28 March 2018 5:16pm – Limestone Permaculture

Great video by Brett, down at Limestone Permaculture.

This is permaculture :)

One-Acre Permaculture Garden Feeds 50 Families

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26 March 2018 5:47am – More Trees!

Ok so we may have gone to Turners again yesterday …

The latest haul:
2x longans
2x ‘Wai Chi’ dwarf lychees
2x ‘Santa Rosa’ (red flesh) plums
1x yellow flesh plum
2x jabotacabas
3x ‘Berrylicious’ blueberries
3x ‘Port Wine’ dwarf magnolias
2x ‘Cousin It’ casuarinas
1x dark pink sundew
1x punnet of 4 ‘Supreme’ eggplant seedlings

The longans, lychees, plums and magnolias will be planted out up at the farm next weekend. The rest had already been planted out down here when I took this pic (the blueberries into large tubs of ericaceous potting soil), except for the jabotacabas in front.

… Then we ordered apricots, another nectarine and peach, and apples to arrive as bare-root stock in July …

And this is why, when someone asks “so what do you grow?”, I say “how long do you have?” :P

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21 March 2018 7:28pm – New Girls

Another three little girls for our flock :)

The ginger and the dark grey (blue) are belgian d’uccles, and the light grey (blue) is a jap bantam. They are all point-of-lay and said to be smoochy, especially the dark grey d’uccle (typical for that breed).

Its well past their bedtime, so these little ladies will spend the night in the carry box in our laundry, and get introduced to the other girls tomorrow.

Welcome to our hodge-podge flock, little ones!

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15 March 2018 5:31pm – Trees!

Woohoo! Another load of fruit trees and natives for up at the farm! :D

This time:
3x ‘Packham’s Triumph’ pears
2x ‘White Opal’ peaches
1x ‘Sundowner’ nectarine
3x ‘Berrylicious’ dwarf black mulberries
3x Strawberry/Cherry guavas
1x Feijoa (to go with the 3 that I bought last week, and 2 that are already at the farm)
1x ‘Hopi’ crepe myrtle (pink) (not actually native, but the bees like it, and its pretty)
2x ‘Lipan’ crepe myrtle (pale purple)
1x ‘Pink Cascade’ leptospermum (tea-tree)
1x Rainbow eucalypt (to go with the one already at the farm, either side of the gate)

PS Turner’s Nursery, in Rochedale, is having a 25% off closing down sale, if you’re interested :)

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11 March 2018 7:38am – Past Ideas for a Plastic-Free Future

Great article.

I personally LOVE the look of copper, but it also has its dark side: mining. Usually at the expense of the environment and communities in that area.

Nappy libraries and glass milk bottles: past ideas for a plastic-free future

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11 March 2018 6:34am – Off-grid Mason Cabin

Love these windows!

160 Sq. Ft. Off-Grid Mason Cabin at CABINSCAPE

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11 March 2018 6:08am – City Farming

Live in a city but want a country lifestyle and connection to your food? No worries! :)

Suburban farming: The Australians with country lifestyles, but city lives

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5 March 2018 5:58pm – Nutrient deficiencies

This is one of the best summaries I’ve seen in a while (courtesy of Savour Soils Permaculture):

PLANT NUTRIENTS DEFICIENCIES IDENTIFICATION
Plants need the right combination of nutrients to live, grow and reproduce. When plants suffer from malnutrition, they show symptoms of being unhealthy. Too little or too much of any one nutrient can cause problems. Plant nutrients fall into 2 categories: macronutrients and micronutrients.

Macronutrients are those elements that are needed in relatively large amounts. They include nitrogen, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Micronutrients are those elements that plants need in small amounts (sometimes trace amounts), like iron, boron, manganese, zinc, copper, chlorine and molybdenum. Both macro- and micronutrients are naturally obtained by the roots from the soil.

Plant roots require certain conditions to obtain these nutrients from the soil.

First, the soil must be sufficiently moist to allow the roots to take up and transport the nutrients. Sometimes correcting improper watering strategies will eliminate nutrient deficiency symptoms.

Second, the pH of the soil must be within a certain range for nutrients to be release-able from the soil particles.

Third, the temperature of the soil must fall within a certain range for nutrient uptake to occur.

The optimum range of temperature, pH and moisture is different for different species of plants. Thus, nutrients may be physically present in the soil, but not available to plants. A knowledge of soil pH, texture, and history can be very useful for predicting what nutrients may become deficient.

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4 March 2018 5:54am – Tips for Living with Less Plastic

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24 February 2018 7:57am – All-weather children

With the rain finally paused for the moment, now is the perfect time for weeding and remulching – or splashing in puddles :P

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