January 2014 Blog Posts (10)

It's really raining after very light rain all day. The garden needs it desperately. Very happy.

It's really raining after very light rain all day. The garden needs it desperately. Very happy. Continue

Added by Pam on January 26, 2014 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Papaya gone

A beautiful plant but I took the other one out as they were not producing any edible fruit. Its a false economy to buy from amatuers on Trademe. You dont know what you're getting and by the time you find out, several years have been wasted.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:32pm — 4 Comments

Waspbewies

Scoffing a few raspberries finally. The birds dont seem to have discovered them, although they've demolished all my grapes, after I fed them blueberry muffins all winter - ungrateful little shits.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:29pm — No Comments

More terraces

Cut 2 more terraces on the steepest section for veg beds. Also cleared the mulch off the dry strip beside the driveway, dug out the topsoil, mixed it with the mulch, forked over the subsoil and took out the stones, then replaced the topsoil with the mulch incorporated, planted the raspberries into it and dressed it with grass clippings. Hopefully it will retain enough moisture now.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:26pm — No Comments

Comfrey bonanza

Have a ton of comfrey coming up everywhere now. I got 2 x 220 litre drums with sealed lids so am filling one with comfrey tea. Beautiful black liquor.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:22pm — 1 Comment

Kali's lettuce

Trying the first of these today. Lots of flavour and not bitter, in spite of being left in the ground a tad too long. First of Kali's toms are showing. I was slow planting them out but they are getting going now. Still have problems with the sense of season after 34 years down under and with no frosts. Spring is in April. Christmas is when it snows.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Banana thinning

Dug out the suckers and reduced each clump to 4 stems. Will leave it at 3 after the mothers fruit. I saw a video from a plantation where they kept only the mother and one follow-on daughter per clump. Presumably more energy is concentrated into fruit production. You would have to assume the planters know what works. Mind you their plantations are all dying so...

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 14, 2014 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Food Forest Design Course as part of the sea change

Enormous opportunities are opening up as we move from an unsustainable industrial food production and distribution model, to one that regenerates the very soil and land that supports life.

Thankfully and not before time, this topic is receiving increasing amounts of attention.

A rising chorus is now coming from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender…

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Added by James Samuel on January 14, 2014 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Edible plants and fish in ponds

Since we moved to Bombay we have had a plan to turn some of a small swamp into ponds. The swamp is too small to be self sustaining and in last summer's drought it went from a reed bed to a Yorkshire fog home in less than a season.

So in November we had the digger in and created 3 new dams and their associated ponds which we didn't expect to have filled until next winter - expecting another dry summer. Nice theory.

Right now, as the rain falls again, one of the ponds is about to…

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Added by Earl Mardle on January 4, 2014 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

2013 update

Took out and mulched the taro which I'd put in to soak up driveway runoff. Its been so dry the fruit trees need the extra water. We probably would never have eaten it anyway.

Two tagasaste have died from lack of water I think. Strange as they are suppposed to be drought tolerant. Have germinated 37 from 55 using Kali's tip of scoring the tough seed casing then soaking them till they swell.

Put in another terrace for the remainder of Kalis tomatoes.

Veg have taken off…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on January 1, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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