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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13 February 2018 10:40am – Dill

I love dill, and use it a lot making pickles, but can’t grow it to save myself :( anyone know the secret?

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3 February 2018 1:32pm – Rain!

It’s a lovely cool, rainy day at the farm today! We sure needed it!

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3 February 2018 1:31pm – Using Coffee Grounds in the Garden

“You may have noticed that some cafes now offer free spent coffee grounds for customers to take home and use in the garden. In theory, this is a great initiative but the reality is that fresh coffee grounds are high in caffeine, chlorogenic acid and tannins that are beneficial to humans but toxic to plants.

The spent coffee must be detoxified by composting for a minimum of 98 days for plants to benefit from the potassium and nitrogen contained in the roasted beans. Without adequate composting, the benefits are scant.”

Going to ground: how used coffee beans can help your garden and your health

 

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2 February 2018 5:59am – Tool Care

I love my tools, but wow!

https://joybileefarm.com/tool-maintenance

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13 December 2017 1:34pm – Bio-intensive Beds at Melliodora

The bio-intensive vegie patch at Melliodora … Wow!

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13 December 2017 9:45am – Non-toy Gifts

Some great ideas here, for anyone buying for little ones (or not so little ones) this festive season!

Less Toys, More Memories: 20 Non-Toy Gift Ideas

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