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Dave Riley's Blog – September 2013 Archive (6)

Terracotta Garden Pots are go!

After  plugging the drainage holes in another batch of  terracotta pots I have embedded  them in my garden beds. Sealing holes in terracotta is not as easy as it may seem. You need to check to see if they sweat rather than leak.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 21, 2013 at 0:24 — 5 Comments

Talking real dirty about soil





If you into the habit of throwing stuff at the soil there is no better antidote to what may be your obsession than a new book by Judith Swartz --…
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Added by Dave Riley on September 19, 2013 at 5:59 — No Comments

Carbon adventures by the sea : making soil and holding water

This last week I had to dig a hole in the backyard, under what passes as 'lawn'. The exercise proved a shock.

The slim layer of crisp grasses on top gave way to pure sand  all the way down. The colour was yellow with only a slight greying at the surface.…

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Added by Dave Riley on September 12, 2013 at 1:13 — No Comments

Gone Potty II : irrigating with terracotta pots





The terracotta  pots I've buried in the garden beds have proven very effective…
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Added by Dave Riley on September 10, 2013 at 0:30 — 9 Comments

Gone potty: irrigating with terracotta pots and hand watering

 

My many experiments in irrigating my garden have proving  fruitful. 

When I say 'irrigating' I mean keeping the water up to vegetables so that they don't die.

I'm not asking much.

Pursuant of that I've engineered a lot of  …

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Added by Dave Riley on September 7, 2013 at 12:30 — 4 Comments

Plants I like to grow







Frangipani…


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Added by Dave Riley on September 3, 2013 at 2:30 — No Comments

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