Broadbean Seedling
A Forest Garden - Record of Progress

Broadbean Seedling

This broadbean seedling was growing too close to some garlic so needed to move it. I was surprised by how vigorous the root system was so wanted to share this with you. See how those little grains of rock are growing into the roots? The result of remineralising my soil with basalt and granite dust. … Continue reading

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Tamarillo – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Year Round Tomato
A Forest Garden - Record of Progress

Tamarillo – 5 Reasons Why You Need a Year Round Tomato

It’s a Fruit – It’s a Vegetable. Whatever I’m surprised that Solanum betaceum (Tamarillo), does not feature more often in permaculture systems. They are a fast growing small tree with good drought resistance, thrive in a strong wind when kept in bush form to about 2 meters, and of course, they make delicious fruit – … Continue reading

The Mad Adventures of Chilli the Blind Chicken – Part 1
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The Mad Adventures of Chilli the Blind Chicken – Part 1

Spare a thought for Chilli, the ISA Brown x Leghorn x Australorp chicken who became a blind sometime after her first birthday, possibly during Melbourne’s Xmas heatwave. Not sure exactly when or how it happened – I was having a great old time in Gelnelg, Adelaide with the family at the time, and during my weekly reports from Dad, got the news that Chilli ‘wasn’t quite right’…. Continue reading