59. New term, new plantings ....

59. New term, new plantings ....

58. Our first crops have come to an end and we begin with new plantings. (see panel 4, 5)

58. Our first crops have come to an end and we begin with new plantings. (see panel 4, 5)

57. Our brave tree, once in pain, is making a comeback. (see panel 37)

57. Our brave tree, once in pain, is making a comeback. (see panel 37)

56. Leaves decompose and turn into soil. Bacterial action requires three things: heat, moisture and food. Here we keep leaves in white bags - less heat; no water, and no added bacteria to start the process. (see panel 45) Let's watch, to see what doesn't happen.

56. Leaves decompose and turn into soil. Bacterial action requires three things: heat, moisture and food. Here we keep leaves in white bags - less heat; no water, and no added bacteria to start the process. (see panel 45) Let's watch, to see what doesn't happen.

55. Mulch ... what and why !!! Simple really, if you use a blanket over the soil, it stays moist. The bacteria stays alive, the soil is activated to life. That's about it. Stones, leaves, bark, gravel, sugar cane, even big rocks. Here we just used a piece of wood. All around, dry and a little lifeless.

55. Mulch ... what and why !!! Simple really, if you use a blanket over the soil, it stays moist. The bacteria stays alive, the soil is activated to life. That's about it. Stones, leaves, bark, gravel, sugar cane, even big rocks. Here we just used a piece of wood. All around, dry and a little lifeless.

54  Garden beds - what, why and how. Books describe "well drained soil". We raise the dirt. Height depends on age - 30 cm is great for kids, around 60 cm is easier for adult bending. The difference is the volume of dirt. The bottom one third - simple clean rubble, small stones, twigs or leaves for drainage. Next two thirds are two part mushroom compost, five parts soil and one part a few more leaves (future worm food) A small note here, worms eat the bacteria on plant matter - not the plant.

54 Garden beds - what, why and how. Books describe "well drained soil". We raise the dirt. Height depends on age - 30 cm is great for kids, around 60 cm is easier for adult bending. The difference is the volume of dirt. The bottom one third - simple clean rubble, small stones, twigs or leaves for drainage. Next two thirds are two part mushroom compost, five parts soil and one part a few more leaves (future worm food) A small note here, worms eat the bacteria on plant matter - not the plant.

53    A few weeks later, the slugs are gone and the broccoli again begins to flourish despite past setbacks (see panel 38) The  tenacity and staying power of plants has much to provide for and sustain each one of us. Beyond mere food, it shows the value of resilience and self determination.

53 A few weeks later, the slugs are gone and the broccoli again begins to flourish despite past setbacks (see panel 38) The tenacity and staying power of plants has much to provide for and sustain each one of us. Beyond mere food, it shows the value of resilience and self determination.

51  An empty garden bed - no, not quite! The moss is already beginning to show. This little vacant patch is destined to be - our mini farm. Constant moisture, black plastic for absorbing heat, peace and quiet and we will attract small creature life forms. The lizards, large and small arrive. They then feast on the troublesome snails and slugs. A little bit of the world created here - for us to find wonderful. Updates to follow. (see panel 50)

51 An empty garden bed - no, not quite! The moss is already beginning to show. This little vacant patch is destined to be - our mini farm. Constant moisture, black plastic for absorbing heat, peace and quiet and we will attract small creature life forms. The lizards, large and small arrive. They then feast on the troublesome snails and slugs. A little bit of the world created here - for us to find wonderful. Updates to follow. (see panel 50)

49 Term two and a new crop of students, plants and experiences.

49 Term two and a new crop of students, plants and experiences.

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