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This is a ‘guest blog post’ written by Philippa and Lincon about the findings to date in the ‘Waterless Garden Project’ that they are leading at the Kyabra Learning Centre, Kentucky. There will be a day in the Waterless Garden on Saturday 16th February 2013, for anyone who would like to volunteer their time and give to the land. We feel it is exciting discovering what has been happening and observing the experiments Lincon and Philippa have undertaken so far. Hope you enjoy their discoveries…
We recently held ‘Summerfest’, a week long project that included different projects with the intention that those who came could learn techniques based on love that are logical and beautiful* that are applicable to their backyards or acreage. It was a project with lots of different learning experiences so that those who attended and volunteered their time could leave with skills and knowledge on how to do what they learned at home and teach it to others. Below is a summary and thank you to those who volunteered and contributed their time, expertise and energy to these projects.
|the site – Standbye Paddock|
|Alternate View of Standbye Paddock|
|Bedrock the beginnings of erosion at the top of the paddock|
|Alternate view of bedrock erosion|
|Erosion, contours, ponds|
|Close up of coutour|
|You can see where the water held and was slowed down
in a shower we had pre-seeding the contour
|Harrowing hand planted seeding on the
|Digging the Fertility pits|
|Living Fertility System hole on a contour|
|The various materials and ‘food’ for the living fertility systems – use what you
have on hand and have an abundance of. We are wanting to create systems
that are self supporting and that can be done with low cost using what is
|Filling up the Fertility pit|
|Tractor moving ‘dead matter’ into place|
|An almost finished Living System – needs some more hay and
matter around the logs so they will break down faster and encourage life
to live there feeling protected and ‘safe’.
|Fertility pit complete|
|Volunteers working at a Living System|
Standbye paddock Site showing ponds:
|Just dug pond|
|After a rain. The soil here as you can see in the background is prone to heavy
erosion after rain. The soil is light and fly-away- when exposed.
|Working on the bank of one of the ponds. Creating a dam wall to prevent
erosion and cover as much bare soil as possible. (Begin from the bottom up
when creating a dam wall).
|Harrowing the dam wall|
|Adding sticks into erosion cracks and at overflow to manage and
slow down water.
|Lomandra grasses planted either side of logs – logs
purpose to slow down water flow.
|Dam bank complete|
|‘Food’ for the Living Systems – Thanks Guys for your help pre – summerfest!|
|More ‘food’ for the systems|
|shredding paper for ‘food’ for the living systems and
getting the worms going.
|shredded cardboard and paper|
Waterless home Gardening project: demonstrating several techniques including fibonacci system to maximize sun and water usage of any area, designing water flow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. (More detailed information on the Waterless Garden can be found in the blog post titled the same).
|Pre packaged nature boxes, thank you to everyone who made these for us
in Queesland. We are so grateful for all your time and efforts!
|Constructed from pre- packaging|
|eco painting in process|
|Nature box in place up a tree|
|worms – we love worms!|
|Worm Breeding Centre under construction –
For more information see blog post on the same
|Worm slurry in the field to add to the living systems to
get the worms started.
Lincon and Philippa had a desire to create a garden more in harmony with love. They began with a whole heap of ideas. We offered them some land to experiment on and they have since grown their ideas, thoughts, knowledge and have begun a ‘food forest’ based on various principles and ideas gathered from varying sources. One being principles of Divine Truth as consulted with by Jesus in how to bring everything they are doing into harmony with God’s definition of love, waterless gardening techniques, Geoff Lawton’s food forest ideas, and adding the fibonacci spiral (amongst other things).
They are conducting a series of experiments and putting ideas to the test.
Lincon and Philippa have regular days in the garden where anyone with the desire to learn and love the land and people are welcome to come along and volunteer their time. Check out the Events static page for the next meeting time or contact them via emailfor more information.
(more will be added to this blog page over the next while)
Lincon and Philippa
|The Waterless Garden Before beginning|
|Fibonacci spiral laid out – each little ring is a different system or experiment
that will be put in place.
|Volunteers putting down newspaper and mulching
|Volunteers in the garden creating systems
|creating the garden with volunteers from ‘summerfest’
|Lincon with a scoop mound system
|The garden in progress (Dec 2012)|
|Scoop mound with above ground Living System|
|Rock Garden creating habitat|
Components for above ground Living System (drawing), Above ground Living System
|Components for Waterless garden plastic lined with rocks recommended to add a pipe to
fill with water /when if required see Living Systems post for more detailed information
|Components for waterless garden with logs – a plastic pipe would be helpful to be added to
fill up with water if needed (see waterless nursery project for images and information)
|produce from the waterless Garden|
|Waterless Garden with plants growing
beautifully. You can just see the pallet in the
fore-ground that creates the waterless Garden
Swales and Contours:
|Check out Cushnie Learning Centre images of Contours doing a
beautiful job holding water on
Mary.divinetruth.com ‘And then the Ants told us…‘
|Swale (side view) – for water management|
|Components for hot spots|
How to make a circular below ground living system:
|Hot Spot/rockery garden|
|Components for condensation collection|
|Condensation collection – The idea being that dew will gather on the rocks which are angled so that any moisture runs down onto the earth below.|
|Components for below ground Living System
check out Living Systems post on this blog for more detailed information about
what, how, why…
1. Dig a hole and put all sorts of delicious food stuff (for creatures) in it
|2. Line surrounding area with newspaper to prevent weeds/etc growing up and taking over (if in a garden situation, not needed in a paddock or large scale situation as much)
|step 2. Below Ground Living System|
|step 3. Below Ground Living System|
4. place some logs/matter on top of the system for other creatures to come and enjoy and set up homes in if desired. You could also just leave it so that it is almost un-noticable in your garden. There are many possibilities!
|step 4. Below Ground Living System|
The ‘One Tree’ Forest is an idea that incorporates a Living System top, mid and under stories which eventually will join up and create one larger forest over the whole area of the waterless garden. It will have a self supporting mound to feel all the primary regeneration organisms and then it will eventually support a tree (maybe big, maybe 6ft, what ever the plan for the garden/forest is will depend on tree selection) Then it will have a mid story and a lower story so each little ‘forest’ is self supporting and self sustaining. Legumes are important to feed the plants and create top soil. These little forests will end up joining up and creating one big forest eventually.
The ‘forest’ will eventually self seed, self mulch (might need a bit of help in the beginning with pruning of the prunable legumes/plants) and may need the odd prune to create mulch every now and again, but the amount of ‘work’ is significantly reduced when a garden is set up well with love, thought and loving intention as God would create. Really this is a food forest rather than a garden and as such it will maintain itself as God’s forests and food forests do independently from human intervention, pretty exciting we reckon!!!
|One Living System and tree at a time to make a forest|
If setting up a worm breeding centre, these are an idea and recommendation of layering options for optimum breeding. Don’t over feed the worms, keep an eye on how much they are eating and feed them when they need it. See Creating Loving Worm farms for more information. Worms are essential for soil production, you want to have as many as can be lovingly sustained in your garden. With worms you really don’t need to do anything for them when they live in the garden, they are super intelligent in and experts in their field so let the little soil warriors do what they do best and give them some mulch, plenty of food, somewhere to go when it is wet, and they will flourish.
|optimum worm breeding layers|