list

list

There is a list and sketches on a drawing we made. A drawing of our land and our dreams. Pigs on the south paddocks. Native wind breaks to the west, south and east. Establish a wetland and create habitat around…

Soil Structure & Health

Soil Structure & Health

Over the past year I have developed a more sophisticated understanding of soil organic matter (SOM) and its role in the amelioration of soils. Organic matter is material from animal residues such as slugs, termites, ants, slaters, worms, beetles and…

Timeless tales with Masanobu

Timeless tales with Masanobu

As I pack my book shelf in preparation for our move to Eganstown I came across Masanobu Fukuoka’s book “The one straw revolution” and began to read it. Over four days the read felt like a meditation. Masanobu’s words had…

Harvest beans - dig stalks in

Harvest beans – dig stalks in

After a nitrogen fixing crop has been planted, like broad beans or peas, you can harvest the pods but leave the plants and roots in the soil.  Or don’t harvest the beans if you want to maximise the nutrient content…

Food is growing

Food is growing

Young Lima bean shoots are growing. The seeds will be harvested but the stalks and leaves will be dug back into the soil to feed the quince tree near where they are planted.

Soil story

Soil story

I am reading Soils and Soil Fertility by Frederick R. Troeh & Louis M. Thompson and the story is riveting: in all honesty I am loving it! As plants have no legs and therefore can’t hunt or gather they first ‘adsorb’…

Wind Swept, Rain Splayed

Wind Swept, Rain Splayed

The Fava beans Artemisia and I planted four weeks ago have been lovingly blown into bendy poses. Here they are doing their poses. Still intact and really quite fine, it will be lovely to see them grow over time. Today…

Beans, urban beans

Beans, urban beans

From our local wholefood shop we have been purchasing 1kg bags of beans: fava and lima beans, as well as bags of peas and broad beans. Slowly we are making our way around the garden and planting them out. The…

To improve the soil

To improve the soil

Here and there throughout the garden, my daughter and I are planting faba beans. We will let them grow till harvest and then dig the stems back into the soil to add organic matter to it.

Soil Structure

Soil Structure

When the  desire to garden hits then I want nothing to stand in my way…except that if the soil is wet, then wait I must. Soil structure is diminished if you cultivate a soil when wet and if you stand…