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Growing my weeds as mulch.

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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Added by Cres on August 19, 2019 at 14:30 — 16 Comments

Wicking Bed / Garden Bed Grow Medium - Mels Mix Vs Manure

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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Added by Cres on March 16, 2016 at 22:30 — 3 Comments

Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter

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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Added by Cres on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 — 9 Comments

DIY home made FREE(almost) EM Bokashi Mix (Not using store concentrate!)

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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Added by Cres on August 7, 2014 at 14:30 — 2 Comments

Built my IBC Wicking Beds

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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Added by Cres on August 7, 2014 at 13:30 — 8 Comments

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