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Shepherds purse

Has anyone shepherds purse (botanical name Capsella bursapastoris )we are needing some for nose bleeds. Thanks Karen & Steve

Added by Karen Freeman on September 1, 2014 at 20:46 — No Comments

Health, trans fats, vege oils, home grown foods.

I have in the past been guilty of eating lots of supermarket and junk foods in spite of having a garden full of edible food. For this, I paid a heavy price in the form of some extremely serious health problems.

This article, clearly demonstrates the problems with our modern diet that the majority of us fail to understand fully. While most of us LFGers are good at growing food, it is clear that it is also crucial to also be aware of how best to prepare our produce in the most safe and…


Added by Colin Westwood on September 1, 2014 at 10:56 — No Comments

Global Warming prevention

Here's yet another inspired post from one of my great gurus, Dr Mercola, that is well worth reading.…


Added by Colin Westwood on August 24, 2014 at 7:08 — No Comments

Stinking Roger

Has anyone heard of the plant 'Stinking Roger'? Can anyone get a hold of some as i am trying to deter a hungry possum from getting into our community garden bed and i have heard this is a deterrent

Added by Deb Fazio on August 14, 2014 at 12:43 — No Comments

Lyn's Garden in August 2014

Wow I am loving my garden at the moment!  I would love you to come to my garden on 16 August and I will share what has been going on here.

Chris Downes has been over recently giving a few suggestions here and there that have made a big difference.  Firstly I asked him why he thought the plants in one of my garden beds were struggling.  He said he thought that the garden bed was too wet.  It happens to be one of my wicking gardens, so I held off on watering it and it improved.  Also We…


Added by Lyn Buffett on August 10, 2014 at 8:30 — 4 Comments

Satisfying day

Firstly, I tried out my homemade citrus cleaner; it smells wonderful and does a good job.  Thank you Roman and Jana for the recipe.  I also planted some seeds and documented what seed went where in my planting tray.  I am feeling very organised as I usually rely on my memory for this job!  Lastly I preserved some lemons as a birthday prezzie for a friend.  Thank goodness I had heaps of lemons to get the 2 cups of juice for the brine.  Anyway, it was a great way to use up surplus lemons and…


Added by Mary Perryn on August 3, 2014 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

Worm Tea

Does anyone know how I can get some worm tea from my worm farm? It will be a year before I get castings (new venture), so any suggestions would be appreciated.  Nothing's forthcoming at the moment, but perhaps I don't have enough worms (maybe less than a 1000 after nearly drowning the poor little critters). Ta. 

Added by Cherie d P on July 31, 2014 at 20:07 — 6 Comments

Garden visit to Roger and Brenda Clark's on Sept 21

Garden Visit to our place on September 21

Here is a brief overview of our garden's history

Roger and Brenda started building their house themselves on 5 acres at Park Ridge over 35 years ago , and it is now almost finished! Roger has always had an interest in growing things and over the years there have been many garden sites, Lots of  learning through failures, and some successes.

Since retirement the garden has been able to get more attention, Roger now grows most of his…


Added by Roger Clark on July 31, 2014 at 6:38 — 2 Comments

Ellen grove community garden

Hi food gardeners. I have helped develop a community garden here and we have applied for funding thru quest newspapers for plumbing for rainwater tank. We are asking everyone to vote for us at Ps you need to register to vote. Thanks everyone

Added by Deb Fazio on July 7, 2014 at 8:04 — 2 Comments

Do you have LEGO to trade?

My very deserving 6 year old, Riley, would like to know if you have any Lego you don't want anymore.  He has plans for a whole fleet of Lego vehicles, but has unfortunately reached current capacity.  We can pay in home grown vegies, fruit, eggs or food gardening advice :)…


Added by Lyn Buffett on July 4, 2014 at 14:29 — No Comments

Gravity fed worm castings/compost/weed tea watering system

I have a big garden, that some would say is steep.   The house is at road level and the back garden slopes down from there.  I know the benefits of compost/weed teas, but distributing these with buckets or a watering can around my garden just isn't practical.  A few years ago I came up with a great solution....

