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Dave Riley's Blog – October 2015 Archive (4)

The thrills outback

It gets thrilling when the plants you angst over start delivering...

  • My Tomatillos are coming on keenly so I'm looking forward to Salsa Verde: Green Tomatillo Salsa.
  • With what's coming on and many cuttings taken off in reserve, this Summer I won't run out of Katuk leaves.
  • The many Pigeon Peas I planted  are taking off.
  • Have I enough Molokhia -- Egyptian spinach --…
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Added by Dave Riley on October 28, 2015 at 12:00 — 15 Comments

October Gallery

It grows and rises up!

I've been converting the 'beds' into mounds of various sizes.

Thus the growing space has grown significantly and the photosynthesistic joy is self evident. I use fewer pots per area and since the garden comes up to meet me, I don't have to bend down so far.

I find I can hose fill uncovered pots even when standing at some distance from them.

Note the paving --old woollen carpets -- and new potting work station.…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 17, 2015 at 9:30 — 14 Comments

Kitchen Gardening's Hard Yards

After years growing stuff in different backyards I reckon the great quest is to synchronise your vegetable and herb patch activities with you kitchen needs.

Not absolutely as if  ruled by some hippiefied 'self sufficiency' dogma...but fulfilling enough  in the sense of having freshly harvested  comestibles on hand as a daily option.

I know we all say that's what we aspire to do, but allowing the garden to be ruled by the kitchen is a culinary and horticultural art. The more I…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 9, 2015 at 18:00 — 6 Comments

The School 'Community Garden'

Since we've completed two terms gardening at the local primary school -- and are about to tackle a third --  I thought I'd offer a few dot points on the experience.

  • The 'garden' had been going almost three years but proved difficult to sustain, given term periods and holiday breaks. It had been established,…
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Added by Dave Riley on October 4, 2015 at 21:30 — 6 Comments

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