Observation of Dam banks & Exposed Earth

We have been observing God’s perfect design to heal the earth when it has been disturbed or degraded by us.

Fungi growing in the rocky, clay soil. Fungi are the 'fruit' of the mycelium that is running under the ground and the major contributor to creating soil and recycling plant matter into beautiful soils. Fungi is so important in our environment

Fungi growing in the rocky, clay soil. Fungi are the ‘fruit’ of the mycelium that is running under the ground and the major contributor to creating soil and recycling plant matter into beautiful soils. Fungi is so important in our environment

Fungi growing in the rocky, clay soil. Fungi are the ‘fruit’ of the mycelium that is running under the ground and the major contributor to creating soil and recycling plant matter into beautiful soils. Fungi is so important in our environment

Pete created a dam last year near our house, we call it the Big House Dam. We have had very little rain during that time and it has not filled that much going from the first picture below to being dry cracked mud for most of the time since it was created.

Note: In the last week we have had rain so I have included images taken yesterday evening 20140828 of the most water we have had yet. It is really interesting as all the water that is coming down the hill can be seen seeping through the internal dam wall and running into the dam (see last photos at the bottom of this post).

We have observed barren earth banks begin the healing process naturally. It seems to us the earth is designed to heal.

Pete planted some Lomandra along the top of the dam banks and we have scattered seed all about the banks.

Lomandra with plantain growing near it

Lomandra with plantain growing near it

It seems to me that everything in God’s universe just wants to grow, in fact I suspect it is designed to grow. There were flowers that I scattered seed and they grew in a mini version of what they were in more fertile soil. They still flowered and produced seed but were stunted, about one fifth the size of what some others we had planted in more fertile soil grew to be.

stunted flower

Stunted flower still growing but tiny in comparison to it’s same species planted in more fertile soils. The plant was approximately 10cm tall.

stunted flower

Stunted flower*

We noticed also that the plants have been healing the soil from the bottom up and the sides down. Small very close to the ground plants first appeared and different species continue to appear (such as plantain, clover, and heaps of ones I have not yet identified) – this was before we planted any seed, which indicates that there is a natural seed bank contained within the soil, which seems to me specifically designed for healing, regenerating and repairing the areas of the earth we degrade (what we call weeds) already in the soil waiting to do their job when the conditions are favourable. Sharp flat to the ground thistles and fleabane were the next cycle of dominant plants.

Low to the ground, very sharp and spiky thistle species

Low to the ground, very sharp and spiky thistle species

Big House Dam

An example of the ‘softer’ milk type thistle variety

Now there are other smaller flatter plants (not necessarily meant to be small and flat, just that is how they grow in such an arid and harsh environment) growing up and as more and more grow side by side they join up to cover the soil and ‘protect’ it.

pioneer ground covering plants that are slowly covering all the bare soil. You can see how these are joining up to create a more densely covered area. Dead fleabane that will become mulch creating soil

pioneer ground covering plants that are slowly covering all the bare soil. You can see how these are joining up to create a more densely covered area. Dead fleabane that will become mulch creating soil

Close up of pioneer ground covering plants that are covering all the bare soil. You can see how these are joining up to create a more densely covered area. As they die they will become mulch and new plants will come and do their job until the soil is balanced

Close up of pioneer ground covering plants that are covering all the bare soil. You can see how these are joining up to create a more densely covered area. As they die they will become mulch and new plants will come and do their job until the soil is balanced

As the plants complete their cycle they die it is creating mulch (this is not abundant mulch at this time, but it is interesting and cool to watch all these things happening. Note it would be faster and better for the soil if we covered it and helped it out more, we have noticed erosion happening on the banks due to the soil not being covered.)

20130615 Dam in just after it was built.

20130615 Dam in just after it was built.

20131221 some primary plants beginning to sprout and heal the disturbed soil

20131221 some pioneer plants beginning to sprout and heal the disturbed soil

20140220 some primary plants beginning to sprout and heal the disturbed soil

20140220 some pioneer plants beginning to sprout and heal the disturbed soil

20140509 The plants are beginning to sprout up and move in from the outside in.

20140509 The plants are beginning to sprout up and move in from the outside in. This is aided by the cycle and the first lot of plants spreading seeds that are sprouting and also by the plants creeping in. I am in awe of how there are already seeds in the earth designed to grow under the conditions we created through destruction

20140509 Dam, The middle row of lamandra was planted by Pete the rest are all wonderful weedy plants that are doing their utmost to cover the bare soil.

