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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 5:58 pm 
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Goes to show giving the garden back some goodness will bring the worms and good soil. I like your techniques bear and will be using them in my garden/chook pen too.

I also like the idea of biochar (thanks snags) and am looking into building a rocket furnace.


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PostPosted: Mon May 05, 2014 10:46 am 
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Cold weather has struck and this Bear is hitting hibernation mode, happens every winter for some reason not sure why. May be natural instinct. Done the first cut of the grass down by the creek just need to rake up and give it a week before the winter cut. Still need to do around the fruit trees and the boundry but this cold wind gives no reason to go out.

Keep warm people as there are colder areas in the world which I have now crossed off my bucket list. Cheers Bear

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 4:17 pm 
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Just down the back doing some cleaning up and mowing. Thought I would take a couple of photos of the creek. It is only a run off creek from the rain water from our area and does not run unless we have good rain.

The far bank was bare when we moved in and I planted native as well as a couple of clumping bamboos to stabilise the bank.

Left side of creek.
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Right side of creek.
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There is only about 2 metres of my property on the other side but due to my bad knees I do not get over there so it is left to itself. A good haven for the birds, lizards, goannas and snakes.

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 7:51 pm 
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Thats nice!

Do you have problems with mosquitoes?

Do you have water the whole year round? I know it is called a creek, but sometimes they are not.


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 8:22 pm 
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It does not flow all year round only during the rain season. Water in there all the time even during the drought a few years ago.

No real problems with mozzies I think the small native fish and birds eat them. We also have a couple of breeding pairs of different native ducks using the area

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 10:43 pm 
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Thats awesome Bear, wish I had one down the back. What are your plans with it in the long run?


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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 11:57 pm 
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Just leave it Charlie, water has heavy tannins but it is now a haven for a lot of local birds and other wild life. Gives them a bit of a safe haven from the wild domestic crap around here.

Love seeing the different birds, when we first come here there were none so quite happy to plant shelter for them. Cheers

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PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 1:33 am 
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You might find some plant that take out tannins, or animals how can tolerate them.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:45 pm 
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First day of winter and not much has been done since my last post. Both banana trees now have suckers, lemon grass growing well, turmeric and ginger are ready to harvest and will dig them up on the week end.

Photo of todays pickings with the greens and egg plant from the aquaponic system and the pumpkin from a vine which came in from next door. Chooks are laying from one to three eggs a day.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:31 am 
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Nice produce there bear. Good to see some eggs. My chooks have been on strike for over a month so look forward to eggs again


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 4:30 am 
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Thanks Bender, my chooks have only just come back on the lay after a month. They were about to become stock for the winter stews.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:31 pm 
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Have the lad visiting today so we harvested the Turmeric and Ginger. The turmeric has been growing in the one spot without being harvested for a few years and the ginger was growing in a half barrel wicking bed. I planted five pieces of ginger as a trial.

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Harvested Turmeric 5.8 Kg

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 2:37 pm 
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This is the Ginger, not bad for a first time plant of five pieces.
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Ginger before harvest
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Harvested Ginger 3 Kg

Will dig out the soil and renew with fresh soil and fertiliser for the next planting. Should be ready for Christmas. Now we just have to preserve it all. Cheers

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:06 pm 
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That is awesome, do you just stick a shop bought root into the garden? How long had the ginger been growing?


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:30 pm 
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We had some organic ginger which started to shoot. Just broke of or cut the sections which were shooting and let the wound heal for a couple of days before planting. Takes about 5/6 months to grow.

Rather pleased with the product as I have never seen ginger this excellent in supermarkets. Will be preparing and freezing some for cooking and the wife wants to try some pickled ginger. May even set up another couple of half barrels for a better harvest.

They farm ginger in our area and have two crops a year so I plant when they do and harvest when they do.

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