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Hi crew, I was just going back through postings in GTT and found a couple of questions I had not caught up with.
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More of a catch up, well done BLF

Started by Anthony Foo. Last reply by Florence Oct 20, 2015. 3 Replies

New wicking bed module

Started by Mark Thomson. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 26, 2012. 51 Replies

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Comment by Scarlett on March 10, 2010 at 13:17
There's a shop next to Ahimsa House in West End, they sell it. I bought the bamboo work socks and Andrew and I each try to get to them first - they are MAGNIFICENT!
Comment by Florence on March 10, 2010 at 11:44
I've came across bamboo clothing when I was researching about bamboo flooring (I'd love to get bamboo floors when I get to build my own house ... one day...).. didn't know they sell it anywhere? Where do you guys get your bamboo clothing?

Re: organic produce.. I found they rot and wilt a lot faster then conventional produce.. probably at the same rate as my own produce coz they don't keep for long after harvest either (leafy greens for example picked in the morning wilted in the arvo, eggplants goes soft and squishy in a few days) .. I am guessing there's chemicals they put on conventional produces which keeps them looking good for longer..
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 10, 2010 at 10:32
Hey Lotte - a fan club of one! I love it! :-)

Bamboo fabric - have not heard about this before. Great idea *so long as* the people overseas producing it are not depriving themselves of food-growing land to grow a cash crop for export. This happens in a lot of poor countries so I read, and sometimes too to pay off the debts of previous administrations who borrowed heavily to build dams and fancy roads which are not necessarily needed. Sounds like a fruitful source of research - hooray for the internet!

Hemp is an OK fabric - very soft but boy, does it crush! Linen is bad enough to iron and keep looking good but Hemp takes the prize. The hemp which is grown for fibre is not the same as the hemp grown for drugs. The TH-whatever stuff which is the active ingredient does not occur in any quantity worth smoking in the fibre-hemp.

There was a crop which showed a lot of promise when I studied Agricultural Botany back in the 80s - Kenaf. It's a Hibiscus (hemp is a Hibiscus, too if I recall correctly). Anyway it has fibre-rich stems and a high-protein residue for stock feed. There was a lot of work done with it by CSIRO but as far as I know no-one grows it in any quantity. It also had promise for fine paper production with some issues of draining of the gunk from which paper is made. My Kenaf plants, fed exclusively on mushroom compost (it's different stuff to what is used today) got perilously close to the greenhouse roof and had no pests nor did my other plants in the growth experiment. Everyone else was running around spraying this and that but the organic produce grew and grew. No body bothered to comment though, or take notice.

As for Food Connect - the time I did the review of their offerings, their prices were way in excess of the Supermarkets. And then you're stuck with committing to so many boxes per year regardless of what your garden is producing. We've given a lot of thought to it and then there's another form of Community Supported Agriculture with a local organic farm but each week you have to travel up to Caboolture (30 ks round trip) and the same thing applies. Whatever they have growing in whatever quantities regardless of whether you like, need or want. It is fresh but over-priced for people on modest incomes. But for many people it would be a life-line to organic produce they otherwise would not be able to get.
Comment by Lotte on March 9, 2010 at 22:01
Ah Elanine, you're so refreshing! I love your take on things :-)

I'm with you on the price of organic. I was a keen subscriber to a local food co-op, but only got 4 boxes before I'd had enough of really poor produce. The way I figured was that the stuff I grow at home is stupidly fresh and stupidly good, yet grown organically, yet the stuff I was getting from them was often quite poor.

I'm with you on global warming too. I'm not a 'believer', nor a 'skeptic', but I think it's ridiculous not to be doing something either way as there are other environmental issues of equal importance, such as erosion, air quality etc.

I wonder if toilet paper could be made out of bamboo? I used cloth nappies on my daughter (who has recently been toilet trained - yesss!), which were I think 60% bamboo. They are so soft and beautiful and lovely against the skin. You can also get hemp nappies. I know there are a lot of issues surrounding the legality of growing hemp in Australia (one being that our governments comprise one large pack of halfwits), but it would be a far more sustainable industry - as with bamboo - than the growing of cotton.

