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Why trees matter

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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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 Dale 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 …


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


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.


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…


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.

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…


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…


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

Rain rain come down and come back again another day

Well it is great to have all this rain.  It is a bit of a shame about LEAF, but happy that my garden is wet for a change.  I had been really concerned that we had entered our dry season after has such a dry summer.  I thought we had missed our chance for soil wetting rain.  I am so happy that this rain is recharging the soil and filling my empty rainwater tanks.   I am also really happy that I have increased my water storage capacity by 3000 litres recently.

My new rainwater…


Added by Lyn Buffett on June 4, 2016 at 17:17 — No Comments

Nursery stuff

Hi All

I run a small nursery and we have to move SOON due to owners return.

I have lots of pots {FREE 6 inch mainly } nursery trays, hothouse, prop unit w/bottom heat elect leaf misters etc.

very cheap forLFG members.

Cheers Bob 32976974 emailis dodgy as telstra are disconnecting soon. 0456711580 if all else fails.

Some labor reqd if you want to swap your muscles.

I hope this mees with posting guidelines but this move was very unexpected and I am a…


Added by Bob McGuffin on May 1, 2016 at 7:38 — 3 Comments

Food Garden Project

I have set aside a section of my yard, approximately 10 metres × 6 metres for food production. At the moment it is just a clay wedge cut into the side of the hill. I plan to document my progress in turning this clay patch into a productive food garden here. Hopefully I can get some input as I progress, and my results might be useful for others in their food gardening endeavours.

On the site I plan to include:

1. Larger coup for my chickens.

2. Green house and garden… Continue

Added by John Clark on April 21, 2016 at 23:23 — 7 Comments

New GMO info, update on stingless bees and LOS

Hi from the south of Thailand where I once again potter about on long lazy days by the beach.…


Added by Colin Westwood on January 17, 2016 at 13:51 — 1 Comment


I see a few people looking for rat solutions,  ha ha me too.

My PC died before Christmas, so have been offline for a while. 

OK I can tell you bunnings keep running out of traps.  If you do get traps get the plastic ones, they are dearer, but the wooden ones fall apart.

I actually made cages for some traps so only rats could get in.  So no dogs, cats, birds got trapped.

If you find their holes stuff a rag in there with diesel on it, they really hate the stuff.  We…


Added by Pete Vicars on January 3, 2016 at 17:00 — 5 Comments

Making awesome bread

I would like to share with you the things I put in my bread mix to make the most awesome bread (and the reasons why).  It is not sour dough and it is not spelt, but it is awesome anyway.  I put all the ingredients in the breadmaker and put it on timer to be ready in the morning.  When I put it on timer it makes a much better loaf of bread.

2 c white flour (not organic as the organic I have bought from Woollies does not make a good bread)

1 c wholemeal flour

1 1/2…


Added by Lyn Buffett on December 20, 2015 at 22:08 — No Comments


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