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Dave Riley's Blog – November 2014 Archive (4)

The shock of the heat. The bitterness of the dry.

Two months ago I thought I had a great garden.Productive.Verdant. Fecund with flowers and produce. I thought I'd solved so many gardening challenges.…
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Added by Dave Riley on November 26, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

In the bamboo grove

On a hot day there are a lot worse places to be than within a bamboo grove.
You can bring your Zen songbook and chill out.…
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Added by Dave Riley on November 24, 2014 at 20:00 — 5 Comments

Daily rain data: 2014 -- read it and weep.

I've been working hard at recovery after the October heat. Creating mulch and planting out. But  the ground is hurting big time. While we are officially 'in drought' still, the anecdotal indicators I note tell me how bad it is.

  • the magpies who have adopted me are starving
  • aside from 20 spot ladybirds my garden has no insects to speak of.
  • every surface under foot crunches.
  • my mower men have not dropped off ANY grass cuttings for at least 3…
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Added by Dave Riley on November 14, 2014 at 4:30 — 8 Comments

Mulch me! We grow and kill stuff only to learn.

Keen as I was to aggressively advance my gardening options I had to go interstate for a week and while away...…
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Added by Dave Riley on November 8, 2014 at 19:13 — 13 Comments

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GrowVetiver

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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