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Taking the milkcrate garden to another level by adding pots. Using cardboard boxes to grow seedlings.

Taking the milkcrate garden to another level. And more delights working with cardboard in the vegey patch.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 8, 2021 at 6:30 — 7 Comments

'Tis I in my milk crate herb garden.

'Tis I in my milk crate herb garden.
Making your own fantasy back-to-nature dojo in your own backyard. You can even eat the walls!…
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Added by Dave Riley on September 2, 2021 at 13:00 — 4 Comments

OUTBACK it's a JUNGLE

Jungle outback adventure.…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 21, 2021 at 20:33 — 5 Comments

All vaxed up and no where to go! What is to be done? Vetiver and green Tea

All vaxed up and nowhere to go!

I'm therefore sentenced to potting around outback. Mind you, I gotta make a list of what is to be done?

Otherwise, I won't build a head of steam and I need to last to the end of the week outdoors, outback, quarantined at home...

And such gardening weather!…

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Added by Dave Riley on August 3, 2021 at 17:00 — 7 Comments

Making Grow Bags with Double Decker Milk Crates to Grow Tubers

I have a milk crate LEGO garden where I grow my herbs.

It works a treat.

Since I wanted to explore the grow bag experience for growing tubers -- especially Sweet Potatoes -- I've tweaked the milk crate + weedmat system to engineer a deeper soil trough to accommodate underground tuber development.

Here's the DIY.…

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Added by Dave Riley on July 3, 2021 at 19:00 — 7 Comments

Using plastic weedmat as mulch for growing vegetables in the Kitchen Garden

Last time we blog-interacted I was talking up the pleasures of cardboard as a garden mulch.  As of today it looks something like this:

It offers a certain rustic charm as the fibres begin their rotting journey.

Sentenced…

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Added by Dave Riley on June 9, 2021 at 20:00 — 13 Comments

Using Cardboard as Garden Mulch.

I may be a registered member of the Mulch Supporters Club but I never understood the Permaculture fetish for wet paper.

More trouble than it's worth.

Laying out the beds at the Vetiver plantation sure enamoured me to cardboard as a mulch understory and now it looks like I'm addicted.

Cardboard, after all, is mashed up wood chips...and it's available any and everywhere. More so, in fact, than newspaper.

So I started using cardboard keenly and experimentally in the…

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Added by Dave Riley on May 23, 2021 at 19:30 — 6 Comments

Designing Garden Bed layout using Vetiver Grass Clumps

 
This is the layout/design I'm experimenting with.
I actually mix up the food plants rather than block plant, but they…
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Added by Dave Riley on May 1, 2021 at 22:00 — 2 Comments

April in the Garden

April is always the best time outback. The transition is palpable and you get more opportunities to spend time relating to the dirt because  the days are no longer so darn hot.

I'm in the process of reducing my veg garden size -- that is the plots for annuals -- by engineering some efficiency changes via group and intense plantings. I'm also culling my plantings by staggering them more.

I have expanded the chook pen yet again, which now encompasses the Vetiver nursery. That's…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 27, 2021 at 21:30 — 5 Comments

The joy of April:out back making things happen.

You know how it is...

You do one thing and that suggests another in way of flow on. What with the change in the weather and my collection of seedlings I've been out back making things happen.

Maybe I'll add some photos tomorrow when it is daylight...but my garden is a sea of fluro bamboo stakes like these shown right.

I've…

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Added by Dave Riley on April 10, 2021 at 20:30 — 6 Comments

Worm Farmer Dave : Vermiculturalist with stabbing stick.

One of my chooks died a couple of days ago. It happens.

So I had to bury her deep so that the dogs didn't dig her up.

See! the chickens round the gate

For their morning portion wait;

Fill the basket from the store,

Let us open wide the door;

Throw out crumbs…

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Added by Dave Riley on March 5, 2021 at 23:30 — 1 Comment

Kitchen Garden Gallery for January 2021

Outback kitchen garden maybe needs a trim.
I'm growing Vetiver amongst the vegetables. The greenery…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 31, 2021 at 9:00 — No Comments

The way of the stick.

Spending time in the patch can be inspirational. Look and you shall see...

Worst of all, look and plan.

Does this obsession ever stop?

When you think the greenery is 'just so' you have to maybe do this or that.

The plants are a collective that maybe can do without you, but you can't help…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 24, 2021 at 21:00 — No Comments

Captains Log: January 2021. 27.1300° S, 153.0520° E Beam me up. (Fun with Dragon fruit, Chaya, Shishito, Radishes, Tomatillos, Jeruslaem Artichokes and Winged Beans to bravely go into my stomach.)

The year past in review.

Highlights both ecological and gastronomical.

  1. Dragon Fruit Salsa: For me this is the most delicious way to partake of the exotic looking pitaya. I've planted Dragon fruits all over the place. Mine clamber over chook pens, prickly pear and frangipani alike. Now the…
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Added by Dave Riley on January 18, 2021 at 22:30 — 5 Comments

It lives!

I have seen a few Summers here. They come and go while the plants respond to the weather.

But this time around...

I am overwhelmed by the verdant growth. I've had to hack my way along the paths to get from A to…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 4, 2021 at 19:27 — 2 Comments

Comestibles out back on their blanket of green suggesting a promise of meals to come.

Back to jungle mode. Ups and downs and undergrowth is the way I like it. No bare soil. Wall to wall Scurvy Weed (Egads!). Talk about greeeeen!

Spring onions,sweet peppers and maybe a Calabacitas...

Daikon…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 16, 2020 at 16:00 — 2 Comments

Celebrating Chaya -- Mayan tree Spinach

I guess that I eat a lot of greens. My every day consumption is not of raw, but cooked, leaves.

I am not of the salad persuasion. Nor am I of the lightly stir-fried sort.

I try to grow the greens I like to eat. That way I always have plenty of different stems to forage.

Among my preferred leafy comestibles…

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Added by Dave Riley on December 12, 2020 at 16:00 — 1 Comment

My garden of earthly delights.

My garden of earthly delights. I like to grow what I like to eat.

White chokoes. Better tasting than their green cousins. Maybe not as prolific -- usually -- but this year I have them hanging down a'plenty. Much less slimy than the green and present to the mouth as a crisp veg. Ants, regrettably, love them.…

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Added by Dave Riley on November 6, 2020 at 0:00 — 6 Comments

Drag & Drop Gardening with Scurvy Weed as a green mulch: the story so far.

I invested energy  in drag and drop today. Did 2 beds in double quick time.

Just wrenched the verdant Scurvy Weed from its anchorage and dropped it as mulch where it used to grow but a moment before.

I'd been…

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Added by Dave Riley on October 15, 2020 at 23:00 — 7 Comments

Managing our Vetiver Ventures

We are on the cusp of this season's great Vetiver venture.

Almost all of the clumps in our backyards have been harvested and we are 'bringing them on' (pictured at right) as divisions which are almost ready to plant out…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 25, 2020 at 0:00 — 9 Comments

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