On that note, have you ever worn an item of clothing made out of bamboo? All of my undies in future, will be bamboo - sooo nice!
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 9, 2010 at 21:10
Thank you for a *really interesting* article! Good news for a pleasant change. There are many challenges ahead particularly from vested interests but the natural-farming/gardening enthusiasts are reaching critical mass from the sound of this report :-)

One thing which concerns me though - is the price of organic or biodynamic produce. I assume that with less expensive inputs but an increase in manual labour, the cost to the consumer should be similar to the conventional product. While I could pay 10 percent more for *quality* (ie freshness, local, well-grown fruit/veges) what I find is the asking price for many organic/bd lines is well above that. And in a lot of cases, quality is lacking. Some of the fruit/veges I saw at an organic market were darned near old enough to vote. But people were buying limp lettuces and sad strawberries. While the customer is prepared to pay there's no incentive for the growers to ask reasonable prices and provide top-grade food. For most of us on restricted incomes, organic/bd food is just as much out of reach as ever it was.

To Global Warm or not to Global Warm - there's no agreement on this topic. BUT I reckon it's a wake-up call and whether the globe is warming or it's not, it's time to make some serious changes to our lifestyles and food supply. A few lifetimes ago when at Uni Q, I did a one-semester economic geology course. The geologist of those days (80s) reckoned an ice age was approaching. Take your pick!

As for Pyrethrum-like products - they kill insects on contact. The good, the bad and the ugly. Much better if at all possible, to not spray for anything and to adjust growing techniques to grow healthier food. In a perfect world! If only ... but replacing one form of toxin with another is not much of a step forward. And some of the most toxic substances known are natural ones from fungi and snakes. 'Natural' does not necessarily equal 'safe'.

I recall some years back when there was a concerted push to use recycled paper for toilet paper. One enterprising outfit brought out some 'tree safe' toilet paper made from cotton. Yep, cotton - big user of water and producer of pollutants. Really! They even had anthropomorphic trees on the plastic packaging saying 'we're saved! we're safe!". The hypocrisy of it!

Dark chocolate - I don't know if it is doing us any good but it is great to eat! We use Lindt 85 percent cacao - one square a day and you don't want any more so less fat, less sugar and extra theobromine and a shining halo ;-)
Comment by Anthony Foo on March 9, 2010 at 19:29
Hi folks, got an email from Wade Dillan food connect thought there were some interesting links check it out.

In Search of Soil Health
(go to page 14) Soil health is arguably the biggest single issue in Australian rural production today. There are unprecedented research resources being devoted to it, and the Federal Government has funded development of a web-based ‘Soil Health Knowledge Bank’ and, perhaps most importantly, there is a producer driven ‘grass roots’ soil health movement. [This is a terrific mainstream article - yes, the decades long rant of the biological advocates and grass-rooters are hitting mainstream!]

Synthetic Nitrogen Destroys Soil Carbon
It is posited that nitrogen fertilizer stimulates soil microbes, which feast on organic matter. Over time, the impact of this enhanced microbial appetite outweighs the benefits of more crop residues due to synthetic nitrogen fertiliser. And the analysis gets more alarming. Synthetic nitrogen use, it's argued, creates a kind of treadmill effect. As organic matter dissipates, soil’s ability to store organic nitrogen declines. A large amount of nitrogen then leaches away, fouling ground water in the form of nitrates, and entering the atmosphere as nitrous oxide (N2O). In turn, with its ability to store organic nitrogen compromised, only one thing can help heavily fertilized farmland keep cranking out monster yields: more additions of synthetic N. “The fact is, the message we’re delivering in our papers really is a rediscovery of a message that appeared in the ‘20s and ‘30s,” [This is a fabulously exciting read, people are waking up!]

Root Hairs and Phosphorus
It has long been known that when crops such as barley and wheat are grown on soils containing small amounts of phosphate, those plants with long hairs give higher yields than those with short hairs. When plants grow in conditions where there is insufficient phosphate they develop very long root hairs. This increases the amount of soil from which they can scavenge phosphate. [and I guess you logically surmise from this that if there is plenty of phosphate, such as synthetic phosphorus, the shorter the root hairs will be] Scientists have found a gene that is triggered by the low phosphorus to stimulate root hair growth.

The Benefits of Legume Rotations
Research in Narrabri found that cotton yields measured in legume systems exceeded those gained from comparable non-legume systems. For example, less N fertiliser was required by the oats-vetch system because of the N input from the vetch, but importantly, the oat-vetch treatment had a significantly higher yield. This effect is due not just to the N input from the legume, but also to the improved soil environment created by growing the vetch. They are now trying to understand how the legumes improve the soil environment and have so far found that there is no single soil characteristic that they have measured that can explain the cotton yield benefits of growing rotation crops, particularly with legumes.

