Waterless Nursery Project

The waterless nursery project is an ongoing project. We are keen to do some experiments with other materials to hold the water also. This project ties in with the Waterless Garden project.
Observations: We have had some really hot weather this summer and have found the waterless nursery to be fabulous. It has saved us time watering every day and worry about if plants are getting enough water or not.
We feel that this could be modified in many ways to create plantable veggie gardens and other things. Just keep in mind root length of plants if planting in these systems as you may need to modify designs to accommodate different plants etc.
Now we are getting heaps of rain we are wondering if we needed to put more woodchip in ours so there was less room in the tops where the plants are. We have done a variety of heights and will see what happens after this rain. Also wondering if an overflow may have been a good idea so the plants don’t drown, we have needed to scoop out some water over the last few days as the tops have filled out.

How to make a waterless nursery:

1. Place newspaper on the ground quite thick (to prevent plastic tearing or things sticking though).

2. Stack two kiwi collars on top of each other on top of the newspaper:

You could also make your own out of old crates/pallets or other wood. Kiwi collars are great as they can be shaped into different shapes and have a special stacker lock hinge so they don’t move when attached together. (check out www.kiwicollars.com.au for more information).

kiwi collar

3. Line the kiwi collars with plastic, peg the plastic to the sides to keep it in place (we used a double layer of builders lining plastic.

line with newspaper
4. put newspaper on top of the plastic in the bottom of the kiwi collars to prevent the woodchip from sticking through the plastic.
5. Add a piece of pipe as a water inlet so you can fill the kiwi collars with water and add water incase it gets too dry from time to time if needed. (we put a flower pot with a bit of shade cloth over the pipe inlet so that the woodchips do not block up the pipe and water has a free flow in.)

newspaper lining, water inlet
6. Add woodchip to desired height
adding woodchip
7. Put in a layer of regen felt, this stops weeds and creates a wicking effect
felt layer

8. Add woodchip on top of the felt

add woodchip (trim plastic if needed)

9. Add a soil layer to the top if you desire to plant into it to make garden beds

10. We didn’t put a soil layer as we just want this to be a nursery, so all our plants are in pots at this time and sitting directly on the felt wicking the water up. They are working really well!!

nursery plants in their self watering beds
Other methods and ideas for waterless gardens (these have been implemented in the Waterless Garden Project):
Depending on weather conditions it could be a good idea to actually line this with plastic. I know on the illustration
it says don’t need lining but Lincon and Philippa have noticed with the dry weather that it would have been a much
better idea to line it. The ‘Kiwi collar’ in this image can also be dug into the ground, it does not have or need to be above ground to work. Decisions can be made to suit the design you desire for your project.
This is an experiment and not sure how it is going. We are going to also try one with small pebbles and woodchip and see what happens. Same concept as above. The layers can be used and modified for your particular project.
An experiment with collecting dew  to water plants. – we suggest plastic lining for both logs and rocks at this time
condensation collecting area in the waterless garden
Once again we suggest to line the dug out area with plastic. (The wood is underground)
‘Hotspot’ in the waterless garden project

Thank you to AJ and Mary, Philippa and Lincon for some of the photos in this post.
Thank you also to AJ for demonstrating and bringing our awareness to this method of gardening.

Living Fertility Systems

If you haven’t read the blog ‘Creating Loving Eco-Systems -An Introduction’ yet we suggest that you do so especially if you have the intention to actually create a living system yourself.

We began these systems in 2012 and it is an on going project.

It is really important to understand that you need to have a feeling of love and put love into this project. Without love it is not going to flourish and be abundant. If you don’t desire to give love to what you are doing we suggest not to begin the project (better to look at why you don’t want to first, and do the project at another time).

Living Systems are about creating, food, habitat, moisture (water) for Bacteria, fungus, microbes, soil-based creatures (worms, ants, white ants etc)Plants that prepare the environment (weeds, trees seemingly without “purpose”) Above ground and airborne creatures (insects, spiders, etc)

They very basically consist of putting a lot of dead matter in one place and creating a decomposing (not composting) mound or hole to give all the little life creating creatures/primary recovery organisms food and a place to flourish. 


If your intention is to get from the mound or hole, to take for yourself e.g. plant a fruit tree right away in it so you can eat rather than purely just wanting to create fertility in the soil you may find there are issues (this does not mean that eventually there wont be a fruit tree there that you can eat, but we need to be very honest with ourselves about why we are engaging in the projects in the first place, expectation and demands on plants and creatures causes negative results in our experience (this is a process). 


Living systems are about properly preparing the soil and environment so that eventually it will be wholly self sustainable and will support all life (flora and fauna). The intention of living systems is to provide abundance to the living intelligence that knows best how to repair what is damaged – in this case the soil. Soil based living intelligence knows best how to heal, balance soil, water based living intelligence know best how to heal, balance water systems, if we create places where these primary recovery organisms have all they need to live and flourish abundantly close by then they will feel loved, not attacked and will abundantly be able to procreate and multiply which is exactly what the land needs.


These creatures are all your friends. It is only when organisms feel attacked that they can get out of balance and ‘attack’ back (for them they are only ensuring their survival). Example: when white ants eat your house they are not purposely attacking you out of spite, they are just doing their job of recycling dead matter. If you loved the white ants and had a whole heap of dead matter and gave the white ants an opportunity to create a home that they loved with abundant food and water nearby they could well leave your house alone. If we love these organisms as much as we love other creatures e.g. your cat or dog, and give them as much love, food, shelter, water as we can then they wont have reason to attack and can get on with having lots of sex multiply at a rate that is sustainable for where they live (totally in balance and harmony) and doing what they do best – recovery jobs. That will cut down your work and effort and make everyone and everything in the environment around you much happier and more plentiful. They don’t need us, we do need them and in our arrogance we often think that we don’t. 


primary soil recovery creature! These guys are truly intelligent
and completely amazing in many ways!!

Living System example, Below Ground Variety (Hole):

 
Living System Example, Above Ground Variety (Mound):
 
 
Basic Construction of a Living System:
Give Abundantly to your living fertility systems, both love and matter!!
 
note: you do not need specific ingredients to construct a living system. you can use what you have on hand and you can do it over a period of time. For example you could have a hole in your back yard and put all your organic food waste, old clothing, some tin and metal (avoid aluminium where possible), your own manure – if you are vegan and want to, (meat eaters excrement has toxins and different bacteria in it), all paper (ripped up, or scrunched to create air pockets for worms), cardboard, newspapers etc (put it in vertically so worms and organisms have somewhere to go if it gets wet), old broken furniture, bits of wood, grass clippings, what ever you have in it, cover it with a board until you fill it up (so you don’t fall down it) and when a few inches from the top cover it with a thick layer of wood chip, put an optional decorative stump, log or rock on top of it and let the primary recovery organisms do their wonderful thing. You could also have little holes all over the place and put your household waste in it.
 
