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Emergency Survival Prepper Gardening – Part 3, When to Sow Seeds and Plant Seedlings

Sometimes governments do give sound advice to their nations… During World War I and World War II, in a an effort to reduce the public demand on food supplies and leave more food to send to the soldiers fighting overseas, … Continue reading

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What Are The Best Rocks to Use for Building Wicking Beds

One of the questions that many people have when constructing wicking beds is what are the best rocks to use in the water reservoir section underneath. Coarse scoria is the recommended material, but are there any reasonable substitutes? As a … Continue reading

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Emergency Survival Prepper Gardening – Part 2, How to Prepare the Soil

Sometimes governments do give sound advice to their nations… During World War I and World War II, in a an effort to reduce the public demand on food supplies and leave more food to send to the soldiers fighting overseas, … Continue reading

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Emergency Survival Prepper Gardening – Part 1, Selecting a Location for a Food Garden

Sometimes governments do give sound advice to their nations… During World War I and World War II, in a an effort to reduce the public demand on food supplies and leave more food to send to the soldiers fighting overseas, … Continue reading

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How COVID-19 Coronavirus Spreads and What You Can Do to Control It

The general public can play a significant role in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, it’s everyone’s responsibility, not just the government’s, and everyone has a role to play.   Epidemic Control is a Community Effort, Why Selfishness is … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Coronavirus Misinformation – Are Masks Protective?

Both the US and Australian governments are advising people that masks don’t work as protection against the COVID-19 coronavirus, but is this true? Half-truths are as bad as outright lies, and both governments are guilty of a dangerous half-truth here … Continue reading

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The Coronavirus Panic and How To Prepare Properly, A Permaculture Prepper Perspective

An insidious epidemic is sweeping across Australia, the UK and the US, and governments are unable to do anything to control it. No, I’m not talking about the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, but it’s long shadow, the epidemic of fear spreading … Continue reading

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How to Control Queensland Fruit Fly in the Home Garden, An Integrated Pest Management Approach

(Image credit – source image from NSW Department of Primary Industries, modified and edited by Deep Green Permaculture) Queensland fruit fly or Qfly (Bactrocera tryoni) is one of the most damaging pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia. This insect … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – March

March heralds the beginning of autumn, so there’s lots of tidying up in the garden. It’s also an ideal time to plant new trees, as the weather is milder and there is some time for the trees to establish themselves … Continue reading

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Citizens’ Assemblies for the Climate Crisis – Free Events in Melbourne Australia, February 2020

I’ve been asked to share the details of a series of community events being run by Coalition of Everyone which will be held over the month of February, 2020 in Melbourne Australia. Booking for the following free events on Eventbrite … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – February

February is the last month of summer, and it’s still a fairly dry time of the year in Melbourne, so water deeply and less often during dry periods to encourage roots to grow down, making plants less vulnerable to heat … Continue reading

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Winter Pest and Disease Control with Lime Sulphur

Winter is the traditional time to prune and spray deciduous fruit trees and vines. Spraying is carried out at this time to eliminate pests and diseases which can overwinter and emerge in spring. Two separate treatments are usually employed in … Continue reading

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Choosing a Disposable Dust Mask Respirator for Air Pollution and Smoke Protection

Disposable dust masks or respirators offer protection from fine particulate matter in the air such as dusts, aerosols and smoke. At the time of writing, respiratory protection has been in high demand in Australia due to the extensive bushfires sweeping … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – January

It’s January, and we find ourselves right in the middle of the summer season. It’s in this month and the next that we experience the hottest day-time and night-time temperatures of the year. With the weather so hot and dry … Continue reading

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Permaculture Plants – Australian Indigo, the Nitrogen Fixing Tree for Small Sites, an Alternative to Tagasaste for Urban Gardens

In permaculture, tagasaste (tree lucerne) is used as a nitrogen-fixing tree on large sites and rural properties, but it can grow around 5-7m tall and equally wide, which is way too large for smaller urban properties. Luckily for Australian permaculture … Continue reading

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Permaculture Plants – Tagasaste, the Nitrogen Fixing Tree for Large Sites

Photo credits for all images in this article – Narelle Dandy, https://simplyorganicmag.com.au/   Permaculture is all about energy-efficient design, and if you can add a single design element to a site that can perform many functions, then that’s an incredible … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – December

December is the first month of summer, and with the warmer weather gardens explode into life – lush, abundant and awesome to behold. With the days getting longer as we progress towards the longest day of the year, the summer … Continue reading

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What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

The problem of garden pest control is as old as agriculture itself, which started when humanity first cultivated plants for food more than ten thousand years ago. Modern conventional pest control methods often use chemical controls as the first option, … Continue reading

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Product Review – Slammer Tool, The Ultimate Landscaping Tool?

One gardening tool to cut through anything, one garden tool that can dig anywhere, one garden tool to rule them all… The Slammer Tool is an industrial grade, commercial multi-purpose tool that is a combination of a crowbar, axe, spade, … Continue reading

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Gardening Calendar (Australian Temperate Climate) – November

It’s November, the last month of spring, the weather is moderate, deciduous trees are in leaf again, days are warm and there’s lots of green growth in the garden. The changeable and windy weather from October continues, but now there’s … Continue reading

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