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Indoor food growing - Dealing with pests and diseases

Growing your vegetables and herbs indoors can be very productive and enjoyable. Like any organic food growing, the tactics you apply can have a profound impact on your success.

Indoor food growing will protect your plants from larger animals, but not from insects. Indoor plants are likely to suffer from the lack of natural biological controls, that is, the predators that would keep plant insect pests in check in a more biologically complex outdoor…

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Added by Peter Kearney on September 15, 2015 at 12:06 — 4 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

The IT food gardener

For those of you who have something to do with IT systems design, this article I wrote a little while ago relates systems thinking to running a successful food garden. If you are an IT nerd, please read http://cityfoodgrowers.com.au/blog-latestposts.php?catid=51

Added by Peter Kearney on February 9, 2013 at 15:25 — 2 Comments

Understanding NPK in your organic garden

I thought some keen organic gardeners in this group may be interested in this article which I feel demystifies how to work through organic and biodynamic practices to integrate NPK - nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P) and potassium (K) into their food gardens without the need to rely on NPK fertilisers that are commonly used by industrialised agriculture and at times, passed off as "organic".  …

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Added by Peter Kearney on November 19, 2012 at 11:32 — 3 Comments

Container growing tips

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This week I posted a new article to my blog on container growing, which I thought would be of interest to the city dwellers in this group with limited food gardening space. The article talks about the challenges and how to overcome them, resulting in reasonable levels of productivity, whilst still using organic methods. You can read the article here. Please fell free to comment either on this site or on my own… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 15, 2010 at 11:14 — 1 Comment

Understanding the impact of the moon on moisture

I just posted a new blog on my web site about recognising the impact of moon forces on moisture levels in your food garden. Have a read! Its easier than you may think to understand these forces and work with them to help your garden be more productive.

Happy gardening

Peter Kearney

Added by Peter Kearney on March 6, 2010 at 11:50 — 1 Comment

Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds

If you are a new food gardener, a very experienced one or in between, it is quite likely that large birds have taken more than their fair share of produce from your garden. Its a very common complaint of food gardeners in my experience, particularly in locations with big native bird populations. I have just published an article to my blog titled Protecting your vegetable garden from large birds and talks… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 22, 2009 at 15:47 — 1 Comment

How to find a green thumb in your food garden connections

Connections help us to weave through the sometimes bumpy road of life and enrich our human experience. Growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs allows you to enter a hot bed of connections which are fundamental to life on earth.



When a food gardener becomes conscious of these connections, a green thumb begins to appear and your effectiveness jumps significantly. You become much more effective at growing your own food in your own backyard, community garden, school or farm. Lets… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on September 2, 2009 at 21:31 — 1 Comment

Hidden treasure of the seed

There are many hidden treasures in a food garden. For me, one of the doorways to finding them is through contemplation, sitting time with no physical garden activity.



Contemplation time is important for building a relationship to your garden sanctuary. You get to observe in slow way and appreciate the diverse beauty evolving each day.



There is an energetic transfer between all living things in the garden during this time of contemplation. The plants respond to this energy… Continue

Added by Peter Kearney on July 19, 2009 at 7:12 — 3 Comments

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