If you do have access to fallen branches, dead trees (these need to be covered and have as much surface area contact with the ground as possible to encourage decomposition and so that the organisms can eat them without being open to attack, hay, debosia, manure, etc etc, use that!
 
Below Ground Variety:
Dig a hole:
 
This can be very large to small depending on the scale of your project and how much matter you have to put in it.
or Find a bit of erosion:
Collect a whole heap of matter (be Generous): 
Newspaper, cardboard, paper, shredded paper,

Hay, debosia, damaged hay, mouldy hay, etc etc

Manure, horse, cow, sheep, any animal (note that bat and chicken are extremely strong, might need to mix these with less astringent manures), human – if vegan

windfall trees/branches etc

seeded dead weed/grass matter, lawn mowings etc

Add what you have got, what you can find, what you have on hand.
Encouraging what is already there & using what you have at hand:

We suggest if you have a pile of wood as above to begin that as the basis of your mound, stuff the other matter, cardboard, paper, hay, woodchip, smaller sticks, manure, manure slurry – for the worms etc, what ever you have in all the holes, stuff it up tight and then cover it with manure, and finish it with hay so you have a lovely big mound of dead matter that is covered as much as possible. This can be done with tree stumps also, create the mound around them where they already exist.

encouraging what is already there – feeding a white ants nest,
adding cardboard and wood chips to encourage the
life and support it where it is.
Add minerals (be generous):
 
You will need to identify what minerals the soil needs. A soil test is good for this. We used gypsum for the project in standby paddock as there was a clay base. In other areas of the land we have used different mineral combinations. Each hole may be different.
You can put an optional layer of newspaper (2 sheets thick) over the minerals if you want.
Put compacted matter into the holes:
 
put cardboard bales, hay bales, fallen trees, tree stumps, branches -cut up to fit hole, (compacted items) in the hole.
jostling a bale into place
Pack it in tight – generously:
Pack Cardboard/hay/matter around the compacted matter to fill up the hole tight. When using paper and cardboard put it standing up ways so that worms and other organisms are able to crawl upwards to the top to get out of excess water.
Adding cardboard and newspaper
the more cardboard the better –  food
Adding more food
Add Manure and worms – generously:
 
Worms love manure and will chomp through it. We also created what we called ‘worm slurry’ a water manure brew that was soaked for a few days before putting it into the system. We did this to add moisture and a place for worms to begin feasting and breeding right away. Worms need moisture. (No need to deplete your worm breeding centres too much, take what you can and then wait till the worms breed up more and add more to the living system at a later date, if needed.)
(We put manure all through the systems and then made little worm pockets with slurry at the top of the holes to create a worm feasting/breeding area from which they can multiply and spread through the system).
 
Worm Slurry:
 
This can be a mixture of all sorts of things that worms like, could include food scraps too if you wanted to.
Can be water, manure, decomposed matter, small bits of cardboard soaked, or just manure and water. Make use of what you have or can easily access.
make a worm food slurry/brew water, poo,
decomposed hay, small bits of cardboard
put the slurry/brew under the newspaper in all the
holes and cracks so that there is moisture
Cover with Mulch:
 
to keep it moist and also add more food and places for insects to live.
adding mulch
Cover with mulch to keep moist (what a lovely ‘bug’ palace)
 
Adding dead matter:
 
We were really grateful to our neighbours (the Munsies) for their generous gift of felled trees to put both underground into the living system hole and also on the top of it.
moving dead matter onto the top – creating habitat and
food sources for fauna.
Put as much matter as possible in and on top of the holes.
Cover as much surface area as possible:
Pack matter around the wood to ensure as much surface area of the logs are covered or touching hay, woodchip, etc so that it breaks down faster and so creatures can easily eat and make homes and do not have to endanger themselves or work hard to do so.
cover with woodchips (optional, you could use the wood chips in the living
system or if limited supply keep them to use for mulching around the
 regeneration ‘support’ plants (legumes) rather than putting it
over the top.
Woodchip packed around the tree stumps to enable more
surface area to be available to primary recovery organisms.
(You can use hay, or any other materials you may have
access to).
Living System Above Ground Variety:
 
To construct an above ground living system is pretty much the same as below ground but without a hole. There are heaps of ways you can build it, some examples: on crates, straight on the ground, cut a small cut or swale into the ground before piling matter.
Important to note that the above ground system is about decomposition not composting. You do not want it to be overheating (unless specifically designed to do so for example in the case of cold climate and creating micro climate hot spots.) Composting kills life as it gets too hot. Decomposition encourages life, (decomposition still feels warms just not hot).
above ground (mound) living system
Make a cut, or just lay a crate, hay or any other matter on the ground to build upon.
You could use an old tree stump, piles of wood, windfall branches, logs, trees. You can make living systems around what already exists if it is too hard to move. GIVE ABUNDANTLY to your Living Fertility Systems!
The beginning of the worm ‘mound’
Bale of hay wedged into a bit of open soil
and separated to create decomposition not composting.
Primary Recovery Organisms don’t like too much heat

fill the gaps with cardboard and manure/logs/fallen branches etc

put the slurry/brew under the newspaper in all the
holes and cracks so that there is moisture

Put it all together

cover in manure, mulch it with hay, cover with wood chips and
then put fallen branches  (ones that have not been on the
ground long and that have not begun creating habitat.) To
hold the mound in place and create habitat and encourage other
fauna and flora to come and make their homes!
cut timber for the top and middle of mounds
 
The mound
Creating Living Systems (to improve soil fertility) was a great day learning about the earth, ourselves and how to create abundance through giving love and supporting the intelligent life systems without expectation* that support us. 
I feel that one of the greatest gifts was the fact that if want to take and we want for everything to be given to us from the earth; If we do not desire to give and love the earth, land and all the intelligent life – the fungi, bacteria, microbes, micro-organisms, worms, insects, and all the creating things – then it is really best to not begin in the first place. The whole exercise is an exercise in giving for the pure desire to give to that which creates. To give without gain. 

Personal Note on what Eloisa learnt from creating Living Systems: I need to be like a worm hole.

