This is The ChangeUnderground for the 19th of April 2021.
I’m your host, Jon Moore
Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!
Last week I looked at specialising in herbs, this week the focus is fruit.
There is much to recommend this approach to food production in the backyard and on a smallholding.
I divide fruit into three areas. Tree fruits, bush fruits and ground covers. Let’s start with the ground covers.
Fragaria ananassa, Strawberries are the obvious choice. Because you can grow them for a few years, they fit nicely into an eight bed rotation. It would run something like this: Continue reading →
This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of November 2019.
Jon Moore reporting!
Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!
We have hit the turning point of the growing year in Highclere, Tasmania. The first of November is, allegedly, the date when frosts are over. We will see. I had to scrape ice of the windscreen last week. Note a killing frost but a frost nonetheless.
The pears have lost their petals and the fruits are taking shape. The raspberries are about to flower and the apples from early through to late varieties are in the process of blooming. In orchards I’ve managed previously, the buzzing of honey bees has been almost overwhelming. I have spotted no such activity this year. To be fair, we are still a month away from our one year anniversary on the property so this level of bee activity may well be normal. That the pears are developing would suggest I may be worrying about something I shouldn’t. Continue reading →