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Dave Riley's Discussions

PNG Traditional Vegetables Project'

Started this discussion. Last reply by Christa yesterday. 1 Reply

Moringa (Malunggay)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sophie Apr 28. 17 Replies

Making Bone Broth

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Riley Apr 9. 2 Replies


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Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) : Eat me.

"They are funny blighters -- in a cute way. You can have them in the soil for 'x' number of months but they want to fruit at the scheduled time.Then they can be generous +++."
13 hours ago
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's photo

Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) : Eat me.

"*sighs*  yeah.  I'm waiting for mine to do something. "
20 hours ago
Dave Riley commented on Dave Riley's photo

Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) : Eat me.

"We ate a few of these beans for dinner tonight via a Filipino recipe adaption: ginisang sigarilyas or sauteed winged beans.I have cooked them before, of course, but never as the primary item in a dish. Some of those I harvested from outback…"
23 hours ago
Christa replied to Dave Riley's discussion PNG Traditional Vegetables Project'
"Interesting edibles, Dave, We have grown most of them except breadfruit, tu-lip, and water dropwort. The Walangur is an old houseplant of years ago, I still have a couple of pots of them.  The pit-pit was not easy to grow at my place, I think…"
Dave Riley posted a discussion

PNG Traditional Vegetables Project'

If you have a passing acquaintance with food plants to our immediate north that also survive here, this is the site for you.Also on hand are the food plants of the Pacific Islands that are eaten by Pacifika peoples traditionally.START HERE with a description of the plants, then check out the many recipes.Traditional Vegetables Selected for this ProjectAibika   Bamboo Shoots   Highland Bread…See More
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."
Dave Riley posted a photo

Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) : Eat me.

Now coming thick and fast atop the vine.Not a huge space grabber, just a silent sentinel in the garden that presents its fruits each year at the same time.Crisp as...chips.Despite the lengths it can get to -- eg: > 20cm -- doesn't get…
Andrew Cumberland commented on Dave Riley's blog post Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps
"I can say that my vetiver dam has led to a huge increase in the pigeon pea numbers (volunteers), a nearby lemon grass and kept perennial shallots alive (quite sure they would have died otherwise).  I haven't noticed it help the roses…"
May 2

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About me:
I grow vegetables on what was sand along the shores of Moreton Bay.After years of mulching I have a rich loam to work with and plenty of earth worm helpers.
I also run a Vetiver Grass nursery.
I am interested in:
Vegetables.Vetiver grass. Various cuisines and the plants they make use of -- especially Turkish, Mexican, Caribbean, Korean and Sri Lankan.
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
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Moreton Bay Region

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Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps

Posted on May 1, 2021 at 22:00 1 Comment

This is the layout/design I'm experimenting with.
I actually mix up the food plants rather than block plant, but they…

April in the Garden

Posted on April 27, 2021 at 21:30 5 Comments

April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because  the days are no longer so darn hot.

I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.

I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's…


The joy of April:out back making things happen.

Posted on April 10, 2021 at 20:30 6 Comments

You know how it is...

You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.

Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.



Worm Farmer Dave : Vermiculturalist with stabbing stick.

Posted on March 5, 2021 at 23:30 1 Comment

One of my chooks died a couple of days ago. It happens.

So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.

See! the chickens round the gate

For their morning portion wait;

Fill the basket from the store,

Let us open wide the door;

Throw out crumbs…


Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Posted on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 0 Comments

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…

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At 22:34 on February 13, 2021, Janey said…

Aw what a shame - but you can’t beat the tide- probably even with a rock wall...our beach lost a lot of sand this year too. It’s been exactly one year now since we planted our 100 tiny vetiver plants and they have grown so quickly and made a huge difference to soil- lots of worms wherever we dig and they grow 6 inches a week, - so make lots of mulch! Also stops grass from invading new beds and keeps dogs off! 

At 21:53 on February 8, 2021, Janey said…

Hey Dave the vetiver I got from you for my sandy garden at Straddie are going great guns, I even had enough now to give some to a neighbour and spend the word about wonderful vetiver!

At 18:38 on March 28, 2020, Susan said…

Hey Dave, I use "after photo" - it's free but with ads. 

At 9:11 on March 27, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

And you probably could do that to Dave.

At 10:37 on February 2, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Oh, and I forgot how good his jokes are too????

At 8:29 on February 2, 2019, Dianne Caswell said…

Love the Updated Profile and Avatar, you really have a gift Dave, you are an inspiration to all our Members I am sure. Could I say to all if you are a newer member please take the time to read through some of Dave's Blogs etc I promise you that you will gain a different prospective on how Sand can become Humus. Be sure to read about how Dave has inspired Children to garden at his local school, and his Cooking and Recipes skills have gone from strength to strength.

At 15:37 on February 23, 2016, Vinay Nellipudi said…
Thanks for friend request.
At 12:06 on January 10, 2015, DARREN JAMES said…

Thanks Dave for your recipes ,will you be going to lissas garden visit as I can give you those brazillian spinach if not will bring them over for you cheers

At 16:52 on December 21, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi Dave havent forgotten you caught up with work .will get them over to you in the new year sometime hope you have a good xmass  

At 8:32 on December 16, 2014, DARREN JAMES said…

Hi mate leave us an address at and I will get them over to 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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