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Farm journal: mushrooms, bacon & ladybirds

October 21, 2012 | Milkwood Farm | 6 comments | Author:

This last week at Milkwood Farm we’re kicking into the swing of Spring, and welcoming new crew to the Farm. There was a Mushroom Cultivation course held, and much home-cured, home grown, nitrate-free bacon consumed (I cannot tell you the … Continued


Vertigation: passive injection worm juice irrigation for the kitchen garden

July 10, 2012 | Appropriate Technology, Gardening, Kitchen Garden, Vermiculture (worms) | 21 comments | Author:

Anyone with compost worms knows how valuable the worm juice from their wormfarm can be as part of veggie growing. The trick is remembering to add it, and having a good method of applying it. Last year Nick devised a … Continued


On-Farm Composting: the story so far…

July 2, 2012 | Compost, Nutrient Cycling | 12 comments | Author:

On-farm composting is a big part of our farm’s nutrient cycling, and an essential technique for ensuring nutrient density for our veggies and tree crops. Over the past couple of years we’ve tried and trialled various methods of hot-composting, with … Continued


Humanure Artists with Grunt: Cloacina

November 29, 2011 | Art, Humanure | 3 comments | Author:

As Nick found out when researching for his TEDx Canberra talk on how to save the world with humanure, it’s hard to find good pictures of poo. You may not believe it, but not many folks draw poo very well. … Continued


Nick Ritar’s TEDx Canberra Talk: Two things you can do Every Day to save the world

October 31, 2011 | Humanure, Off-Farm goings on, Video | 20 comments | Author:

Recently Nick gave a talk at TEDx Canberra. He talked about stewarding nutrients, how we can solve the problem of peak phosphorous, and about how to grow the best cumquats ever. Yes, Nick was talking about why taking responsibility for … Continued


How to make Compost: Pt.3

December 29, 2007 | Video | 3 comments | Author:

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And so here is the final product – three weeks on from the beginning, and 9 days on from the middle of the compost making process. Pretty impressive for three weeks worth of microbial action, don’t you rekon?


How to make Compost: Pt.2

November 21, 2007 | Video | 1 comments | Author:

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So – the compost pile is made…. fast forward to two weeks later… the compost is composting! Despite my well-intentioned but slightly incorrect assemblage (i really should have shredded all that glossy newsprint, or at least ripped it up into smaller pieces), my fast compost pile is hot-hot-hot! Maybe even a little too hot. Not to worry, I can cool it down by turning it more regularly. And we can only learn by doing, really…


How to make Compost: Pt.1

November 7, 2007 | Video | 5 comments | Author:

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Compost is so good, and so essential to the establishment of any system. Balcony garden, a big kitchen garden, or just the pot-plants. Surprisingly, despite being such a benchmark of any system that involved growing stuff, it can be quite daunting to make… even tho everything you need is already there, around you, begging to be transformed, with a bit of knowledge and elbow-grease, into kick-arse super-duper soil with added flavours…


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