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Started Aug 21 0 Replies idea behind ShareWaste is that it helps you find someone in your neighbourhood who's willing to accept extra…Continue

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


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Beetle and beetroot

"It's a fresh beet I imagine?"
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Beetle and beetroot

This seems to be a winner. Within a minute of putting it in.
Sep 15
Valerie replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion Meal worm thread
"Wow you've gone all out! I found that rolled oats can go mouldy in our climate. Just keep a close eye on that. "
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"Anyone grow cow peas to feed to the chickens  as they correct variety can be grown during hot months and do not need fertilizer or lots of water."
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"I suspect I have no invasions. The brassicas I grow are doing fine. I don't do cabbage or broccoli. And my bokchoi and Couve Tronchuda (Portuguese Cabbage) are firing away. It could be species selection as I did find that if you grow a range of…"
Sep 9
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"I have used BT in the past when I was growing organic veges for restaurants.  It worked well although I had very few problems with caterpillars.  My theory is that "pest" insects only attack plants that are not growing…"
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Chicken food

"have you ever tried BT?  it works and is organic"
Sep 8
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Chicken food

"My Quails also get a regular supply of the little fat green grubs."
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"I do my little round every morning while the chooks eagerly await. "
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I gave up hope of growing brassica this season and converted into caterpillar farming for the chooks lol. You gotta be positive in this life.
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Quick discussion about meal worms: and some chores on the tiny farm

"I do have the BSF in the compost as well and the chooks love them. The mealy worms reproduce all year round."
Sep 4

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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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