A gravity fed waterer.  Basically it is a big 220L drum with the lid cut off with a hose connector attached near the bottom of the drum (I bought the connector at…


Added by Lyn Buffett on June 30, 2014 at 22:30 — 1 Comment

July 2014 News from Northey Street City Farm - courtesy of Sheryl Backhouse

Northey St City Farm News - JULY 2014


Welcome to the July 2014 News from Northey Street City Farm.

Important Dates

4 July – 6pm for 6.30pm – David Holmgren & Nicole Foss Talk at QUT (see below for details)

26-27 July & 2-3 August – Intro to Bush Permaculture Retreat…


Added by Liz Woods on June 27, 2014 at 12:30 — No Comments

Sheryl Backhouse's great email with advice about the Queensland Garden Expo 2014

This email was sent by Sheryl Backhouse to Sub Tropical Fruit Growers today ... I'm sharing it with you.

The Speaker program is now on the website. Print it out and plan your day…


Added by Liz Woods on June 25, 2014 at 15:44 — No Comments


I got a pepino plant from warren's place out of the free plants,it is fruiting now and I don't know when to harvest the fruit do I pick them at a certain size and wait for it to get soft or do I let it ripen on the plant

Added by MariannaReid on June 24, 2014 at 18:46 — 3 Comments

cassava leaf recipe

Cassava Leaf Puree with Coconut Milk


100 gr cassava leaves

5 salam leaves

50 gr pea eggplants

3 (5 gr) red chili

5 (50 gr) shallots

1 (5 gr) clove garlic

3 (15 gr) candlenuts, toasted

1" fresh galangal, slightly…


Added by Andrew and Natalie on June 19, 2014 at 7:55 — 2 Comments

I did a cool thing today

A month or so back Chris Downes mentioned that he diverts bath water onto his garden with a hose that comes up through his bathroom floor waste.  Unfortunately my bathroom floor waste is actually where my basin, bath and shower discharge to (whereas Chris' floor waste is separate.  Anyway I had an idea today which I followed through on.
My house is a slab on ground, so…

Added by Lyn Buffett on June 9, 2014 at 19:54 — 4 Comments

LEAF outcome :)

So we took the family for some sustainable living fun today and went to LEAF at the uni, where we got seeds and seedlings. Getting home we got stuck straight into it, on the advice of LFG member Chris Downes, we covered our seeds using a lil back yard ingenuity, lol. Old grain bags and some recycling of pvc…


Added by Danielle Ruddock on June 8, 2014 at 13:52 — No Comments

I need a new home for my Plants

I have accepted a job position in Gladstone and will be doing fly in fly out work but I may be gone for 2 to 4 weeks at a time.

As most of you know I have quite a number and selection of plants which takes alot of effort to care for even for an avid gardener like myself.

Edward has said he would like to keep our garden going while I am away but there is just to much for him to care for on his own.

I have offered some plants to Warren Goodlet for…


Added by Emma-shae Dawson on June 2, 2014 at 8:40 — 2 Comments

Wicking Box Tutorial

I have made several of Chris Downes wicking boxes and decided to make a tutorial of the process I used to make my version.

You can see the tutorial and download a PDF on my site.

P.S. Thanks again Chris for the demonstration at Lauren's garden visit which inspired me to make this tutorial. (I hope you don't mind).

Added by Mike Lacey on May 29, 2014 at 23:38 — 6 Comments

The weekend

What an awesome weekend.  Crop swap on Saturday and garden making victory at Jimboomba on Sunday. Oh sooo good.  I was really happy with how the fluoro vests came out with the iron on LFG print (that Mike had designed) on them.  4 of us stood out lady bugs on an eggplant and we had at least 8 of us in our LFG hats which really created some team identity.

A huge thank you to all those who participated in the garden building comp.  Especially those roped in at the last…


Added by Lyn Buffett on May 26, 2014 at 21:22 — 2 Comments

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