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Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe May 14, 2016. 8 Replies

I'm sure many of the members in this group utilise Mel's system. I know I adapt part of his methods and use much of the SFG charts and tables to see how biointensively I can plant my wicking beds.…Continue

Can anyone help identify this tree please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Sep 7, 2014. 9 Replies

Can anyone identify this tree at all by the leaf and bark. It's tall and deciduous, no thorns, thin flat seed pods. Much like the mythological Lernaean Hydra, every time I cut out a piece of root…Continue


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I am possibly the worst gardener in the world. I swear I sweat herbicide from my pores!

After 13years of not knowing what to do with my overgrown inner city backyard I've finally decided to attempt to grow a garden based on permaculture principles. So I lurk in forums like this to gain knowledge and hopefully grow food. I intend of doing some experiments of my own and hopefully if the results are good, give back to the internet brain trust.
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Wicking Bed / Garden Bed Grow Medium - Mels Mix Vs Manure

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 22:30 3 Comments

With the lack of access to my back yard to get soil or any machinery down there I decided a few years ago to build a down and dirty wicking bed by converting my poorly performing raised garden bed to a wicking bed. But I'd be filling it with just dirt and manure as opposed to the perlite/sand/vermiculite/compost/coir combination that seems to be standard media components in wicking beds. I then planted two tomato plants. One in the standard wicking bed and one in my ghetto one.  I didn't…


Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 3 Comments

After a year of sitting on it's side waiting for me to get around to installing it the water tank is finally up and as a bonus the rain came and filled it.

My 'organic' gutter garden with stuff growing in it before the mesh.…


DIY home made FREE(almost) EM Bokashi Mix (Not using store concentrate!)

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 14:30 2 Comments

I've been doing some Bokashi posts in the last few days on my website for some friends who were asking about it. The search function on ning doesn't seem to have filters or advanced search functionality so I couldn't really check to see if this has already been discussed. I figured I'd post it here as well and if it helps someone, bonus!…


Built my IBC Wicking Beds

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 13:30 8 Comments

After having no luck with my other beds I decided that perhaps wicking beds are the better solution for my neglectful gardening habits. I decided to modify regular wicking beds and put in a reservoir to save money on media and increase water retention in the system.

I'm currently waiting for my seedlings to sprout so I can put them in. I'm also looking for…


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At 18:20 on February 13, 2012, Scarlett said…

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