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Thought it was about time I got on the blog wagon and egotistically brayed about my success, personal observations and value judgements. Enjoy

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22November2015

Setting of expectations

Setting of expectations

The expectations we have about what we should be eating and when determines what options are open to us in terms of where and how we obtain our sustenance. By adjusting our requirements and evaluations of what makes something desirable food we open up new sources and types of fruit and vegetables. This is a prerequisite of low input forest gardening.November 22, 2015  food forest 

28September2015

06June2015

Mulch, soil carbon and organic matter to improve moisture holding

Mulch, soil carbon and organic matter to improve moisture holding

Mulching is the practice or process of covering the soil with a thick layer of organic matter. This has a number of benefits depending on the mulch material and desired outcomes. Some of the advantages include preventing moisture evaporation, smothering weeds, feeding soil life and increasing soil carbon and water holding capacity.
Use as much mulch as you can get your hands on.
June 06, 2015  mulch  carbon 

02June2015

15July2014

Reforestation idea

Reforestation idea

A brief article that explores the benefits of prohibiting the use of herbicides in New Zealand. I realise this is a radical and unrealistic proposition since most people are ignorant, or refuse to believe that there is anything wrong with these chemicals or that the need to restore woody vegetation is an imperative to tackling rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.July 15, 2014

03February2010

20August2009

High Speed Rural Internet

High Speed Rural Internet

Not long ago I posted some information from my tests with a Vodafone 3G cellular broadband device.

Currently I'm running with Telecom XT device which gives me a good average speed (although it is quite variable)

August 20, 2009

11July2009

Buying a property with 80% deposit

Buying a property with 80% deposit

Modern society is built on debt and many of us accept it as inevitable. Our consumer culture encourages spending (not saving) with easy credit and a notion that instant gratification will lead to happiness.

With a little self control and planning it is possible to save a large deposit and avoid the shackles of long term debt.

July 11, 2009

24April2009