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Violet_Cactus starts with ...
FREE TREE:
Fleming's Nurseries (Victoria) is seeking home gardeners that would like to participate in their trial program.
Growing new varieties of trees suitable for Australian conditions, they spend years conducting trials to ascertain the habits, value and quality of any introductions long before they release a tree onto the market.
They say, "This is where you can help us ... We are seeking home gardeners that would like to participate in a trial program that helps us assess whether certain plants work in a variety of normal garden situations across the country.
If you are a keen gardener and you are willing to plant a Fleming trial tree and send us photos and a brief update throughout the years, please write to Paige Fleming at paige(at)flemings.com.au
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FREE DOWNLOADABLE BOOK:
'Tree Crops' by J. Russell Smith
http://www.archive.org/details/TreeCrops-J.RussellSmith

A reviewer wrote: "Subject: The agricultural revolution that should have happened
In 1929. J Russell Smith wrote "Tree Crops", one of my all time favorite books for inspiration and information. He was an amazingly foresighted guy with a lively writing style, and a keen insight into the tremendous potential of trees as crop plants. Individual chapters cover persimmon, mulberry, pecan, acorns for food, mesquite, carob, walnut, hickory, and more.
He published a revised edition in 1952. Both are long, long out of print, which is tough because I always want to recommend the book to people. It's great news that the 1929 version is now available as a free ebook from the Internet Archive in a variety of formats.
For anyone interested in food production, this is HIGHLY recommended reading. It'll leave you scratching your head, wondering why so little has been done with such great ideas. Eighty years later, it still sounds pretty revolutionary. It still could happen."

Oh,and here's something else that's free -
GET YOUR GARDEN AND YOURSELF ON TV FOR FREE
Gardening Victoria is offering this to Victorian gardeners -

"Are you a passionate gardener with a standard-sized garden? Gardening Australia is looking for gardeners in Victoria for its new segment with Stephen Ryan. Every 3 to 4 weeks Stephen and the GA crew will drop in on someone and have a chat about the great features of their garden and find out how it all evolved. If you'd like to be part of Gardening Australia, or know someone who you think should be, please fill out the Online Form with the Subject 'Stephen to my place.'
http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/about/contact.htm
Don't forget to include your contact details and any other interesting information about your garden!"

Enjoy these great freebies everyone!
Violet-C
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19th February 2010 1:14am
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Jantina says...
Thankyou Violet Cactus. I would like to download the book but my computer skills are a bit lacking, when I click on "the full text" and have a read there are still some bits missing (looks like shorthand).Can you give me the correct sequence to click on please? Thanks.
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speedy says...
I have hard copy of this book.
It's a great book.
Sadly, there have been decades of soil damage and loss since it's original publication despite the warnings and recomendations of better ways to use land.

A lot of the info had fallen on deaf ears and went ignored for many years.

That is until David Holmgren got hold of it.
He and Bill Mollison developed the concept further
and got the message back out to the world.
This book was actually, in part, what inspired Permaculture, and is also where the name came from.

'Tree Cops- a PERMAnent agriCULTURE'

It can also be accessed through Steve Solomon's website - Soil and Health Library.
I urge anyone interested to become a member and support this invaluable
resource of out of print and public domain books.
It's something like 10euros (less than AUS$20)
for membership, for life.


http://www.soilandhealth.org/index.html
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kert says...
There's a story that Goebells once said "When I hear the word "culture" I reach for my gun." Something primeval and dismissive occurs to me when I hear "holistic" and "yoga" More good health would accrue to people if they tossed away their yoga mats and swallowed their chakkras and went for a jog instead.Nonetheless it appears these are well meaning people and probably harmless.
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Julie says...
Kert - so you would disapprove of agriculture and horticulture then?
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Jantina says...
Thanks Speedy, that's very interesting.
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kert says...
No Julie. It's just when someone tells you about "culture" it's often ungenuine ,strained and a little phony ; think of the countries that have "Democratic"in their title ;those that use that designation almost always are not. Things left unsaid are often more valid.
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Roch says...
Download link to the pdf is:

http://www.archive.org/download/TreeCrops-J.RussellSmith/TreeCrops.pdf

Thanks Violet Cactus
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