You would like to reduce your costs – wouldn’t you!

It has been shown that up to 60% of all the weekly mix of garbage bin waste contains organic matter that could be much much much better used in your garden. More than 8.4 MILLION tonnes of Organic Matter is land-filled each year. By reducing the

You would like to reduce your costs – wouldn’t you!

It has been shown that up to 60% of all the weekly mix of garbage bin waste contains organic matter that could be much much much better used in your garden.   More than 8.4 MILLION tonnes of Organic Matter is land-filled each year.   By reducing the volume in your bin each week, you will save (via your local council) up to 60% of the collection costs, 60% of the transport costs and 60% of the disposal costs.   This COULD reduce your rates (or at least, keep them at the same level for now) as the costs of your waste disposal could be reduced by up to 60% just by you using the Compot in your garden.

Bill's Garden
Bill's Garden
Amiee's Garden - Perth
Amiee's Garden - Perth

When you use your Compot, you will be recycling your “waste“ from your kitchen into a wonderful mass of Organic Matter with lots of worms working for you.   Your huge “family “ of worms and Soldier Flies, will transform your waste into material that will feed your plants, hold a lot more water, and provide a lot more nutrients for your garden at no extra cost just by using your Compot.

Organic Matter is a wonderful material as it holds water and nutrients on the surface of the material and lets plant roots extract and use the water and nutrients rather than them being lost when it rains or is watered as then the fertiliser is washed down below the root zone and out of reach of those roots.
I will be introducing a new segment here each month where I will show you some odd and exciting plant facts that you probably didn’t know but hopefully, will find interesting to learn about

Bob planting a pot
Bob planting a pot
In Bob’s backyard.
In Bob’s backyard.

Today’s Did You Know…?

Vanilla essence is made from the seed pods of the orchid Vanilla planifolia that is a native of the West Indies, Florida & Central America.   Real vanilla essence (ie: not the yucky stuff made in a laboratory) is made using the seed pods.   But there are no insects in Australian that naturally pollinate these plants so it needs to be done by hand each day which makes it more expensive.
The plant grows to up to 18 m (mine has reached that on my tree) with fleshy, fragrant flowers about 6cm long that open one at a time and last for only one day.   The seed pods are up to 15cm long.
The plant attaches itself to the tree trunk but does not destroy your tree as many other climbers do.   It lives on the nutrients in the bark of the tree and from what drops onto it. A cutting can be tied to a tree trunk (until it has attached itself to the trunk) by using a stocking as it is firm and has some give.   Great for recycling your old stockings.

 

An elegant looking climber that won’t destroy your tree.

Photo courtesy of:-  Botanica’s Pocket Orchids (2002) Random House, Sydney, New York

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Introducing Bob James, Environmental Consultant & Horticulturist

I would like to introduce Bob James as an Environmental Consultant & Horticulturist who (with a wide and varied career over his many years of employment) has kindly agreed to write an article for the webpage once a month with a focus on composting but will include much more content to keep you all interested.

Introducing Bob James, Environmental Consultant & Horticulturist

I would like to introduce Bob James as an Environmental Consultant & Horticulturist who (with a wide and varied career over his many years of employment) has kindly agreed to write an article for the webpage once a month with a focus on composting but will include much more content to keep you all interested.

So if anyone has any questions they might like answered, please send us an email and Bob will endeavour to answer it in as soon as possible.

I’ve had some great discussions with him recently about how to improve sandy soil and the use of the Compot to aid this process so look for an upcoming post about this topic.  I am sure it applies to lots of gardeners as so many people live by the sea.   In the mean time Bob will have his first article ready for posting end of September.

I wish to welcome him aboard and look forward to many interesting articles appearing based on your questions and suggestions, and of course the Compot and Compottop and anything else we think might be interesting to talk about.

See below for Bob’s qualifications

Happy Compoting  – Vicki

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About Bob

Education

2012 – Cert IV in Training & Assessment (NEXT training P/Y) Work Safely at Heights (Capital Safety)

2007 – Cert IV in Onsite Environmental Management (Baseline Training & Consulting P/Y)

SAPRA Spill Response (Baseline Training & Consulting P/Y)

2005 – Master of Science in Environmental Science

2000 – Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training

1999 – Certificate of Workplace, Health & Safety (Qld. Dept. Workplace, Training & Industrial Relations)

1998 – Permaculture Design Certificate Australian Correspondence Schools

1991 – Graduate Diploma of Management (University of Central Queensland)

1974 – Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) (Queensland Agricultural College)

1973 – Diploma of Applied Science (Horticultural Technology) (Queensland Agricultural College)

1958 – Queensland Diploma of Animal Husbandry (Queensland Agricultural College)

Career History

2012 – Present:  lnterLink Training (Training in Horticulture & First Aid, ACDC Licence)

2000 – Present:  Bob James Horticulture (Environmental & Horticultural Consultant)
Some of these projects have been;

(a) Fauna & Flora Surveys for the Gold Coast City Council

(b) Removing some PCB contaminated sewerage sludge from Fire ant areas to Perth to be destroyed

(c) Fauna & Flora plus Noise surveys in North Queensland

(d) Maintenance requirements on an 85 house gated community at Nerang

(e) Teaching ACDC Licence

1995 – Present Australian Correspondence Schools (Permaculture, Management, and Organic growing)

2000-01 – Employment North (Horticulture teaching)

1996-99 – Environautics P/L (Environmental Consultant)

1995-96 – Hampton Gardens, Kenmore (Horticulture)

1995 – Environgreen, lpswich (Environmental Consultant)

1989-91 – Aspley Nursery/Roth Park Nursery (Propagator)

1988-89 University of Queensland (Grounds Manager)

1983-88 Willunga Flowers (Owner/Manager)

Professional Membership

Institute of Learning Practitioners

Weed Society of Queensland

Water industry Operators Association of Australia

Permaculture Institute (UK)

Other qualifications

First Aid Certificate

Justice of the Peace (Qual)

Publications

1974 – Aldous, D.E. & James, R.M. “Principals in the Preparation and laying of Sod” Landscape and Groundcare.6.4-6

1979 – James, R.M.  ”Pasteurization of potting Media” Proceedings of the 4th Horticultural Refresher Course, Qld. Jan 1979

1979 – James, R.M. “Lawn Care” Proceedings of Green Week, Toowoomba, April 1979

1980 – James, R.M. Common Turf Grasses used in Australia” Australian Turf care – March 9-12

1980 – James, R.M.

(a) Garden Soils and How to manage them”

(b) Preparation, Planting and Care of the lawn” Proceedings of Green Week.  April 1980

1981 – James, R.M. “Lecturer Surveys Club Greens form Diseases, Weeds and Solutions” R.Q.B.C. Bowler

1981 – James, R.M. ”The Production of Plants from Seed “ Proceedings of 6″‘ Horticultural Refresher Course, Qld. Jan 1981

1981 – James, R.M. “Weeds in Turf in Eastern Australia” Proceedings of the Sixth Australian Weed Conference, Surfers Paradise. September, 1981

1981 – James, R.M. “A Survey of Golf Courses in South East Queensland” Australian Golf Course Superintendent 1(4)

1996 – Mason, J., Douglas, P., James, R. et al “Farm Management” Kangaroo Press, NSW

2012 – Mason, J., James, R. et et Horticultural Therapy course Australian Correspondence School