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  • Havemore Farm Happenings

    Havemore Farm is located on slightly less than 1000 square metres (about a quarter of an acre) on Macleay Island in Queensland's Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

    It comprises a one bedroom cottage occupied by my ex-partner...and a partitioned 9 metre x 6 metre shed in which my 6m x 4.5m living space and a small workshop (of a similar area) are located.

    There are several other structures including two shadesheds...one acting as a carport and the other hosting my recirculating aquaculture system and a variety of farm sundries...and a shipping container which contains those trappings of our former life - of which we have yet to divest ourselves. There is also a large chicken tractor, quail pens and a variety of plant growing systems.

    Havemore Farm fulfills a number of functions. It's our home....and the means by which we grow much of our own food. It's also an evolving showcase for my Permaculture/waste transformation farming/Microponics interests. It's where I write...and design and make things.

    I harvest rainwater for use on the micro-farm and store it in two 5000litre HDPE tanks...and various other smaller vessels.

    Havemore Farm is, by no means, complete...and it may never be...so it's a journey rather than a destination.
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

    www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

    https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

    www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

  • #2
    Hi...this thread apparently got lost (not an uncommon phenomenon in my life)...but now it's found...so, it's going to become a daily account of what's happening on our micro-farm. I'm currently assembling some images to provide 'before' and 'after' context.

    Suffice to say, at this stage, we have just replanted our existing 360 square feet of wicking beds...and I've just built two smaller wicking beds using left-over IBC tops. It's raining cats and dogs, at the moment, so the photos will need to wait until tomorrow.

    There are lots of other things happening and I'll talk about some of those in the coming days.
    "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

    www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

    https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

    www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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    • #3
      When we purchased what was to become Havemore Farm, in late 2013, it was as bare as the proverbial badger's arse. A one-bedroom cottage, an 8 metre by 6 metre shed and a rusty rainwater tank were the only structures. The interior of the cottage was ordinary to say the least and the rainwater tank developed a bad leak within a couple of days of us signing the contract.

      It was, in real estate parlance, 'the worst house in the best street'...but it was priced right and on an island (about seven kilometres from the nearest commercial precinct) just about 100 metres from the water.

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      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

      www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

      https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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      • #4
        This is a placeholder for the 'after' post that I promised. I'm still assembling the photos.
        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

        www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

        https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

        www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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        • #5
          This is a another placeholder for the 'after' post that I promised. I'm still assembling the photos.
          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

          www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

          https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

          www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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          • #6
            Wicking beds are a prominent feature of our micro-farm. They'll support virtually any plant and they're very water efficient...so you can leave them unattended for days at a time in hot weather.

            We had 360 square feet of raised wicking beds....12 beds of 8' x 4'...until yesterday, when we added another two smaller one. These were different from the others in that I utilised the left-over tops of a couple of IBC's as the impervious liner. Each of the two beds measures about 4' x 3' (1200 x 900mm).

            The first of the photos shows the beds being assembled by my trusty offsider...and the second one is the completed item.

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            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

            www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

            https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

            www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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            • #7
              We currently have eight laying chickens. They spend their nights in a chicken tractor but, by day, we allow them access to our soil pit. The soil pit is where we dump all of our coarse plant residues. The chickens dig around in the soil pit and keep it free of weeds and insects. While the system is transitional, it works well for now...but we do have a problem.

              One of the chickens prefers life outside of the soil pit and, until now, she's defied our every attempt to keep her in with her avian counterparts. I decided that the solution lay in putting a nylon tree net over the entire soil pit.

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              A day later, I found the same chicken wandering at large again...so it appears that the idea needs more work.
              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

              www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

              https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

              https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

              https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

              www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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              • #8
                Our backyard wicking beds have been planted out...late as usual. The escaping chicken is back where she should be...and the backyard looks like an exploded goat...stuff everywhere!

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                "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                • #9
                  We have two of these transportable shade sheds. This one was originally in our backyard and was used for housing micro-farming bits 'n' pieces. We decided it would be better in the front yard providing shelter for our truck...so we moved it. The word 'transportable' suggests that it can be moved...but it neglects to communicate just how easy (or otherwise) that might be. Anyway, job's done.

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                  A second (higher one of these shade sheds houses our caravan...and all of the micro-farming sundries are in a heap in the backyard.

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                  "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                  www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                  https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                  www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Gary Donaldson View Post
                    Wicking beds are a prominent feature of our micro-farm. They'll support virtually any plant and they're very water efficient...so you can leave them unattended for days at a time in hot weather.

                    We had 360 square feet of raised wicking beds....12 beds of 8' x 4'...until yesterday, when we added another two smaller one. These were different from the others in that I utilised the left-over tops of a couple of IBC's as the impervious liner. Each of the two beds measures about 4' x 3' (1200 x 900mm).

                    The first of the photos shows the beds being assembled by my trusty offsider...and the second one is the completed item.

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                    What is under the potting-mix layer in the beds ?

                    cheers

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                    • #11
                      Hi Ande...the beds are filled with degraded tree mulch that has been composted by the passage of time and exposure to our chickens. About 75mm of growing mix is placed on top of that coarse compost. The bed are then topped off with lucerne (alfalfa) mulch.
                      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                      www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                      https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                      https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                      www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                      • #12
                        I'm sometimes distracted by living on an island. Every now and then, you just have to stop and look at what's going on around you.

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                        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                        www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                        https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                        https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                        www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                        • #13
                          Today's job is to thin this heap out. Much of it is used on the place but it needs to be stored out of sight - and the weather.

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                          "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                          www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                          https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                          https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                          www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                          • #14
                            During the past few days, I've managed to tidy up our micro-farm sundries (various tanks, tubs, trays, hoses, etc) to this stage. The shipping container is gradually assuming some sense of order...to the point where I have spare shelf space. Our backyard is looking bigger with each decluttering move. More backyard means more waste transformation micro-farming.

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                            The shipping container is gradually assuming some sense of order...to the point where I have spare shelf space. Our backyard is looking bigger with each decluttering move. More backyard means more waste transformation micro-farming.

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                            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                            www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                            https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                            https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                            www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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                            • #15
                              We've had intermittent rain for the past week so the focus has been on website and writing tasks.

                              Our new chickens (now a total of eight) are now laying. We're getting enough eggs to sell a couple of dozen each week - so the cost of feed is covered. I have yet to start tracking the full economic path of our chickens but my initial goal is to get our own eggs at no cost and, over time, to cover our investment in the birds themselves.
                              "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer

                              www.garydonaldson.net - my main website.

                              https://www.facebook.com/gary.donaldson.161 - my Facebook page.

                              https://www.facebook.com/groups/1167267703372756/ - my Microponics and Waste Transformation Farming Facebook Group

                              https://www.facebook.com/groups/1318946951452383/ - my iAVs Facebook Group

                              www.urbanaquaponics.com.au - the current home of the Online Urban Aquaponics Manual.

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