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Lily
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Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
"It all looks fantastic Lily!  Very impressive. "
Jun 8
Lily replied to Dave Riley's discussion Living Mulch
"I very much prefer living mulch where I can--in my book, dead mulch is only a way to keep the ground covered until the plants take over. In my ornamental beds, I have Evolvulus Blue Eyes everywhere, which I love the look of, the colour and the way…"
Jun 6
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
"Thanks guys! Christa, we haven't had any trouble with rats as yet--we do have a couple of cats who patrol the area though. I've got a rat trap, though, from when we've had trouble in other areas, so I guess I'll cross that bridge…"
Jun 5
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
"I'm not sure if it's a good idea to only  feed your chooks chicken feed now and then. They need the protein in the feed on a daily basis and one problem with scraps is that they'll fill their crops with that rather than the more…"
Jun 5
Christa commented on Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
"Wow those chickens are lucky. A well thought out venture.  My worry would be rats, where there is chicken feed there is rats.   Have you seen our vetiver BLF member Dave Riley. It might be an idea to plant a vetiver row on that slope…"
Jun 5
Jacqui favorited Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
Jun 5
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Jun 5
Barbara Tealby commented on Lily's blog post Chicken compost on the hill
"WOW!"
Jun 5
Lily posted a blog post

Chicken compost on the hill

I've mentioned before that my house is on a steep hill, and that I've terraced up part of the unused too-steep area as a food forest, which has been working very well.  All the trees I put in have established nicely, although it’s looking a bit bare again now that the pumpkin vines have died down and I’ve given the young trees another trim to promote branching. I’m…See More
Jun 5
Cres commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"That is an awesome transformation. I love that you're using BSF's for composting, they are such an underutilised resource for both compost breakdown and animal fodder. In a week they can turn 100kg of food into 12 kg of waste (mostly…"
Jan 11
CHERYL SLAPP favorited Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
Dec 28, 2019
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Extending the Season
"I have aerials I grow various climbers on -- beans, squashes and gourds mainly. So I use shade to manipulate the seasons. Cut back/let grow according to needs and preference.  In my experience the most useful climber for manipulating …"
Dec 27, 2019
Lily posted a blog post

Extending the Season

Just curious as to whether anyone does anything to extend the growing season around here?  Most of the online growing guides talk about using cold frames or poly tunnels to extending the period that your plants are able to ward off freezing solid.  But for me, I'd really like to grow some more cool weather crops for more of the year, and there's not too much information around apart from increasing shade.I had the idea of planting in a zeer pot.  A zeer pot is an evaporative cooling…See More
Dec 27, 2019
Sophie commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"well done!! looks great!! how exciting ;) :)"
Dec 18, 2019
Lily commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"Thanks, Andrew!  Valerie, I get the compots from https://www.directcompostsolutions.com/  Honestly, can't recommend them highly enough.  They're like magic invisible scraps-eating machines, and my soil has just exploded…"
Dec 17, 2019
Valerie commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"That looks fabulous. Where did you get the in-ground soldier fly composting pots from? "
Dec 16, 2019

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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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Chicken compost on the hill

Posted on June 5, 2020 at 14:30 5 Comments

I've mentioned before that my house is on a steep hill, and that I've terraced up part of the unused too-steep area as a food forest, which has been working very well.  All the trees I put in have established nicely, although it’s looking a bit bare again now that the pumpkin vines have died down and I’ve given the young trees another trim to promote…

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Extending the Season

Posted on December 27, 2019 at 11:09 1 Comment

Just curious as to whether anyone does anything to extend the growing season around here?  Most of the online growing guides talk about using cold frames or poly tunnels to extending the period that your plants are able to ward off freezing solid.  But for me, I'd really like to grow some more cool weather crops for more of the year, and there's not too much information around apart from increasing shade.

I had the idea of planting in a zeer pot.  A zeer pot is an evaporative cooling…

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Food Forest Surprise

Posted on December 16, 2019 at 10:12 6 Comments

My food forest is really starting to get established.

I put it in place at the end of winter this year on a slope out the back where nothing much has ever grown. Getting the garden in order there had always been a few phases of down the line after I'd done the more visible parts.  Its number had actually just come up: I've worked my way around most of the rest and I was taking a breather before getting stuck in--and then we realised some trees had grown up there, tall enough to be…

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Aquaponic Pond

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:00 10 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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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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