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Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps

 
This is the layout/design I'm experimenting with.
I actually mix up the food plants rather than block plant, but they…
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Added by Dave Riley on May 1, 2021 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

April in the Garden

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…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 27, 2021 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

The joy of April:out back making things happen.

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.

I've…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 10, 2021 at 20:30 — 6 Comments

Worm Farmer Dave : Vermiculturalist with stabbing stick.

One of my chooks died a couple of days ago. It happens.

So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.

See! the chickens round the gate

For their morning portion wait;

Fill the basket from the store,

Let us open wide the door;

Throw out crumbs…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 5, 2021 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

The way of the stick.

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments

Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

It lives!

I have seen a few Summers here. They come and go while the plants respond to the weather.

But this time around...

I am overwhelmed by the verdant growth. I've had to hack my way along the paths to get from A to…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2021 at 19:27 — 2 Comments

Comestibles out back on their blanket of green suggesting a promise of meals to come.

Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!

Spring onions,sweet peppers and maybe a Calabacitas...

Daikon…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 16, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Celebrating Chaya -- Mayan tree Spinach

I guess that I eat a lot of greens. My every day consumption is not of raw, but cooked, leaves.

I am not of the salad persuasion. Nor am I of the lightly stir-fried sort.

I try to grow the greens I like to eat. That way I always have plenty of different stems to forage.

Among my preferred leafy comestibles…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 12, 2020 at 16:00 — No Comments

My garden of earthly delights.

My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.

White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.

I invested energy  in drag and drop today. Did 2 beds in double quick time.

Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.

I'd been…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 15, 2020 at 23:00 — 7 Comments

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

The Kitchen Garden Comestibles

Today is a great day in the Kitchen Garden.'Tis also the first day of the rest of its life.It being at peace with the world.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 5, 2020 at 16:00 — 7 Comments

My Soup Lifestyle (yet again I prattle on about it)

I eat soup every day for lunch. I love soup....and I guess I'm skilled at soupology.

Essentially my soup making works to a template.

1.STOCK

I make up a weak chicken stock by steaming up chicken necks for the dogs. I always have that on hand. I also make stock by collecting all our leftover bones -- cooked…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 13, 2020 at 23:30 — 2 Comments

Very Mulchly

I just ate some fresh corn I harvested outback. So over Winter it is possible here in SEQ to grow corn...albeit on the coast.

I ate the corn with some shishito peppers I'd grown. They were from my frozen collection...but there are still some on the bushes.

Wee…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 6, 2020 at 19:00 — 5 Comments

The Tommy Toe Tomato Appreciation Society : TTT

By Dave Riley

Founder & President

Tommy Toe tomatoes are often referred to as an Australian variety. This…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 25, 2020 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

Making Seedlings Happen for a Price.

Since the cool months are Vetiver down time,I thought I'd invest any surplus energy into seed raising.

The scenario planned was to maybe hold a seedling  garage sale day once per month. I've done events like this before but without much success. This time -- in COVID times -- I thought the service was more likely to be community functional.

In…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 16, 2020 at 20:16 — 10 Comments

Blue Corn Tortillas: better than yellow.

It became that time of the year when I was about to run out of corn flour for tortillas.

The thought of being without my beloved tacos or quesadilla was too much pain & denial to consider taking on.

Since we are within the Covid-19 epoch -- let's call the period,'Covid Pan' for short -- when I went online hunting supplies, stocks were almost non…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 29, 2020 at 19:00 — 6 Comments

Community Garden may not be the way to go...

I am negotiating a transition moment.

The primary school garden I had worked in & ran for a few years was running itself...that is before the pandemic. I had stepped back from it also to focus on my Vetiver activities.

But there is sure to be a local call for a 'community garden' to be established as we gain access to local building and…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 20, 2020 at 22:00 — 3 Comments

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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.


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