Eight Acres - the blog — weeds

Rehabilitating our property OR how to choose a small farm

Mar 22 2017 0 Comments Tags: land, Peter Andrew, soil, weeds

This is a post from February 2011, back when we only had Eight Acres and were working on fixing the soil fertility and clearing the paddocks.  A few thoughts on what you can do with a small property.

This is the second small farm/acreage property that we've lived on. The first one, in the Lockyer Valley, was fairly flat and cleared of all but a few tall trees, with two good dams and few rocks or...

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Lantana poisoning killed our little bull

Apr 09 2014 0 Comments Tags: bull, cattle, weeds

Our little Dexter bull Donald was sick with lantana poisoning for several weeks. I wrote this post last week with a happy ending, hoping to share with you our success in curing him, but unfortunately he didn't make it, Pete burried him yesterday. I still wanted to share this as a warning to take lantana seriously. We have had cattle eat it before and not suffer any consequences, so we got blase,...

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Natural Sequence Farming - using Peter Andrews' methods at Eight Acres

Jan 16 2012 0 Comments Tags: land, Peter Andrew, weeds

Peter Andrews is an Australian farmer who has worked hard over several decades to observe, experiment with and understand the natural cycles in the Australian landscape.  The focus of his work is the role of plants in controlling the distribution of water and fertility in the landscape.


I read Peter Andrews' books "Back from the Brink" and "Beyond the Brink" a couple of years ago and I decided to...

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Controlling Weeds

Jul 18 2011 0 Comments Tags: land, soil, weeds

I often read that "a weed is just a plant growing in the wrong place".  This is a sweet quote, and very true in the garden.  This link has some great tips and explanations about weeds in organic gardening.

Lantana on the side of the road in the South Burnett - its hard to control when birds spread the seeds
However, in the wider world, weeds are not so sweet.  The QLD Dept of Primary Industriessays:...

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Compost and weed tea

Feb 21 2011 0 Comments Tags: compost, garden, soil, weeds

In my short gardening experience I have discovered that organic matter is the most important aspect of soil for successful vege gardening.  Organic matter provides nutrients and improves soil structure.  In my garden, the main source of organic matter is the mulch (also used to retain moisture and keep the roots cool) and fresh manure for our steers(thanks boys!). I also keep a compost bin for all...

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