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Lily
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Lily replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion A call for help.
"Wish I could help. :("
Sunday
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"I often say an aquaponics system isn't really much work - but you do need to be attentive and check it twice a day.  It must have been the week for it Lily.  I had a pump out as well.  Unfortunately, I was away so I lost quite a…"
Nov 9
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Thanks, Susan! I'll have to host a gathering when I'm feeling less shy. :) It's been an interesting week for the system! On Wednesday, in the strong winds, the solar panel blew off the roof where I'd had it precariously propped…"
Nov 9
Susan commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Wow, this looks amazing.  I would love to see this little small scale aqua pong system in action.  "
Nov 3
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"My chickens and quail can't get enough of the Azolla either. "
Oct 31
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Thanks, Christa! I’m glad you like the look I settled on. :) Thanks also, Dave! I’m really chuffed you like the setup. :D The azolla is definitely awesome! Now it’s bred up to cover the surface (shading out the algal bloom I was…"
Oct 30
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Azolla is an fascinating plant. Oftentimesseen as  a weed. However on balance, it is worth a squiz. When I've grown it, it makes great mulch. But I'm thinking of experimenting with it further primarily because a Azolla mat is not…"
Oct 30
Christa commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"That's a lovely little pond with the buddha sitting there amongst the azolla, it looks natural and cool.  I am not into aquaponics, but I love ponds surrounded by plants.  Hope it all go to plans Lily."
Oct 30
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Thanks, Andrew! Yes, I decided to go with the solar pump in the end despite advice to the contrary because while it would be great to have the system running day and night, loaded with fish and vegetables both, I’ve been trying not to add…"
Oct 29
Dave Riley favorited Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
Oct 29
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"It's looking good Lily.  I would have advised against the solar pump as well - however, if it's working, all good.  My advice would be not to increase the fish load too much, regardless of what the plants are doing. …"
Oct 29
Lily commented on Sid Saghe's photo
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New Compost unit!

"You could try adding biochar (or a couple of bags of horticultural charcoal from bunnings) into the mix for an instant carbon infusion. It should also dry it out a bit and absorb some of the smell, and should do great things for the quality of your…"
Oct 29
Lily posted a blog post

Aquaponic Pond

Finished setting up my new aquaponic pond!  Well, I say finished... but are these sorts of things ever truly finished? I’ve been tinkering a lot over the last few weeks, so who knows what my next hare-brained scheme for it will be. But, I have reached the point where the only further plans I currently have in mind for it is to add more fish as the system cycles up to be able to handle their waste and trim the dracaena to give it a bit more sun as it establishes.…See More
Oct 29
Lily replied to Elaine de Saxe's discussion Low-Chill Double-Grafted Cherry Trees
"Oooh, I’ve been eyeing off this tree at Daley’s. Has anyone had any luck?"
Aug 24
Jeff Kiehne commented on Lily's blog post Blue Tongue Lizard
"Need to have some safe places  for blue tongues to hide from predictors."
Aug 19
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Blue Tongue Lizard
"Lovely critter. "
Aug 18

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About me:
I’m a mum of three active young boys between 5 and 8, slowly managing to get our steep-sloping block producing edibles.
I am interested in:
My aims are to reduce our family’s impact on the planet by bringing down our food miles, waste & energy consumption, as well as complete the chain in my sons minds about where food comes from. Also, there’s nothing like the taste of something fresh-picked out of the garden!

I’ve had a functional veggie patch for a year now, ever since I had the lightbulb moment that I need to think differently to most of the online gardening guides to make things work in the subtropics, but that I can be successful if I plant the right things in the right way! Having completed a full year and the associated learning curve in the veggie patch, I’m now getting started planting an orchard/food forest to fill out a steep north-facing bank at the back of our house where nothing much has ever grown, but which should be perfect if I can get it established right. I’m excited and hopeful that I can make it work, and keen to research and see if I can set things up right from the get-go and avoid making too many obvious missteps.
What I am looking for:
Information, Plants or Produce, Garden Materials
Location
Brisbane Western Suburbs

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Aquaponic Pond

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:00 9 Comments

Finished setting up my new aquaponic pond!  Well, I say finished... but are these sorts of things ever truly finished? I’ve been tinkering a lot over the last few weeks, so who knows what my next hare-brained scheme for it will be. But, I have reached the point where the only further plans I currently have in mind for it is to add more fish as the system cycles up to be able to handle their waste and trim the dracaena to give it a bit more sun as it establishes.…

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Blue Tongue Lizard

Posted on August 17, 2019 at 8:08 4 Comments

It makes me so happy to see our…

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At 23:40 on August 16, 2019, Andrew Cumberland said…

Nice update Lily.  I reckon you need to offer your place for a garden visit.  Why?  Worried you don't grow enough?  Well, you'll meet a lot of other gardeners who also care about the planet.  They are a great source of advice.  They'll stand around and talk about your site and a heap of different ways you could chose to move forward.  They'll offer you free seeds and cuttings.  Now... shhh.... we have the best morning teas in the whole world!  

At 11:22 on August 16, 2019, Lily said…
Thanks, Andrew! I’m glad to be here. :)
At 19:45 on August 15, 2019, Andrew Cumberland said…

Welcome to the site Lily. 

 
 
 

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