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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

Gardening videos (Annette Mcfarlane)

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As part of the BCC Adult learning workshops and classes, some interesting videos.…Continue


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Valerie commented on Sid Saghe's blog post Working Bee?
"You could have a really cool design with a series of trapeziums, in the shape of a snake or a river, Yoorala gardens has a big wheel with 2 circle sets of beds. It looks great from the sky. Not a view you get to have often though. How about a…"
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Back Garden #2

"Picture perfect for a cuppa and a good book :)"
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Seeding Trays #2

"You have a whole nursery going here. Where are you going to find room for all this? I guess you have to allow for casualties."
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Valerie commented on Dianne Caswell's event 'GARDEN VISIT - 23rd of May - GayleD's Garden Visit'
"I will have more coffee trees and some mulberry trees I accidentally propagated. "
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Valerie commented on Lily's blog post Spring Garden Update
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Elderberry Syrup

"Fabulous Valerie, Elderberry Syrup is beautiful. I also make an Elderberry Sauce called Pontack, great with Pork or Gamey Meat and a tablespoon or two in gravies & sauces is lovely. I also have recipes for Hedgerow Jelly, Elderberry Cordial…"
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Elderberry Syrup

"Lovely to be able to get the berries! Methinks, though, that chopping it down to a stump might cause LOTS of suckering??!!  I've got my eye on a roadside one near my place, but its just flowering right now - a month or two till berries, I…"
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Elderberry Syrup

"The berries are form Yoorala community garden where they chopped the tree down to almost a stump for fear it would spread like a weed. "
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Elderberry Syrup

"I made 7 of those jars and a bit with 4.65 cups of elderbery. I tried to cook them in the thermomix but after over an hour it had barely reduced. So I continued in a pot on the stove. In the end, I used half the recommended water because that's…"
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Elderberry Syrup

"Looks lovely. What weight of elderberries for that lot? And did you grow them?"
May 5

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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.…


Spring 2018 in The Gap

Posted on August 28, 2018 at 14:30 5 Comments

Front bed 1: Apparently it was time to pull out the winter veggies. Well, my broccoli and cauliflower hadn’t even grown past the seedling stage. It seems that my chickens knew about it and scratched and ate them anyway. We got one good crop from the beans and that was the end of it. Nasturtiums had popped up in the lawn and were promptly relocated. The native bees just love them, as do I. Last weekend being full moon, it was a good day to fertilise. I spread my open bottom compost and some…


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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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