Disposable Toilet to Grow Crops
A Swedish entrepreneur is trying to market and sell a biodegradable plastic bag that acts as a single-use toilet for urban slums in the developing world. Once used, the bag can be knotted and buried, and a layer of urea crystals breaks down the waste into fertilizer, killing off disease-producing pathogens found in feces.

Earth's Nine Life-Support Systems
We are now in a new era, the Anthropocene, defined by human domination of the key systems that maintain the conditions of the planet. We have grabbed the controls of spaceship Earth, but in our reckless desire to "boldly go", we may have forgotten the importance of maintaining its life-support systems. A group of scientists have identified nine "planetary life-support systems" that are vital for human survival. [I would nearly read the list of systems backwards in priority - as many of you are aware I do not see CO2 as THE problem, but many of the others certainly are]

Organic Manifesto
Maria Rodale, chairman of Rodale, sheds new light on the state of 21st-century farming in her new book 'Organic Manifesto'. She examines the unholy alliances that have formed between the chemical companies that produce fertilizer and genetically altered seeds, the agricultural educational system that is virtually subsidized by those same companies, and the government agencies in thrall to powerful lobbyists, all of which perpetuate dangerous farming practices and deliberate misconceptions about organic farming and foods. Her position is that chemical-free farming may be the single most effective tool we have to protect our environment and, even more important, our health.

Demand Organic
Demand Organic is a campaign launched by the Rodale Institute to raise awareness about the benefits of organic food and farming and to recruit your help in advocating for an organic world. If there is one thing we can do to feed the world, protect our health and cool the climate it is switching from chemical-based agriculture to organic farming.

Organic Food on Planes
United Airlines conducted research in 2008 with surveys and focus group discussions. Passengers reflected upon on-board experiences and suggested improvements on a variety of categories, including a desire for healthier things to eat. United responded by releasing the Choice Menu snackbox collection with an organic option in May of 2009.

Natural Pyrethoid Warning
Chemicals derived from flowers may sound harmless, but new research raises concerns about compounds synthesized from chrysanthemums that are used in virtually every household pesticide. For at least a decade, pyrethroids have been the insecticide of choice for consumers, replacing organophosphate pesticides, which are far more toxic to people and wildlife. But evidence is mounting that the switch to pyrethroids has brought its own set of new ecological and human health concerns. “Pyrethroids are obviously a safer alternative to organophosphates, but just because they are safer doesn’t mean they are safe.”

Encouraging Antibiotic Use
Animal producers know that the current trend is to discourage the continued use of antibiotics in livestock. However, recent Food Safety Consortium-supported research at Iowa State University shows that antibiotics may be helpful in reducing the pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 in swine. [What sort of short-termed logic is this?! Is someone actually funding this sort of research?]
Food Bribery Exposed
A bribery scheme has laid bare a startling vein of corruption in the US food industry. And because the scheme also involved millions of pounds of tomato products with high levels of mold or other defects, the case has raised serious questions about how well food manufacturers safeguard the quality of their ingredients. [Coincidentlally similar goings-ons have just been exposed in Australia!]

Tomato Paste without the Tomatoes
Sauces are often made using modified starch (E1400-E1499) to bind them, and rely heavily on tomato paste to give them the expected pulpy texture. But consumers are increasingly demanding ‘clean label’ – ie, E-number free products, and companies want to reduce the amount of tomato paste required, since tomato is a comparatively expensive ingredient. So the food industry has developed Purabind Pulp by splitting out wheat flour fractions by hydrothermal and physical means. [Yum, yum and good bye 'real' food]

Taking the Eggs Out of Mayonnaise
Vegetable proteins to replace eggs and a combination of gums and citrus fibre are just two options for low-fat vegetable-based mayonnaise formulations. [While ostenibly the goal is to reduce the fat content, it will also obviously reduces the cost too - eggs are rather expensive compared to chemical formulations. One day there will not be a thing on our supermarket shelves that have 'real' food in them!]

