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August 8, 2018

Worm farming and composting 101

Composting worms (Different to earth worms) live the top layer of soil (or rather they live in the top layer of decomposing organic matter) so man-made products (compost bins and worm farms) are designed differently.

I have been trying to...

July 12, 2016

Did you know that by burying a paving slab under a fruit tree, you stop the tap root from growing too deep and effectively create a dwarf fruit tree? The Victorians (the era, not the state!) used this technique in their kitchen gardens.

Instead of buying grafted fruit t...

July 12, 2016

I have been reading a book called the "New Organic Grower" by Eliot Coleman.

The New Organic Grower: Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener (A gardener's supply book)

There are some recommendations for starting to grow food on bad soil a...

July 12, 2016

Just a quick tip today about how to recycle all your household food waste. I was at a friend's house on the weekend and I asked her what she did with her bones from cooking. She said that she put them in the bin. Since she composted everything else, I had just assumed...

July 12, 2016

Many people struggle growing carrots for a variety of reasons, but it doesn't need to be so. Follow these simple rules and it's easy!

Common carrot problems

1) Growing tiny or stunted carrots: Firstly, it is virtually impossible to grow carrots from seedlings. It has bee...

July 12, 2016

Essential Aquaponics for the Backyard Grower

When: Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May 2013, 9am-3pm

Where: Springwood, Blue Mountains

We'll show you how to raise beautifully fresh organic fish and vegetables in your own backyard using an easy and water efficient growing syst...

July 12, 2016

Just a quick post on our soil blocking recipe. I always get asked about this and usually point people to the All Sun farm recipe, but I have refined this recipe over the last few years.

Here's my mix:

  • 2.5 part coco peat (aka coir)

I don't like the small bricks that...

July 12, 2016

Organic Gardening for the Backyard Farmer

Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th February 2016, 10am-3pm

Springwood, Blue Mountains

Workshop structure

Morning: Theory The morning will consist of a theory lesson which will include time for questions and answers.

Rest of the day: Pr...

July 12, 2016

Introduction to Aquaponics (2 hours) 8th September 2016, 2-4pm Springwood, Blue Mountains.

Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics and aquaculture. Aquaponics uses up to 90% less water, grows plants twice as fast, and yields more in the equivalent space than growing...

July 12, 2016

While I don't get much time to write these days with a young child and a growing business, but I do write to people who send questions that I have not yet blogged about, and I'm sharing my answers for my other readers too.

Here are a couple of questions from Andrew in B...

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