July 2012 Blog Posts (55)

Chook house gate

Solved the problem with a length of scavenged plastic rail and two hooks. Cost $3.60

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 19, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments

books for sale

a friend just emailed me that Fishpond have some good specials including Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Wild Fermentation by Sandor Ellix Katz

http://www.fishpond.co.nz/Books/Seed-to-Seed-Suzanne-Ashworth-Kent-Whealy-Edited-by/9781882424580

Added by Kathrina Muller on July 18, 2012 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Freecycling

Re-using is better than recycling because no extra energy input is required to obtain a second use from the resource (in recycling plastic has to be melted down and re-manufactured).

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Something fishy

Fish heads for tea from my local Chinese fish shop.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:55pm — 2 Comments

Bought a lemon

This was supposed to be a Tahitian lime - beware unmarked trees.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Bed building

Added some chicken manure/sawdust/sand mix to aid sheet composting.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Oh me darlin' Clementoin

Several citrus varieties now ripening.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Roost door

Sandwich construction door made. Just need to decide on fixing design.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 18, 2012 at 5:48pm — No Comments

Chicken feed

Consulted with an organic egg producer at the market who said my regime of waste food sounds plenty adequate. So far only 3 eggs from 6 birds. Bill Mollisons book Permaculture 2 has a chapter on poultry with a list of forage plants to grow.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 16, 2012 at 8:50pm — 9 Comments

Shell be right

Picked up some ground shell for the chooks crops from the beach at Belmont where I used to windsurf. Junko ate egg number 2. Great taste and colour. Cost to date is $75 per egg so need a few more, girls! Will show them the axe if productivity doesnt increase soon.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Mustard lemonade

Mustard green manure beside Lemonade (orange x lemon) - both flowering. This would not be tolerated in commercial systems but yesterday a bumble bee was feeding from the mustard flowers proving that support plants attract pollinators.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 13, 2012 at 11:01am — No Comments

Rock melon

Buried 6 half rock melons along the frame so any seedlings can be trained up it.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 13, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

seedsaver seed swap Botanic Gardens Manurewa Saturday 14th 10-1

i am getting things ready for the seed swap tomorrow.  I have bean seeds, chervil and others.  I have also got bananas, yacon for the trading table, and will get comfrey, Elderberry cuttings and what ever else I can find.  It should be a great day.

Added by Kathrina Muller on July 13, 2012 at 7:59am — No Comments

Ready to pop

View from the bottom of Banana Gully including the egg/fertiliser production system. This will be an exploding mass of colour next summer. 7 months ago it was a barren kikuyu lawn costing $400 a year to mow. Note how neighbours properties provide the permaculture outer zone in urban systems - in this case shelter from prevailing SW winds and habitat for birds. Taro always wilt after transplanting and will produce new leaves after a while. Tamarillos have looked ill for several months but Ill…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 13, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments

Boiled spuds

Hens refused the boiled potato, carrot and pumpkin I gave them. They seem to prefer ripe fruit and soft green veg so I thought it was worth trying. Anyone managed to grow their own chook forage?

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 12, 2012 at 5:59pm — 2 Comments

Hen heating

4 hens keep warm by huddling in a nesting box. Decided to start another compost heap underneath their bedroom to generate heat for them.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 12, 2012 at 5:50pm — No Comments

Mince mistake

Talking to the butcher, what I assumed was waste mince is actually bandsaw 'dust' from sawing through bones. This means it contains high calorie marrow fat and fine bone particles plus a bit of meat, sinew etc. Perhaps the hens like the coarse texture or get calcium from the bone?

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 11, 2012 at 10:44am — No Comments

Banana passionfruit

Tied up the first two branches to help them get hold of the frame.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 11, 2012 at 10:38am — No Comments

Comfrey comfort

Moved the comfrey to a sunny spot - if it takes over the forest I dont mind.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 11, 2012 at 10:35am — No Comments

Hugel heater

Im assembling a row of heat radiating rocks in front of the hugel to raise the evening temperature and provide habitat for insects and lizards.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 11, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

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