Environmentally Friendly Bread Questioned
Sara Lee's EarthGrains brand has launched an "environmentally friendly" line of bread with a marketing blitz that describes itself as a "plot to save the earth, one field at a time." But not everyone buys Sara Lee's green credentials. On it's website -- since deleted -- Sara Lee claimed that some wheat in its new EarthGrains Eco-Grains bread is more sustainably grown than organic wheat. It also alleged that organic farming "destroyed undeveloped land." Eco-Grains is a Sara Lee-trademarked name it gave to wheat grown in Idaho using precision agriculture. This approach includes satellite imagery and computer-guided application of fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide

No Global Warming for 15 Years
There has been no global warming for 15 years, a key scientist admitted yesterday in a major U-turn. Professor Phil Jones, who is at the centre of the “Climategate” affair, conceded that there has been no “statistically significant” rise in temperatures since 1995. Professor Jones also conceded for the first time that the world may have been warmer in medieval times than now. Sceptics have long argued the world was warmer between 800 and 1300AD because of high temperatures in northern countries.

Surface Temperature Deception
Instrumental temperature data for the pre-satellite era (1850-1980) have been so widely, systematically, and unidirectionally tampered with that it cannot be credibly asserted there has been any significant 'global warming' in the 20th century. [This is just the tip of the information iceberg against surface temperature data! Boy it's all unraveling] Since the Climategate scandal climate researchers worldwide have taken a hard look at the data since proffered by comparing it to the original data and to other data sources. This report compiles some of the initial alarming findings.

The 65 Million Year Big Picture
David Lappi is a geologist from Alaska who has sent in a set of beautiful graphs–including an especially prosaic one of the last 10,000 years in Greenland. It’s been one long slide down the thermometer, and our current “record heatwave” is far cooler than normal. The dinosaurs would have scoffed at us: “What? You think this is warm?" With so much volatility in the graphs, anyone could play “pick a trend” and depending on which dot you start from, you can get any trend you want.

Are Hurricane's Causing Climate Change?
Back in the Pliocene era, between 5 million and 3 million years ago, the average global temperature was about 7°F warmer than it is today, yet atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were about the same. If carbon dioxide were the sole factor in warming, that wouldn't make any sense. Scientists have long suspected that global warming could make hurricanes more intense somehow, but a new study suggests the effect works both ways: tropical cyclones could help drive up temperatures in response. "We're suggesting that hurricanes could have created a permanent El Niño condition." [Phew, see if you can make sense of this 'climate-change-is-real' logic!]

The Science of Global Warming
For most of the twentieth century, scientists were unconcerned about global warming, because carbon dioxide saturates and cannot do more heating. Equations for calculating heat in the atmosphere do not apply for saturation. But to pretend otherwise, a fudge factor was contrived for fake calculations. [This is a very well linked site which seems to cover all topics related to global warming which may interest many]

Is It Greenhouse Gases or Pollution?
What a confusing article - it states up front that it is not only lungs that are affected by air pollution, but it keeps sliding into the contention that it is greenhouse gases that increase the air pollution that then affect health... for example, "Greenhouse gases actually increase air pollution and therefore [raise the] potential for more adverse events for people with pre-existing respiratory conditions or heart conditions." [But I thought air pollution came from burning hydrocarbons that then increased greenhouse gases - or am I upside down with my thinking? I don't even understand why greenhouse gases entered into this article in the first place]

Approval of GM Rice in China
The approval of two types of genetically modified (GM) pest-resistant rice for widespread production in China has generated safety concerns among some experts. Although Chinese researchers involved in GM rice studies claim they own IP rights to GM rice breeds, they do not own full rights.

More Gold in Industrial Waste
To mine one gram of gold, most companies will move a tone of ore. But it would be far simpler to get the gold through recycling -- you can find the same amount of gold in 41 mobile phones. In China alone, 4 tons of gold, 28 tons of silver and 6,000 tons of copper are used to make mobile phones and computers each year.

Smart Electricity Grids
General Electric and Google — two of the most advanced 21st century companies — have joined forces that will revolutionize North America and elsewhere with state-of-the-art “smart” electricity grids. Currently, alternating-current (AC) lines cannot carry wind-generated electricity from the Midwest to the Northeast because too much of the energy would dissipate before it crossed the country. Instead Obama’s administration will invest in a new direct-current (DC) power lines that will enable efficient long-haul transmissions.

New Zealand Moves Closer to Australia
This is from July 2009 - There won't be any cheaper air fares but southern New Zealand is now closer to Australia after last week's huge earthquake. The quake was so powerful it pushed the South Island 30cm closer to Australia.

What's New...
Ausmin has a Winter Crop Special on. 3% off all Platinum blends being ordered for winter crops before March 30th 2010. They have two new Platinum Custom Blends specially formulated for cereal cropping: Platinum 7-12-0 and Platinum 10-11-0. The Platinum blends take a bit from both the conventional world and the biological world - fast acting fertiliser, but with carbon and other goodies to minimise the losses but keep the soil biology active.

