Sunday, November 28, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
Yes it's 2 years since we started the project. Happy anniversary to us! To celebrate we finally got to the bottom of the waterfall, the highest in Sth Eastern Gippsland!
Monday, August 9, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
A quick how to on Shitake:
|Shitake spore in Beechwood dowels|
|Dowels are inserted into drill holes in Oak logs|
|Hot cheese wax covers the holes|
|Ready to be stacked|
|Stacked logs rest under rainforest shade for 1 year until mushroom fruiting|
|and the lovely rainforest provides more than enough mulch for all our gardening needs|
Sunday, July 4, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
It's nearly June, still late Autumn weather with cool frosts starting to develop, and lovely sunny days. Will Winter actually arrive?, is it climate change or just a late arrival?
Anyway a visit to our near neighbour Sean's sub-tropical Strzelecki orchard on the weekend put me in no doubt that the future others envisage will be warmer! and most of them fruit too!
Back on the farm, plans are hatching for another shed and mulching of trees' continues:
|The gentle art of scavenging! this from only 2 nights selective hard rubbish collecting around Melbourne. |
Each week brings plenty more great stuff like windows, a fish tank and an antique ceiling fan. It's going to be a fancy shed!
|No not a rotary hoe, but a weeks work from a family of Lyrebirds!|
|and if there is any mulch or wood they also take to that with a vengeance|
|The garden is taking shape despite the Lyrebirds efforts|
|Mulch is available in bulk and for free - bracken and wattle cuttings|
|Citrus with its winter mulch in place|
|and what a lovely patch of mushrooms|
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lots of yummy local foods and weeding these last few weeks. Mixes of sunny days and rainy nights continue. Tree planting time is almost upon us, and winter veges are in the freshly dug garden beds.
To this....weed control success?
Trial of windbreak and weed mats, awaiting gale force winds!
Burning off across the valley
American Ginseng in berry
Poisonous but beautiful
Lemon verbena, grows rapidly!
Hyssop, a delightful flower
Upper 'dam', we are hoping to regenerate this via dam liner for water birds
New fancy compost design, so easy with bales
Autumn Foods of the farm:
Basil, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and delicious field and pine mushrooms