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by ColinJEly
Thu Jan 29, 2009 10:51 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: willow alternatives
Replies: 60
Views: 17066

Hello All If Melia azederach is a deciduous tree that has pinnate leaves and a very nice fragrant pink/white pea flower, we have it growing in profusion as a street tree here in my local area in Melbourne? I asked the localcouncil workers what they were recently and they told me they were Melia's Ha...
by ColinJEly
Thu Jan 22, 2009 10:11 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Government Waste
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

Government Waste

The forests division of the Victorian DSE has two napalm droppers. These are used after a coupe is logged to burn off the slash and make a seed bed so it can be re-seeded(they use a machine like a flying pepper pot and; yes Dorothy all coupes are re-seeded after they have been logged!) All this vege...
by ColinJEly
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:12 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Channels
Replies: 1
Views: 1436

Channels

In the Victorian newspapers this week there was a story about the government lining the water channels with polythene film to stop seepage. I would have thought seepage is what you want, to get more water into the soil. I thought a better solution would be to cover the open channels with something l...
by ColinJEly
Sun Jan 18, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Questions about the NEW book 'Beyond the Brink'.
Topic: Custodians
Replies: 3
Views: 3349

Hello fearghas
Yes 'State of Fear' is a work of fiction, but Michael Chritchton was also a medical doctor and he included checkable scientific references to all he points he made in his book.

Cheers

Col.
by ColinJEly
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:21 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Jetropha
Replies: 1
Views: 1632

Jetropha

Read on a WA Gov't website the other day how Jetropha was an invasive weed and to be shot on site! Also recently there was a guy on the ABC's 'The Inventors' who had come up with a small distillation plant to make bio-diesel that was suitable for small villages in the third world. (Or why not a co-o...
by ColinJEly
Thu Jan 15, 2009 9:07 am
Forum: Questions about the NEW book 'Beyond the Brink'.
Topic: Allelopathy
Replies: 1
Views: 2733

Allelopathy

G'day Just a question. How do hedges overcome allelopathy? Also we know that commercial chemical fertilizers do more harm than good by upset the biology of the soil, but what about commercial peletized manures such as 'Dynamic Lifter' for those of us who don't have access to the real thing? I am goi...
by ColinJEly
Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Your experiences with other theories and practices
Topic: A Voice from afar.
Replies: 10
Views: 5599

G'day All Dissapointed that no-one had a go at the question! Here's the answer Old man Furphy was a very devout methodist so he had this written on the ends of his water carts 'Whisky and Wine are works of the devil, but Water is the gift of the Lord' He knew that if he wrote it in English everyone ...
by ColinJEly
Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Questions about the NEW book 'Beyond the Brink'.
Topic: Mulching Gardens
Replies: 16
Views: 9660

I have been using my lawn clippings, amongst other things, as mulch on my garden beds. I have been particularly putting them on the high part of the garden and letting the natural limnology do the rest. Also I bought a small electric shredder. Would have of course prefered a larger petrol powered on...
by ColinJEly
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Salix
Replies: 6
Views: 2437

Dear R&J My own personal experience with Salix is having three mature trees in a 1/4 acre backyard in Melbourne. I guess what we have to do is the old thing about telling the difference between an orange and a lemon? ...Suck it and see! If I am right in my readings of Peter's books its that willows ...
by ColinJEly
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:09 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Salix
Replies: 6
Views: 2437

Duane A good use for willows. Take a piece of Salix alba var caerulia, fashion it into a cricket bat. I know it will be a bit light for what we want to do. Take said bat to Canberra and beat pollies severely over the head!! :lol: I saw a documentary on the TV, I think it was based in Switzerland, th...
by ColinJEly
Thu Dec 25, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Salix
Replies: 6
Views: 2437

Salix

Just been reading some government websites detailing how BAD willows are. Cause erosion, kill wildlife, water usage etc. Funny thing, a few months ago there was a show on the TV about them being used in europe for riparian revegatation. Perhaps some of you experts could tell me, do we have different...
by ColinJEly
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:45 pm
Forum: Your experiences with other theories and practices
Topic: End of the drought???
Replies: 22
Views: 11120

Hello Gavan Some good books to read are; 'The Deniers' and 'Unstoppable Global Warming'. I had to get both of them via Amazon as I don't believe they have been released in Australia. In my mind they both convincingly shoot down the theory of human induced, CO2 driven global warming. :roll: That is n...
by ColinJEly
Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Sold Out
Replies: 0
Views: 2255

Sold Out

It is announced in the daily newspaper in Melbourne today that the Department of Primary Industry is asking for expressions of interest for the sale of two of its reseaarch stations. The dairy research station at Kyabram and the grains research station at Walpeup. You would think that in the current...
by ColinJEly
Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:13 am
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Sheer and Utter Lunacy!!
Replies: 2
Views: 1824

You only have to see that slideshow about "Greening the Desert" that is on the 'Permaculture' website, there is a link on our forum somewhere, to see what could be done, instead of draining all the water away. ****************************************** All the worlds problems can be solved in a gard...
by ColinJEly
Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:05 am
Forum: Questions about the NEW book 'Beyond the Brink'.
Topic: Aagghhh!
Replies: 5
Views: 4196

Aaahh Duane so it is...Veni, Vidi, Vermiculatum! :)