20140509 Dam, The middle row of lamandra was planted by Pete the rest are all wonderful weedy plants that are doing their utmost to cover the bare soil. I am fascinated at how the weedy plants grow and these pioneer ones are very close to the ground. I feel they are trying to cover as much bare earth as they possibly can. After these appear more begin to come up in the gaps creating more and more cover for the damaged and exposed soil area.

20140509 plant life beginning to establish itself on the edge of the dam

20140509 plant life beginning to establish itself on the edge of the dam

20140509 Fleabane that is growing up from the edges in around the Dam, doing its thing to heal the disturbed and damaged soil

20140509 Fleabane that is growing up from the edges in around the Dam, doing its thing to heal the disturbed and damaged soil

fleabane, plantain and other ground covers

20140509 fleabane, plantain and other ground covers that are ever spreading their seeds to grow and cover more and more of the exposed soil of the dam bank

20140509 Growing from the bottom up, all the thistles which have died and will now become mulch along with all types of other soil healing plants all creeping closer and more up the dam bank. I find this fascinating how plants are designed to grow, repair, and heal the soil. They do it without any human intervention and all the plants that are needed the seed is in the soil ready to heal when the conditions are right for them. We have noticed that there are cycles of plants, for example there are sharp spiky thistle crops which come up once to three times until they have done their job and then new types of plants appear, like softer milk thistles and then softer still. Each plant seems to come up between one and three times and then doesn't come up again in the same area.

20140509 Growing from the bottom up, all the thistles which have died and will now become mulch along with all types of other soil healing plants all creeping closer and more up the dam bank. I find this fascinating how plants are designed to grow, repair, and heal the soil. They do it without any human intervention and all the plants that are needed the seed is in the soil ready to heal when the conditions are right for them. We have noticed that there are cycles of plants, for example there are sharp spiky thistle crops which come up once to three times until they have done their job and then new types of plants appear, like softer milk thistles and then softer still. Each plant seems to come up between one and three times and then doesn’t come up again in the same area.

20140828 As full as the dam has been so far. You can see the erosion lines in the foreground and some of the pioneer plants on the far bank

20140828 As full as the dam has been so far. You can see the erosion lines in the foreground and some of the pioneer plants on the far bank

 

20140828 pioneer plants on the inner wall of the dam bank with dead fleabane that will become mulch and in time soil

20140828 pioneer plants on the inner wall of the dam bank with dead fleabane that will become mulch and in time soil

 

20140829 Plants on the internal wall of the dam bank. All of them have started out really small, flat and low to the ground. They are spreading and connecting up to each other. These ones started at the side, and top and ventured down towards the water. They are now getting closer to joining up with each other and making a solid ground covering

20140829 Plants on the internal wall of the dam bank. All of them have started out really small, flat and low to the ground. They are spreading and connecting up to each other. These ones started at the side, and top and ventured down towards the water. They are now getting closer to joining up with each other and making a solid ground covering

20140829 The most water we have had in the big house dam so far

20140829 The most water we have had in the big house dam so far

* The flower is still growing but in miniature version as it is not getting the nutrition from the soil to become a big plant. This demonstrates to me that God has designed things in the universe to grow no matter how harsh the environment is, the potential is there. Imagine what could happen with a little love, some beautiful soil and nutrients.

Frost Crystals

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals on a tree with lichen

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, looks like an ice caterpillar

Pete and I were commenting yesterday that we hadn’t had a real frost this year yet and how warm it is at the moment in comparison to other years. We have sunflowers about to open and even tomatoes that had flowers on the bushes. Last night we had the first big frost of the year. So we will see if the sunflowers open or not over the next few days. (The tomato flowers got ‘burnt’ last night.) And we had a magical morning of ice crystal discovery, exploration and wonderings about how, what, where, why, when, purpose, intention, etc of God’s creations.

