Just compiled a list of the books Ive read to date on organics, permaculture and various specific crops. 34 so far. Ive got 3 more on my desk and just ordered another 9 from the library. Better than watching telly.
Tree lucerne have now set seed pods. It will be interesting to see if I can get them to germinate - Ive heard theyre tricky - maybe need scarifying?
Picked up 16 of the old ACC recycling bins of seaweed (4 trips) after the big storm Saturday night. Totals 0.8 m2 or 3.2 litres per sq m of ground. Doesnt sound much but every tree and veg bed now has a mulching.
We are out of the house for EQ repairs but just next door so I'm able to keep an eye on the garden.
Peaches all flowering , cherries about to bud burst any day. Basil seedlings sprouting in the tunnel house. Passionfruit vine growing nicely too. Lemon trees good and lots of new flowering growth coming along. Lime tree much improved thanks to repeat Neem sprays , and washing the black mold off the leaves .
Veg in broad beans, shallots , garlic, rocket ,lettuce , mizuna.…Continue
Added by Lisa Preston on September 20, 2013 at 7:20pm — No Comments
Rattie appears to have disappeared although it may still be deep in the compost. I dont mind as long as its not filching my eggs. Theyre here to stay so why stress out over it? Next batch of compost Ill put a wire mesh frame inside the bin.
Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 19, 2013 at 8:25am — No Comments
The tagasaste surprised me with an early display of white flowers which made them look like they were covered in snow. The honey bees and bumbles are enjoying them along with borage and some pak choy and rocket that went to seed. The plum has its first white blossom and the peach its pink. Ive sown the first batch of mustard, lupins and bird seed mix. One of the local lorikeets sat on the balcony handrail for the first time in 15 years last week. A greenfinch perched in the plum tree and…Continue
Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on September 19, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments
Have just read 'Natural Farming and Land Care' by Pat Coleby who farmed in Australia from 1959. She studied mineral deficiencies, which are widespread there, either natural or man-made, and cured many crop and livestock ailments and pest problems by adding minerals to feeds or top dressing.
Maynard Murrays 'Sea Energy' documents his trials feeding and applying seawater or solids from evaporated seawater resulting in a range of improvements from yield and weight gain, flavour…Continue