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Sun and more sun.

Time seems to zip past and its already Tuesday. Busy few days……………garden, fence repair as the pademelons and bandicoots find new ways to breach the garden fence and nibble away at carrots, fennel and what ever succulent green vegetable is accessible.

But plenty for my kitchen and a run of visitors have not gone away hungry.

This pawpaw was blown over in the April storms…………..I left it to where it fell and it has produced a fine crop.  Note the hollowed out pineapple behind. A sure feast for the spring busy bower birds.

The Coral tree flowers are still feeding scores of nectar seeking birds every day. The huge increase of birds seeking the nectar this winter will be due to most coral trees in the valley have been poisoned by land-care’s contractors. Few flowering trees during our winter.

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Saturday.

Early start.

Slept soundly, early to sleep at 8 pm and woke at 3 am.

Then tried to make pumpkin scones. I think I forgot to put raising in as they were flat and soggy. Filled them with pickle, NZ mature cheese and a slice of eggs.

Ok .

But the biscuits were more to my satisfaction.

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At 7 am I cycled the 4 ks to our herbicide free road side weed.

Joined Jayne and 3 hours later we had climbed steep banks and removed the flowering jumpseed.  Amazing plant, its elegant long flower stem lined with a dark pink flower. It is beautiful and determined. Amongst the jumpseed are many introduced plants, from camphor laurel, privets, devils claw and at least another 5.  Enjoyed a great swirl of noise  while weeding, a flock of white headed pigeons flew into a camphor above me. I thought is was a jet, far over head.

jump-seed

The targeting of this particular plant by those who decide that herbicide is the only way to control, to me is a total waste of money,  unproductive, possibly health impacting on labor and is seriously contributing to environmental decline, both visible and invisible. The pic above is a spot that has been previously sprayed with Round-up..

Our climate change future will be determined by what grows.

Read what is happening to our Pacific Ocean, from land human practice.

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And then the picnic.

Just beautiful.

Thank-you to the organizer’s.  A lot of effort, shade sites and Buddhist prayer flags, A deep swimming spot below.

A variety of picnic treats to eat.

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Walked through the  beautiful paddock above, once a pineapple field, then a cricket ground, which became locally famous, to now a piece of real Estate on the market. Anyone out there who wants land………………….. some herbicide use but has been running cattle for the last years.

Looks ready for conversion to  clean organic land.

Anyone?

e mail me if your heart, ethics, money and your future is coinciding. chem.free.regen@gmail.com

so-beautifulThis is the beautiful creek running at the property’s  edge.

The New Wild

Author…..   Fred Pearce…..    Publisher Icon Books (2015) ISBN9781848318342   Description … Why invasive species will be nature’s salvation

Veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. Most conservationists would agree. But what if traditional ecology is wrong, and true environmentalists should be applauding the invaders? In The New Wild, Pearce goes on a journey to rediscover what conservation should really be about. He explores ecosystems from Pacific islands to the Australian outback to the Thames estuary, digs into the questionable costs of invader species, and reveals the outdated intellectual sources of our ideas about the balance of nature. Keeping out alien species looks increasingly flawed. The new ecologists looking afresh at how species interact in the wild believe we should celebrate the dynamism of alien species and the novel ecosystems they create. In an era of climate change and widespread ecological damage, we must find ways to help nature regenerate. Embracing the ‘new wild’ is our best chance.

https://www.facebook.com/TheWeedsNetwork

 

 

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Now to regain routine.

Loved the last 2 weeks.  It was cooler than expected. Visitors, over night guests, food and dancing and singing.  Christmas extended to three evenings, all with different friends each night  due to their working rosters.

No better way to spend New Years Eve other than with Shea.

A extraordinary young woman whom I haven’t seen for nearly 3 years. Her song writing via her lyrics are way beyond her young age and I imagine a time she will be discovered as a song writer as well as a singer with fine voice.

