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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    I don’t like hearing about accidents, I hope you’re OK enjaytee. But I love the fact you’re pushing through, “nothing can stop me attending my plants, not even losing a leg!” The worst bit about having to evacuate because of the fires was the thought of coming back to my garden being a blackened mess. Couldn’t give a hoot about the house, just leave my garden alone! Coming back to new growth is so exciting too, watching plants grow day to day isn’t quite the same as seeing what happened while you weren’t there. This afternoon the job is to process a few kilos of apricots that a friend gave me from her tree before they spoil. I will be keeping all the seeds to go with the peacharines I got from her last week, and the cherry and plum seeds I have been saving, and all these will go into a spot in the garden where they can sprout next year. In a few years when they are all fruiting I will then be able to cull the ones I don’t want and keep the good stuff. Now to have a quick wander through to see what’s changed since the evening, and find anything that blew away in the wind.
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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    Hope everyones ok with the fires! Today I planted a heap of seeds, all sorts of things edible, medicinal and ornamental. The few little sections of garden I have created so far are coming along nicely, everything is flourishing which means I spend more and more time out amongst it which keeps me somewhat sane while I’m not working cause of the fires. Yesterday I spent some hardearned on a heap of plants, various things including bananas, maqui berries and curry tree, the job for the next few days is now finding suitable spots for them all. Also last week I found an aquarium for the right price, built into a nice cabinet that will look good somewhere inside. I plan on using it for an aquaponics setup somehow, not quite sure what I want to do just yet, but I’ll figure it out eventually. now to figure out how to post some pics..
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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    @XavierDass, I have been reading Dr Redhawks soil series on Permies, he seems like a bit of a guru in the transforming of dirt into soil, I can’t remember any specifics about transforming clay other than smash the organics in there and let the microbes sort it out which is pretty much where I’m gonna go. I will try different methods in different sections, there will be hugelbeds and raised beds and comfrey composted patches depending on what the whim is at the time. The goal is to be able to eat solely from it year round in 10 years time. Because the old owner was a mechanic and had lots of cars on the block I don’t think I will eat from it for the first few years to let the fungi break down any nasties that might be hanging around.
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    What did you do in your sacred garden today?

    First post in here! Moved into my new place last monday, done a few small things here and there including planting what at my old place was a lot of plants, but here only makes a very small section of garden. Mostly have been trying to plan the food forest that will eventuate in the years to come. Today I spread some peastraw on the first little section I made, as time goes by hopefully the serious amount of organic matter I spread will turn the horrid clay dirt that has been for years a virtual carpark into something resembling soil. Plants I have include but are not limited to, HBWR, Syrian Rue, multiple random Cactus, Valerian, Strawberries, Mint, Parsley, Sage, Sinicuichi lots of peach trees that came up from seeds at the old place, the mother tree had great fruit so if some of them have similar fruit my little peach tree hedge will be great, if not, at least I have something growing at this stage. I have lots of things not mentioned, and plan on lots more of course, but Rome was not built in a day and neither will this new garden of mine be.
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    Hi everyone :) new here.

    Gday, hope you enjoy your stay
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    Buying native seed online

    I haven’t used these two yet but will soon, have to move house first, yay big garden next week! Indigigrow and gregsindigenouslandscapes. They look like plant suppliers rather than seed though so this answer might not really be what you’re looking for, I came for the other responses really “thanks Gimli”, but someone might get some use out of my drivel.
  7. Thanks infinity, will lock it in early and call it my birthday bash!
  8. If only. I‘m moving to my new place that weekend, which I think is a rather poor excuse myself, but I am rather excited to have a proper garden again, pots don’t quite cut it. So it’ll have to be the next one for me.
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    Sinichuichi drooping like f

    Not enough water maybe? I have mine in a much bigger pot and it’s a much smaller plant and is positively booming at the moment, throwing out new healthy growth all over the place. I have mine outside and give it no special attention outside of a little water every now and then, it doesn’t seem to mind whatever nature throws at it. The cutting I took off it last year has just started to boom too, that got no special attention, just plonked in a pot and watered whenever I remembered. Maybe its just the climate here? Its certainly not my green thumb..
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    Brugmansia microdosing

    Take whole plant, chop it up. Add to receptacle. Just cover with olive oil. Let steep for a good while at room temp or less with added heat in a waterbath. Drain. Depending on amount of oil, plant matter and time you now have a potent olive oil extract. Do yourself a favour and add some beeswax to make it into a slightly easier to use salve, the straight olive oil is goid for massaging but can drip everywhere and is harder to dose. Work up to find your dosage and don't use it everyday.
  11. All good kind sir, I know what it's like, wasn't worried, plenty of things to look at through the scope until I get mine, and plenty to keep me busy otherwise.
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    Hello world

    Howdy friends. Its been a long time coming, I've been a lurker here on and off for many years but never had an account. So here I am finally, able to actually communicate with those I have known for longer than most people in my life outside the internets. I don't post much but I am trying to get my garden back in order after moving around a lot so I'll be around the exchange a bit when there's interesting stuff going and I can share what I have. See you round the place.
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    Hello world

    Cheers everyone for the welcome. @ Halcyon I have a particular affinity for the fungi kingdom, have grown and foraged many edible varieties in the past and currently but only at a very basic level, I havent ever made an agar plate or worked with sterile environments just yet, throwing stem butts around likely areas is about the lot of it up to now. Plant wise currently I am working on utilising the local area plants with a view to knowing how they were traditionally used both medicinally and as food and building up my garden with non local plants of all descriptions with a view to becoming fairly well self sustaining food and medicine wise.
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