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Bio - Char

June 17, 2024

Bio - Char & retort for making it

It's been a while since I last did a blog, now I have been playing with something new so I thought I'd share it here.Whilst I am still a novice on the subject, I can offer some advice and that may inspire you to look further into this concept. It isn't new, it isn't hard and...
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October 26, 2023

Planting Time

Hi again, it's been a while, I haven't really caught up on this "Blog" thing as it has been really hectic, however, it's time:I made a call back in September that we were done with frosts here in Seymour Victoria. Usually the rule of thumb is Melbourne Cup Day (A horse race)...
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We have our Aquaponics system up and running now. 

We are running two types of fish in our system here at The Factory. Catfish and Australian Bass, these fish co-exist well and are seemingly happy after adding a few hiding spaces and blocking off the pump (I lost a few that got sucked up into the submersible pump).The grow b...
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Changing Yard

March 23, 2023

The Yard Is Changing

When I purchased this block in 2005 and had the factory built in 2006 (which we moved into Easter 2007) I never envisaged the changes in the business, the amount of visitors to the yard, or the evolving garden bed industry that has resulted.This has caused two effects which ...
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January 19, 2023


I accidentally stumbled across a relatively unknown (despite being an ancient form of gardening) method using raised garden beds. Admittedly this form of gardening most likely didn't utilise corrugated iron raised beds back in the day like I do, but the principle remains the...
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Spaghetti Vegie

April 18, 2022

Spaghetti Veggie

I thought I might explain "Spaghetti Veggie" for anyone who has never heard of it/grown it.The plant grows similar to a Pumpkin and has football shaped fruit (that's Aussie rules football I should add). These are a creamy colour that have green tinged stripes ...
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September 25, 2021
A friend (and somewhat mentor gardener), known locally as Bare Foot Brian, came to me with a concept to prevent his back yard being washed down and across the road whenever it rained. Basically he wanted some sheets of corrugated iron rolled up into semi circles (Brian calle...
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It's always a bit of fun trying new things in the kitchen. Tonight, we created a new recipe with (homegrown) medlars, which we used to marinate a lamb shoulder, cooked in the Weber Q.Ingredients:1 lemon, juiced 3 Cloves of Garlic 1 Pinch of Parsley 2 Shakes of All Purpose S...
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Our Wicking Bed system

May 15, 2021
The first Wicking Bed I made was 14 years ago and I chose to do one of the unique corner/heart/kidney shapes we do. I simply put a bottom on it and then sealed it. As I was a "newby" I went by the book so to speak. I put an overflow pipe in at a predeterm...
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Wicking Beds

May 5, 2021
Funnily enough Wicking Beds are not a new concept by a long stretch of the imagination. However, in Australia they are only just starting to catch on.I'm not quite sure if it is the media attention from all the reality gardening and self sustainability shows or the "monkey s...
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