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VIDEO - Rainwater Harvesting Basics -- Brad Lancaster

This is a very good over view of water harvesting approach of Brad Lancaster as found in his series : Rainwater Harvesting for Dylands and Beyond.

The guy's methodology  is holistic and accessible. Practice and…


Added by Dave Riley on November 1, 2011 at 0:47 — 4 Comments

Joy Two: The Joy of Chooks

I have kept chickens before but only on a very small suburban block with not much in the way of productive gardening. 

Added by Dave Riley on November 1, 2011 at 0:41 — 1 Comment

The Salad Garden: eating thereof

Since I eat a garden salad every day I have made it a habit to make up my salad dressings ahead. I use old caper and anchovy jars that are maybe no more than 150 ml in volume and throw in -- aside from the requisite 2:1 (give or…

Added by Dave Riley on October 31, 2011 at 2:14 — 3 Comments

The Joy of Choko


Added by Dave Riley on October 31, 2011 at 1:58 — 5 Comments

Impermeable layer: wicking gutter = free mulch and feed for the garden

I should say up front that I spent years messing about with what's called paper clay . That's an eclectic mix of paper pulp and clay 45:55 percent. You…

Added by Dave Riley on October 21, 2011 at 12:00 — 8 Comments

Irrigation! Makes me irritable so I went for a barrel of fun

Now that my present garden is working its way  into  its adolescence I have the option to fiddle with its makeup and constituent parts.…

Added by Dave Riley on October 18, 2011 at 8:31 — 3 Comments

Sponge Garden under the trellis

Aside from some rare references on line and a review of the method in the water harvesting works of Brad Lancaster there is not much information to be…

Added by Dave Riley on October 17, 2011 at 12:30 — 2 Comments

Trellis Shade: Cooler Plants

A neighbor has given me a dwarf banana plant. It is one third the height of your standard banana 'stem' so I'm delighted to have such botanical utility on hand.…

Added by Dave Riley on October 16, 2011 at 12:30 — 5 Comments

The grass clippings mulch walk through -- a pictorial journey

Mulched garden 3 months…

Added by Dave Riley on February 17, 2011 at 12:30 — No Comments

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