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Lomandra propagation

No CSG today, just self-sufficiency stuff. We’re planning to plant Lomandra longifolia (spiny-headed mat rush) on contour at various spots around the place, to stabilise slopes and create barriers to pademelons. A tray of Lomandra seedlings from the nursery is $50, and not very self-sufficient, so we’re propagating them ourselves. Continue reading

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Direct sowing vs seedling trays

Vegie garden epiphany number 2. Continue reading

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Linking astronomy with sowing times

Had a bit of an epiphany about the vegie garden recently. Two, actually. Continue reading

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Chook saga 2

Part 1 is here. So just as we were crossing our fingers for no more chooks becoming dog, cat or goanna lunches, I was up at the house when I heard a short chook alarm sound. 

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Chook saga 1

We had a whole glorious year of free-ranging our chooks before the predators found them. But all is not lost! Continue reading

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Mulch and compost

To buy or not to buy, that’s the question. Continue reading

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The vegie planting plan

Here is what we plan (planned) to plant in 2010/11, starting from spring 2010.  Ta da! 

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How much do you plant?

Being self-sufficient in water and energy is really just a matter of infrastructure (enough tanks/batteries/wood stoves etc) and learning how to use it. Being self-sufficient in food is another matter altogether. Continue reading

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String

It turns out it’s not difficult at all to make 2-ply string, just a bit time-consuming. Since we spend a fair bit of time sitting around philosophising, it’s been quite fun to sit around and twiddle banana fibre at the same time. Continue reading

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Solar adventure 2

Bernie strongly recommended we buy a “regulator” to go with our new batteries. Apparently, it’s really not good to overcharge AGM batteries (which ours now are) … Continue reading

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