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September 2013 Blog Posts (10)

Terracotta Garden Pots are go!

After  plugging the drainage holes in another batch of  terracotta pots I have embedded  them in my garden beds. Sealing holes in terracotta is not as easy as it may seem. You need to check to see if they sweat rather than leak.…


Added by Dave Riley on September 21, 2013 at 0:24 — 5 Comments

Talking real dirty about soil

If you into the habit of throwing stuff at the soil there is no better antidote to what may be your obsession than a new book by Judith Swartz --…

Added by Dave Riley on September 19, 2013 at 5:59 — No Comments

Retrofitting Above-ground Beds to Wicking Beds

Once I realised how incredibly dry the mix was and that however much water I poured onto the beds, the plants were not doing well, I had to figure out why.

And ‘why’ is probably a combination of gardening on a slope and the surrounding trees helping themselves to the largesse on offer.

Given the amount of organic matter added to these beds over the years, it’s only been when there was a lot of rain that I got enough crops to justify the work involved. It’s taken a while…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on September 17, 2013 at 23:00 — 5 Comments


The season has started out dry. The mornings are still crisp and cool but the days are occasionally hot. The tank is down to 1000lt so I'm back to using town water to keep things alive, with a new longer hose that reaches all parts of the backyard.

"Tidy me" wants to clean up the backyard, but "messy me" is saying leave it alone! as both the honey and native bees are…


Added by Lissa on September 13, 2013 at 7:00 — 10 Comments

Carbon adventures by the sea : making soil and holding water

This last week I had to dig a hole in the backyard, under what passes as 'lawn'. The exercise proved a shock.

The slim layer of crisp grasses on top gave way to pure sand  all the way down. The colour was yellow with only a slight greying at the surface.…


Added by Dave Riley on September 12, 2013 at 1:13 — No Comments

New soil, new watering regime.

Alright, so the last time I wrote, I had decided to give no dig gardening beds a go.  They did work great.... up to a point.  That point was when the layers had started to actually decompose fully and sank and filtered down through the stick layers underneath exposing all my roots to the elements.  My problem was that I didn't fill them up as much as they suggested as I did not have enough material to do this.  I also found that horrible nasty toads would make themselves at home in the…


Added by Susan on September 10, 2013 at 19:30 — 5 Comments

Gone Potty II : irrigating with terracotta pots

The terracotta  pots I've buried in the garden beds have proven very effective…

Added by Dave Riley on September 10, 2013 at 0:30 — 9 Comments

Gone potty: irrigating with terracotta pots and hand watering


My many experiments in irrigating my garden have proving  fruitful. 

When I say 'irrigating' I mean keeping the water up to vegetables so that they don't die.

I'm not asking much.

Pursuant of that I've engineered a lot of  …


Added by Dave Riley on September 7, 2013 at 12:30 — 4 Comments

Spring coming along nicely

From leftto right: Kipfler potatoes, corn, one green bean, snow peas, butternut squash, coriander.

Added by Valerie on September 7, 2013 at 9:12 — 1 Comment

Plants I like to grow



Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

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