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Lissa's Blog – January 2013 Archive (3)

Deadwood habitat for wildlife

In the past I believed a good gardener was amongst other things, a tidy gardener. Removing all dead material from view and either composting it or tossing it.

I've also always believed that a healthy garden is one full of wildlife - bit hard for them to achieve when I've been tossing out their natural habitats!

Since I've been focusing on growing organic edibles a lot of my old "beliefs" have been challenged by the things I've read or been told. I attend as many workshops as I…

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Added by Lissa on January 18, 2013 at 7:00 — 21 Comments

2012/2013 SUMMER JANUARY

So much happened in the garden in December it was necessary to break the blog / diary down into months.

Above -  first day of 2013. We've had enough rain that the tank hasn't run dry, but not enough that I can rely on the rain to keep things consistently moist so have been watering mornings. Afternoons on occasion if I have really early work starts.

The plants…

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Added by Lissa on January 4, 2013 at 7:30 — 9 Comments

WINTER MELON

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Photo (above) courtesy of the net.

Tried some of Joseph's home grown winter melon some months ago (grows in the warm weather, eaten traditionally in the cold weather due to it's long shelf life) and I'm determined to grow some of my own as I found it delicious. I've just planted some seeds so fingers crossed I get seedlings.

Another one of those multi use plants where the shoots, leaves, tendrils and fruit are all edible. I just love growing those types of…

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Added by Lissa on January 2, 2013 at 5:00 — 1 Comment

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VETIVER COMMUNITY PROJECT

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.)

The Vetiver Community Project is a plant nursery run by Dave & Keir Riley that harvests and grows Vetiver grass for local community applications and use. It is based in Beachmere, just north of Brisbane, Australia.


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