To stop expecting and demanding** from the earth and the land and to trust God’s abundance and her way of creating and see the way she creates and help out the best that I can by providing food, water, shelter to everything that sustains life. To all the insects, fungi, bacteria, microbes, micro-organisms etc these are our friends and our desire to erridicate them reflects how much negative, self serving desire we have and how little we understand about the way that the world operates as God designed it. We create more and more problems that then need fixing. We are exhausting ourselves with meaningless things that could be done so much more easily if we were more humble, more logical and actually understood what God has gifted us in the first place. We humans claim to be intelligent but I am beginning to wonder, smile. What I saw today is that God’s way is best*** and it is beautiful, magical, abundant and can create wonderlands…. We are excited about the experiment and to see ‘who moves in’ and what happens.

* Today I learnt how much expectation I have about things giving to me in order for me to get what i want. I learnt how much demand we have and how much pressure we put on the earth rather than giving to the earth abundantly and without expectation to encourage intelligent living flora and fauna to create it’s own living self creating systems. 

** This is an emotional change not just an intellectual exercise that we can think into existance. It takes us emotionally releasing the demands and expectations that we have on things to sustain us. To grow our desire to love, grow our desire to give and our desire to find out about all the intelligent life that God has created and support it purely because we desire to support it and for no other reason. 

*** In my arrogance I am not always humble to this fact and try to force my way, but when it is logically explained I wonder why I thought there was any other but God’s way. Much to learn and how exciting!

 

Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction

Below is a document put together by AJ/Jesus on ‘Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction’. It is very useful to read before undertaking any environmental projects at home, or in general. It helped us to at least intellectually understand more about what our souls (you/me) are creating and causing to happen in ‘our’ garden or on the land (both the land that we live on, the country we live in and the how we affect the land the world over, souls are large and global not small and local, smile). It gives information about the systems God creates and we need to replicate in order for us and the environment to be in harmony.

Below is the document as written, it can also be found on the Divine Truth website>Learning Centres>Learning Centre Visit Requirements>Outline or the link below will take you to the original PDF at the same source. There are also audio recordings you can download and listen to on the same webpage.

http://www.divinetruth.com/PDF/Event/2012/20121031%20Creating%20Loving%20Eco-Systems%20-%20An%20Introduction%20(Outline).pdf

Creating Loving Eco-Systems – An Introduction

Introduction
 
Some people are still struggling to love each other 
  • Need to examine the reasons for this 
  • But seem to think they have an easier time loving animals, creatures and the Earth But is that even really true? 
  • How much of our addictions are really present even in our work with the environment?
What is an Eco-System?
 
It is a complete ecological environmental system where: 
  • Each part operates in harmony and balance
  • No single part is dominant or overwhelms another 
  • Each part benefits the whole and assists abundance in the whole 
  •  No single part can properly survive without the other parts
 
What is a Loving System?
 
These are the systems God creates, and we need to replicate where:
  • Human Love & understanding is available to all parts of the system 
  • Humans learn and replicate that God has done 
  • Humans understand how we have destroyed the system & desire to change 
  • Humans understand what emotions within us have contributed to destruction
  • Humans honour the intelligence inbuilt in each organism within the system 
  • No human addictions are supported by the system created
Lesson 1 – Love Effects & Controls The Entire System
 
For anything to flourish Love must be present
  • We must understand how our soul condition is reflected the environment 
  • We must understand that God is always bringing more love into the system 
  • We often resist God’s efforts to bring more love into the system
When our Love is present, the following occurs:
  • All organisms and the entire system itself flourish 
  • There is abundance for every part of the system 
  • The system will be in perfect balance
When our Love is absent or addictive (given only for personal benefit):
 
Aggressive organisms express arrogance to the system when loved addictively 
  • They feel themselves to be superior (due to the attitude of the human) 
  • They attack and destroy the organisms felt (by the human) to be inferior 
  • They demonstrate a reflection of mankind’s dominance
  • E.g. A domestic cat killing animals and birds even though it is well fed
  • E.g. Domestic goats eating everything even when they must have eaten enough 
Aggressive organisms multiply when being attacked
  • They go into hyper-drive with reproduction 
  • They feel competitive and aggressive towards other organisms in the system 
  • They are aware of negative feelings from humans, and respond to survive 
  • E.g. Insects that people want destroyed will feel will increase reproduction 
  • E.g. Insects that people want destroyed will attack people 
  • E.g. Insects will reflect the fear in humans that causes humans to attack
Passive organisms express meekness to the system when loved addictively 
  • They feel themselves to be inferior (due to the attitude of the human) 
  • They are attacked and destroyed by aggressive organisms 
  • They demonstrate a reflection of mankind’s submission and unworthiness
  • E.g. A precious shy marsupial that we “love” will be attacked by our own cat Passive organisms regress and reduce reproduction when being attacked
  • They first attempt to flee the area completely
  • They do not feel “safe” to breed and multiply E.g. A watered (& weeded) garden is all about fear and favouritism. There should be no need to water a garden. If things are created with love and as a complete system – the system will support life without our intervention.
All organisms desire survival, and will adapt to survive
  • An attitude of love does not force adaption through negative events 
  • An attitude of love allows change and growth through positive events 
  • E.g. Organisms without enough to eat will adapt and eat other material 
  • E.g. Organisms without enough of their “normal” diet will change their diet 
  • E.g. Organisms not loved will understand they are under attack from the system 
  • E.g. Organisms that are “loved” will drop their defensive actions
All organisms respond to emotions of fear and anger
 
Fear creates: 
  • An automatic struggle to survive 
  • A system that involves lots of work 
  • A system that is without abundance 
  • Destruction of areas of the environment that we are afraid of 
  • Competition with areas of the environment that we are afraid of
Anger creates: 
  • Everything that fear creates (since anger is the result of suppressing fear) 
  • Aggression within the entire system; a desire to attack and destroy 
  • Destruction of the system through natural events (fire, flood etc)
God is always trying to bring love back into the system
  • Each one of God’s Laws is created in order to expose the condition of love 
  • Each one of God’s Laws has the effect of bringing more love back into the system 
  • Each one of God’s Laws is attempting to correct the human’s unloving condition 
  • If a loving system is left alone by humans, it will always maintain balance 
  • If a loving system is attacked by humans, it will always become more unbalanced
Lesson 2 – The Human Soul Interconnects With The Entire System
 
