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by gbell
Mon Jan 25, 2016 9:44 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Parramatta Grass
Replies: 8
Views: 5632

Re: Parramatta Grass

This is an old thread, but it comes up early in a Google search, so I thought I'd share that a friend of mine has set up a proper lab for propagating a fungus (Nigrospora oryzae) that helps crown rot form in Giant Parramatta Grass, and he's selling spores. I don't benefit from any sales. I'm just ex...
by gbell
Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:04 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Stealing
Replies: 8
Views: 4082

Alarming indeed. I think all Australian landholders should be on 'red alert' as the various coming crises affect the food supply. I believe government will take over properties of any useful size to force farmers to produce in ways the government deems necessary to ease the crisis. "Take over&q...
by gbell
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: All ideas for contour lines!
Replies: 43
Views: 13053

[bump on this old thread]

yeah, what kind of seeds would survive the grinding a cow's teeth give?
you'd also want to select species that could compete with grasses...
by gbell
Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Peter's experience - cropping/grazing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1853

Peter's experience - cropping/grazing?

Out of curiousity, does Peter's experience include crops or meat animals? I can't remember from the book. Some local farmers were dismissing his advice based on him being a 'horse person' and not a cropper, grazier or market gardener...
by gbell
Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:05 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Does Natural Sequence also equate to Natural Progression?
Replies: 8
Views: 3769

duane wrote:their full growing cycle


Including going to seed?
by gbell
Fri Oct 30, 2009 11:38 am
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: willow alternatives
Replies: 60
Views: 16824

Can you plant willows as long stem plantings?
by gbell
Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:38 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Bushfires in Victoria: Natural sequence hydrology approach
Replies: 40
Views: 13044

jenni - what a fascinating experiment and results. I'm very dubious of this idea that all we need to do is improve the soil and the "good guys" win. Some weeds seem to inhabit undamaged fertile soils... But your post certainly gives hope to that exciting idea. What books informed your stra...
by gbell
Sun Sep 06, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Small Farms Magazine
Replies: 3
Views: 1599

I got permission from Small Farms Magazine to post the photo to this group (thanks SFM). Its from the September 2009 issue - lots of good articles, including a three page article about Peter's work . Go out and buy it! http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3527/3891984843_1bf5547bb6.jpg
by gbell
Sat Aug 29, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: What type of seed?
Replies: 4
Views: 1690

I've had good luck getting ryegrass to germinate this winter on bare, pugged mud. Might be a little late for it though. If I were you I'd either: 1) Ring your local DPI and get a pasture expert to make recommendations. or 2) Just go to your local produce store and get a mix, emphasising what's cheap...
by gbell
Sat Aug 29, 2009 1:53 pm
Forum: Carbon Debate
Topic: Carbon Dioxide: Put Simply: It's all B.S.!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 11918

By and large we 'guilty humans' are not responsible for the level of CO2 in the atmosphere. Dude, nobody's asking you to feel guilty. Your feelings don't have anything to do with facts. You're letting your hopes driving your view of facts. You also twisted what I said around. I said nothing about l...
by gbell
Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:04 pm
Forum: Carbon Debate
Topic: Carbon Dioxide: Put Simply: It's all B.S.!!!
Replies: 19
Views: 11918

Apples and oranges. Plants pull the CO2 from the atmosphere, and cows eat those but belch out something different - methane - which is over 20x more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere.[1] Also, CO2 may be a small percentage of the atmosphere (0.045%), but that doesn't matter if its influen...
by gbell
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:35 pm
Forum: Questions about the book, 'Back from the Brink'
Topic: rabbits, brambles, hills and alternatives
Replies: 7
Views: 5380

You guys have me worried about blackberry - didn't realise it helped the rabbits out. Thing is... it provides food. Can it not be controlled yet kept?
by gbell
Thu Aug 27, 2009 9:24 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: NSF is working in WA
Replies: 142
Views: 68963

Re: The plan so far.

Ian James wrote:We just finished planting 83 000 trees


WOW. what tools did you use to do that?

organise a baiting program to get the rabbit colonies along the creek sorted so the trees don't get eaten.


what about wallabies?
by gbell
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:09 pm
Forum: Information for the Day
Topic: Holstic Management;Cell Grazing;Rotational Grazing
Replies: 12
Views: 15146

But I thought older grasses were tough and could wear down cattle's teeth?
by gbell
Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:01 pm
Forum: All General Questions about NSF
Topic: Flat land
Replies: 48
Views: 23164

Shirley, that was such an informative post I reformatted it so its more readable for everybody. Hope you don't mind. Can I ask how you gained such an encyclopedic knowledge of natives? Also, how many of those you listed would be happy in Mid-North Coast of NSW (I know Eleocarpus reticulatus and Pitt...