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  1. Freakosystem

    Harvest Ethics

    Ethics are never a black and white thing. The question shouldn't be "is it ethical" but rather "how ethical is it" or "what ethical concerns do you consider". I think wild harvest from any reserve is largely unethical unlesss it is an exotic species or otherwise set to be removed. Even then there are ethical environmental issies to consider as weeds etc. can still offer habitat for many native species. We can point to traditional and sustainable use of plants all we want but we don't live that life style. We are all a product of emerging technologies and culture that is not sustainable. We are an unsustainable population and if we decide to wild harvest, there will be consequences. There already are for many species. Replanting in natural, non-disturbed areas should absolutely be avoided. The risk of introduction of pathogens is too great. Accidentally transfering Phytopthora from an isolated home garden to a huge natural ecosystem that lacks the ability to fight it off can have devastating consequences. Collecting seed to disperse back into natural ecosystems at another site can also be problematic. Although you do increase genetic fitness for that population, this may not always be a good thing. By doing this, you will lose local adaptions which may be necessary for survival in that ecosystem. You may also introduce new genetics which may, for example, kill the pollinators in that local population. You may increase plasticity and vigour in tha population but to the detriment of all the other plants which are now outcompeted. And perhaps this then changes the fire regimen and leaves the entire ecosystem barren. Who knows? It's extremely complicated. I don't know of any Australian plants that are used ethnobotanically and can't be cultivated bar some of the mycoheterotrophic orchids. They are most certainly unethical to harvest. My opinion is that we should grow these plants as much as we can. If they're hard to cultivate and require a complicated and specific ecological framework for their survival, they're probably an important part of that ecosystem and should remain there anyway.
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    Post a random picture thread

    A millipede from my backyard that fluoresces under a uv blacklight.
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    Potting Mix

    A little risky with cacti... My overall philosophy with soils is to use coarse media exclusively. For my watering methods and limits of watering frequency, this means I have to use coarse materials that have good micropores for added water holding capacity. I'm all about high WHC and AFP (air filled porosity). There is a tendancy to conflate rot succeptability with "too much water" but in fact it is often too little aeration that is the problem. Fine particles hold water between the particles. This means their is no aeration to the root zone. Perhaps more important though is that soils with fine particles don't get watered frequently enough due to how wet they remain between these particles. Coarse, porpus particles are great because they hold water within the particles, not between them. This means that there is constant aeration of the root zone. Also, each time one waters, the "space" (air) between particles is filled with water which is then replaced with fresh air once the water drains or has been absorbed into the pores of the media. The roots of whatever you are growing occupy the space between the particles of the media, which is effectively a constantly humid environment with air flow. Essentially like aquaponics or even aeroponics. I do like to include zeolite for nutrient retention due to high CEC. I personally buy mine from Ray Nesci Bonsai Centre in Dural. It's branded as Castle Mountains Zeolite and Ray stocks many grades. I also purchase coarse diatomite here as my main substrate though many other products can work for this (scoria, pumice, perlite, seramis, various fired clays etc, depending what is available, in your price range, heavy/light enough for your application and watering habits, microclimate etc). I also add a small portion of composted pine bark too. My hypothesis here is that it can harbour saprophytic fungi such as Trichoderma which are generally antagonistic to pathogenic species and help to break down organic fertilisers. The best thing about this growing philosophy is that you can grow a fern and a cactus in the same pot and both will be happy and rot free. It's super versatile and I've used it on a diverse range of things including terrestrial orchids, Lophophora, Nepenthes, Begonia, Lithops, Selaginella, Anigozanthos, Huperzia, Rhipsalis... the list goes on.
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    Hemerocallis

    I've eaten flowers in a salad before. I had no idea they were psychoactive though and didn't experience anything.
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    Grevillea robusta seed giveaway

    I don't think the seeds have great long term viability. In saying that, I've got no plans for them and excess seed will be thrown. So if there's any chance you'd have an oportunity to sow them, let me know your address and I'll send them out. You have no obligation to germinate them.
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    Just out of curiosity, would you rather?

    I have been known to look at an unintelligent labrador with envy. They're always happy. I've thought about this a lot and I always decide knowledge. It's a burden though as the oppression from governing bodies that remain ignorant on the issues discussed certainly have a negative impact on my wellbeing. I'm attempting to convert it into a motivational drive but some days it's just easier to say "fuck it, I'm going walkabout". I'm lucky though and get to work with some amazing scientists who share their results with me. It's always so humbling and feels very significant to be one of the first people to understand some tiny bit of the way the world works. For me this is an extremely rewarding experience.
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    Introduction - New Member

    Thanks everyone! You're all most welcoming. I think I will feel at home here :)
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    Introduction - New Member

    Thanks everyone! Attached a photo of Omphalotus nidiformis, a bioluminescent fungi commonly found on the east coast after rain, most frequently in the winter months. Formality is my coping mechanism for social anxiety. I'll get comfortable soon enough and you'll miss this. Uh oh. I haven't got those!
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    Introduction - New Member

    Cheers Caster. I regularly browse the publicly available pages of Shroomery and the Nexus but don't really have the available time or necessity to join them too. Maybe one day. As perbmy abpve post, feel free to message me if you'd like some Heimia salicifolia or Acacia obtusifolia seed. Thanks for the welcome!
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    Grevillea robusta seed giveaway

    Bump. I've had some interest and will be posting some seed off tomorrow but still HEAPS left if anybody else is interested.
  11. Hi all, I've got some Grevillea robusta seeds available if anybody wants some. They're the most popular choice for grafting grevillea species and hybrids onto and are particularly useful for growing WA and NT species on the east coast due to their phytopthora resistance. If you're keen, send me a message with how many you'd like and an address. Cheers, Freako
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    Type of solanacea

    Looks a lot like Nicandra physalodes. Find a description and compare.
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    Introduction - New Member

    Thanks for replying guys! If either of you would like some Heimia salicifolia seed or Acacia obtusifolia seed, send me a message. Cheers!
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    Meet up: Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

    Uh yep! Just proving how noob I am I guess ha ha. Awesome! Want a lift aguacolla? Happy to meet with you prior if you're interested.
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    Meet up: Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle

    I will be unable to attend as I'm very much a newbie at posting to this forum (none of my posts have been approved yet so can't get any more new!). I have been using the Facebook group for many years though and have previously met several members and traded with more via mail. I do understand this decision though and look forward to attending another meet down the track. Aguacolla, I live a couple of suburbs away from you. Any chance I could give you some Acacia seeds and other prop. material to hand out? There are a few members I met with previously who are attending the meet and I've promised them seed. There will be extra to share around too.
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