Humans need to understand that everything around us is connected to us
 
How organisms respond is completely dependant on our own soul condition 
         Soul condition is the sum total of our beliefs, emotions, desires, passions, longings, assumptions, intentions, reasoning etc.
  • Soul condition determines the effectiveness of our effort to restore eco-systems
  • Organisms will work against us if our soul condition is not adjusted
  •  Organisms’ inbuilt instinct will be to expose & correct unloving behaviour in us 
  • Our condition will affect any organism connected to us for any reason
  • E.g. Plants that supply my coffee will be connected to me if I drink coffee 
  • E.g. Plants that supply my sugar will be connected to me if I consume sugar
Our soul condition has a huge bearing on how systems respond
  • Even our observation of a system changes how the system responds 
  • Our environmental choices & decisions are caused by our own condition 
  • Our addictions create unloving actions perpetrated towards the environment 
  • The environment will respond to these unloving addictions to correct them
 
I need to become aware of how I am destroying eco-systems around the world through my soul condition
 
The choices I make to satisfy my own addictions through food, will result in the destruction of eco-systems all around the world
  • E.g. My desire for eating meat (McDonalds hamburgers for example) results in the destruction of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil 
  • It is pointless fixing eco-systems in our direct neighbourhood while at the same time destroying eco-systems in other countries
  • We need to examine more honestly how our demands are satisfied 
  • We need to see the laws of supply and demand in operation 
  • We need to change our demands if we want destruction to be averted
What systems we currently have around us are not indicative of the actual system that God created, or their normal operation
 
We cannot assume the following: 
  • That how organisms currently work is how they would normally work 
  • That how organisms currently act is how they would normally act 
  • That how organisms currently respond is how things normally would respond
We can assume the following: 
  • That our interaction with an organism will change how the organism responds 
  • That our actions have a direct bearing on the evolution of an organism 
  • That each organism has inbuilt intelligence (instinct) 
  • That an entire system will respond to our desires, beliefs and actions 
  • That we cannot assume what is currently present is normal; or what would normally exist if we were not present
E.g. When we look at some land, we cannot assume that what is currently on the land will be what was or would normally be there 
E.g. We cannot assume that current methods of farming are the only way to farm
 
Lesson 3 – Eco-Systems Need 3 (Three) Basics For Survival & Abundance
 
Almost every living thing has three basic requirements for survival (that humans have control over)
  • Water 
  • Food 
  • Shelter 
  • Note: many other things are needed for survival, but most of these are naturally provided through the atmosphere, and are not directly under the control of individual humans.
If one of these elements are missing, abundance is not possible
  • Living organisms go into hibernation, waiting for times of abundance 
  • Living organisms can survive many years, some even thousands of years in this state
  • The system remains “pregnant” with life, but only as a possibility
Almost every living thing multiplies with abundance
 
The proximity and abundance of these three basic things will effect how prolific and healthy the living thing is; i.e. the easier the access, the better for the organism 
E.g. If food, water, shelter are near each other, reproduction results
 
Almost every living thing struggles with scarcity
 
Any living thing that doesn’t have sufficient amounts struggles to survive Much more “work” is required With more “work” comes less “free” time, time for pleasure E.g. If food, water, shelter are far from each other, reproduction is inhibited E.g. If remove just a single requirement, the organism will struggle to survive
 
We must not judge the system as what we currently have
  • Huge amounts of destruction have occurred to the earth over 1000’s of years 
  • We cannot state that what we now have is “normal” 
  • Very few humans in the past 4,000 years have actually personally seen “normal”
Lesson 4 – All Living Organisms Have Inbuilt Intelligence
 
Anything living that God has created has its own intelligence
  • Intelligence can be individual (e.g. mammal) or collective (e.g. insects) 
  • Each organism knows how to create abundance for its own survival 
  • If man leaves each organism alone, it will create its own abundance in time 
  • Man does not see nor acknowledge the intelligence in the system 
  • Man can either speed up or slow down the organism’s ability to create for itself 
  • The intelligence already placed in the system will correct the environment 
  • All we need do is learn how to support the system and use the intelligence 
  • When we have millions of different creatures all working for us, our environment will change rapidly and flourish without huge amounts of hard work
All organisms are geared to assist the life-cycle of living systems
  • All processes & creatures turn dead things into the basis of life for more living things
  • All dead things form the foundation for living things 
  • Man tries to prevent this from happening 
  • E.g. We design a home out of “dead” matter & react angrily when living things attack
  • E.g. We poison & destroy living intelligent creatures that are telling us truths
  • E.g. We kill the organisms that are responding in love 
  • E.g. We must work harder to create systems without intelligence
To create loving eco-systems we must understand the intelligence
  • Most soil based creatures know more than we do about how to fix the soil 
  • Most water based organisms know more than we do about how to fix the water 
  • Most food based organisms know more than about their own abundance than we do
  • Most systems are struggling against man’s desires 
  • This also means that most humans feel a sense of struggle against the system 
  • When we understand and love, these living things work for us repairing the system
Once we recognise the intelligence, we will understand the support it brings
  • Mankind can be fully supported by the entire system without much work at all
  • Initially correcting the unbalanced systems will require work 
  • Once imbalance is corrected, then work will not be required 
  • Each system will be fully self-supporting and self-maintaining
  • Man will be free to play, rather than eke out an existence
Lesson 5 – Understand The Role Of Organisms In System Recovery
 
Primary organisms in system recovery are those with collective consciousness
  • Understanding the role of recovery organisms is essential to eco-systems 
  • Most primary organisms have collective rather than individual consciousness 
  • Most of these creatures do not have a central nervous system 
  • Most of these creatures do not have a spirit body 

These include:

Bacteria, fungus, microbes, soil-based creatures (worms, ants, white ants etc) Plants that prepare the environment (weeds, trees seemingly without “purpose”) Above ground and airborne creatures (insects, spiders, etc)
 
Secondary organisms in system recovery are those with individual consciousness
  • Without assistance from recovery organisms, no secondary organisms can survive
  • Humans cannot survive without the primary recovery organisms
  • Other creatures with individual intelligence also cannot survive 
  • Secondary organisms can only survive without human intervention once there is abundance created by the primary recovery organisms 
  • E.g. Introducing larger creatures to an environment without having properly prepared the environment will result in these larger creatures either dying, subsisting, or being dependant on human intervention for survival (larger creatures meaning any creature larger than the biggest earth or air based primary recovery organism) 
  • E.g. Introducing trees and other plant life that requires specific soil and environment elements, without also having a system that supports their existence, will result in constant maintenance being required by humans
Lesson 6 – Understand The Basics Of Creating A Healthy Eco-System
 
All parts of the system must be loved equally
  • Unless we love & care for all parts of the system, the system will become unbalanced
  • This requires changing our heart felt attitudes towards all parts of the system 
  • This is particularly the case with parts of the system that we view as “pests” If we love the system equally, each part of the system will work “hard” for us

