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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 replied to Susanne's discussion Spent grain from brewing
"There are heaps of recipes up on the net. A lot of cookies as they aren't required to rise as much as cakes/breads.http://brooklynbrewshop.com/themash/9-spent-grain-cookie-recipes/ This page suggests that only 10-20%  can be used for…"
Aug 8, 2016
Cres replied to Dave Riley's discussion Seed Potatoes
"Thanks for that. The overseas lists always reinforce how meagre the info is on the few varieties that are available here in Au."
Jul 11, 2016
Cres replied to Dave Riley's discussion Seed Potatoes
"From what I've gathered l I don't think it's officially/botanically known as determinate/indeterminate. I think growers around the world may have taken on the tomato terms due to a lack of naming convention for potatoes with that…"
Jul 5, 2016
Cres replied to Dave Riley's discussion Seed Potatoes
"Does anyone know of a good list of Australian potatoes that specify indeterminate varieties (ones suited for potato towers)? I have read that late season spuds are the best choice but not always guaranteed for this but there is little collated info…"
Jul 4, 2016
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Built my IBC Wicking Beds
"Hi Fisher , Sorry about the delay in answering. I'm not always on here.So far no issues whatsoever. I have noticed about a 5-10cm drop in total height from top of the soil to the top lip of the IBC. I put it down to breakdown of the compost and…"
Jul 4, 2016
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May 24, 2016
Fisher commented on Cres's blog post Built my IBC Wicking Beds
"Hey Cres I'm interested in how your Perlite as the bottom layer wicking medium has worked out. Has the Perlite degraded/turned into dust or have you had any problems with blockages down there? I'm considering using it instead of the usual…"
May 24, 2016
Cres commented on Elaine de Saxe's blog post Retrofitting Above-ground Beds to Wicking Beds
"So after a few years of use have any sneaky tree roots tried to work their way up between the wicking bed wall and plastic and make it's way in through the overflow slits?"
May 16, 2016
Elaine de Saxe replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"When we said goodbye to ours a couple of years ago, it was $8 per tyre tip fees. They seemed like a good idea at the time :-\"
May 14, 2016
Dave Riley replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"When you place the crates butt up against one another you also get good insulation."
May 14, 2016
Dave Riley replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"Weedmat. "
May 13, 2016
Sophie replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"Soil filled crates, intrigued. What did you use to keep the soil in?"
May 13, 2016
Dave Riley replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"Square foot gardening no doubt was inspired by a traditional Zuni method of 'waffle gardening'.(gallery)  My problem with Bartholomew's system is that if you create soil like that it doesn't matter what method or shape you…"
May 13, 2016
Elaine de Saxe replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"As we did here."
May 12, 2016
Cres replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"Sounds like we have similar problems. My block is steep with dense clay and shale so all water dropped to the base of the bed and ran downhill. My initial raised beds were just magnets for nearby trees to send their roots with the concentration of…"
May 12, 2016
Elaine de Saxe replied to Cres's discussion Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies
"Thank you for sharing this Cres! We bought both of his books and tried to put it into practice. On a slope with trees all about gardening inground was not producing any returns commensurate with the effort and inputs. The system is fine, our…"
May 12, 2016

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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.
My website is:
http://carazy.net/

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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 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.

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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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…

welcome Cres :)

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