The vegetable garden continues to provide us with enough vegetables for our real food diet. As well as vegetable and meat meals and salads, we have a green smoothie every day. I love the fact that I can make it all from living vegetables that have been grown completely without man made chemicals. So far, our only fertiliser has been horse manure and organic mulch. On the advice of the local nursery man (Heemskerks in Tamworth) we’re switching to lucern mulch. He pointed out that it is much more nutritious for the plants than sugar cane mulch. (NTS: find a reference for this!)
After our weekend at Dungowan, we took home a trailer load of lucern hay. Today we finally worked out where we could store it. We took a few sheets of corrugated iron off the back of an old chook cage, and voila! An instant hay shed. Not as big as cousin J’s, but it’s near the flower garden and has black bamboo on two sides. It’s a bit rough, but very pretty!
I think cousin J thought it was just another day in the paddock, but we enjoyed watching him work, and it was very interesting to see how he unloaded the bales. The main aim here is to get the bales into the hay shed as quickly as possible. There was no threat of rain on this day, but sometimes there is and if the bales get wet they are ruined or downgraded. So, the bales are unloaded very quickly in the middle of the hay shed. For long term storage they have to be repacked into side bays and this is done mostly by hand, one at a time with the aid of an elevator.
Did you know that evidence suggests the wheel was first invented to create pottery in 3500 BC? And researchers believe it wasn’t until about three centuries later that humans thought to use wheels to make chariots? Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and it’s clear we’ve made a lot of changes to our transportation systems […]
Rivers SOS has made a submission on Centennial Coal’s proposed expansion of the Springvale Colliery. Here’s an extract: Rivers SOS has held a regional meeting at Lithgow, where we viewed some of the swamps desiccated by Centennial Coal’s operations, and … Continue reading →
And here’s the English translation of what I tried to say today. I wrote this after I made the recording, which, except for “一个单词列表 － Yīgè dāncí lièbiǎo”, I ad-libbed the whole thing. Shocking eh!!! Room for improvement you say? Me too … I’m working on it 🙂 Direct Link to mp3 file Hello everyone, […]
These four images show the making of our first batch of compost in our brand new bins. Starting on the 8th February, about 5 weeks ago, (summer here) we spent 3 hours altogether mulching everything we could find! Lots of stuff from the garden, and also leaves and thin branches from a large eucalyptus tree […]