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Lily
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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
Christa commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"That is a definite improvement from brown to green and growing.  If you manage to get any plants for nothing, plant them and if they grow, then its great or cut them down if not.  You are in control of how much you can plant or grow. …"
Dec 16, 2019
Andrew Cumberland commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"That's fantastic Lily.  You made an unused space really productive and attractive.  "
Dec 16, 2019
Lily posted a blog post

Food Forest Surprise

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 shading our…See More
Dec 16, 2019
Lily replied to Dave Riley's discussion Vetiver Symbiosis
"Dave, having been inspired by your enthusiasm for it, I have obtained some vetiver to begin reinforcing the flimsy garden-edging terraces on my steep (30 degrees maybe?) baby food forest. I’ve read through the vetiver system handbook and I…"
Dec 4, 2019
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Your Azolla got my attention Lilly. So I've ordered a few scoops. There's a useful resource here -- The Azolla Foundation. Worth a squiz to log  its versatility and speed of growth.  : Biofertilizer Biofuel CO2…"
Nov 23, 2019
Dave Riley commented on Lily's blog post Aquaponic Pond
"Your Azolla got my attention Lilly. So I've ordered a few scoops. There's a useful resource here -- The Azolla Foundation. Worth a squiz to log  its versatility and speed of growth.  : Biofertilizer Biofuel CO2…"
Nov 23, 2019
Lily replied to Andrew Cumberland's discussion A call for help.
"Wish I could help. :("
Nov 11, 2019
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, 2019
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, 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

Lily's Blog

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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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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VETIVER COMMUNITY PROJECT

Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

The Vetiver Community Project is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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