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Durian ice cream anybody?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dianne Caswell Mar 9. 6 Replies

So, I had durian ice cream yesterday. That's right durian. Made into ice cream. No words. There are just no words for this. Oh yes. Brutal. Continue

Gardening videos (Annette Mcfarlane)

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As part of the BCC Adult learning workshops and classes, some interesting videos.…Continue


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"Garden is looking great. My tromboccino at Yoorala is all stung by fruit flies. I'm about to rip it off as nothing gets bigger than about 5-10cm without getting stung. Strawberries looks great. Only just flowering here.   Mandarin…"
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Getting ready for mango abundance.

"It's a darned early flowerer that one.  "
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Getting ready for mango abundance.

"I've found its best to wait until the mangos are 2/3 grown, then I cover. The tree suffers from the lack of airflow if left on for 4 months or more. I have just cut down one of my big lychees that doesn't produce much and put in a coconut…"
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Caramelised cabbage with bacon and beans

"Yum! This is how we cook Brussels sprouts."
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 22nd August - Valerie's Garden Visit'
"We'll be having a discussion about darkling beetle farming or mealy worms for chicken. We will also have a go at weaving something like a small basket. I am looking at natural sources of materials. "
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Getting ready for mango abundance.

This was my mother's day present 2 years ago. Last year all the mangoes were eaten before they were even ripe. This year I am ready and waiting with the net.
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All the food groups

"Even the grain in the beer lol. Eating a rainbow "
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Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"Also, it has loads of seeds. So happy to share when it comes to fruition. "
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Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"This is what the original fruit looks like at the front. Oranges at the back for comparison. The thorns are actually quite significant. It wasn't actually named as Rangpur more like a guess from picture in internet search. So open to…"
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Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"In Ian Tolleys citrus book, the Rangpur lime is a Citrus x limonia is cold tolerant, natural mandarin x lemon hybrid.  Multiple flowering produces acidic, slightly seedy fruit that can range from pale to dark green to reddish-orange at…"
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Homegrown Rangpur flowering

"And now you are keeping it going. Well done!"

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Autumn 2021 at The Gap

Posted on July 3, 2021 at 17:30 4 Comments

Well last blog was 2 years ago, where shall I start?

One season at a time.

In late February, I dug out the taro for what looked like a promising result… or not. Well, I mean that plant was almost bigger than me. I since then dug out more and gave it a final taste try to decide that it is definitely not a…


Winter at The Gap

Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:30 9 Comments


When I got back from Europe, I could not take the pumpkin forest anymore. It had to go. I had spread some seeds among it hoping something else got to grow in my absence. Some sweet peas did but they were so feeble, that they were not worth saving. The kids had deserted the garden when the weather was so lovely. They could barely get to the trampoline, you see. So, it had to go. Yay, what a relief. There is now room to breathe and…


Autumn in the school garden

Posted on March 31, 2019 at 9:00 2 Comments

With the recent rain, the veggies gardens are really coming to life this year with promising growth and some produce already being harvested.

In the tuckshop area, we planted some lettuces, which are already being used for tuckshop. Some education was needed to make sure that the whole lettuce hearts weren't plucked out altogether and only leaves were harvested to ensure continuous supply. As it were the first lettuces were going to seeds already with the heat. Experience learned,…


School garden

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 13:00 3 Comments

Well, it has been a hot and dry summer. The garden beds were really dry but quite a few things survived. Luckily for us, the rain arrived right on cue. A little drizzle here, another downpour there and before you know it the garden will be brimming with life again. No time to lose. This year we are starting bright and early with greens and tomatoes for the tuckshop.…


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At 1:57 on August 18, 2017, David Richardson said…

Thanks for the warm welcome.

At 21:07 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

.... and drop off worm farms to you! [sorry i left that out of my above comment]

At 21:06 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

ok LoL the garden visit is not until June, thats too far into time for me to know what im doing around than heehee.... but im driving into the city for rural discovery day {kids school trip} on the 22nd of May and if you are available, i can pick up before or after we have finished in there ??? 

At 20:57 on May 13, 2014, Vanessa Thompson said…

HI Valerie, 

Im not sure about the next garden visit.... BRB ill just check when it is.... but id love to do a swap with you. {ps: these two farms do not have legs, i had them on bricks} 

At 20:21 on November 17, 2013, Muriel said…

Thanks very much for the lovely afternoon Valerie-Ann.

If you could bring plate to the Christmas garden visit that would be great.

Also please thank Rhys for the hose which will come in very useful


At 8:58 on March 17, 2013, DARREN JAMES said…

H Valerie jerusalum artichokes would still be growing and not ready for harvest yet and it may be hard at the moment to find   any rhisomes. to grow You may have to wait a while winter perhaps .One place worth a try is Kenmore village in the fruit shop although they may be in the same predicament..Good luck

At 5:16 on March 16, 2013, Lissa said…

Welcome to the Garden Visit group Valerie-Anne.

Keep an eye on the Calendar within the group to see where visits are planned for the year. I also list them in Events as some require RSVP.

Addresses for the visits are sent out the week before via email to your actual email account (whatever you have provided to the BLF site) - they don't turn up in your Private Messages.

Let me know if you have any problems. I'm happy to help :)

At 17:59 on February 24, 2013, Scarlett said…

welcome Valerie- Anne :)



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