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The Biggest Little Farm documentary

Started Nov 6, 2019 0 Replies

I watched this a few months ago and really enjoyed it. it didn't reveal much new information for me…Continue

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Square Foot Gardening Mel Bartholomew Dies

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe May 14, 2016. 8 Replies

I'm sure many of the members in this group utilise Mel's system. I know I adapt part of his methods and use much of the SFG charts and tables to see how biointensively I can plant my wicking beds.…Continue

Can anyone help identify this tree please

Started this discussion. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Sep 7, 2014. 9 Replies

Can anyone identify this tree at all by the leaf and bark. It's tall and deciduous, no thorns, thin flat seed pods. Much like the mythological Lernaean Hydra, every time I cut out a piece of root…Continue


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Cres commented on Lily's blog post Food Forest Surprise
"That is an awesome transformation. I love that you're using BSF's for composting, they are such an underutilised resource for both compost breakdown and animal fodder. In a week they can turn 100kg of food into 12 kg of waste (mostly…"
Jan 11
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's photo

Overrun by Sambung - anyone want cuttings?

" Are the leaves like spinach when cooked and retain their 'leafyness' so to speak or do they go slimy? Some spinach type plants like molokhia (Egyptian Spinach) turn gooey like okra / soaked psyllium husk. To me the texture is likened…"
Jan 11
Cres commented on Andrew Cumberland's video

Making swales

"Andrew : Your water retention setup looks good. In one of my newly built swales I hadn't completed my overflow and the following day a downpour broke the berm (A backyard is small scale so wasn't a major flooding issue) but it reinforced…"
Nov 21, 2019
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Sid, I'm not sure how your wicking bed turns into a slow draining tub unless you've got a hole in the base? Do you have a photo of your setup?The overflow that sticks out the side is essentially the maximum height of water in the system.…"
Nov 18, 2019
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"Forgot to put the link to my wicking bed tutorials and the math, substrates, costs and my large reservoir modifications."
Nov 15, 2019
Cres commented on Sid Saghe's status
"I love my wicking beds and continue to extoll their virtues to anyone with a passing interest. If you can provide details of your spat maybe we can reconcile you with yours.Ollas are nice but the sheer amount of water availability you can provide…"
Nov 15, 2019
Cres commented on Dave Riley's blog post A 'model' kitchen garden... in the subtropics.
"If the chooks start scratching too deep and destroying your fruit tree roots you can also put heat treated pallets around their base or alternatively criss cross logs and branches to reduce the appeal of scratching there.I do it when I've got…"
Nov 6, 2019
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The Biggest Little Farm documentary

I watched this a few months ago and really enjoyed it. it didn't reveal much new information for me personally it was an amazing transformation showcasing just how important regenerative farming is. From soil building to polyculture to dealing with destructive nature both animals and environmental. One thing I did like was that it highlighted constant issues and didn't make out that farming is easy,…See More
Nov 6, 2019
Cres commented on Dave Riley's photo

Using a toilet roll as a seed cell

"I've done this system (toilet rolls) as well as origami type newspaper pots for the same reason. They worked really well except once the plants grew they all seemed to struggle. I ended up digging a few out to see what was going on. The…"
Sep 10, 2019
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"Thanks guys. You're both on point. I haven't had to teeter on my sloping dirt to clean them out since they've been installed and the gutter guard is a fantastic solution that I highly recommend everyone implement on their houses, even…"
Aug 24, 2019
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"Thanks Andrew."
Aug 24, 2019
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"What a funny thing for you to say Evan.  I simply said the Madeira issue in the gutter was "sorted out."  I said nothing about the entire yard.  I also believe the gutter guard will probably stop it coming back - in the…"
Aug 24, 2019
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter
"He also has visible twining Madeira in his garden area in other photos. It's definitely not sorted out, nor would many be able to ever say "I sorted that Madeira infestation out". If they could, my hat goes off to them. They should…"
Aug 23, 2019
Andrew Cumberland commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Hope mine takes off like that Paul.  "
Aug 23, 2019
Cres commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"That's fantastic Paul. The vetiver growth is amazing and vege bed looks good. The first photo reminds me a bit of my dirt. Apparently this whole area/hill is one giant sheet of shale rock with a thin veneer of dense clay on top. I can't…"
Aug 23, 2019
Evan commented on Cres's blog post Growing my weeds as mulch.
"Very nice, Paul. How do you think the Vetiver benefited there? The reduction in wind? Maybe the greater infiltration of water? Mycorrhizal associations? Pest trap? If that's 1 year old you didn't cut it? Excellent growth. Did you get a…"
Aug 23, 2019

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I am possibly the worst gardener in the world. I swear I sweat herbicide from my pores!

After 13years of not knowing what to do with my overgrown inner city backyard I've finally decided to attempt to grow a garden based on permaculture principles. So I lurk in forums like this to gain knowledge and hopefully grow food. I intend of doing some experiments of my own and hopefully if the results are good, give back to the internet brain trust.
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Growing my weeds as mulch.

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 14:30 16 Comments

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…


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

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 22:30 3 Comments

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…


Water Tank Install and DIY First Flush Diverter

Posted on August 31, 2014 at 12:00 9 Comments

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.…


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

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 14:30 2 Comments

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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At 18:20 on February 13, 2012, Scarlett said…

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Vetiver grass helps to stabilise soil and protects it against erosion.  It can protect against pests and weeds. Vetiver is also used as animal feed. (Wiki.)

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