Angelika Maier

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I love gardening, grow a lot of food herbs and fruit. I have chicken and ducks and run a small plant nursery - how blessed am I!
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Zone 10a, Australia
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I do grow azolla,in zone 10. It grows very fast at least in summer, but in winter you need less nitrogen anyway: food forest plants it is also great for animals and apparently, they try it for humans (not me for certain!)
9 months ago
I actually found a pretty good resource, however it is a podcast only so no pictures! flower farm The reason for wanting a bit of a bigger scale is that we don't produce much food waste at all, when we are on the property we cook outside and everything just drops on the ground. But I probably could get restaurant scraps and then the whole operation would be worth the while.
Our soil hasn't got a hardpan it is simply that clay and it ends at the bedrock which is sandstone (my husband tried to dig a well) it is simply one big layer!
That podcast is really interesting!
9 months ago
First you need the right thicker buttonhole thread. Second you need to stitch very narrowly. Third some people stitch a thick thread in to give it a bit of fullness. There is a hand sewing group on FB.
9 months ago
We have a piece of land which is heavy, poor, no drainage clay soil with some sand. We are weighing various plans to improve the soil. We already do plant nurse trees, mulch and the usual things.
How about a bigger bokashi? I watched some videos were people do bokashi in silage plastic.
We could pick up restaurant waste to feed it.
Does anyone have experience in what's happening if bokashi is dug into clay soil?
Some people say it's good in a worm farm others say it isn't.
I understand that bokashi is not compost and not a finished product.
Any input?
9 months ago
There is no such thing as a breathable house. Some materials can take up water and give it back if that is what you mean with breathable. Or do you mean drafty?? Sawdust is not a good insulator because it settles down over time and then the lower half is compacted (and insulates way less) and the upper half is not insulated at all. I personally would go for the good old rockwool because it stays put.
10 months ago
I had a look at the flow through systems and that is what we plan to do.
10 months ago
In some countries they have outside kitchens. Really cooking in a tiny house is smelly, at least cook outside in summer!
10 months ago
thanks for the replies! I will have a look at the Johnson Su “B.EA.M”  method. We already planted the area but after three years the trees are still small. We planted acacias in the permie fashion which suffered in the first two years but now its getting dryer and most of them are about three meters high.
For feeding the worms I would ask at a local restaurant, we don't produce high quality compost because all it gets is the two meter high grasses we dig out and the grass we can mow we need for mulching. We get coffee grinds also.
11 months ago
We own a pretty good chipper which is used mainly for gardening clients. It is expensive to run. It costs petrol and the blades are expensive also. That is why we are not using it so much.
11 months ago
I am pondering weather or not I should give wormfarming a shot. It would be mainly for our big garden which is very heavy clay with no to little drainage. In drought it's like concrete and in flood the water table is at the soil surface. The whole garden is on a slope 1:10.
I have two goals with it:
1) Improve the clay soil
2) Use the castings for my potting mix (we have a small nursery and selling perennial edible plants), I think it would improve the mix greatly.
I would like to start it in a way that is big enough for the nursery and our 3/4 acre plot.

What are your experiences with worms and clay soil? Does it help or is it just another pet to look after?
11 months ago