Life is not created in the soil by adding dead material

  • Dead material is the food of living creatures that create life in the soil 
  • Dead material is essential, because it is a part of the support structure 
  • But we must understand that its role is to support life of the living creatures 
  • Dead material that does not support life will finish up taking from the system
  • E.g. Adding fertiliser only has long term benefit if it supports living creatures, adding fertiliser every year without supporting living creatures creates a condition where more and more fertiliser is required for the same result
Don’t worry about correcting deficiencies in the soil
  • Intelligence IN THE SYSTEM will correct the soil 
  • It will be faster to create the living systems than trying to correct the dead system
  • Anything else will just create incessant work for us
Systems must be created to support primary recovery living creatures
  • These creatures will turn dead material into material that can support all life 
  • This creates a system that supports all creatures and animals, from aphids to lady bugs, ants to marsupials, grasses to trees, birds to large animals 
  • When creating and supporting systems, don’t start with the plants; start with attracting the creatures by providing them with dead material (food), water & shelter
  •       Even in a desert it is possible (start with shelter, add water collection, then food) 
  •       If you don’t have soil or air based primary recovery organisms, then create the environment to attract and support them, then transport them if you have to
We have the potential to have an environment where seeding and fruiting occurs all year round
 
This doesn’t happen now for a number of reasons 
  • Fear that drives selfish ‘taking’ attitudes from our environment 
  • Denuding of the environment has caused changes in the climate, seasons, and a lack moisture and warmth retained in or near the earth 
  • Systems can only work when there is abundance, which is generally seasonal
 
Lesson 7 – Understand & Develop Techniques For Recovery
 
Techniques include:
  • Water flow and storage based contouring 
  • Water management and collection 
  • Water health, prevention of water stagnation 
  • Shelter systems for primary recovery organisms 
  • Begin where such systems already are naturally starting 
  • Create locations of high fertility, either in or on top of the soil 
  • Understand water and nutrient migration (elevation and flow speed) 
  • Do not destroy systems that have already been started naturally
  • Do not burn off; use the material for the creation of systems 
  • Focus on watering, feeding & sheltering the system first, then feeding yourself 
  • Focus on a NO MAINTENANCE WORK system; self-supporting 
  • Most techniques can be scaled up or down according to area size
Climate considerations include:
 
Cold Climate 
  • Generating heat and warmth is a primary part of creating shelter 
  • Use rocks, decaying matter; any material that will generate heat naturally 
  • Usually have plenty of water, but not all year around (due to ice, snow dry conditions)
  • Manage and use the water for winter (need warm areas that do not freeze) 
  • Allow water to flow during summer (do not want marshy conditions generally)
Hot Climate 
  • Remember that shade and the ground provide shelter 
  • Create conditions were organisms can retain moisture 
  • Collect the water and retain it when it is available 
  • Stop evaporation and prevent soil based distribution of water 
  • Create contours and swales that collect and retain moisture 
  • Initially plant plants that survive in harsh low water based conditions 
  • Plant weeds that are naturally growing in the area
Tropical vs Temperate Systems 
  • Obviously different conditions and locations require different methods 
  • Water, food and shelter is abundant at different times in these different systems
  • Create systems that provide a year round solution to abundance of the three basic elements (water, food and shelter)
Creating Micro-Climates
  • Contours 
  • Swales 
  • Fertility locations (holes and mounds) 
  • Holes 
  • Mounds 
  • Ponds 
  • Shelters
Sloping Land vs. Flat Land
  • Use the slope of the land to maintain the system 
  • On flat land, the systems will need to have a completely different design
Conclusion
 
Obviously, this series of seminars are just an introduction to the subject We could talk for many hours about the different techniques Learning Centre projects will now focus on these different techniques Remember this is about Loving ALL of the parts of the system
 
Key points
  • Bring love for all elements into the system through actions & changes in soul condition 
  • Understand how the human condition (beliefs, emotions, demands etc) dominate the interconnectivity between systems and their effectiveness 
  • Understand everything needs food, water and shelter to survive
  • Understand every living organism has inbuilt intelligence that can be utilised to recover & maintain the system 
  • Focus on supporting firstly the key recovery organisms in the system Use techniques that suit the environment, climate, location, elevation and topography
 
Thank you to AJ and Mary and the Divine Truth Website for this information.

‘Summerfest 2012 Project’

We recently held ‘Summerfest’, a week long project that included different projects with the intention that those who came could learn techniques based on love that are logical and beautiful* that are applicable to their backyards or acreage. It was a project with lots of different learning experiences so that those who attended and volunteered their time could leave with skills and knowledge on how to do what they learned at home and teach it to others. Below is a summary and thank you to those who volunteered and contributed their time, expertise and energy to these projects.

The week of the ‘Summerfest 2012 Project’ – 28th November to 3rd of December 2012, held at Kyabra Station (Kyabra Learning Centre, Kentucky, NSW), was a great week full of various fun filled activities. 
 
We began and ended with a focus on large scale soil improvement and water management, demonstrating methods using contours and ponds to redirect and retain water, building living eco systems to provide fertility and regenerate soil, and seeding of grasses and re generation plants to prevent soil erosion. This project took longer than expected with some of the pond walls needing adjustments to hold water properly.

There is still some work to be done in this area to complete the project but a lot of headway was made and we are so grateful for all volunteers time in beginning the project.
 
the site – Standbye Paddock
Alternate View of Standbye Paddock
Bedrock the beginnings of  erosion at the top of the paddock
Alternate view of bedrock erosion
Erosion, contours, ponds


Site for contour planting, ponding and living fertility systems:
Contour
Close up of coutour
You can see where the water held and was slowed down
in a shower we had pre-seeding the contour
Harrowing hand planted seeding on the
contours.
Contours at Site (Standbye Paddock):
Digging the Fertility pits
Living Fertility System hole on a contour

The various materials and ‘food’ for the living fertility systems – use what you
have on hand and have an abundance of. We are wanting to create systems
that are self supporting and that can be done with low cost using what is
available.
Filling up the Fertility pit
Tractor moving ‘dead matter’ into place
An almost finished Living System – needs some more hay and
matter around the logs so they will break down faster and encourage life
to live there feeling protected and ‘safe’.
Fertility pit complete
Volunteers working at a Living System

Standbye paddock Site showing ponds:

Just dug pond
After a rain. The soil here as you can see in the background is prone to heavy
erosion after rain. The soil is light and fly-away- when exposed.
Working on the bank of one of the ponds. Creating a dam wall to prevent
erosion and cover as much bare soil as possible. (Begin from the bottom up
when creating a dam wall).
 Harrowing the dam wall
Adding sticks into erosion cracks and at overflow to manage and
slow down water.
Lomandra grasses planted either side of logs – logs
purpose to slow down water flow.
Dam bank complete
Other projects during the week consisted of tending to the swales planted out last year and filling them with gathered matter to transform them into living systems in order to create fertility and improve soil conditions.
Our many thanks to everyone who was on the ‘food’ team for all the living systems spending your days carrying and carting dead wood matter and treading lightly to place it in an already re-generating area. Thank you for your time and care  to disturb as little as possible the new plants and creatures that have been moving in over the last year. Thanks also to our neighbors and Bunnings for supplying much of the ‘dead’matter used to feed the living systems.

