
"Very pretty Janet! "
Apr 16, 2019
Cathie MacLean left a comment for Neil Ferguson
"Good luck with your new garden, Neil. I'm sure you will find this site helpful. Welcome."
Apr 13, 2019
Cathie MacLean commented on Roger Clark's photo

Italian Fryers Capsicum

"Nice looking peppers, Roger. Do you net them? The fruit fly gets every fruit I don't net. Another nice frying pepper is shishito, a wrinkly green pepper which is wonderful quickly stirfried or grilled whole. Great as a tapas type of dish with a…"
Apr 13, 2019

Profile Information

I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
I am very involved with the community garden at the retirement village where I work. I have applied for membership with Brisbane Organic Growers.
I am interested in:
Growing food in an urban environment. I am very interested in food from many cultures, ferments etc.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Plants and Produce, Community Involvement
What I am looking for:
Plants or Produce, Garden Materials, Events, Community Involvement
Brisbane Northern Suburbs

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Lovely greens - featuring Senposai and Tokyo Bekana

Posted on July 24, 2018 at 20:19 3 Comments

I love this season for growing leafy greens, and I feel so virtuous for eating so many of them! My recent favourites for sheer ease of growing are Senposai and Tokyo bekana. Being brassicas they are so easy to grow from seed - up in a few days, grow well in seedling cells until transplanted into a rich soil when they really take off. Within four to five weeks of transplanting they are ready to be harvested.

Those who were at my recent garden visit would recognise these vegetables from…


Glorious days in May

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 22:30 17 Comments

These are the best days in the year for gardening, the best time to live in Brisbane in my opinion.  Less pests and  less sweat but the dense winter shade is the main challenge I face in this garden built around a two storey house with trees also blocking the low winter sun in the northeast.  I have to plant in different beds just to get enough sunshine. 

This month I will start in the front garden so that I can show off the tall tutuers that my son, Wil, made me.  I wanted something…


It's a jungle out there! My garden in March 2018.

Posted on May 1, 2018 at 19:40 13 Comments

With the amazing season of rain we've had (plus several weeks of full time work) I've been finding it hard to keep up outside. The growth is rampant! My tanks are full and I've had little call to use them. …


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At 15:10 on July 11, 2018, Che Corrie said…

Thanks for the welcome Cathie.  Sorry it took me so long to get back, I've not been here.

At 20:18 on April 28, 2018, Karon Swift said…

Thanks so much Cathie. I have only been gardening a short time and really taken to it like a duck to water. I spent a few years overseas doing volunteer work and dragon fruit was my absolute favourite fruit. I was so happy when I came back and found out I could grow some of my own. I look forward to hearing about your varieties and what you have been doing in your garden. chat soon K

At 21:52 on June 19, 2017, Mrs Shirley Arnold said…
We arrive Sunday 25th June and leave Friday 30th. We have transport
At 9:31 on June 7, 2017, Connie VALENTI said…
Hi Cathie
I found your friend request! Thanking you for taking my call and I look forward to seeing you on the 16th June.
At 15:06 on April 22, 2017, conrad maharaj said…

I"II be there wed morning around 10am if ok mobile 0412118234

At 22:40 on July 10, 2016, Rob Collings said…

Thanks so much for being a GV Reporter Cathie! ... and sorry to hear about the posting issues.

Myself and other GV reporters have most likely had similar fun with this at some time.

With so many photos, we have split the report into 2 parts on 2 separate posts in many cases.

I tend to keep the picture file sizes between 100K - 500K, and sometimes a little larger.

And using a word processing program on the computer to prepare the report, followed by a cut & paste when ready can avoid loss resulting from potential site, Web, ISP or local networking issues.

At 4:24 on June 27, 2016, Lissa said…

Cathie - which retirement village do you work at? If you don't want to state publicly can you send me a PM (Private Message - top right of any page where it says Inbox).

I also work in aged care and would be interested to know about your community garden in the retirement village.

At 5:01 on February 4, 2014, Lissa said…

Welcome to Brisbane Local Food Cathie :)

Please get in touch via message or the discussion forum if you need help finding what you are after, or in using the site.

Otherwise simply explore, join the conversations and enjoy.

All the best and happy gardening



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