Monday, February 27, 2017

Next Plans

Door Beds

Maintain. encourage thyme and native viola. more mulch.


Sand and plants, esp thyme and chamomile. rosemary and lavender at edges. smooth. could wheelbarrow or walk when old

Rocket Stove

Raise 80cm. seal with concrete. better use of door. tougher


Smooth ground. sand for pavers. plant herbs. oregano, thyme, vertical gardens in walls. marble bench

Kitchen Garden bed

Keep dumping compost. herbs and leafy green seeds.

Breakfast nook and trees

Encourage thyme. Reduce blackberry. land scape flat area


encourage bees to move. Concrete mesh render layer on earthbags. seal.

Throne room

North rock scoop. looks nice, HDPE round pond, mints and other aquatic in pots in pool. sand

Path alongside throne

maintain. bulk up herbs. salvias. graft apple, pear. groundcovers

Bulk Vege bed

Strawbale wall, fenced bit, potato bit, artichokes, garlic, back swale. Chickens

Quarry middle gardens.

Multiple. Apple, food forest, myrtle, rosemary,
add olives, elderflower, mass line salvia plantings
chickens tractor around. plan grains areas
reduce blackberry

Native garden


Around the hole

More flowers. viola, more herbs, poppy

main garden around bedroom

maintain. compost and mulch, new bed in middle

firebreak garden

maintain. encourage ground covers. inc spread beyond edges

view garden

maintain. encourage ground covers. inc spread beyond edges

along side of driveway, next to transient pond

maintain salvia bed, more flower esp native, improve soil
maintain canna

water garden

weed, compost, improve terracing, winter leafy veges


improve diversity of plants

pond cliff

Weed black berry, chop and drop. improve terraces. pioneers rosemary etc

path to big room

rosemary, lavender, geraniums, daisy
windbreak trees butterfly bush purple flower tree
tea tree? lilypilly? tree lucerne?

big room gardens

mints, citronella geranium
mulch bed for veges etc, initial perennial herbs
bamboo west

berry run

reduce blackberry
reuse good pellets on big U
reuse fence mesh

gate garden bed


fence rainbow

pele, salvias

hobbit hole

reduce blackberry

leons apple

trim area. rebuild seat

hot tub

trim area. reduce weeds

Top of Quarry 

windbreak trees. initial protect
correa, lilypily, pigface, butterfly bush

elf house
gracies place

Flowers, reduce blackberry

goblin plain

faerie fields

herbs in grotto

plan to interplant farm trees.

the creek

reduce blackberry

leons container

enchanted wood

Plant spiky aussie natives to keep away from the limb dropping gums.


Multiple chicken runs. tractors. coops

Animal Fencing
Galv star, electric fencing, solar

Zone 0:
Things to think about

Peak Oil


Transience of life

in my case this mainly means, temporary fencing. :)


Medicinal herbs, exercise, diet, esp sugar
more vegetarian. ethical, less waste

Give less of a shit

Relax. Being selfish. Not perfect but work towards it for yourself. Environmental foot print is a lot better than most.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Scythes are awesome

The continuing adventures of Scythes are awesome and vastly superior to those stinky, noisy whipper snippers/brushcutters/line trimmers (and to a lesser extent motor mowers)

1: We are past peak oil. Petrol will never get cheaper. So it is cheaper. Even if petrol was 40c/L again, $0 is still cheaper.
Plus you need to go get petrol for a snipper. And you should empty the tank after use. So adds that bit more time overhead.

2: Climate change. No carbon monoxide pollution!

3: No petrol engine farting fumes near you and being noisy.
Personally snippers hurt my back from the vibration and give me a headache from the smell and noise.
Plus it is noisy. It is pretty rude to say get home from work and start up a powertool and annoy your neighbours.
I used to like getting home after work and doing just a few minutes of scything in the yard to relax.

4: It's relaxing, meditative and good gentle exercise.
You aren't hacking and using force. The shape of the snathe (handle) and the placement of the blade slice through, the scythe does the work. You just step forward into position.
Does take some skill to learn. A few hours say.

5: No changing that damn cord. Supposedly there is a new nifty quick change head now for brushcutters though. *shrug*.
But from my experience that is just a frustrating and annoying part of the job.
The scything equivalent would be running the whetstone over the blade. or at worst peening (sharpening edge with a hammer). Both probably quicker and easier. Especially the stone.
Albeit this is most dangerous bit of scything, might cut your fingers here (I can't remember last time I have though)

6: Safer. It's a giant blade on a stick!
Yes, versus a rotary blade on a stick. You would have to try really really hard to hurt yourself when using a scythe.
Snippers fling stones and stuff into your shins or nearby windows etc all the time.
Bystanders (especially children, chickens and dogs) might be at some risk but that's the same with both tools.

7: Faster! Really? Yep. Go find some of the videos on youtube.
The scythe usually wins. Even vs honking big mowers.
My favourite is where the 12yo girl wins.

8: Scythes are actually more effective. I initially got mine when my snipper (and I had/have a really good one) was having trouble getting through a big clump of (IIRC) pampas grass.
None the less don't use them on stupidly thick things, finger thickness would be pushing it.

9: They look cool.
I've had hunters wander onto my property and they are very respectful when I walk up with my 2m polearm over my shoulder. :)

My opinion and experience, Your mileage may vary etc.