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals, look like they have been licked

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, look like they have been licked

We went out on a discovery expedition when we woke up ( I recommend warm clothes and gloves if you try it for yourself some time) and found all sorts of amazingly beautiful creations! We noticed there are different types of ice crystals and that each ice crystal is different from the next. Each plant the ice forms differently on and some plants even have multiple ice formations. Different areas have denser quantities of ice and each one makes a different pattern.

20140627 First frost - iced clover

20140627 First frost – iced clover. Interesting how the edges and centre vein of the plant has stand up tall ice crystals, between the veins are lots of little crystals and the veins on the leaf itself are still ‘green’ without any crystals. The clover looks very pretty covered in ice and creates heaps of questions, heals the earth by growing, gives all sorts of other fabulous things to the environment, air, soil etc, feeds animals and humans… It is a truly remarkable creation!

feeds animals/humans, and

feeds animals/humans, and

When you go exploring there are so many questions that come up – a few are below:

Why does moisture freeze in different shapes? How come different plants have different shaped ice crystals? How does ice form? Does Ice draw up moisture from the ground? Why does ice/cold make certain plants die and not others? What actually happens when things freeze? What is the purpose of freezing? How come God made every ice crystal different? And many, many more….

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, they are swirly and spiralling. How come it forms like this on this leaf and differently on the one beside it. Every question must have an answer…

Heading out in nature to discover things is pretty amazing and I reckon God made it specifically to encourage us to ask questions so we can develop desire to know and learn.  I often find that it feels automatic like I suddenly have all these questions that I didnt think about before and now I want to know about. My curiosity gets sparked. In my humble experience everything in nature causes a flood of questions and wonderings within me that I want to know about. I was recently reading a couple of chapters in The Life Elysian, by Robert James Lees*, that speaks about children learning in the spirit world which I was reminded about with my experience this morning.

(For more images go to the gallery page in the menu bar or click here – click on one of the images to get full screen viewing).

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals on the bark of a log with lichen. Notice how the exposed wood with no bark has much less frost crystal formation. I wonder why…

20140627 First frost - all the little crystals forming on the top of the tree guards

20140627 First frost – all the little crystals forming on the top of the tree guards

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals, it looks like it has been dipped in sugar

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals, it looks like it has been dipped in sugar

20140627 First frost - beautiful ice crystals

20140627 First frost – beautiful ice crystals. amazing how these ones only grow around the edges of the leaves

 

* Chapters referred to:

XI. A Lesson in Creation

XII. Cushna At Home

Click here for link to a PDF of the Life Elysian or go to  www.divinetruth.com 

Environment Research Group

plant yet to be identified,

plant yet to be identified,

This is to draw your attention to a meeting on Sunday 15th December, beginning at 2pm in the woolshed (details on the events page).

The purpose of this meeting is to gather with a group of people who are interested in knowing more about and researching further the medicinal, healing properties of plants and soil recovery plants in our environment both locally and world wide.

I personally would like to discover more about the healing qualities, attributes and nature of plants as God designed them; to begin to collate a ‘living medicine chest’ and seed bank of the plants we discover with extensive written research, both known and channelled, as reference material to go with each plant, which is available to anyone who desires it and especially for those that may be affected by major toxic disasters – e.g. nuclear radiation, chemical spills etc.

This meeting is for anyone who likes researching, experimenting, discovering and who has a desire and/or interest in plants. There will be research opportunities and tasks to participate in. You don’t need any previous knowledge to come along.

If you would like to actively join in with this experiment come and join me on Sunday, or contact me at: eloisa@Kyabra.com

Patterson's curse

Patterson’s curse

The images below were taken on an adventure with the kids across Kyabra yesterday (20131210) (click on one of the thumbnail photo’s below to begin a ‘gallery’ viewing session on your screen)

Inspiring People: Ron Finley – Guerilla Gardener

Ron Finley is a Guerilla Gardener. He is spreading the word on how to be a modern gangster, LA Style, for all those people wanting to be hip and cool, he suggests a shovel and planting seeds as ‘weapons’ of choice.

