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Fiona Ryan
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Name this nasty

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 16. 4 Replies

I’m wondering about this, on one of my eggplants. I think it’s red spider mite?…Continue

Challenging Times are the Mother of Invention

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Cumberland May 7. 14 Replies

I hate to waste sourdough starter discard at the best of times, even though it’s ‘just’ flour and water. But with flour now taking on the mythical qualities of gold dust, if I’m going to be using…Continue

Using what you have to hand

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fiona Ryan Apr 2. 3 Replies

First and foremost, I'm a cook. I cook all day, every day, never tiring of new recipes, old faves and interesting ideas. My garden is a very slow work in progress at present. I have a few small bok…Continue

Taking the opportunity to plan & plant

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Mar 21. 18 Replies

This weekend, I was supposed to be heading to Bali. Obviously I'm not. So, rather than let the time go to waste, I'm getting organised to the months ahead. We were also supposed to be going to Japan…Continue


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Fiona Ryan replied to Mike Watson's discussion Overnight veggie raid: is it a rat, or possum?
"I feel your pain. I had what I thought were possums and had erected various nets and cages. I had a new cage with larger holes. When I came out a few days ago, a tomato plant was sheared off at the base. The cage was still in place. That’s…"
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Andrew Cumberland replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Name this nasty
"There is also a fungus called chocolate spot that looks a bit like that. "
May 16
Christa replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Name this nasty
"Can't help you much, Fiona, I've haven't got spider mite here.  Is that the same as red spider, if so they used to use bicarb soda for roses for that problem.  I think strawberry plants can get red spider. Somewhere I have a…"
May 16
Dave Riley replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Name this nasty
"Try this if only to exclude it."
May 15
Andrew Cumberland replied to Fiona Ryan's discussion Name this nasty
"I'll just give this topic a "bump.""
May 15
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First beetroot from raised wicking bed

"Looks pretty good to me!"
May 13
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Blueberry flowers at night

"I just had to nip my buds off as it’s the first year and I want to encourage growth. I can’t wait until next year when (hopefully) the trees will be laden. "
May 12
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May 12
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Biloxi Blueberry Flower Buds

"It hurts to nip the buds off, who made that rule.   Each time I think just one wouldn't hurt. They are quite productive the blue berry plants.  I have about 7 blueberry plants and placed a rock with their names on, on the soil of…"
May 12

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About me:
A long term Brisbane resident who has a keen interest in cooking so I want to be able to grow my own vegetables.
I am currently involved with the following community gardens and groups:
None at present
I am interested in:
Learning gardening tips, sustainability, making rather than buying and reducing my footprint
I can offer (you can't offer too much or too little - we don't mind)
Community Involvement, None/Unsure
My website is:
What I am looking for:
Information, Plants or Produce, Community Involvement, Gardening Help
Brisbane Eastern Suburbs

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At 6:07 on March 11, 2020, Dianne Caswell said…

Good Morning Fiona, Welcome to Brisbane Local Foods (BLF). So lovely to have you join us, we have many keen cooks as well as very good gardeners in our group so I am sure you will fit in very well. 

Here at the top of the page, you will find many GROUPS to join. One of these is the GARDEN VISITS, 2019 GARDEN VISITS CALENDAR. I am sure you would enjoy visiting our member’s gardens. We have members who grow many different kinds of Gardens, Permaculture, Aquaculture, Wicking Beds, Traditional and many more. The GV's are usually held once a month. At the GV's we share cuttings, plants, produce, seeds, knowledge as well as a good chat and a lovely Homemade Morning Teas. 

We have many subjects of interest, if you have any questions I am sure we would have a member or site available to answer that question. If you feel you are particularly adept in a field you may like to add a new Group to our List or perhaps do a talk or demonstration at one of our GV. If a yes for the GV you might like to friend me and we can see what we can do. We are always looking for new ideas.

You may like to go into your page and change the Pea Leaf Avatar for one of your own, it makes it a little more personal and as soon as we see your own Avatar we know who it is. Please enjoy BLF…..

At 17:48 on March 10, 2020, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Fiona.  After quickly looking at your blog, I suspect you've found a community that will entirely suit you.  


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