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Climate change action. What can you do right now?

Did you realise that LCC is spending something like $1 million per year of your rate money on destroying what little remains of our carbon sink, (forestry) to produce this completely non-recyclable landfill. Yes, it's the 'Our Logan' magazine that I'm speaking of. 

Those of you who attended the Logan Eco Forum event last month (which was the forum you're having when you're not having a forum), will have heard the key speaker Jon Dee of jondee.com Planet Ark founder fame, who was flown…

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Added by Colin Westwood on November 15, 2019 at 16:41 — No Comments

Garden visits, dog problems

A few of you have asked me if I'd be having a garden visit at my place again and I've had to say no, sorry.

If you watch the attached link to my video, you will see what would happen if I had visitors, when this is what I have been forced to endure for 4 years now. If the dog owner is not at home, this is what happens if the dog is aware that I have had the temerity to be in my own garden.…

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Added by Colin Westwood on November 14, 2019 at 15:43 — No Comments

Grow your own coconut from a store purchased de-husked one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BieelvE_ZPI

I'm surprised to find it possible and so easy to do. Although I already have 2 coconut palms in my garden, I'm in the process of growing another as they take up little room and are likely to produce so much food. The video shows a plastic zip bag as a main feature, but what I did is use a tight fitting lidded plastic bucket. After the initial 2 day soak, I marked the top of the…

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Added by Colin Westwood on November 8, 2019 at 7:19 — No Comments

Tiger Grass plants and leaves

Hi fellow gardeners,
I’m after a Tiger Grass plant and their leaves. If you have any, I’m happy to exchange or swap with plants or organic miso paste or organic tamari.

My mother wants the leaves to wrap food.

Many thanks in advance.

Added by Alice Lau on October 27, 2019 at 21:42 — No Comments

Logan Ratepayers Association meeting Saturday October 5

I will be one of the main speakers at this coming meeting and as well as as speaking about the appalling environmental costs related to the 'Our Logan' magazine, Community gardens and Council policy regarding the use of vacant council properties is on my agenda. Animal Management is also in for a serve, having failed to take any action in spite of no less than 4 different neighbors complaints dating back to January 2017 now.

Please come along if you are able, and have your say…

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Added by Colin Westwood on October 1, 2019 at 10:02 — No Comments

Gardens for all

https://permaculturenews.org/2019/09/17/access-to-land-is-a-barrier-to-simpler-sustainable-living/?mc_cid=282fa7307a&mc_eid=a96f76ae14

Those of you who saw what can be achieved on private and council owned land at the Green Harvest visit on September 21 may be interested in this recent Permaculture post on the issue of…

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Added by Colin Westwood on September 22, 2019 at 10:36 — No Comments

Why trees matter

https://time.com/longform/jacobabad-extreme-heat/

For those of you too busy to read this long but informative link, let me summarize:

The temperature and humidity levels at which humans are unable to survive are surprisingly low in relation to what's happening to our climate.

Trees have the capacity to lower top temperatures by 5C and are an absolute necessity in making urban environments livable both now…

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Added by Colin Westwood on September 16, 2019 at 12:22 — No Comments

Grey water use on gardens. Castile soap

If you're lucky enough to be able to gravity feed your grey water onto your garden like me, you may be having some issues with the high salt content and various additives in the soaps and detergents you are using when they reach the garden, or for that matter, your body.

Recently I've changed to using Castile Soap in my laundry, kitchen and bathroom, which all drain onto different areas of my backyard to irrigate the trees here. The Permaculture article below alerted me to the…

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Added by Colin Westwood on September 4, 2019 at 13:24 — No Comments

Never seen it so hot or dry so early in the year. Soil has become so dry already that veges and herbs are failing here. Made a few changes by tilting my bathtub garden up higher at the drain end so t…

Never seen it so hot or dry so early in the year. Soil has become so dry already that veges and herbs are failing here.