It’s hard not to be infected by his passion and we loved that he has no desire to sit around and talk about it. If you want to meet him you need bring a shovel. He is desire in action.

LA has an equivalent of 20 Central Parks in government owned land (like grass verges and ‘lots’) that could be created into a massive food forest, Ron and his mates are doing exactly that one verge at a time.

Costa Gorgiadis from Gardening Australia (ABC) has a similar idea and has created a veggie patch verge to show how it is done. You can check out ‘On The Verge’ Costa’s community garden project on google if you are interested.

It highlights the fact that we think we need to own land to grow food, when there is already so much land waiting for someone to love it!

There are so many possibilities EVERYWHERE!!!

How Cool is Fungi

Pete found this Ted Talk today and we thought you might be interested – it’s about fungi.

We love the living systems that Jesus introduced us to a couple of years ago. We watched the above talk and we understood more of what Jesus was teaching us about the intelligent life in the soil, air, atmosphere and fungi. Living systems are a great catalyst for re-igniting and re-invigorating fungus which creates mycelium, back into the landscape.

Who knows one day you might have an old growth forest in your own back yard.

We don’t agree with or promote everything in this talk, but there is some awesome insights into the power and importance of fungus, including some great experimentation and research Paul Stamets has done.

Paul Stamets has some books on growing fungi if you are interested in this awesome intelligent organism.  A couple of titles are: ‘Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms’ and ‘Mycelium Running’).

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.

Soul Experiment Series : Asparagus and Cucumber Observations

This is an observation Pete made while transplanting some asparagus.
He was transplanting a whole heap of little seedlings with much joy, love and excitement. Pete loves seeds and plants and planting. After filling a couple of rows he began to feel like he didn’t want to plant anymore and that he couldn’t be bothered. But he felt obligated and thought that it wouldn’t be okay to just throw a whole heap of little seedlings out and not transplant. So he continued to plant them but no longer with joy, love and excitement.
a few days later he went up to the nursery and he noticed this:
20120620 Asparagus observation

Where he had planted with love they were growing and thriving. Where he had lost his joy and felt obligated they all died (as can be clearly seen in the picture above). This is a reminder about what happens when we don’t want to do something or feel obligated. It is better to do it when we have an intention of love and a desire to do it, if we don’t, maybe look we need to look at the reasons why it is absent.

Observation of the cucumbers:

This was another observation Pete made. He loves cucumbers and so far all of them have been eaten or something has happened to them where they have not grown well, died, or decimated to oblivion (over the last 2 years).

This year he planted them with tree guards to protect them. He went out and noticed they had all been chomped up by various creatures in the garden (unfortunately I don’t have a photograph of the extent of the chomping, but I am sure if you have had a slug/snail attack you can imagine what it looked like, imagine half a leaf or so left). He decided that he would try an experiment. Pete took the guards off and put them just beside the cucumber plants as a wind break, the cucumbers did not get attacked and have grown and produced cucumbers this year without attack.

It would seem that his over protection created attack. Also the tree guards create a little warm micro climate for the slugs, snails and other little creatures to safely eat and be protected while doing so.

We don’t suggest not to use tree guards under certain conditions and circumstances but we do suggest to examine your intentions and feelings around plants that you plant. We are noticing when we have demands, expectations upon plants and the intention for them to grow for us so we can eat them rather than just love and grow plants that they often get eaten and attacked.

We are noticing that often just by realising these things that the results change. It is the feelings in us that dictate what happens around us we feel. Our soul is a powerful creator (and destroyer when out of harmony with love we are noticing). We are finding it a fascinating observation and experiment to notice how we affect the environment around us.

Cucumber (20121103)
cucumber with tree guard beside it as a
windbreak. (Nov 2012)
Same view as above with cucumbers and cucumber vine (Jan 2013)
cucumber from above (has tinged yellow leaves from being so dry – we do
not water our garden and it has been stressed with the extreme heat of late.)
This is a reflection of our soul condition also at this time. (Jan 2013)