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February 2014 Blog Posts (14)

Dragon Fruit - a Further Update

An update of an update ...

And in response to Ania's photo ...

Taken just now:

A range of developing fruit from a couple of days ago pollination to some weeks ago:…

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Added by Elaine de Saxe on February 25, 2014 at 15:24 — 2 Comments

Converting to wicking beds End of summer.

Hi everyone.  Well, what a beautiful day today was compared with the last couple of shockers.  So hot the previous week that I think I almost died :) and the cool change on Saturday felt like the onset of winter.  Lucky for me, the beds continued happily on their way and most things survived.   Only casualty was my broccoli and cauliflower seedlings.  I planted seeds and they just shriveled up and died or didn't even come up -> too hot I guess.  So, I gave in and bought green dragon…

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Added by Susan on February 23, 2014 at 18:30 — 17 Comments

Autum Planting in CQ

Would not usually start planting my winter crops here in CQ till at least March but the weather this year has tempted me to start early with some nice overcast days & light rain. Carrots germinated in a week, usually expect at least 10 days,

the beetroot are not so good suspect old seed,…

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Added by Jane on February 18, 2014 at 17:59 — 5 Comments

Summer Garden Walk Through

The garden at the Manor has really suffered over the last month particularly.  Up until then, things were producing quite well.  Then it got hot.... really hot... 

The silverbeet in the little dogs' yard suffered first.  They've been removed now.  The pumpkins and zuchinnis in the front garden are pretty much cactus. It's hot, dry and unprotected out there.  I lost a few things (eggplant and lettuce mostly) in the big girls' yard.  I'm having to shift to perpetual spinach until the…

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Added by Andrew Cumberland on February 16, 2014 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

How to honeyhole

After exploring trench mulching a lot in  my garden I decided to adopt some of the principles that govern honeyholes and fertility trenches.



The main variation from my past practices are:
  • tear up the newspaper and cardboard
  • mix it with green mulch and manure 
  • add water (even urine!) to the mix
  • let it…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 15, 2014 at 14:00 — 8 Comments

Pruning Stone Fruit

February is apparently the time to prune stone fruit trees. All new to me as my tropical nectarine is only 6mths old but already 2m tall.

From Canberra Organic Growers Society Inc:

Pruning Stone Fruit

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Added by Lissa on February 12, 2014 at 6:16 — 2 Comments

Two rants: the joys of a sickle and my troubles with Permaculture



Sickle




I got myself a sickle because I couldn't afford a scythe and my grass patches are small. I had been electric whipper snippering but my machine burnt out.I've had it with mowers and powered brushcutters.




So I thought $25 for a sickle? Why not?…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 10, 2014 at 13:47 — 16 Comments

The Honey Hole and the Fertility Trench





I've written before about my penchant to trench mulch by burying stuff.


Dig a narrow hole. Throw stuff in and…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 9, 2014 at 1:00 — 7 Comments

February

Unpacked the dragon fruit cuttings from lovely Elaine to find roots already there. Yohoo!

New temporary home in a mini wicking bed and with transparent pot I bough at Slavos I can see plenty of new roots. Almost ready to plant…

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Added by Valerie on February 7, 2014 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

Glen's permaculture adventure.

Well Glen has begun his foray into permaculture his block is slashed, he has brought in a chap to create a dam, swales will be created, fruit trees and rain forest trees will be planted, vegetable beds will be planted as well. He has bought a tractor to help with the labour and will cut and mill his own timber, first job a shed and then a ford across the creek, he can't wait roll on March.

Added by Christine Cox on February 6, 2014 at 18:32 — 94 Comments

Creating a well balanced compost

There is a framework of understanding with how to manage your compost heap which not only simplifies this amazing living system you are creating, but ensures you get the best compost in the shortest possible time. This recent blog of mine gives you some tips.

Added by Peter Kearney on February 6, 2014 at 11:17 — No Comments

Frangipani vegetable gardening





It's night time -- around 1 am -- and I've been outback dipping my hands in soil.


I pull  back the lawn…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 5, 2014 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

Converting to wicking beds -

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Added by Susan on February 4, 2014 at 21:30 — 12 Comments

Time to kill waiting for a connecting flight so.... The Journey so far!!

Brett received his invitation to compete around December 2012. Over the moon is an understatement in describing his excitement.

Akin to being selected to represent Australia at the Olympic Games, there was never really any doubt that Brett would go - after all, it is probably the ultimate recognition for any craftsman to be invited to such a prestigious competition.

I don't get involved for a while, but without being too specific, Brett's journey from December…

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Added by Jeff on February 1, 2014 at 0:01 — No Comments

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