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by nik
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:49 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: help with lantana
Replies: 8
Views: 3451

Hey Avinashi I live in the Nimbin area and have the perfect way to deal with lantana - pigs. they love lantana they will eat it down to the ground and root up the roots. the way to do it is cut a small area perimeter with a brushcutter and put in an temp electric fence. put pigs in with water and aw...
by nik
Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:08 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Parramatta Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 5780

Hi John

Slashing will spread the parramatta grass seed around. Depending on how much you have try and cut the heads off and bag them. Then spray the plants. Once they are dead you can slash the weeds as normal. If your paddock is full of them, then just slash.
by nik
Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Parramatta Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 5780

Hi Parramatta grass does do all the things above, but it will also grow in highly fertile soils and compete with kikuyu and other pastures (I have it growing on my place in Northern Rivers NSW). I would get rid of it if you can and let other weeds that are preferrably not grasses do the work. My fav...
by nik
Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Trees
Replies: 8
Views: 3098

The biggest issue that I see for transforming the forests into a mostly wet schlerophyll ecosystem and then transitioning to rainforest be it cool temperate to tropical is water. In particular holding water on site in the soil. I think it is possible by the creation of massive contour channels acros...
by nik
Sun Mar 01, 2009 11:20 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Pasture Renovation
Replies: 4
Views: 3781

Hi Stephen The first place I would start is to work out a way to keep as much water on your property as possible. The best way is to build swales or contour channels across your paddocks to retain water to soak into the soil slowly. The more swales the more capture of water. I have done it at my pla...
by nik
Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:56 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Pasture Renovation
Replies: 4
Views: 3781

What is the current condition of your land?

weeds, bare earth, errosion, creeks, diversity of plants, flats, hills, etc..

Nik
by nik
Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:00 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3780

In the long run it is most definitely the soil biota that will make the difference in soil fertilty and plant growth. The thing with Terra Preta is that it did take a long time to make it. I am very keen to see what difference will be made to the soil with the addition of biochar, composts, worm cas...
by nik
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3780

When you pyrolyse organic material you produce three things. Biochar (charcoal with minerals in it), hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide gas. The two gases together are called producer gas , syngas, or biogas. They are a great form of energy which can be used to further heat the pyrolysis reaction or c...
by nik
Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:21 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bio Char
Replies: 12
Views: 3780

Hi I was going to get around to writing a post on agrichar/biochar. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what it is - quick overview. Agrichar (also called biochar) is the remains of organic matter after it has been pyrolised. Pyrolisation is the burning without oxygen. The result of the process...
by nik
Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:26 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: All ideas for contour lines!
Replies: 43
Views: 13253

Hi Duane I think there is a misunderstanding of what swales are. The literature by Mollison and others states that swales are intended to store water in the underlying soil by capturing and holding it for a period of time that allows it to soak into the soil. Swales are built on contour across the l...
by nik
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:22 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: All ideas for contour lines!
Replies: 43
Views: 13253

Hi Duane

In which way are nsf contour lines different to permaculture swales?

Nik :?
by nik
Tue Aug 12, 2008 11:05 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Scientists say CO2 emissions NOT the cause of climate change
Replies: 16
Views: 6245

Sure. Look at the big picture and global warming is meaningless to the planet. We are meaningless. If you look at the history of the planet as being roughly 6 billion years and convert that to a full 24hr day human beings arrived at the party at 2 seconds to midnight. This party has been hot and col...
by nik
Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:21 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Scientists say CO2 emissions NOT the cause of climate change
Replies: 16
Views: 6245

Cars, factories, and power plants pump billions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. Since 1750, carbon dioxide levels have increased 35 percent, while temperatures have gone up between 0.6°C and 0.9°C. Scientists have very high confidence that increased concentrations of greenh...
by nik
Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:49 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Scientists say CO2 emissions NOT the cause of climate change
Replies: 16
Views: 6245

"Why haven't the greenhouse gasses that have been produced over thousands of years raised global temperature?" This is due to the carbon cycle which for the most part involves photosynthesis and respiration. The biggest contributors to photosynthesis side is algae which produce approximately 70% of ...
by nik
Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:36 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Scientists say CO2 emissions NOT the cause of climate change
Replies: 16
Views: 6245

Andrew Bolt's blog is typical of people who have practically no scientific understanding of the GW issue. If you believe that our cimate will not be affected by digging up and burning back into the atmosphere all of the carbon that was sequestered naturally over millions of millions of years so many...