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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2013 4:52 pm 
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Next I dumped the dirt on top of the wood for form the swales. Now that the swales are in I can see where the gaps in my food forest canopy are going to be and plan where I can put more trees, smaller under growth plants and a few perenial veggies beds.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:11 am 
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That looks great. Alot of work up front, payoff for a long time.

When is your rainy season?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 12:46 am 
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iammr.bill wrote:
When is your rainy season?


Now though you wouldn't know it :bad:

Looks great Simo, that is a fair bit of good soil, must have cost a bomb. Did you place it by barrow or have you got a loader?

What type of septic system do you have, you need to get your grey water (or all if you have an ATU) feeding out onto the citrus, they will take off in no time. Been visiting some old citrus properties that have been carved up for development up here this week and have a batch or marmalade awaiting cooking tomorrow night :clap: It is a shame to see all the trees that I use to frequent as a kid disappearing under house pads.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:45 am 
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Yeah, meant to be raining now, first month of winter and we have had about a quarter of our normal June rainfall :bash: I am waiting for a good down pour to settle those swales in and start planting them out.

I was very happy with the quality of the soil I estimate it was about 8 cubic meters, cost me $400 direct form a local supplier who makes it himself, if I bought the same volume from the local soil supply mob it was going to be $650 so while it was expensive it was also cheap.

90% of the soil was placed by a very skillful bobcat operator neighbor who didn't squash a single tree.

My black and grey water goes through a septic/leach drain system so I can't ditribute it to the food forest but the leach drain is about 20 meters up hill from the fruit trees and I have some larger swales which trap water between the leach drain and the trees so they will be getting some benefit from increased sub surface seepage.

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I also snuck down to Tass1trees again on Sunday and bought the following:

2x Bananna
2x Macadamia different varieties
2x Hazelnut different varieties
Black sapote (the chocolate pudding one)
Pinkabelle dwarf pink lady apple
Dwarf sundowner apple
Dwarf Mariposa plum
Dwarf Sana Rosa plum
Dwarf necterine
Dwarf Apricot

The apples and stone fruit are dwarf varieties as they have been put in the fully enclosed chook run to protect them from parrots, to give the chooks some shade and let them clean up any fallen fruit.


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Looks great simo. Fruit trees will love you for it

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:59 am 
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Also after a visit to PLJ from the BYAP forum I now have Oldhams bamboo for contruction of fences etc.., slender weavers bamboo for weaving and tomato stakes and I scored a strawberry guava and logan berry too.

This is a picture of the oldhams bamboo


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Great box deign for the trees in the chook pen Simo, might have to steal that for the oranges in mine. They currently have a ring of ringlock around them and I was then going to repace that with some mesh on the ground, yours is a great idea for allowing a nice deep mulch bed.


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:10 am 
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Thanks mate, I got the idea form a mate in Parkerville, not only looks neat and stops the chooks from digging up the roots but also because the soil in my chook pen is fairly heavy clay building up the soil gives the roots a head start and helps with drainage.

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Man Ive learnt so much from your thread Simo. So many ideas I will use when I get some land. Cheers.


The bamboo will come in handy and that stuff grows fast. Cheap building materials! Have you lined the hole you planted it in to prevent it going rampant or are you not concerned.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 5:28 pm 
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Hey Charlie,

Learning from other forum members is what it is all about

Both varieties of bamboo I have are clumping varieties so should only reach no more than 2m diameter, it is the running varieties that need to be contained.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
PostPosted: Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:39 pm 
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mitch wrote:

A good tip. One that I should have paid attention to earlier on. Is to wait before getting poultry or animals. Wait until the food forest and fodder systems etc are all up and running before purchasing any animals. I made the mistake of getting chickens and allowing them to roam freely throughout my orchard to early. And they ate a lot of my young plants. Particularly my pioneer and nitrogen fixing crops. It seems almost all of them double as animal fodder. :bash: Which is good once they're established. :)


Chicken tractors sorting out areas before you turn them into food forest is a good idea though.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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So you are probably all asking your selves "what has Simo been up to this month in his spare time?". Well wonder no longer dear reader for I shall let you know.

I built a potting up table out of some recycled Jarrah and put it in a north facing piece of wasted space between two of my tanks and plumbed a tap up to it. I needed a spot away from my usual propagation area which was under gum trees which were dropping allopathic oils on my seedlings and cuttings and probably retarding their growth.


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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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I also cleaned out a few beds in prep for planting and a new crop rotation method we are starting and planted onions, corn, pumpkin and some early spring seeds in the mini hothouse on the potting up table.

I scored about 3 cubic meters of free mulch from the local council and put it around my fruit trees and built a real man's wood fired BBQ which incorporates grill, rocket stove/wok burner, rotisserie and a hood for wood fired pizza and smoking my fish.

The hood is an old galv hopper from a fertiliser spreader which I just need to add a thermometer from a hooded gas BBQ to it so I can adjust the temp, the base is an old dual tractor rim from a chamberlain (from the colour) with a few doors cut in to feed the fire and empty the coals, ever thing else is custom made from scrap iron I nicked form the salvage heap on the farm.

If the rocket stove works well enough I might be able to use it as a forge for blacksmith work too, just need to add a blower to the air inlet to turbo boost it.


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:joy: Can't wait for the next blackout.

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 Post subject: Re: Simo's Block
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Simo wrote:
The hood is an old galv hopper from a fertiliser spreader which I just need to add a thermometer from a hooded gas BBQ to it so I can adjust the temp, the base is an old dual tractor rim from a chamberlain (from the colour) with a few doors cut in to feed the fire and empty the coals, ever thing else is custom made from scrap iron I nicked form the salvage heap on the farm.


Love that hood, biut you should have posted this last week - I have a thermometer like you want sitting in my centre consol I could have left out for you with the cuttings :sad2:


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