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Dave Riley's Blog – January 2016 Archive (2)

The January Garden .... and still More Mounds

Any excuse.

Finally -- the last section of veg garden has been converted into mounds.

The worst 'soil' (and I use the term lightly) I own, is now contoured according to template. The engineering may be  an easy DIY but the patch had been neglected as occupying the too-hard-basket for years.

I have a schematic nomenclature for my garden…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 25, 2016 at 15:00 — 14 Comments

The gardening equation: There's been a quickening.

When I started my current garden project I wanted to create it via recycling. While I've thrown some local manures at it , the major inputs have been paper, cardboard, grass clippings,  tree and brush trimmings. 

I've collected, accumulated and added these items relentlessly for 6 years and my yellow sand has turned into loam, albeit very sandy loam.

What I've done is add heaps of carbon and offered up my labour to its accumulation in the soil.

If you seek to replicate…

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Added by Dave Riley on January 6, 2016 at 22:30 — 13 Comments

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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.)

GrowVetiver 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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