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Russell James's Blog (7)

Worm food

The dry continues to make returns on the garden produce harder and harder ..... it has teased us a couple of times with clouds and the lightest of sprinkle but not even to wet a table napkin.

I have all my worm beds under a large tarp to help keep moisture in and stop the beds from baking. 

Worms are a pretty easy part of the ecosystem I have in place to keep going, but it…

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Added by Russell James on February 4, 2019 at 13:47 — 7 Comments

Seed Saving

I have heard we are going to get rain in February :-)  so I decided to throw in a few bean seeds I saved from the last crop in the garden.

I can't find the discussion I was in when I mentioned I had a broccoli plant I had seeded from a previous crop and it was ready to be collected again ...it has an appearance in the clip.

I have over the past couple of years been saving…

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Added by Russell James on January 30, 2019 at 8:59 — No Comments

Hot and dry

I have had to delay plantings to at least 3 of my beds due to the hot dry conditions even though I am covering with shade cloth and netting that I have made up on tunnel hoops, it is still taking a lot of water just to fill the local cafe's orders.

The continuing dry spell will be starting to make an impact on fruit and veg prices and availability soon enough, so as a grower its always good to know you have at least…

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Added by Russell James on January 20, 2019 at 14:15 — 1 Comment

Strawberry Beds Planting Out

I shot a video of the planting out I did last season and changes I made for our Youtube channel.

As an update, I had to redo all the beds I used the organic material mulch on, going back to using landscape fabric as the pests were eating me out of any usable fruit.…

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Added by Russell James on January 17, 2019 at 10:30 — 6 Comments

A Farm Gate Produce Story

 

I like to visit those roadside stands you see when you are out for a drive and love it when after you have pulled up you are pleasantly surprised by the experience and I try to have our little stall do that for those who drop in. 
Obviously, you can't please everyone and at the end of the day its going to be a bit less…
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Added by Russell James on December 29, 2018 at 10:06 — 9 Comments

Coping with the pest and heat

As growers, we all have to deal with the many issues that go along with the attempts to produce a crop of food that has not been invested with preditors or miserable representations of what should be growing due to lack of water, nutrients etc. 

I rely on netting and various watering…

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Added by Russell James on December 28, 2018 at 7:49 — 14 Comments

Introduction

Looking forward to looking through the site and see what everyone is up to in their gardens and different enterprises.



Here in Killarney the main cropping from my Strawberries has finished and I will only have a few more to sell on and put into our jams but I will be kept…

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Added by Russell James on December 24, 2018 at 7:45 — 5 Comments

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