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John Ashworth
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White Hair. Balding. Still thinks he's a 25 year old.
White Hair. Balding. Still thinks he's a 25 year old.

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Mid winter approaches, and its cold by our standards. The cool weather brings with it a fair amount of dew, which is keeping the ground moist despite the little rain we've had this winter. This is our first light frost and I hope its the last, but it might just persuade my apples to drop their leaves and go into dormancy for a while.

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Its the first of June and winter is upon us. The weather has been quite mild for Melbourne at this time of year, but it was 4C when I got out of bed yesterday, and everything is slowing down in the garden including me. Here's a shot of my backyard. Its grown like topsy I'm afraid, and this is not the preferred layout. It used to be a largely ornamental garden with the clothes line fenced off, so the Ecobeds have been installed where the ornamental beds used to be.
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01/06/2017
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My aim is to
grow plants in my garden as nature intended.  Grown in a manner
embracing processes refined by millions of years of evolution. This natural approach results in strong and healthy plants living in balance with their local ecosystem of which th...

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Last updated 15th March 2017.

The Soil Foodweb.

In natural ecosystems, organic material is deposited on the soil's surface as animal waste and the remains of dead plants and animals.  It feeds the soil's microorganisms and through them helps provide food for plants.  The plants then provide food for animals and other creatures living above and below ground.

Organic farmers and gardeners adapt these natural processes by adding compost to soil to feed microbes which release plant nutrients into the soil surrounding plant roots.  The leaves, roots, flowers and fruit taken from plants grown in this enriched soil provide people with essential minerals and nutrients in their food, essential for energy and good health.

When this relationship between microbes, plants and animals is working naturally, it is totally self sustaining and abundantly productive.  Scientists call this relationship the Soil Food Web. 

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March 2017
The capsicum are at their peak, but the tomatoes are almost finished.  For the first time I am growing a second crop of tomatoes sown just after Christmas.  I have terminated them at 5 sets high, so the plants energy is focused on growing larger fruit than ...

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Harvested yesterday.
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09/03/2017
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It looks as if I will get 4 or 5 of these Golden nugget pumpkins off each of the 4 plants in my garden. That's plenty for our needs, especially as the butternut will give me another 8 pumpkins. I think I could at least double these numbers if I were to allow more fruit to set, but I need the space for other plants.
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Lil and I went for a stroll at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne today. It was a typical autumn day starting misty in the morning and then breaking through with luxuriant sunshine about mid day. The gardens always have something new to enjoy, even after a long dry summer.
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02/03/2017
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