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Year of the Fruit

Has anyone else noticed that this season has been terrific for local fruit growers?

Last year my Meyer Lemon produced one fruit that survived to maturity. This year the tree's covered with good sized lemons.

The Wai Chee lychee produced its first crop last year. Here's a link to the…


Added by Joseph on January 17, 2016 at 14:30 — 8 Comments

Thinking outside the box with a rainwater tank

Thought I'd do a quick write-up on the work I did to increase my water storage using a bit of creativity, in case anyone might be thinking of doing something similar. 

Some time ago I was considering replacing the current 1000L tank (which doesn't go very far) with a 2000L one. Unfortunately I don't have the room for anything bigger than that. A round tank costs around $750 and connect-able ones about $900. There's an additional charge to remove the 1000L or I could try to sell…


Added by Joseph on September 28, 2015 at 14:30 — 11 Comments

Update on the mini wicking pots

I sow coriander seeds in the mini wicking pots 3 weeks ago and here are the results.

The details are here.

Added by Joseph on September 27, 2012 at 12:47 — 8 Comments

Using milk bottles to make wicking pots for herbs

I made these on the weekend. So far they haven't collapsed so fingers crossed they'll do good.

Here's a short instructional page on what I did.

Make mini wicking pots for growing…

Added by Joseph on September 6, 2012 at 10:27 — 10 Comments

How to grow container greens economically

After many years, I've finally gotten around to creating a blog to talk about the two things I love: food production and fishing.

Here's my first post on growing greens in shallow containers. Hope you like it.

How to grow greens in shallow containers cheaply

Added by Joseph on July 31, 2012 at 19:12 — 2 Comments

The saga of the potting mix

I decided to adapt the information kindly posted by Anne Gibson and Lissa to making my own flavour of container potting mix after a string of failures with asian greens that were previously so reliably productive in containers.

Here's what I did.

First I compress a very generous layer of freshly mowed lawn clippings to the bottom of the container. Grass being grass, it compacts over time. Being the bottom layer I wanted to minimise nitrogen escaping into the atmosphere. It also…


Added by Joseph on March 9, 2012 at 17:00 — 8 Comments

Getting the house in order

Where do I start?

I'm into my second year of growing edibles in the backyard (pretty much growing anything really). I started with simple asian greens in styrofoam boxes in the mini-greenhouse and slowly added pots, edging to separate lawn from growing beds, wire for climbers and raised garden beds.

It's been a good learning experience. And a big thank you to the friendly people on this site in helping my knowledge along.

So what I have got going at this time of year?…


Added by Joseph on December 10, 2011 at 20:56 — 24 Comments

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