Friday, October 15, 2010

Gloom, doom and bad news

Every day the newspaper seems to be full of bad news and it was getting us down.  We thought we'd do something about it

Bad news is great mulch.

Bob Brown mulching my fruit trees.  Makes sense I guess.

Before - weeds out of control and moisture loss

After, bad news turned into good under a layer of more mulch.

Problem solved.  We feel better already.  Thanks newspaper companies, we think you're just great.

The Jonses

Note:  This gag is blatantly stolen from Bill Mollison's Global Gardener series.  You can check out the original footage on YouTube below where he talks about the difference in working in the sub-topics vs other climatic zones.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Be the Joneses you want to see in the world

We discovered this video a few months ago, and it's absolute gold.

Mr Jones likes to think that he's the 3rd guy in the video (because he's really cool).  We suspect the reality is we're just part of the mob somewhere, and if we're at the front of the pack in our local community and setting a prominent example, well that's just dandy.

One thing this video doesn't mention is the importance of a shared narrative (the music).  We suspect that a shared narrative is an important part of this, and is possibly more important than the acts of the dancers. Food for thought, time to collect some eggs.

The Joneses

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The weed opportunity

"We don't have a weed problem, we have a weed opportunity."  
The Joneses
Chooks like grain, and grain is not always practical to grow in a domestic situation.  Sure we're planning to plant some native grasses for seed along the edge of the chicken coop when we finally get around to building it, but in the interim we're buying in a sack of grain and pellets every few months to supplement the girls free range diet.  Buying in anything takes energy and money, so this is a good place to apply your mind to closing the loop in your own garden.

Well, remember our chicken / legume guild from a few weeks back?  The idea was to build up our soil in the front yard using the power of the almighty legume, while also using the plants as fodder for the chooks.  The chooks in turn would eat / scratch / aerate the piles of legume plants to build up our soil at the side of our property, while the discarded plants keep the dust down and gradually turn themselves into soil.  (This is covered in more detail  in this blog entry).  So far this experiment is going well.

Anyway it's been raining which means the soil is moist and weeds are easy to get out.  Our prospective vegie patch is still full of weeds, so it's been a good time to pull some out and add to our "weed / chicken guild".  We thought we'd post a few photos.

Weeds in bed with the lilli pillis and broad beans. Yum.

The girls at work in under 30 seconds.  Everyone's happy.
Our chickens (Marjorie, Penny & new edition Ethel) love weeds so there's none in our back yard.  In fact, if we didn't have the front yard fenced off from the girls, we'd have no weeds left for them at all.  How tragic that would be.