‘Food’ for the Living Systems – Thanks Guys for your help pre – summerfest!
More ‘food’ for the systems
shredding paper for ‘food’ for the living systems and
getting the worms going.
shredded cardboard and paper
Other Projects:

Waterless home Gardening project: demonstrating several techniques including fibonacci system to maximize sun and water usage of any area, designing water flow in your garden, techniques to minimize or completely remove the need for watering, mixed planting incorporating natives both flowering and mulching, fruit trees and vegetables. (More detailed information on the Waterless Garden can be found in the blog post titled the same).

Waterless garden before

fibonacci spiral marked out
volunteers creating various systems in the garden
Nature box project: constructing from flat packed pre made kits, painting and positioning boxes for animals and birds according to their particular needs, providing shelter close to food and water. Scouting for suitable locations and some tree climbing to place boxes.

Pre packaged nature boxes, thank you to everyone who made these for us
in Queesland. We are so grateful for all your time and efforts!
Constructed from pre- packaging
eco painting in process

 

Nature box in place up a tree
‘Reptile Heaven project’: Reptiles are often forgotten or even shunned members of vital ecosystems. This activity focused on providing habitat for reptiles by placing shelter, food and water in close proximity, providing safe transit zones. We utilized above ground living systems to incorporate suitable living shelters and abundant insect life. We also planted various native shrubs, legumes and grasses for protection and mulching. There have already been an increase in numbers of lizards and frogs into the area. 

Reptile Heaven ‘before’ – looking up the hill
Reptile Heaven ‘after’ – looking up hill

 


Reptile Heaven ‘after’ looking down the hill
Reptile Heaven in progress

Some little frogs who have moved in near by

 

Worm nursery and breeding centre: Setting up optimal conditions for worm breeding farms and educating about lovingly caring for worms and soil creating creatures.

worms – we love worms!
Worm Breeding Centre under construction –
For more information see blog post on the same
subject.
Worm slurry in the field to add to the living systems to
get the worms started.
We had a marvelous time in the woolshed each evening learning new things in presentations from Jesus and Mary and reflecting on events during the day, as well as much fun dancing, singing and being entertained by wonderful musicians and singers. Our thanks to Jesus and local singer/song writer Fabio Tolli for the evening entertainment. Thank you so much for all the time and gifts to all who planned, prepared and attended these events! We hope you learned heaps and enjoyed it as much as we did!
 
We want to thank God’s Way of Love Organization (no longer in existence) for all the wonderful contributions they made, Jesus and Mary, the team leaders and supply teams and everyone who participated and volunteered giving their time, resources and efforts to helping us love the land some more. 
 
We would like to acknowledge the amount of time and effort that went into things such as organizing and pre making animal and bird boxes. We are grateful to everyone who came and made this event such fun and worthwhile this year. We look forward to seeing you again sometime in the near future.
 
Thanks again 
 
From the Lytton-Hitchins Family  
 
For more information or if anything in this takes your interest please feel free to contact us at eloisalh@gmail.com or phone 67787458 or check out www.divinetruth.com for more information on creating loving eco-systems.
 
* We found out how illogical some of us were or how we sacrificed logic for beauty or beauty for logic rather than having a beautiful balance of both. 

Nesting Box Project

The nesting box project is an ongoing project that was begun at ‘Summerfest’ Nov/Dec 2012.

Volunteers from Queensland made up all sorts of boxes for various species, those that live here and those we want to encourage. In total there were nesting boxes for thirty-two different species including but not limited to: pardolotes, finches, ringtail possums, glider possums, micro bats, kookaburras, swallows, scarlet breasted robins, and robins in general, small birds, quails, and various other smaller creatures that lack hollows and nesting places.
We hope to continue this project to encourage breeding and construct homes and food sources near water supplies so it is easy for animals and birds to breed easily and abundantly all over the learning centre.
We are feel so excited with each new creature we ‘discover’ and see, each one that moves in and we hope that each creature will feel they can have a home here that is safe and secure away……
We would like to create habitat and release programmes for endangered creatures and creatures that are threatened. Also ones that used to live here but that have been moved on due to grazing, habitat clearing etc…
Pre packaged nature boxes brought down from Queensland
A constructed nature box
A nature box with its final coat of eco paint
nature boxes painted and drying in the sunshine
bat box in place
nature box in place

Creating Loving Worm Farms: For Optimum Breeding

Thank you to Paige Willoughby for creating this document and many thanks to Paige and Kerry for being the ‘keeper of the worms’, correcting and setting the worm farms up lovingly during ‘Summerfest 2012 Project’. Our many thanks for all your time and efforts!
 
This outline is designed to help you develop an appreciation for the worm and its role in land restoration and repair. It will step you through the process of creating a Loving environment for rapidly breeding worms, with the
view of recycling organic matter and incorporating these intelligent creatures into other Loving Eco-Systems, such as fertility holes, veggie gardens, food forests, native forests or planting beds- just to name a few.

Some Facts About Worms:
  • The worm is one of God’s “soil scientists” AND a fertiliser genius
  • Worms are integral in the restoration of damaged or degraded land, particularly as a result of mining, stock-carrying compaction, clear felling, and plantation agriculture
  • Through a life spent burrowing, eating, excreting, copulating and reproducing, worms fertilise the soil, increase nitrogen availability and microbial activity within the soil
  • The Worms burrowing action help to open the soil structure, therefore increase the amount of aeration and drainage in the soil, where water absorption and infiltration can be 4-10 times greater in paddocks with worms
  • Worms ingest half their body weight per day in organic matter – 1kg worms will consume 500g of food
  • Worms break down organic matter; food scraps, manure/excrement, leaves, lawn clippings, grass/hay, peat moss/coconut shavings, cardboard, paper, wood, ash/coals, even sand and clothes!
  • When the worm excretes the digested organic matter, in the form of casts, they significantly increase the amount of minerals available and accessible for uptake by plants and other intelligent creatures in the eco-system
  • These minerals include Nitrogen, Phosphorous, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc- creating ideal planting and recovery conditions

