Welcome.....I'm a keen organic gardener, and I use Ecobeds to make my vegetable patch drought resistant, sustainable and productive.....I use homemade compost and compost tea to make my plants healthy and pest resistant without using poisonous chemicals.....My main aim is to make gardening easy and to produce wholesome delicious food for my wife and myself.....Happy gardening.........................John Ashworth 4th March 2016.
Friday, 23 August 2013
This is a
picture of part of our beautiful garden taken in 2006 (at least we
thought it was beautiful, and that's all that matters really). It was
mainly ornamental in those days and although all organic, we only had a
small area devoted to growing vegies. Most of it survived the 13 year drought despite 3 years of severe water restrictions starting in April 2007. Melbourne's worse drought in living memory began in 1997.
We survival by installing rainwater tanks to collect what little rain
came our way, we installed drip line irrigation underneath heavy
mulch so that evaporation rates were reduced, and we increasing the
amount of compost and animal manures incorporated in the soil to
increase biological activity and help feed the plants.
I retired 3 years ago, I began researching ways of drought-proofing my
garden, and I came across a lot of information about self sufficient
started to build up knowledge about soil at the micro level, and the
complex relationships which exist between the soil's inhabitants, and
the plants and animals that are dependent on them for their nutrition
indicators seem to point to the dissagreable fact that modern
agriculture is based almost exclusively on synthetic fertilisers and
pesticides. Not only do these damage the environment as a whole, but at
least as importantly, damage the soil's biology too.
am an enthusiastic amateur gardener who doesn't expect to have much
impact on the problems of the world, but I do want to apply my time in retirement
finding ways to create a truly independent and sustainable system for
growing my own food, and if I can inspire others to do the same thing
along the way, I'll be very happy.