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Valerie favorited Dave Riley's blog post Using plastic weedmat as mulch
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"I planted out some sunflowers today by simply using a short square of cardboard: cleared a space in the mulch, laid down the cardboard, stabbed it with my stabbing stick, made a good hole by wiggling my stick, popped in the seedling, padded/poked it…"
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"So far, this plastic weedmat hack is doing wonders for comestibles in my patch. The black colour captures heat* and the plants inserted through the weedmat are thriving.  They are doing much better than those planted through cardboard. It is…"
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Better the Jalapeño you know rather than the chilli you don't

Better the chilli you know rather than the one you don't.If you want to be resented: blow a friend or family member's head off with chilli. Oh, how they do complain!So Chilli 101 is knowing what to expect in way of scovilles.Since I grow my own…
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"Inspired I made Peri Peri steamed chicken and served it in tacos with Chimichurri. I used the dry speces for the chicken marinade as I knew it would wet up. Then splashed a little PeriPeri sauce on top.Wasn't bad.Not bad at all.  Used…"
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"I assume you used PeriPeri spice mix on the chicken, then spurted the sauce next door? I brought some of that spice mix from my spice merchant today at the markets. Harvested a heap of parsley today for more Chimichurri as I am running out of my…"
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"Your little dog is so cute. Love your idea for the weedmat I must try it sometime. Thanks for Sharing"
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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.
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Using plastic weedmat as mulch

Posted on June 9, 2021 at 20:00 5 Comments

Last time we blog-interacted I was talking up the pleasures of cardboard as a garden mulch.  As of today it looks something like this:

It offers a certain rustic charm as the fibres begin their rotting journey.

Sentenced to rejoin the earth from whence they came in some part of a tree.

But cardboard is cumbersome to work with, despite its…


Using Cardboard as Garden Mulch.

Posted on May 23, 2021 at 19:30 6 Comments

I may be a registered member of the Mulch Supporters Club but I never understood the Permaculture fetish for wet paper.

More trouble than it's worth.

Laying out the beds at the Vetiver plantation sure enamoured me to cardboard as a mulch understory and now it looks like I'm addicted.

Cardboard, after all, is mashed up wood chips...and it's available any and everywhere. More so, in fact, than newspaper.

So I started using cardboard keenly and experimentally in the…


Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps

Posted on May 1, 2021 at 22:00 2 Comments

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.



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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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