Creating The Worm Farm

Basic Materials Required:
  • Container  
  • Star droppers, bricks, rocks or crates to elevate container for clear drainage and worm liquid collection 
  • Bucket or Container for collection and storage of Worm Liquid Fertiliser 
  • Shade Cloth 
  • Rocks for drain hole  
  • “Bedding”- Peat Moss or Straw/Hay 
  • Starter worms, approx 1 kg (compost worms optional) 
  • Soaked Manure- sheep, horse, cow, human (vegetarian or vegan diet only) 
  • Moist Newspaper/paper, sheets or shredded
  • Soaked Cardboard 
  • Food Scraps (no citrus, pineapple, large seeds, or onion family
  • Covering- Carpet or cardboard blanket plus Hessian or Shade Cloth
Optional Extras:
  • Lawn Clippings, or finely chopped green waste 
  • Decomposed straw or hay- must be easily digestible, therefore easily broken or pulled apart by hands
  • Once well established, clothing made from organic matter may be digested by worm farm
Construction:
Thank you to the internet for this
image
Thanks to the internet for this
image

 

1. Choose a container, with adequate drainage: Bath Tub, Old Fridge (de-gassed), Wheelie Bin, 44-gal Drum, Wooden Box, Feed bin, plastic tub, old suit case, old eski/chillibin, car tyres or draw…be creative. As a guide, minimum dimensions to accomodate 1kg of worms: 30-60cm deep x 80cm long x 30cm wide

elevation & gradient – liquid collector
 
2. Elevation and Gradient: Allow enough clearance, and gradient for a bucket or water container to collect the liquid that drains from the farm
– Worm Liquid Fertiliser is fabulous for giving new plants and gardens a nutrient boost
 
Drainage

3. Drainage:                                                                                                                             
 Place rocks over and around drain hole to prevent weight of worm bed contents block in the drain                                                                                                                    
shade cloth lining
Line Container with shade cloth which acts as a filter preventing worm bedding and castings from washing down the drain                                                                             
newspaper
Lay wet newspaper two sheets thick over the shade cloth- also a filter
peat moss
 4. Bedding:                                                                                                                                 
One block of Peat Moss or Coco Peat when hydrated should expand and fill one entire Wheel barrow (approximately 90L)                                                                                  
Lay the moist peat moss over the newspaper to a depth of 4- 5 inches, or a hand span (finger tips to wrist)   

Options: Straw, hay or shredded newspaper may be used if peat moss is unavailable            **Worms may be left, covered, on top of peat moss without additional food for a couple of days to de-stress, acclimatise and develop an appetite          
                                                                                         
worms
worm layer
5. Worm Layer  
If possible spread 1kg of worms on top of peat moss                                 
** If intending to acclimatise worms for few days, cover with wet Cardboard Blanket, Carpet and Shade Cloth (Step 9&10)
 
manure layer (sheep manure in picture)
6. Manure layer                                                                                                                             
If fresh manure is used, mix with chopped up hay or chemical free sawdust                
If dried, soak in water before layering over worms                                                            
Use preferably aged manure
– depending on its source, it may need time to release any emotion stored in it from the associated animal or treatment the animal has received in its life. Allow it to rest in the weather for a month or so, and take note of any plants that seed from it. For Example, Stinging Nettle releases the emotion of rage. Allow the plants to cleanse the manure before feeding it to the worms- would you wanna eat angry food???                                                                                                                        –Human Faeces may be used, only in the circumstances of a vegetarian or vegan diet. Flesh eaters have many bacteria that are not safe or suitable for such a process.
food scraps
 
7. Food Scraps                                                                                                                         
Press the food down firmly, so it starts to decompose in contact with the manure                                               –Remember not to over feed                                                                                             
Store excess food scraps in a sealed container until needed
shredded paper with air pockets
8. Shredded Paper & Shredded Cardboard                                                                            
Soak the newspaper, paper and cardboard- particularly densely coloured pieces, weather them for a time if possible                                                                                  
Tear the paper and cardboard into strips that can be scrunched to create air pockets
cardboard blanket

 

carpet
9. Carpet or Cardboard Blanket
– Carpet and/or two-three layers of soaked flat cardboard will created a nice blanket. Keep an eye on its moisture during the warmer months
-Creates a dark, moist, cool, safe environment
-Worms are shy creatures, if threatened or stressed or starving, they will not reproduce
shade cloth
10. Shade Cloth or Hessian Cover
-Helps to reflect the heat, if no shade
-Prevents Birds eating the worms
 
Worm Care:

Living Conditions:
  • Happy worms live in a Cool, Dark, Moist environment
  • The worm farms should not be smelly, if anything they will emit a sweet smell similar to the decaying forest floor.
  • Worms are living intelligent creatures; they are okay sharing their home with other living intelligent organisms (as they do in nature). Insects, beetles, flies, maggots, fungus, moulds etc only feed on dead, decaying materials. In fact these organisms’ help to decompose harsher organic matter, as worms don’t have teeth!
  • Maintain air spaces in the bedding, scrunch the moist shredded paper
  • Keep bedding moist, but not wet- worms don’t like swimming
  • pH is important, worms prefer neutral conditions- avoid citrus, pineapple, onion, garlic, leek, spring onions in food scraps
  • If too acidic (sour smell), add a hand full of garden lime (calcium CaCO3), ash from fire place (Carbon), or cardboard THEN reduce food scraps for a couple of days
  • Crushed egg shells or sea shells are also a form of slow release calcium
Food Supply:
  • Only add enough food scraps that the worms can eat in a few days When there is evidence of worms eating the Cardboard Layer, it is an indicator that more food scraps can be given
  • Chop the food into finer pieces so it can be digested faster (optional)
  • Just like we may have tendencies to overindulge, thereby avoiding our emotions, so too can the worms in our care be overfed. Give them enough that they have a little more than they need, but don’t create “Food Coma” as they will not reproduce optimally in this state. Also look at why you feel you need to “Love” the worms with food
  • Worms tend to reside within the top 2-3 inches of the worm bed. Therefore ensure the depth of the food supply does not become too great. Worms will eat to the surface, in preference to deeper. Too much food supply may result in undigested food remaining in the middle layers of the worm bed- contributing to possible souring of the environment
Reproduction: 
Thanks to Wikipedia for this image
  • Worms are hermaphrodites, meaning each worm has both male and female sex organs, therefore are neither male nor female, but both. Another awesome example of God’s true nature in our environment.
  • When a worm is approximately 4-6 weeks old, a white band forms around their head called the Clitellum, which contains sex organs, sperm and ova (eggs)
  • Worms require a mate to reproduce, even though they have both sets of sex organs
  • Worms join head to head, where the sperm can pass from each worm to the other and is stored in sacs
  • Cocoon is then formed on each of the worms Clitellum. As the worm backs out of the developing cocoon, eggs and sperm are deposited within the cocoon, where fertilisation takes place.
  • The tiny yellow, lemon-shaped cocoons require the right conditions to hatch. If it is too dry, they lay dormant for years in the soil and hatch only when conditions improve- very cool!!
Thanks to kingstonwormfarm.com
for this image
  • Baby Worms are a whitish colour, about half an inch in length. They are independent of their parents and begin eating as soon as they hatch.
  • Fed optimally, within 21 days, each adult worm will lay an egg cocoon containing 17 worms, predominately within the superficial paper layer of the worm farm
Harvesting:

  • When it comes time to harvest castings, about a week before its needed, layer food only on one half of the Worm Bed. The worms will migrate to that side, leaving a worm free section of castings that can be removed and used in the garden as fertiliser.
* This is an on going project begun at ‘Summerfest’ Nov/Dev 2012

Waterless Garden Project

This project is an ongoing project begun at ‘Summerfest’ 2012.

Lincon and Philippa had a desire to create a garden more in harmony with love. They began with a whole heap of ideas. We offered them some land to experiment on and they have since grown their ideas, thoughts, knowledge and have begun a ‘food forest’ based on various principles and ideas gathered from varying sources. One being principles of Divine Truth as consulted with by Jesus in how to bring everything they are doing into harmony with God’s definition of love, waterless gardening techniques, Geoff Lawton’s food forest ideas, and adding the fibonacci spiral (amongst other things).

They are conducting a series of experiments and putting ideas to the test.

Lincon and Philippa have regular days in the garden where anyone with the desire to learn and love the land and people are welcome to come along and volunteer their time. Check out the Events static page for the next meeting time or contact them via emailfor more information.

(more will be added to this blog page over the next while)

Lincon and Philippa

The Waterless Garden Before beginning
Garden plan
Fibonacci spiral laid out – each little ring is a different system or experiment
that will be put in place.
Volunteers putting down newspaper and mulching
Nov/Dec 2012
Volunteers in the garden creating systems
Nov/Dec 2012
creating the garden with volunteers from ‘summerfest’
Nov/Dec 2012
Lincon with a scoop mound system
Nov/Dec 2012
The garden in progress (Dec 2012)
Components in the Waterless Garden:

Scoop mound with above ground Living System

Rock Garden creating habitat

Components for above ground Living System (drawing), Above ground Living System
made in the garden – using available resources with a pallet for creature holes and habitat.

Components for Waterless garden plastic lined with rocks recommended to add a pipe to
fill with water /when if required see Living Systems post for more detailed information
Components for waterless garden with logs – a plastic pipe would be helpful to be added to
fill up with water if needed (see waterless nursery project for images and information)

produce from the waterless Garden
Waterless Garden with plants growing
beautifully. You can just see the pallet in the
fore-ground that creates the waterless Garden
beneath.

Swales and Contours:

Check out Cushnie Learning Centre images of Contours doing a
beautiful job holding water on
Mary.divinetruth.com ‘And then the Ants told us…
Swale (side view) – for water management



Components for hot spots

How to make a circular below ground living system:

Hot Spot – idea being that it creates thermal mass and holds heat effectively
making a warm area for plants to grow. Creating a micro climate to
hold heat for plants that do not tolerate frost and cold that well. This is
experimental and over winter will see how it works. Will keep you
posted when we know.
Hot Spot/rockery garden
Components for condensation collection
Condensation collection – The idea being that dew will gather on the rocks which are angled so that any moisture runs down onto the earth below.
How To make a below Ground Living System (to create fertility):
Components for below ground Living System
check out Living Systems post on this blog for more detailed information about
what, how, why…

1. Dig a hole and put all sorts of delicious food stuff (for creatures) in it

step 1. Below Ground Living System
2. Line surrounding area with newspaper to prevent weeds/etc growing up and taking over (if in a garden situation, not needed in a paddock or large scale situation as much)
step 2. Below Ground Living System
 3. mulch, woodchip/hay what ever you have the area (the newspaper is left exposed so when the next area of garden is done Philippa and Lincon can overlap newspaper for the next sections.)
 
step 3. Below Ground Living System

4. place some logs/matter on top of the system for other creatures to come and enjoy and set up homes in if desired. You could also just leave it so that it is almost un-noticable in your garden. There are many possibilities!

step 4. Below Ground Living System
some little seeds beginning to germinate. Another aim of the Garden is to set it up with the intention that like a forest it will eventually self seed and there will really be very little ‘work’ and maintenance if it is set up properly. We are noticing how much work we create for ourselves and realising that if we set it up well, lovingly and ‘correctly’ (as God would) in the first place we do not need to return with great efforts in the future. When it is not done well in the first place and care is not taken that is when things create much more work!

The ‘One Tree’ Forest is an idea that incorporates a Living System top, mid and under stories which eventually will join up and create one larger forest over the whole area of the waterless garden. It will have a self supporting mound to feel all the primary regeneration organisms and then it will eventually support a tree (maybe big, maybe 6ft, what ever the plan for the garden/forest is will depend on tree selection) Then it will have a mid story and a lower story so each little ‘forest’ is self supporting and self sustaining. Legumes are important to feed the plants and create top soil. These little forests will end up joining up and creating one big forest eventually.

The ‘forest’ will eventually self seed, self mulch (might need a bit of help in the beginning with pruning of the prunable legumes/plants) and may need the odd prune to create mulch every now and again, but the amount of ‘work’ is significantly reduced when a garden is set up well with love, thought and loving intention as God would create. Really this is a food forest rather than a garden and as such it will maintain itself as God’s forests and food forests do independently from human intervention, pretty exciting we reckon!!!

One Living System and tree at a time to make a forest

If setting up a worm breeding centre, these are an idea and recommendation of layering options for optimum breeding. Don’t over feed the worms, keep an eye on how much they are eating and feed them when they need it. See Creating Loving Worm farms for more information. Worms are essential for soil production, you want to have as many as can be lovingly sustained in your garden. With worms you really don’t need to do anything for them when they live in the garden, they are super intelligent in and experts in their field so let the little soil warriors do what they do best and give them some mulch, plenty of food, somewhere to go when it is wet, and they will flourish.

optimum worm breeding layers