The Wonders of Kelp
There is a distinct variation in the performance of kelp, based upon where the seaweed came from, the percentage of solids, the kelp species involved and the level of contamination. Unfortunately, some of the cheap Chinese kelp products have become notorious for heavy metal contamination. Many kelp users are also not aware that they can combine kelp with other minerals to chelate these nutrients and increase their uptake. Nutri-Tech Solutions have taken note of these factors and more to come up with Tri-Kelp - an incredibly cost-effective soluble kelp powder.

NTS R&D Matters
Nutri-Tech Solutions discuss the principles behind foliar feeding, giving advice, and detailing some trials on tomatoes, capsicums and soybeans, using different foliar sprays. It covers the 10 most frequently asked questions on foliar fertilising. [The file size of this document is too large to upload - for a copy contact me]

Biodynamics2024
Biodynamics is becoming recognised in Australia as a practical approach to farming and gardening. Biodynamic farmers are achieving viability, quality production and contributing to the manifestation of Agri-Culture. Hamish Mackay's objective is for biodynamics to be the farming method of choice in Australia by 2024. Biodynamics2024 is also a member of the organic peak body, OFA (Organic Federation of Australia). Hamish has devised a unique way of establishing a network of people - not through membership fees but horn shares...[I look forward to tracking his progress, especially his workshops!]

Country Conversations 2010
This is the theme for the 15th Annual Symposium of NSW Women in Agriculture and includes some fabulous speakers (including the RIRDC Rural Women of the Year) and a choice of workshops on media, health and music. Wagga Wagga 26th - 28th March. [What an interesting organisation]

Technology of Growing Grass
Learn the truth about carbon and its link to healthy soils and how to manage pasture for increased profits and health. This course covers a number of topics linking carbon and profitability to your management of the land and pasture, your property plan and your actions. The latest science with practical hands on actions. Presented by Grazing Bestprac, these FarmReady approved 2-day workshops will be held in Monto 8th - 9th March, Gin Gin 11th - 12th March, Clermont 22nd - 23rd March, Tenterfield 24th - 25th March and Scone 29th - 30th March.

Climate Change and Soil Health Workhsop
A unique opportunity to learn about the connection between climate change and soil health. Bart Davidson of Bio-Nutrient Solutions will explain the reason why our land is not producing the way it once did. You will also learn about options to improve both production and profitability by managing for both microbes and nutrients. Rockhampton 8th - 9th March.

Keyline and Carbon Farming Course
This course will be an intensive blend of technical and practical sessions targeted at farms, professional land managers, consultants, permaculture designers, earthmovers and anyone with a strong interest in regenerative land management, soil creation and water harvesting. Staged at Taranaki Farm; a premier working demonstration farm of keyline design principles, designed by Darren Doherty. Woodend 12th - 14th April.

Compost and Compost Tea Course
Taranaki Farm is hosting a Fusion Farms Compost and Compost Tea Course with Paul Taylor at Woodend 13th - 15th May. It will be a practical workshop on how to hydrate, enhance and heal your soils by understanding the soil food web and how to make biologically active Aerated Compost Tea.

Hunter and Gatherer Event
This inaugural Hunter Gatherer event will be held on Sunday 21st March, from 12 noon, at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms. Most food served will be hunted and gathered from the wild smorgasbord on offer at Mulloon Creek Natural Farms by four of Australia’s top chefs: James Kidman, National Gallery of Australia (ex Otto); Raymond Kersh, Edna’s Table; Damien Pignolet, Bistro Moncur and Richard Purdue, Belinda Franks Catering. The challenge is to prepare lunch from ingredients that have gone through no more than secondary production, eg slaughter, fermenting, separating, curdling and desiccating. [How fantastic!]

Happiness Conference
Each year, over 2,000 people from all walks of life meet at Happiness and Its Causes to examine the big issues of life. The conference brings together the world's top psychologists, scientists, philosopher's and thinkers to explain practical strategies to enhance the happiness of yourself and others. Sydney 5th-6th May.

Connecting with Today's Children
An International Kolisko Conference for teachers, medical practitioners, health professionals and parents. This conference is about understanding the OTHER inter-recognition, inter-acceptance, and inter-dependence empathic relationships. You will explore anxiety, social withdrawal and hyperactivity in children, with lectures, artwork, discussion and workshops that are practical on how to help. Cambridge, New Zealand 10th - 14th July.

