Images

Observation is the key to gardening success. Smart phones have made it easier in the quest for sneaking a snap in. I don't claim to be a photographer. Loving snapping whats going on when I get a chance. The best image I nearly took was of a frog eating the aphids halfway up the leaf of a Zucchini plant. On taking the SLR camera back to the house to download the image I discovered the memory stick wasn't in. aaaaaaaahhh. Follow us on instagram for regular images and experiences through the seasons.

Composting

Learning by experimenting, trial, error and observation. That has been my composting journey.

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Freshly made compost pile. Ben Elms

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Fungal activity in the compost heap. Ben Elms

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Composting biodegradable coffee cups for the Mountain Film Festival. Ben Elms

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Hot Compost sweet spot. Ben Elms

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Vegge scraps layer building the compost heap.. Ben Elms

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Comfrey mulch feeding the soil. Ben Elms

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This compost is too hot!!! It needs to be turned. More carbon added? Water? Ben Elms

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Inground worm farm. Ben Elms

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Comfrey compost layer. Ben Elms

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Fungal activity in the compost. Ben Elms

Gardening

Sunny Hawea Flat every season is different. What happened last year is no indication of this years.  Clever design can even out the growing pains.

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Unusual nodulation on Fennel roots. Ben Elms

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Food Forest Design. Ben Elms

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Weeds used as mulch. Ben Elms

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Population of frogs living in the tunel house. Free pest control. Ben Elms

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Comfrey mulch. Ben Elms

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Bell Bird. Ben Elms

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Apple blossom. Ben Elms

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Comfrey as a ground cover in a small food forest. Ben Elms

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Orchard Design Ben Elms

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Under storey planting day with Hawea Flat School. Ben Elms