Mr camera is broken. My mobile, which I was having to use to take photo's, is frozen / broken, the skies are filled with black, heavy clouds and outside it is cold and miserable, and we can't find a moment to get to the farm...
However, to be grateful whilst I'm complaining, our home is warm and protected from the inclement weather, we have food on the table, and I can read about all the summer warmth and progress on others' blogs :-)
And have I ever found some brilliant idea's out there...
...more uses for those damn plastic bottles...
I am fascinated with "wicking" / SIP type planters and have no idea what is attracting me to them. But I think they are extremely clever.
What also fascinates me is the fact that apparently the yield in a wicking / SIP planter is noticeably more than in a conventional in-ground bed. I believe that they have their place in any garden, no matter how small or large. Certainly our 2 Ha farm has more than enough space to grow what we want, but we are hoping to plant it up with mainly fruit producing trees. One of the reasons we are going to be doing that is because trees, even fruit trees, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. And any assistance this planet can get in that regard is a must in my book!
I will be having a shade cloth vegetable patch on the farm - as large as I can make it, for the summers there are wickedly hot. This will house raised beds, straw bale beds - whilst outside it I will have wicking and SIP planters for those plants which need the benefit of all the bees :-)
|This experimental one that RMan made me worked a treat :-)|
But, my herbs will be planted in wicking / SIP planters close to the kitchen door. I'm trying to convince RMan that we can (and should) take our recycled bath with us - not sure if I'm going to win this one because he's not mad about the sight / thought of it, even though I have told him I can disguise it better...
Another great site I came across in May this year is this one. Grant and Max Buster are two young brothers who are applying their brains to assisting the starving millions with their ideas. There is hope for this planet if youngster like this are in the next generation.
|Raised beds (Image source:|
|Straw bale beds (Image source:|
If England is experiencing droughts, what does that say about South Africa's worsening situation in the years to come? Help Mother Nature, and she's sure to reward us - but it will take a concerted effort from us all.
Linking the wicking / SIP planters to our irrigation system will ensure that the water will go where it is intended - to the roots of the plants and not to the surface of the soil where it will evaporate.
Itchy - damn so itchy. I want to get going... So much to do, so little time. And patience is not one of my virtues.
Does anyone have any other sites which could provide further inspiration?
Aside: As I was typing this I received the following message from TUT (Totally Unique Thoughts). And I thought this mornings message from TUT was particularly apt :-)
"Some will hear, but not listen.
Some will listen, but not understand.
And some will understand, but not act."
I hope someone - anyone - a single person - out there understands what I am trying to do / doing and is influenced by our journey to the extent that they make a change in their life. Change happens one person at a time... And "thoughts become things" LOL