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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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Cres commented on Dave Riley's photo
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Using a toilet roll as a seed cell

"I've done this system (toilet rolls) as well as origami type newspaper pots for the same reason. They worked really well except once the plants grew they all seemed to struggle. I ended up digging a few out to see what was going on. The…"
Sep 10
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"Thanks guys. You're both on point. I haven't had to teeter on my sloping dirt to clean them out since they've been installed and the gutter guard is a fantastic solution that I highly recommend everyone implement on their houses, even…"
Aug 24
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"Thanks Andrew."
Aug 24
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"What a funny thing for you to say Evan.  I simply said the Madeira issue in the gutter was "sorted out."  I said nothing about the entire yard.  I also believe the gutter guard will probably stop it coming back - in the…"
Aug 24
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"He also has visible twining Madeira in his garden area in other photos. It's definitely not sorted out, nor would many be able to ever say "I sorted that Madeira infestation out". If they could, my hat goes off to them. They should…"
Aug 23
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Hope mine takes off like that Paul.  "
Aug 23
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"That's fantastic Paul. The vetiver growth is amazing and vege bed looks good. The first photo reminds me a bit of my dirt. Apparently this whole area/hill is one giant sheet of shale rock with a thin veneer of dense clay on top. I can't…"
Aug 23
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Very nice, Paul. How do you think the Vetiver benefited there? The reduction in wind? Maybe the greater infiltration of water? Mycorrhizal associations? Pest trap? If that's 1 year old you didn't cut it? Excellent growth. Did you get a…"
Aug 23
paul commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Just 1 year with Vetiver i just stared with a clump  here there with my new garden hopping to get going how was i going to keep up with the water, can i grow on baked ground ? here what i started with last year and the pic was taken to day so…"
Aug 23
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Cres, I wasn't referring to you going to Veticon, I was answering the statement that Dave made regarding a reliable supplier for SEQ. They do exist. As I've told Dave before, I only sell small amounts while the nursery grows in size with…"
Aug 23
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Evan,Veticon's website suggested they were more focused on large scale applications and community projects with no indication of a nursery that the public could access plants. After you clarified that they do sell, I rang and Cara had to be…"
Aug 23
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"Evan - Cres has sorted it out.  If you read the post, he was showing before and after he installed mesh over the gutters to stop exactly this kind of issue.  "
Aug 23
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"And, to further why I only sell limited numbers is that I didn't want to undercut the established industry as they have done most of the work and a lot of the science to support what we know about Vetiver. I felt it was the ethical thing to do…"
Aug 23
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"That is Madeira in that gutter. You have a ethical requirement to sort that out."
Aug 23
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Because Cres contacted me I thought I would jump in here to expand on Dave's learned posts. I'm glad Dave is now trying to push the price down as the industry, illustrated by his list, is ridiculously high. You've come a long way,…"
Aug 23
Jeff Kiehne commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Have you looked at retaining walls and some decking  to try and level off some of the yard to make useful  a deck could have heavy metal mesh that can walk on  but let  light in like a big cage that you can get underneath  …"
Aug 22

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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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http://carazy.net/

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Growing my weeds as mulch.

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 14:30 16 Comments

Living on fairly steep block, keeping whatever soil I build up can become somewhat difficult. My chickens and the brush turkeys with their infernal scratching to build their massive compost mound nests mean building up a fertile ecology is often a backwards directional project. Once they've scratched and destroyed any living groundcover, the heavy rains wash all soil away leaving me once again with the sadness of the concrete like shale and clay that is my yard.



Weeds to me are…

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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…

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Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 9 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.

http://carazy.net/blue-mountain-gutter-mesh-install/…

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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!…







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

welcome Cres :)

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