Peter is so passionate about gardening it's very infective. Thank you so much for sharing that enthusiam with a very interested group of gardeners Peter.
Peter is an organic and biodynamic gardener, educator and technologist known for his organic and biodynamic gardening workshops. Also design and planning of food growing spaces and consulting for organisations to incorporate urban food growing into their sustainability initiatives. More information here.
Peter also spoke about the movement in Samford, using the old CSIRO site, to create both an organic farming and community gardening space, industry (cheese making etc) and a retail outlet - still in it's planning stage at the moment. I couldn't find any links for this Peter. Share if you have one.
Many thanks to the people who came for lunch and brought food, especially Susanne who made the most delicious quiche with a grated potato base which she promises to post the recipe for :)
I have used my two blue eggs from Susanne fried for brekkie, the other two are cooking in a rice custard. My peanuts, galangal and celery seedlings are planted, thank you.
I won't try to go into explantations about the BD (Bio Dynamic) compounds that Peter makes and uses in all his gardens due to my lack of knowledge, but will just let the pictures tell the tale. If you have more in-depth questions best to direct them to Peter himself though he tells me he will post a discussion about BD compounds himself shortly.
Peter's very successful strawberry patch. His soil here is quite sandy and he spoke about using horn compounds containing silica or the addition of plain river sand at the correct time to improve fruiting.
He put some in a bucket and showed us how to apply to the trunk of fruit trees during their vegatative state (ie not fruiting, but producing new root growth) as a tonic and to any newly cut branches to stop infection. The paste can last on the tree for a couple of years, not washing off in the rain.
Peter showing us Paul Woods beautiful Top Bar beehives - he has two.
We have a GV to Pauls place on August 17th at Alderley if you would like to learn more.
I hope he doesn't mind my retelling it in part...it involved waking up in the middle of the night and running out to save the chicken sans PJ's, with nothing on but his glasses...untwining the hapless chook (it lived), dragging away the large snake by the tail, tripping and falling and ending up with the snake on top of him in the dark!
This little sweety (Glenyth's finger shows it's size) was on the vine growing on the chook yard fence. From Elaine: an Eastern Dwarf Sedge Frog - one of the smallest frogs with one of the loudest voices in frogdom.
Peter also pointed out the edible weeds he had growing namely Chickweed and Plantain, but he also had Dandelion growing in his beds. I've only seen pictures of Plantain before and was very pleasantly surprised at it's texture and taste.
Glenyth and Lyn try some of the delicious celery he had growing.
Peter showing us the bags of BD compost and how to use them. The small ball of compost in his hand is added to a bucket of water and stirred in one direction for 5mins before being used on your garden beds once or twice a year.
Check out Peter's website Cityfood Growers.
Thank you for the report and pix Lissa ... looks like we missed a really good informative day. The little frog is an Eastern Dwarf Sedge Frog - one of the smallest frogs with one of the loudest voices in frogdom.
I thought you'd know it's name :)
The crows enjoy my custard apples Susanne and bring their bread to my birdbath to soak. Smart birds :) but a bit of a nuisance.
Glad you got so much out of the visit to Peter's place. There's a lot going on there and much info to take on board.
I also enjoyed the day and connecting with all of you. With regard to the tree paste, cow pat pit and BD compost and dealing with crows, I direct you to some content on our web site which has usage instructions for each of them, as well as how to make them. I also teach this at our regular 2 day workshops with next one coming mup in 27-28 July. Here are the links:
With regard to the compost tea - use 30gm of compost (about golf ball size) in a bucket of water, say a 12 litre bucket with 7 litres of water. Stir the mixture for 10 minutes to aerate it. Use the same stirring method as described on the link above for cow pat pit. Then pour it over your garden beds with a watering can. Great for new beds, where your plants need a tune up and when you know you have compost in perfect state its good to good your whole food garden a treat, including fruit trees.
With the crows, there are also BD methods to remove weeds, insects and animals. Its called peppering. You don't use pepper. I also teach this at our workshops. It will work for crows, cane tods, bush turkeys, any animal and it works very strongly with planetary forces.
Catching a Cane Toad, killing, roasting and grinding it is a possibility for the strong-stomached. Doing the same to protected native fauna is illegal however desirable it might be. Weeds can be made into weed tea and poured back on the area they came from or just chopped and dropped to compost in-situ.
Hi Elaine. There is a BD pepper supplier in Victoria that you can buy all sort of peppers from for weeds, insects and animals. We have been working on a nut grass pepper we made for the school gardens where my children go at the Samford Valley Steiner School. It seems to be working well. With the weeds, I agree that weed teas work well. Potentising the weed teas with BD compost preparations enables them to do their magic in transforming the soil much faster.
Interesting! I had not thought about adding BD preps/compost to weed tea. Makes sense. Do the folks in Victoria make peppers from Cane Toads?
Anyway my observation fwiw, is that Cane Toads don't like damp cozy environments and the more lush undergrowth, the less Cane Toads. I do find the odd one here but over the years the 5 species of native frogs have bred up and maybe pushed the CTs out since the yard suits the frogs more. Even though CTs are 'frogs' (frogs and toads being very closely related) I have found CTs in much drier surrounds e.g. Brisbane Forest Park on the side of a hill in long dry grass where you would not expect to find frogs. Cane Toads do need dampness to rest up on and water to breed in.
As I understand it, 'weeds' grow in places which need the nutrients the weeds bring or bring to the surface. After spending a great deal of my life digging up 'weeds' and throwing them away, I now see the benefits of them as bringers of life and free fertiliser. Growing a crop for its seeds and having weed seeds in it would be another situation altogether to that of the home gardener with a few weeds on the paths or in the beds.