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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…

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

The Joy of Choko

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

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GrowVetiver

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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