Soaking Rain is the Best for the Garden

Soaking Rain is the Best for the Garden

Food Forest
After a couple of weeks of warm to hot weather the garden was showing some degree of stress. Now we have a cool day and we have had 45mm of rain so far which is well above the January average rainfall. The food forest will love this weather and plants will look a lot healthier in the next few days. It also means no watering early in the morning for the next week. Hopefully this cool wet weather will continue as forecast for the next few days. The small dam with a drain to catch water off the driveway is full and overflowing down through the food forest. The water in the dam will soak away during the next week or so as the ground dries out. This is the…
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Azolla, high protein nitrogen fixing water plant

Azolla, high protein nitrogen fixing water plant

Food Forest
We have 5 ponds in our gardens and all of them have Azolla growing in them. The Azolla is growing so fast in the 4 ponds out in mostly full sun that we have to remove some of it daily and feed to the ducks. As it is excellent high protein food for the ducks we have set up a water trough in their yard to grow some for them. The trough is covered with mesh except for a small section at the end so they can put their head in and feed on the Azolla. This stops them from eating all of the plants and hopefully it will grow fast enough to provide them with green plant food. If it doesn't grow fast enough we can supplement it with Azolla from other…
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How A Pond in your Garden is Beneficial

How A Pond in your Garden is Beneficial

Food Forest
Why we should have ponds in the garden Over the last couple of days, we have constructed a pond in our covered tropical garden.  It's about 1.5m x 1.5m x 0.4m deep so a reasonable size in an 8m x 6m enclosed garden. Water plants and native fish have been added along with a bubbling water feature for aeration.  The day we filled the pond with water the dragonflies, along with other predatory insects appeared. The pond also helps raise the humidity in the garden which will help the tropical plants we have growing. There is a bog garden area planted around the edge of the pond and further, out from the bog garden ginger, turmeric and possibly garlic (need to research if conditions will suit) will be planted. When established hopefully…
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