Post by organic girl on Mar 11, 2014 13:43:46 GMT 8
I am just starting a new garden and hope to incorporate as many permaculture ideas into it as possible, including chickens of course. I am at the stage now where we are picking apples, pears and figs from our own trees. I have a great crop of citrus on the trees. Looking forward to lots of winter veggies as soon as we get some rain.
That is great. I am so jealous. The summer has been very bad for our trees, they are just surviving. No fruits this year. We did get a lot of Mulberries before the heat. We had a bit of vegies growing in the tub but the sheep got to them. Western power pole inspectors came on the property and left the gate open. So I decided not to replace the vegies until it cools down.
Post by organic girl on Mar 14, 2014 11:08:38 GMT 8
Things are grim here too chooky. No rain for 100 days and both tanks days away from being empty. Needless to say I won't be planting anything until the rains come. Have to keep reminding myself that I live in the south west because it's like a desert at the moment.
yep the same this way I have cut the veggie patch by half the cost of the water and we are on mains is huge and going up at this rate it will be well worth while sticking in a bore not on this place though but my other place ready to move into roll on the rain we all need it
probably to find a bigger supply they were just off it so it is seeping in from the stream instead of flowing in or that main stream has shifted over a couple feet and there was a bigger supply when they first put it down. or they were searching for an aquifa do you know if that area is on any aquifa basins they are normally between 300 to 600 feet deep.
Last Edit: Mar 15, 2014 13:25:39 GMT 8 by cannakid
I will need find more information about the water table or if the place sits on top of an aquifer. My plan is to have a solar powered pump run all day filling the tank until it overflows. The overflowing water will then be diverted to water the land and keep it green, especially during the summer months.
does your current electric pump go all the way to the bottom ? some of the solar pumps have water level cut off so it stops pumping when the water gets to just above the pump to stop them overheating when running on low water supplies.
I started a permaculture garden last year. I started this with a 3 year old peach tree in the center and added a grape vine by this tree. Around the north-west edge I planted 1 apple tree, nectarine and pear and thornless blackberries. On the north-east border black raspberries. On the s-east red raspberries. Circling out from the central tree I planted garlic, winter onions, mint, asparagus. Then rhubarb, blueberries, gooseberries. My ground cover is strawberries. Mixed in and around the concentric plantings I planted chicory, dandelions, broadleaf plantain and various annuals. I then added predator insect friendly flowers and on 1 corner I built a duck house and added 5 kaki-Campbell ducks, for insect control. My ground is poor but most things did well until the ducks ate most of the annuals. They have been moved! Any suggestions on ways to improve the garden tis spring?
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