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Dave Riley's Blog – February 2014 Archive (4)

How to honeyhole

After exploring trench mulching a lot in  my garden I decided to adopt some of the principles that govern honeyholes and fertility trenches.



The main variation from my past practices are:
  • tear up the newspaper and cardboard
  • mix it with green mulch and manure 
  • add water (even urine!) to the mix
  • let it…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 15, 2014 at 14:00 — 8 Comments

Two rants: the joys of a sickle and my troubles with Permaculture



Sickle




I got myself a sickle because I couldn't afford a scythe and my grass patches are small. I had been electric whipper snippering but my machine burnt out.I've had it with mowers and powered brushcutters.




So I thought $25 for a sickle? Why not?…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 10, 2014 at 13:47 — 16 Comments

The Honey Hole and the Fertility Trench





I've written before about my penchant to trench mulch by burying stuff.


Dig a narrow hole. Throw stuff in and…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 9, 2014 at 1:00 — 7 Comments

Frangipani vegetable gardening





It's night time -- around 1 am -- and I've been outback dipping my hands in soil.


I pull  back the lawn…
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Added by Dave Riley on February 5, 2014 at 14:30 — 5 Comments

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