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Added by DARREN JAMES on July 15, 2017 at 9:36 — 3 Comments


Hi everyone, for a bit of a read if your interested in worm towers Grass roots have a two page article in this months publication written by you know who.You can borrow this magazine also from most libraries.I would be happy for  all your comments  and happy to share anything you may not understand.I hope you are all enjoying the cool…


Added by DARREN JAMES on April 10, 2017 at 21:58 — 3 Comments

A lacklustre summers garden

High everyone ,apart from our yams and other reliable plants in our survival garden,arrowroot ,tumeric,sweet potatoes,ginger etc wich basically anyone can grow the summers garden has been a real fizzer.Many crops have failed or growing poorly  compared to other years and its been a battle to keep our most important herbs going as well ,you know things are bad when even a pumpkin vine struggles and the jerusalem artichoke has only grown to half its normal height.There have been limited…


Added by DARREN JAMES on February 25, 2017 at 9:25 — 13 Comments

A report from a member of the mashua growers society

Hi all not long ago some of us lucky people thanks to Jan were able to purchase a rare sth american tuber.Having not heard much lately regarding on how everyones is growing I thought I would show mine to compare  with maybe  the other lucky growers .I am growing mine in a 70 litre pot on the eastern side so as not for it to be in too much sun,after all it did come from tassie and I also have it covered in netting.How is everyones?…


Added by DARREN JAMES on October 30, 2015 at 22:19 — 8 Comments

People should be more nice to madagascar beans

Hi everyone,over many garden visits I have met many people growing madagascar beans and although having admitted to growing them lots have dismissed their edibility.I would like to change that for the non believers I HOPE.This weekend My stepson Josh came up from melbourne and although not a chef he bloody well should be .The plant gods have been good and I had a major size jar full of dried ones and many waiting to come for him and his creation.Here is my recipe and I will  call it JOSHES…


Added by DARREN JAMES on August 1, 2015 at 0:38 — 34 Comments

Alternative spuds for Brisbane

Just arriving back from a visit to Melbourne visiting family I was amazed at the many many different type of heirloom potatoes that one could buy down there in their equally impressive markets.One paticular  type that took my eye was the purple congo  and I would like to know if anyone has grown it amongst  the many others  available.Has anyone tried growing something different with good yields.taste etc .Being the great white hunter/grower that  I am, I would like to know of anyone elses…


Added by DARREN JAMES on June 24, 2015 at 21:24 — 7 Comments


My aplogies to everyone who was  expecting to see my talk and dispay .My car was packed and I blew a head gasket just down the road .Would be happy to show people at the next garden visit if anyone is interested. and ok by the blf committee.

Added by DARREN JAMES on October 13, 2014 at 9:10 — 5 Comments


Hi everyone I hope Im not being a bad boy in advertising this event nor myself as I know its on BLF eventS calender.I promise there will be something  for anyone  interested in gardening at any level. There will be speakers all day; a produce display/ competition for the best of each category and much more.If your after that hard to find plant you may find it there also come say hello at my compost tower stand and if you have time i will be giving a display on how to make your own…


Added by DARREN JAMES on October 10, 2014 at 16:02 — No Comments


A Few garden visits ago I was able to show people how to build  and grow in their own drum gardens..There has been a…


Added by DARREN JAMES on September 13, 2014 at 15:31 — 4 Comments

Javanese lime aid

Hi all just had the most refreshing drink and Im sure lots of people will be growing these ingredients. you will need  medium cucumber juice of five limes about100ml  75 g of sugar to taste plenty of ice 1 litre of sparkling water and mint. To make' peel halve and and seed the cucumber and squeeze the limes.Mix the cucumber;lime juice;sugar and ice in a blender.Pour in the mineral water and serve right away with mint.ENJOY

Added by DARREN JAMES on May 12, 2014 at 21:17 — 1 Comment

Jerusalem artichokes

Hello I am wondering if anyone has tried growing jerusalum artichokes in large pots as Ive heard they can be very invasive and I dont want them eascaping and returning  each season . How many would I plant in say a 40 cm pot and what type of soil do you think grateful for any help .I hear they are very heavy croppers.

Added by DARREN JAMES on August 21, 2012 at 19:12 — 3 Comments

elephant garlic

Hello has anyone tried to plant elephant garlic this late in brisbane would  I at least get some rounds do you think

Added by DARREN JAMES on July 7, 2012 at 20:04 — 1 Comment

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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.)

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