Made a few changes by tilting my bathtub garden up higher at the drain end so that water can pond in the bottom of the tub, creating a kind of wicking system that needs far less water. Cut down some 20 litre plastic containers and…

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Added by Colin Westwood on September 4, 2019 at 13:13 — No Comments

Community Garden

Community Garden Planning Committee

Many of you will be aware that in 2012, a group of Engineers, gardeners, planners and local residents, submitted a plan to develop Elm Park into a Community Garden space. However, our attempts at gaining council permissions…

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Added by Colin Westwood on August 31, 2019 at 18:21 — No Comments

Elm Park Community Garden

I wish to make it clear that the locked, fenced and gated compound you now see at Elm Park in Woodridge, is in no way connected to me or any of the group that were related to CAN, LACA, or the Kareni community group headed by David Saw-Wah, that originally selected Elm Park as a suitable Community Garden site.

Although the garden bed design looks very similar to the design that I created and submitted to Council in 2012, it is in no way related to me or the original submissions. All…

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Added by Colin Westwood on August 30, 2019 at 8:19 — No Comments

The weather is getting warmer.

With the weather warming up a little I think it is a good time to plant that new fruit tree you have been thinking about. A few days ago I put water cress seeds into rock wool -they have sprouted and are cute to watch. I have a number of ideas of places I want to try growing them. I have heard they are very nutritious. I can't wait to plant my snake beans again -very soon. Despite their fibrous nature they are great cut up small. 

Added by Dalo on August 29, 2018 at 20:08 — No Comments

Gardening magazines

Hello everyone
Im a new member of LFG and new to gardening as well.i would like to know if someone is getting rid of old issues of gardening magazines or would like to sell them?

Added by Komal on November 12, 2017 at 23:38 — 4 Comments

What weed?

Hi, I'm new here so hope this the right place to ask this  

can anyone identify these plants please.  Sorry photos have ended up out of order and in the middle of the post.  Sigh.  another new thing to master.

I'm assuming they are weeds since they grow amazingly well and I don't remember planting them.

The …

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Added by Marilyn Carey on August 12, 2017 at 0:00 — 2 Comments

Wanted

Hi,
I am looking for a king banana tuber. It is smaller than lady finger but sweeter. If anyone has a tuber to share. I am happy to grab it off you.

Thanks,
Alice

Added by Alice Lau on May 29, 2017 at 14:01 — No Comments

Hi folks, I've been researching waste systems for an extra bathroom on our property. I've been looking into waterless/dry compost types and a worm farm waste based system. I contacted a Worm Waste sy…

Hi folks,

I've been researching waste systems for an extra bathroom on our property. I've been looking into waterless/dry compost types and a worm farm waste based system. I contacted a Worm Waste system company in Victoria and they are trying to find an existing client who'll let me visit to see their system in operation. But I wondered if anyone in LFG has a worm based waste system or knows someone who would be happy to let…

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Added by Louise Bryant on March 9, 2017 at 7:03 — 3 Comments

Seeking Amla (Indian Gooseberry)

Hi, I am looking for a Amla (Indian gooseberry) plant to grow. I gre up eating this fruit. It is highly nutritious. I wonder if anyone or know anyone who sells Amla plant. Happy to chat.

Many thanks.
Alice

Added by Alice Lau on October 13, 2016 at 22:13 — 1 Comment

Organic Unpasteurized Miso paste

Hi guys, if you are looking for an unpasteurized organic miso paste made by a local using local ingredients in Brisbane, here it is.  I have made extra miso paste from the winter of 2015.  If you are interested in the best possible miso in Brisbane, please contact me. 

Made in the slow and traditional Japanese fashion.  Miso is a Superfood using local organic biodynamic soybeans, biodynamic white rice, Australian sea salt, filtered water and the Aspergillus Oryzae…

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Added by Alice Lau on September 9, 2016 at 10:16 — 2 Comments

Advice please - curled leaves

Anyone have any ideas on why the leaves of my sugar snap peas are all curled like this?  The plants seem healthy otherwise and I'm getting a decent crop but I'm just wondering why they all look like this.

Added by Kate on August 11, 2016 at 12:48 — 3 Comments

Looking for holiday ideas - SEQ

Dear fellow gardeners,

I am planning a short holiday to get away in the next two weeks.  Wonder if  that has the following attractions. 

1)  7-10 Days  (Between 1Aug to 10 Aug)

2) Bush walking or physical activity or gardening or permaculturing

3) Prefer Lamington National Park or O'Reilly Park or Mt Tambourine area

4) Affordable accommodation (Happy to bring own linen or swap muscle for food/accommodation)

5) Two…

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Added by Alice Lau on July 19, 2016 at 11:05 — 3 Comments

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