Dec 10

Permaculture

We have contracted the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia to draw up our entire property in a sustainable way.
So the veggie garden that we thought we would build is now so much more. We are implementing swales, dams, and of course flora and fauna.
In the next week we’ll post the plan that they have come up with.
In the mean time we are continuing with the re-building of the soil on the arena by covering the sand with cardboard (sourced from our local fruitier and our garbage) then layered with organic matter (leaves, Lucen) and worm castings. Finally a layer of newspaper and then wood chips, to help preven weed seeds imbeding into the soil.  See the following no dig garden sheet for more details on this process.


   Oct 01

The Land and the Plan

These are the photos of the horse arena that we are going to start the veggie patch on.

Veggie Patch to be here

Veggie Patch to be here

There is irrigation up to one end of the arena that comes from a spring fed creek. 

We are going to start off with a small patch about 10 meters x 10 meters and see how we go.

Since this land is on a firm rock base with sand we need to build it up over the next few months with organic matter before we can plant.

At first we thought we would have to buy in some organic soil by the truck load and spread it over the site.  But after some chats to various organic experts, namely Daniel Sheridan from On Foot Foods (expert in permaculture), also Greg Pevey from Wormtec, (check out his amazing work here www.wormtec.com.au), we have decided to try a couple of their suggestions.  

First we are going to invest in a worm farm.  The ones Wormtec recommend are the hanging sling type.  This costs about $180 AUD.  We will need more of these later but we are going to start with just one.  The worm castings taken from the bottom on the sling will provide natural bacteria to break down the Lucen and together this mixture should provide enough natural material to support a veggie patch.  Have a read of Wormtecs’ site as there is so much supporting material there to provide information about how this will feed our veggies and keep away pests naturally.  Click here to see how easy it is to keep a worm farm.

Then we are going to drive about 5 minuets up the road and collect free used horse hay from a polo club.  We will then  spread this over the sand at about 20 centermeters thick.

Once we have some worm castings this will go over the hay and sit for about 12 weeks before we can plant.

Well lets get going!


   Aug 12

The Organic Project

Our family is going to try and grow our own organic vegetables. We have the space to do this and are slowly gathering knowledge from books and friends. We realise this is going to be a huge task with a lot of upfront costs.
We hope to use this blog as a way for others to let us in on their secrets to success and also learn from our successes and mistakes and see the actual cost over a year to grow your own organics.
Shortly we will post photos of our area raw so you can watch the transformation process.
My husband (Marty) and I will be editors on this blog and our helpers will be our four children (hopefully).