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November 2011 Blog Posts (9)

Trench mulched pathways for everyday 'squeeze' and sponge irrigation

I've been experimenting with trench mulching (as is my habit). My most recent hypothesis was  to harness the space between my garden beds as a means to trench mulch  my plants.…

Added by Dave Riley on November 29, 2011 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

Drying Apples

As a trial run with the new tray-type dehydrator, we spotted some Sundowner Apples at Aldi, selling for a good price. No time like the present ... gotta try out the dehydrator sometime.

Read up on drying fruit - all I have ever dried were Bananas in the sun and herbs and chillies in the small round dehydrator. So to stop them turning too brown, I dipped them in…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 28, 2011 at 22:40 — 2 Comments

AIR POTATOES Dioscorea bulbifera and alata

Dioscorea alata NOT Dioscorea bulbifera turn out to be the edible variety. See Russell Reinhardt comment from forum below.

Dioscorea bulbifera is a…


Added by Lissa on November 26, 2011 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

Spring Garden update - hot & dry!

It's nearing the end of spring but with temperatures rising and no rain, I'm organising the shade structures for the garden to give my plants some relief in the hot dry weeks and months ahead.  The investment in time and mulch for the gardens is paying off with the soil retaining moisture and plants still pretty happy.

My nasturtiums are doing well all over the garden and…


Added by Anne Gibson on November 21, 2011 at 15:51 — 31 Comments

November 2011 Update

Fruiting plants which are making the most of the heat are the Fig a White Adriatic. Supposedly a ‘dwarf’ and given that it is living in a 300L wicking bin, and will be ruthlessly pruned, it will be a dwarf! The first fruit is on - or to quote Ali (she of Mud Pie blog fame), my Fig is Figging ;-) After the winter layoff, I pruned it and painted it liberally with Green Harvest Tree Paste (similar to Biodynamic tree paste but more readily available). The other fruit trees have been similarly…


Added by Elaine de Saxe on November 19, 2011 at 20:30 — 3 Comments

Pond Life

 I have always had ponds about me. My childhood was always spent in cooee of water life.

It's not that I'm into fish and  aquariums in a big way -- but I like small bodies of water:…

Added by Dave Riley on November 2, 2011 at 22:30 — 7 Comments

VIDEO - Rainwater Harvesting Basics -- Brad Lancaster

This is a very good over view of water harvesting approach of Brad Lancaster as found in his series : Rainwater Harvesting for Dylands and Beyond.

The guy's methodology  is holistic and accessible. Practice and…


Added by Dave Riley on November 1, 2011 at 0:47 — 4 Comments

Joy Two: The Joy of Chooks

I have kept chickens before but only on a very small suburban block with not much in the way of productive gardening. 

Added by Dave Riley on November 1, 2011 at 0:41 — 1 Comment

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