Episode 236. The Chaos Garden Experiment

This is The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 2nd of November 2020.

I’m Jon Moore

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Over the past fortnight I’ve been preparing the fields for planting. I’m converting pastures to crops. I’m not inclined to spend my time growing lettuce and microgreens, despite the obvious profit levels apparently available. I trace my way of doing things back to John Seymour and his Complete Book of Self Sufficiency. He talks about growing grain crops. Barley, wheat, maize, peas and beans. To that end I’ve set up a five year rotation with all of the above leading to soil bursting with life for our garlic crop. Continue reading “Episode 236. The Chaos Garden Experiment”

Episode 234. The Complexity Is The Joy

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of  October 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

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The more we dig into this no-dig thing the more it becomes opaque and at the same time, it becomes crystal clear. It’s a thing I call the Fukuoka paradox. Masanobu Fukuoka of the One Straw Revolution talks about this in one of the later chapters. He’d set up his system, sowing before reaping, allowing fruit trees to grow as central leaders and then not pruning them and loading his orchard soil with food crop seeds to allow them to work out their own rotations when he was approached by ag scientists. Now I’m not going to quote the book but the gist of it is something like this: Continue reading “Episode 234. The Complexity Is The Joy”

Episode 230. Evolution & Response

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 7th of September 2020.

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Way back in episode 144 I delved into the misunderstandings we have to deal with when the word “Evolution” arises. To give a quick summary: There’s a feral pest in Australia called the cane toad. Introduced in the 1930s into the state of Queensland, against the advice of the scientists but in time for an election. The toads were supposed to eat the cane beetles ravaging the sugar industry at the time. The toad, once introduced, avoided the cane beetles and started chewing through native frogs, toads and reptiles. The toads carry a poison on their back, excreted through glands. These toads have spread south into northern NSW, north through Queensland and west into the Northern Territory. Continue reading “Episode 230. Evolution & Response”

Chooks in the backyard


RB: Hello, I’m co-host Rich Bowden, welcome to a (delayed)season 3 episode 1 of RegenEarth. We’re back and delighted to be so. It’s too early to say “after the pandemic crisis” because that’s still very much around and listeners in many countries, including ours here in Oz, are experiencing a second outbreak as restrictions are lifted. Wherever you are, please follow social distancing guidelines and the advice of medical experts. Continue reading “Chooks in the backyard”

Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of  May 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

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Back in 2007/8 when the financial crash hit government funding in the US, yes and everywhere else too, but this is a US story for the moment, so the US cut funding to NCAT and especially to their ATTRA program which I think stands for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural America? Of something like that. I’d used this site for years as a resource for sustainable ag articles, ideas and techniques. Anyway their funding was chopped about and they started charging a couple of dollars for each download. The other day at work I thought I remembered a resource on organic asparagus. A quick google wang had me there. Continue reading “Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!”

Episode 183. An Opportunity Not To Be Wasted!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending the 26th of August 2019.

Jon Moore reporting!

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As I record this episode, the 25th of August I am celebrating fourteen years of a new life. In the early hours of the 25th of August 2005, I died, twice, from pneumonia. There was no tunnels of light but there was a trip to the River Styx. No ferry, no jetty, just the jet black waters of that river boundary of the underworld. 

Over the past 14 years, many of the things I saw that night have come to pass. Some things are yet to pass and some visions still puzzle me.

The big question of “Why am I still here?” hasn’t so much haunted me as not really arisen. The knowing I had something to do and I would know what when the time came has sustained me. 

The current global situation may or may not be why I came back. To put it another way. I didn’t fight for life that night and take five years to return to full health to have this planet destroyed for human existence by brainless dipsticks more interested in turning oil into cash that providing a world fit for all humanity.

It’s not just the fires in Siberia and the Amazon, it’s not just the attempts by Bayer to buy off the poor sods suffering from glyphosate exposure, it’s not just the loss of topsoil each and every growing season, it’s not just the littering of the entire biosphere with plastics, it’s not just the suffering of people across the globe from war, famine and pestilence, it’s not just the suffering of billions of animals cages in factory farms and it’s not about the constant loss of biodiversity. It is all these things and so much more. It is about honouring our places within the fabric of Nature. It is about knowing we are not just a part of Nature but an expression of Nature made human. 

So on this anniversary, coincidentally the date one of my grandmothers actually died, I feel the weight of my ancestors, I feel the weight of the biosphere, I feel the weight of 3.6 billion years of evolution screaming at me, at all of us, to actually just do something. 

We know what has to be done, I covered regenerative ag, pumped hydro, wave energy, solar PV, wind, Costa Rica going fossil fuel free for a month or more at a time. 

There are days when this all gets to me but then I remember what a privilege my extra years are and damn it, I’m not going to watch it all pissed up against the wall because it’s all too hard! It’s not. 

As regular listeners will know I’m running an online conference next month on how we can turn suburbia into a giant carbon sink through a few small changes to how we manage the land in the backyards and the front ones too, across the planet. Link, of course in the show notes.

And the thing that I really don’t understand is this: Making the few changes needed will improve the quality of life for all life forms on the planet. It is such an obvious thing to do. And we know how to do it. I understand that in the middle of a heat wave that doing anything when the outside temperature hits 43 plus degrees celsius (that’s 110 F in the old money) but we need to start now or these heat waves are going to come earlier and last longer. 

So, as these extra years I’ve been given are coming no matter what, won’t you join me and other like minded people across the globe in making the changes needed? 

Together we can:

Decarbonise the air, recarbonise the soil!

Thank you for listening and I’ll be back next week.



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What Is Regenerative Gardening Really?

Benefits of Regen Gardening

Regenerative gardening is a process whereby the gardener focuses on the soil health above all else. From this starting point all else flows. We can either grow veggies or flowers or create a space for pollinators or a playground for children but the underlying principle is that we focus on the soil.

Some of the benefits that arise from this form of gardening are: better water quality, much better soil quality and, if enough people are into this, improved air quality and all of these are wonderful but the real kicker is we also improve our current climate situation.The key to improving the climate is removing CO2 from the air. Happily the key to improving soil involves sequestering carbon in that top six inches under our feet.  

Why do we need to do this?

Since the second world war there’s been a flood of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and any other cide you can think of. These things while appearing to fix one problem often create others. While we might be dealing with aphids by spraying them with a poison we’re not helping the animals that prey upon aphids. Ladybirds that sort of thing. So the process of regenerative gardening is aimed at improving the soil by allowing Nature to do what it’s done for 3.7 billion years and we just sit back and take the little bits out the we need it’s about holding the line. It’s about not panicking when we see an issue arising and letting nature take it’s time to fix things.

There will be times when we do lose crops particularly in the beginning before with set up a balanced ecosystem. And ecosystems can get out of whack at any time so it’s all a matter of observation, care and attention. Continue reading “What Is Regenerative Gardening Really?”