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The garden has taken off again. Below is a photo of a corner where ginger, butternut pumpkin, rocket and marigolds all flourish being close to each other. The grasshopper explosion, which has decimated other organic gardens in the area, seem to be contained in the mustard and zinnia flower patch.

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Yesterday, while trying to prepare my cocoanut, semolina and macadamia biscuit bake, a mother butcher bird brought in her two young ones and attempted to help themselves to my baking mix. This is a first and I wondered how did they know I had edibles which they could eat.

helping-or-hindering

 

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50 mls of rain.

On and off showers, not heavy, has bolted the garden.  Swallows, Eastern Yellow Robins, Wrens, Wonga Pigeons and a whip bird, all finding plenty to feast on. So hard to photograph and using my old  Canon camera.

Photo of a snake, feasting on the frogs spawn.

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Comfrey, my main liquid fertiliser source, in flower.

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After 50 mls of rain, a banquet garden for the smaller birds.

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Banana feast.

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King Parrot.
Beautiful days, sun and cool. Perfect time to catch up in the garden. A self seeded view.
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Ginger, turmeric, lemons and limes, mint, mustard, yacons.

And what we always knew.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2015/aug/06/how-australians-were-ready-to-act-on-climate-science-25-years-ago-and-what-happened-next

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From our Organic Certifier.

Australian Organic taking action for farmers and consumers on GMOs
Australian Organic will always fiercely defend our members’ organic farming activities, be a leader in protecting consumer interest and deliver non GMO organic products.

Over past weeks some potentially libellous and patently wrong claims have suggested we want to permit GMOs in organic. This is ironic given our organisation is at the forefront of ensuring that organic products remain non GMO.

These changes DO NOT allow for GMOs to be present in any certified organic products or crops. These changes simply allow for us to protect our farmers should a situation arise.

GMOs have no part in organic farm systems. This is etched into each and every organic standard worldwide.

We deliver on this via our audits, testing, and occasionally in decertifying products not found to be in compliance with this. This will continue with a zero tolerance for GMOs in Australian Certified Organic products that consumers purchase.

The growing presence of GMOs in Australia has forced our industry to begin to face what is unfortunately common internationally. Our local farmers are now facing the potential for genetic flow of GMOs onto their own farm system.

Australian Organic is fighting to ensure our standards remain:

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Long week-end.

A hint of winter with cooler days. Busy visitor week-end with Lily staying and stoking a cosy fire in the cabin.
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A study has begun on herbicide free regeneration properties ( like here ) and a herbicide weed controlled site. Initial observations seem to suggest a wider range of indigenous plants sprouting here.

Herbicides are widely used to control invasive non-native plants in wildlands, yet there is little information on their non-target effects, including on native plants that are intended to benefit from the treatment. Effects at the seed stage have been particularly understudied, despite the fact that managers commonly seed native plants immediately after herbicide application. We conducted a greenhouse experiment to explore the effects of two broadleaf-specific herbicides (aminopyralid and picloram) on seedling emergence and biomass for 14 species that grow in dry grasslands of NW North America. For each species, we placed 50 seeds in soil-filled pots that were sprayed with a water control or one of the herbicides at one of two rates (1× and 0.01× of the recommended rate). After 5 weeks, we assessed seedling emergence and dry aboveground biomass per pot. At the recommended rate (1×), both her bicides significantly suppressed seedling emergence and lowered biomass. At the diluted rate (0.01×), the effect of picloram was comparable to the effect at the recommended rate, whereas aminopyralid had no effect. There was no difference in effects of herbicides on native versus non-native species. Although both herbicides are considered to be broadleaf-specific, monocots were just as vulnerable as dicots at the recommended rate. Our results show that herbicides can harm non-native and native plants at the seed stage, alike. Land managers should avoid spraying if recruitment of native species from the seedbank is a goal and should not seed directly after spraying. [Wagner, V. and Nelson, C. R. (2014). Herbicides can negatively affect seed performance in native plants. Restoration Ecology, online 07 April] Comment .

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