Rural Veterinarian Wanted
A thriving veterinarian clinic in Inverell is in the process of expanding, and is seeking an experienced veterinarian interested in working within the Inverell district with both small and large animals. A future partnership is negotiable and supplementary alternative methods of treatment are welcomed. Ring Gundi on 02 6723 6200 or 0427 236 200.

Health
Why Hair Goes Gray

Gray hair, according to new findings, is caused by a massive build up of hydrogen peroxide due to wear and tear on hair follicles. The peroxide winds up blocking the normal synthesis of melanin, your hair's natural pigment. Essentially, you bleach your hair pigment from within, and your hair turns gray and then white.

OverDosing on Sunscreen's Zinc

People who use a lot of sunscreen could be at risk of having "larger than normal" quantities of zinc in their bloodstream, with new evidence showing zinc particles penetrate the skin and are absorbed into the body. Geochemist Brian Gulson, of Sydney's Macquarie University, has provided the first conclusive evidence that zinc oxide nanoparticles - which appear in many translucent sunscreens - can be absorbed by the body and remain there for extended periods of time.

Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

A daily treat of dark chocolate for only two weeks may change metabolism in healthy, free-living people. Following consumption of dark chocolate, “we observed decreased levels of stress hormones and metabolites from pathogenic bacteria following chocolate consumption.”

Drugs in Landfill

The US federal government advises throwing most unused or expired medications into the trash instead of down the drain, but they can end up in the water anyway. Tiny amounts of discarded drugs have been found in water at three landfills in the state, confirming suspicions that pharmaceuticals thrown into household trash are ending up in water that drains through waste. One US state has a bill pending that would require drug manufacturers to develop and pay for a program to collect residents’ unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs and safely dispose of them. Unsurprisingly, the pharaceutical industry is resisting.

Sitting: A Health Hazard

Many of us spend large chunks of our day sitting, especially when we're at work. If we're not glued to a computer screen or tethered to a phone, then we're stuck in seats around tables in meetings. And that's on top of the hours we spend sitting in cars, buses or trains getting to and from work. All this sitting seems to increase your risk of death from heart disease and other causes, research has found. And surprisingly, this happens even if you exercise regularly.

New Name for Aspartame

Aspartame producer Ajinomoto is launching a new initiative that will rebrand the sweetener as “AminoSweet". Ajinomoto chose to rebrand it under the name AminoSweet, to “remind the industry that aspartame tastes just like sugar, and that it’s made from amino acids – the building blocks of protein that are abundant in our diet.” But the likely agenda is to make you believe that aspartame is somehow a harmless, natural sweetener made with two amino acids that are essential for health and present in your diet already - which is far from the truth.

Different Intelligences

The traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. There are eight different intelligences that account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. Linguistic intelligence (word smart); Logical-mathematical intelligence (number/reasoning smart); Musical intelligence (music smart); Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence (body smart); Spatial intelligence (picture smart); Interpersonal intelligence (people smart); Intrapersonal intelligence (self smart); Naturalist intelligence (nature smart). Showing your child how they learn and how this is innately what they enjoy, then the next step is to show them how they can use this with their schoolwork.
Comment by Anthony Foo on March 8, 2010 at 21:15
Hi Cameron, the nodes/nodules look way to big to be nitrogen nodules, Elaine is right cut one open and let us know what you find but I suspect you got them nasty nematodes.
Drench the bed with molasses and add a little lime/gypsum or dolomite molasses is very acidic but the nematodes hate it and will die.
Then plant some mustard into the existing plantings.
Comment by Anthony Foo on March 8, 2010 at 11:28
Hi folks, back again. Been way to busy Done a million Km's and talked my head off.
Just been having a look at some of the articles and you know what your all getting very technically adept at this stuff a big well done to you all, will see you on the pages soon.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on February 11, 2010 at 20:33
Cameron, pending a more learned response from one of our horticultural members, it looks like normal legume root nodules. But then, I've never seen what nematodes do to a plant ... Meantime, cut one open and see if it's pink inside. Supposedly proper legume nodules have a kind of haemaglobin hence the pink colour.
Comment by Donna on February 11, 2010 at 19:38
Should add that I have this in only one of my beds... the others are fine and have had it for at least a year... mind you the angled luffa doesn't seem to care! Silverbeet seems to get it quite a lot no matter where I plant, think it is because it takes so long to harvest?
 

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