31 December 2009

The Sumi Soaker.

The Sumi Soaker is another irrigation tool we use here at Daylesford Organics.

Here it is in action watering in some seeds we planted today before the full moon.

Basically it is a pipe full of holes.

It is a handy tool as it comes on a reel that can be carried in one hand, it is easy and quick to set up and waters a 50m x 5m area.

From Daylesford Organics we wish you a happy, safe and abundant new year.

30 December 2009

Irrigation.

Every year over summer we make jokes about Bren having another girlfriend called Tap, as he is constantly jumping up and going to change the irrigation taps.

At this time of year its all about the water.

We use these wobbler sprinklers until the seed germinates and then we swap to drip tape.

Our farm gate stall is opening on Sunday. I hope you can come and see us soon.

29 December 2009

Trellises for peas.

Now the peas have popped out of the ground and established themselves we are making them trellises.

We make them trellises to climb up as they grow and to make it easier for us to weed between them and then to harvest from them.

We make our trellises from odd and ends we find around our farm.

We have some old chook fencing (first photo) and some farm gates. Usually farm gates are expensive but when we first moved here the paddocks were divided into horse paddocks with these gates between them, so we have many to use for trellising.



Grow well peas!

24 December 2009

Fallen tree.

This morning at 4.30 I woke to what I thought was the sound of fire crackers outside my bedroom window.

Bren, on the other hand, knew straight away that a tree had fallen down and was even pretty sure he knew exactly which tree it was. I think that's pretty impressive considering we have over 20 acres of bush.


Although no structures or fencing were damaged by the fallen tree, it did fall onto the flying fox which is annoying.

23 December 2009

Farm gate sales.

For the past ten days this sign has been stuck to our front fence.

It has been there to inform the passers by of our intention to start selling from the farm gate and asks for objections. All the neighbouring land owners were also notified by mail.

Today we got a letter in the mail to inform us that our permit has been approved. Yay!

Lucky we got the approval because the Daylesford GetawaysWelcome Guide came out today with our new ad in it.

We will be open from January to July 2010
Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 11am - 5pm

Come and see us for award winning, certified organic, fruit, vegetables and eggs.
See where your produce comes from, talk to us, the farmers and if you tell us you read this blog you will receive a free gift.

22 December 2009

21 December 2009

On the tractor.


If you are looking for Bren, this is where you'll find him at the moment, from sunup to sundown.





He's cutting the grass, he's making our place fire safe, he's turning the compost, he's doing road works and mulching the gorse.

He's listening to the radio in his headphones and is a wealth of information. Apparently there's a cyclone about to hit WA which means we'll get between 15 to 50mls of rain on Thursday. Yay!!

20 December 2009

Pottiputki - the answer.

Ok here we are at the moment we've all been waiting for, about to find out what the pottiputki is.

But first let's look at the entries;
Christina said she thought it was a toilet digger. Great guess Christina! A digger, yes, a toilet, no.
Leonie thought it might plant seedlings. Yes!! Small trees are seedlings aren't they?
Mr H couldn't wait and Googled it. I don't blame him, I'd have to look up something with a crazy name like that too.
Cathie said something that makes holes for seeds. So close, not seeds but seedlings.
And Meg said a translation device that enables farmers to communicate with worms. No, but if you invent it, we'll buy it.

So this particular pottiputki belongs to Dave Griffiths of Geometree.

These are the last of the 2000 or so little trees that Dave planted in our new potato paddock last Friday.

And here we have Dave with his pottiputki.

Step one; He pulls out one of the little trees he is wearing on his hip.

Step two; He puts the little tree into the top of the pottipuki.


Step three; He puts the pottiputki where he wants to plant the tree.

Step four; He stands on the lever that releases the seedling into the ground.

Step five; He releases the pottiputki and stamps around the newly planted seedling.

Step six; As he finishes stamping around the newly planted tree, he reaches for the next tree to plant.




Dave spent about one day planting out six 80 meter rows. Each row is three trees wide. He worked alone, which goes to show how efficient the pottiputki is.

We planted Tagatasti, five varieties of Acacias and Tea Trees.

We planted them as shelter belts, to create a micro climate and as most of them seed prolifically they will provide fodder for the chooks.