replied to the topic Interesting Radio National Science Show podcast on Biochar in the forum Vegetables 8 years ago
With regards to using wood coals and ash, I would suggest you never apply it directly to your soils, Ash is extremely alkaline and far to strong for most soils and much of the nutrients are not going to be plant available. If you have access to wood coals and ash, put it in a bucket next to your compost bin and finely layer it through…[Read more]
replied to the topic Leaked Military Peak Oil study from Germany: Collapse coming in the forum Peak Oil – where are we headed? 9 years, 2 months ago
Interesting read, thanks.
“some probability that peak oil will occur around the year 2010 and that the impact on security is expected to be felt 15 to 30 years later.”
I wonder about the 15-30yr time line?? maybe 7-15yrs.
I was looking at my crappy super statement yesterday thinking I wonder what I should do with this, 5yrs of high risk then…[Read more]
It’s been a long journey to get this far and I get the feeling it’s just really starting… I’m sure you remember that trip of mine down to Terrigal Bushy, it was nice spending a couple of days at your beautiful place.
I’m used to talking to chickens and fruit trees not people these days, lol.
Fruit should not be harvested in cold (<13oC) or hot (>35oC) conditions. Fruit should not be harvested when wet and turgid as oleocellosis is likely to develop. Oleocellosis develops when the oil glands rupture and the oil burns the fruit surface. The burn can take 2-3 days to develop. Lemons are particularly susceptible to rind…
I thought I would share a web page I did up to show the development of my gardens. I know a few people on ALS have been here and might be interested in seeing what I have been up too.
Thanks Geoff I’ll have a read over those later today.
cement mixer with sand
A mate of mine uses a couple of rocks in his mixer, I still just use a sledge hammer in my wheelbarrow.
I’m producing Pyrolysis oil as part of my Biochar set up and was thinking to try a low burning oil application like oil lamps as a possible use.
Stockpiling this week.
Picked 12 large pumpkins.
Killed and butchered one pig, wet curing meat at the moment.
Brought a big chest freezer for stockpiling food.
Gave 6 over due roosters the evil I’m…[Read more]
Maybe think about raised garden beds as an option, I know some water tanks style systems offer bug netting which would also stop the needles getting into the garden beds.
I have turned pine needles into Biochar a few times, if I ever finish my backyard Biochar marker that would be an clean option for turning them into something useful.
Re- lighting and the not so unknown darkness.
I used to use a head light so I could garden at night, one night I was watering in the vegi path, pitch black part from my little light, I looked up in front of where I was standing seeing a 2m long eastern brown snake moving towards me, right at that second my head light fails and I’m left standing…[Read more]
If anything I find we rely more on our energy hungry cool stores, why? because we store our local produce on-site and not in the shop down the road. I have just brought a new chest freezer for storing all our properties excess, I’m currently running my new freezer at 5degC because I’m trying to keep 80kg of Brining pork cool for a few weeks before…[Read more]
There are some things that you can add to your off peak power, we just moved our pool pump onto it as with you we stopping using it due to our solar hotwater system and just got charged the minimum.
Note the one word below that got my attention… “freezers” that has got me thinking as I’m about to buy a chest freezer.
Do you have start/finish times roughly as I would be interested in both. but have to travel a wee way to get there.
Also interested in Advanced Permaculture Principle workshop too, do you have a email list I could join so I get info 🙂
I can’t be bothered with complicated layering and measuring carbon/nitrogen matter etc. Just letting you know!
I think you have answered your own question 😉
If you have lots of nitrogen going into your compost have carbon stored next to the bin so you can layer it over the top, that’s pretty easy.
A good batch of compost needs to have layers…[Read more]
As I have been out to your property I would recommend an in ground swale system as a way of slowing water and moving organic matter which travels through your place, while the weather at the moment is quite extreme and we have more water than we can handle too, we have had massive benefits from the added swale system in drier times here,…[Read more]
Might be worth checking the under side of the chooks foot for dark lumps these could be Bumblefoot.
Check this link if you find one.
I would say no until you get a feel for the area and get to know your land, cattle require good fences and they can be hard on gates and fences so unless they are good quality you might be getting calls asking for you to remove cattle from adjoining land.
Cattle will eat everything up to 6 feet tall so if you have some young tree growth you will…[Read more]
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