“Why?”, I am being asked. Simply put: the community prefers a suburban landscape dominated by native and pine trees to food gardens. The community’s love of the current landscape is re-enforced through conservation laws which protect the landscape that has taken shape since the arrival of the British in 1788.
Conservationist thinking in the Blue Mountains fails to acknowledge two important facts:
1.-The management of the land by the people of Australia until 1788.
2.-The capacity of humans to reduce our impact on the land by working with nature, and taking responsibility for our needs and waste.
Whilst suburban conservationism represses the development of neighbourhood self-reliance, the abrogation of responsibility to authority will remain. And so for the time being, there are too many limitations in our capacity to tackle the problems that now threaten us such as bushfire danger and climate change collectively. For more see: No Climate For Change and Fire Fears And Facts and Top Down Culture and Fire
Conservationism certainly has its place in a world that brings down entire forests. However a good way to hamper deforestation is to take some responsibility for our food supply, -and we could do that here!
The roots of the turpentine tree to the left of the photograph have detected the irrigation system and are competing with the garden beds and trees in the garden. The blue labels show some of the elements removed so far. It is not sustainable to keep any edible species in the proximity of the tree. Raised garden beds, weed liners, or other mechanisms to deal with this would be in this case inefficient, costly, and unsustainable.
Therefore we are removing garden beds and fruit trees that have shown to be affected, as it is a waste of energy and resources to keep them. As the tree roots stretch further into the garden competing for resources, a large part of the garden will be rendered unusable. Sensitive to the community’s preference of the one large native tree over the orchard there is no question of it’s removal and large part of the garden will therefore be gradually removed.
Soil is everything! And now’s the time to get our compost going. James, the mowing service many people on Burns Road use will now be contributing their grass clippings to our new compost heap at the garden, brown leaves also help, but please no pine, and no eucalyptus!
Also: The black bin is back! My chooks love your kitchen scraps!
So we are meeting this Sunday at 9.am to transplant our rocket, kale and lettuce. This is the time to sow or transplant leafy annuals -where you value or eat the leaves or stem. Eg: lettuce, spinach, celery.
This is from the permaculture principles calender: “The full moon and last quarter phases are a good time for applying solid fertilisers, pruning dormant plants, harvesting crops and seed for storage or drying – as they are less likely to rot.
Perennials, plants that live for more than two years, have root systems that are able to store sugars and nutrients in a similar way that root crops do. If you want to slow lawn growth then consider mowing during the waning moon”