Heirloom vegetables

Planting by the moon new calendar

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Monika Barbour from Astrology Solutions dot-com has her 2015 Planting by the Moon calendar published. The calendar is an in-depth accounting for the moons movements and the effect on your gardens development. It also gives the gardener total control over future planting, seed collection and weed prevention strategies so planning your gardening efforts are made easier and less time-consuming.

It is a complete timetable to maximise effort and minimise waste.

Have been contacted by Monika who says she is having trouble hosting her latest calendar on the web and wants me to provide a link to it, so here goes. If it fails please let me know ASAP and I can mail direct to you.


She now has an updated version here Moon-Planting-Guide-2015 version 2.

A change to the color legend is the only improvement made to an otherwise hard to improve on guide.

Even if you dont believe in planting by the moon, this guide gives you a timetable by which to maximise your efforts in the garden. No time wasting pottering around wondering what to do. Combine this with a seasonal planting guide, such as you can get from Gardenate dot com, you can plan and plant specific veggies on specific days and look to the future to enable scheduling of further activity in your garden.

Well worth the effort!


Started a seed library for real now, you interested?

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The Garden of Earthy Treasures has now opened a Heirloom Vegetable seed library with over 280 varieties cataloged to date and approximately 8,000 seeds. Anyone can join and add to the collection and then be entitled to withdraw any type of seed of the same volume or less.

The G.E.T. seed library

This is one of two fridges and a chest freezer for other seed needing the lower chill factor.

As changes are made we will keep you informed…


January 2015 update.

We have added a database of all seeds collected with details on source, amount, planting notes and any other relevant info.

We have also concreted our loaning criteria so those of you who have contributed already have your seeds fully protected.

Policy is as follows…

  1. All seed is to be heirloom variety. No hybrid types at all.
  2. What you put in you can get out in other types of seed either in one lot or many smaller lots. eg. depositor puts in 100g of lettuce seed so can take out 100g of one plant or 10 lots of 10g of any assorted seed or any combination there of.

That’s it! Keeping it simple but if you think there should be any additions let me know and I’ll consider them.


March update.

Thanks to the new members and now another 145 varieties is store! Looking at having another fridge installed to take more seed and am working on a database to detail member details and their contributions.

Keep them coming!

July update.

Just finished adding another 93 varieties to the fridge and planted out most of the brassicas, see my other post.

Have decided against taking species and varieties that are likely not to do well here, tropical plant seeds are a no go.

Have sourced second fridge to take the extra seed and been through the database. The seed older than 2013 will be donated to Community Gardens in the area.


Aquaponics different systems overview

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Well the floods have passed and it is time to assess the different types of aquaponic systems around. This is an intro to a varied system and will go on to show the pros and cons of each operating system. Bit shakey with new camera…

Aquaponics update 22 May 2011

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Short update on Paul’s Aquaponics showing the development over time of a small scale aquaponics system with varied components and styles.

How to convert IBCs part two.

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How to convert a robust IBC/tote/water cube without power tools? This is part two of an idea empowering anyone to get into aquaponics.

Part one on IBC third world conversions

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How to convert a robust IBC/tote/water cube without power tools? This is part one of an idea empowering anyone to get into aquaponics.

Weekly check of aquaponic pests

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This shows how sneaky pests invade your ponic systems and how to eradicate them with no use of chemicals at all. A simple method of picking them up and feeding to chooks… watch and enjoy…