50 Years Ago, This Was a Wasteland. He Changed Everything


For Good

Homemade Weed Control: no need to poison children

acidif there is a woody plant i want to be rid of, i cut the plant about 1 foot from the ground. this leaves a good amount to pull the whole root ball from the ground.  and then i pour a few drops of hydrochloric acid into the top where the cut is.

Hydrochloric acid is a clear, colorless, highly pungent solution of hydrogen chloride in water. It is a highly corrosive, strong mineral acid with many industrial uses. Hydrochloric acid is found naturally in gastric acid. Wikipedia
Below is an excerpt from an article. Go here for full and original text.

Alternatives to chemical weed control
The cheapest weed control option is obviously prevention. There are many practices that we can adopt to ensure we do not introduce weeds onto our property.  There are 6 principles of weed management:1. Awareness – be aware of potential and existing weed problems.

2. Detection – look for any new weed infestations before they become too large or widespread.
3. Planning – Prioritise the treatment of weeds, what weeds threaten the profitability of your grazing    enterprise the most e.g. lippia, creeping lantana.
4. Prevention – far better than a cure, a $100/hour for a contractor to clean down seed laden machinery is much cheaper than any 20 litre drum of chemical.   Another example is feeding hay and grain only in designated areas to reduce risk of new ween introduction.
5. Intervene – Do it early this keeps a potentially large problem manageable.
6. Control and monitor – any weed needs to be monitored after control to ensure success.


source    http://antoine.frostburg.edu/chem/senese/101/safety/faq/always-add-acid.shtml

Why is acid always added to water, and not the reverse?

A large amount of heat is released when strong acids are mixed with water. Adding more acid releases more heat. If you add water to acid, you form an extremely concentrated solution of acid initially. So much heat is released that the solution may boil very violently, splashing concentrated acid out of the container! If you add acid to water, the solution that forms is very dilute and the small amount of heat released is not enough to vaporize and spatter it. So Always Add Acid to water, and never the reverse.
Author: Fred Senese senese@antoine.frostburg.edu

source:    http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=52357

Weed and Grass Killer Organic

Sat May 04, 2013 5:37 pm
Vinegar 5% is only slightly effective on many plants and works only in very hot dry weather.

Pickling Vinegar 9% works much better kills small plants works best in hot dry weather.

Dissolve 12 lbs. of salt in 5 gallons of boiling water. Works great in hot dry weather. Water softener salt is $5 for 50 lbs. Lowe’s and Home Depot.

Pickling Vinegar plus 10% salt works better. Kills most small plants except for the large 2 ft tall weeds, thistle weed and other hard to kill large weeds.

Stomach Acid is Hydrochloric Acid = Muriatic Acid = Brick Acid. Muriatic Acid contains 60% water. Dissolve 3 lbs. of salt in 3 gallons of hot water then add a gallon of 40% strength Muriatic Acid. Kills all weeds and grass.

Muriatic Acid is $4 and up per gallon, swimming pool supply has it the cheapest.

Re: Weed and Grass Killer. Organic
Sat May 04, 2013 10:22 pm
Almost forgot to mention. Put dish soap in the water it makes it stick to the plants. Some plants water runs right off like it is oily.


Re: Weed and Grass Killer. Organic
Wed May 08, 2013 1:12 am
I sprayed some weeds today about 10 am. It is now 6 pm the weeds are dead.

I mixed 1 quart of swimming pool type 30% muriatic acid with 2 quarts of water. Nothing else was added. Temperature here has been about 80 degrees all day. Now at 6 pm we are having 20 mph winds. Weeds are dried up and dead.

10% acid and 90% water works great.

Kills, pig weed, rage weed, lambs quarter weed, Ambrosia weed, several others.

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Re: Weed and Grass Killer. Organic
Sat Jul 25, 2015 6:10 pm
Our HOA has 1 mile of fence line between pasture land and the road. In July 2015 I purchased 1200 pounds of Cargill TopFlow sodium chloride fine ground I used a Scotts professional spreader on the max setting of 15. After 1 week all grasses and most weeds are dying. Crabgrass, thorny weeds and vines look fine. Will repeat this in 3 weeks and again this winter (2015-2016). Hoping this is enough. Spring 2016 will tell. Looking for a 5 year solution. I may have to reapply 1x per year, but that is fine, compared to every 3 mos of Eraser (Round Up equiv) and I can do this in 1/10th of the time.

Further Reading

chemistry fun including muriatic acid










8Over 20 years ago, i learned agnihotra at a weekend workshop in Humpy near Mapleton.  And it was my practice for a period of time, sunrise and sunset. I bought my kit on the sunshine coast when Lee Ringma from Agnihotra Australia visited as part of a workshop tour.

from their website  …. “We also regularly organise Workshop Tours coming to your location to conduct free workshops.The geographical area we cover is Australia, New Zealand and Asia.The Workshops, Talks and Courses are conducted as voluntary work, as service and hence are free of charge. We accept sponsorship for the travel, food and accomodation costs.”

Buy your kit.

Agnihotra (Homa) consists of making two offerings to the fire exactly at the time of sunrise & sunset along with two small Sanskrit mantras. Agnihotra is regarded a process of purification of the atmosphere as a cumulative effect of various scientific and sonic principles harnessed to give rise to an unparalled purifying and healing phenomenon. The benefits, both spiritual and mundane, that accrue to sacrificers is said to be enormous.

How to perform Agnihotra in Summary

1. Smear few cow dung chips with ghee and arrange them in the Agnihotra pot.
2. Mix about a teaspoon full of rice with a small amount of ghee and keep them aside.
3. Start the fire few minutes before sunrise/sunset time.

While chanting the mantra offer the rice smeared with ghee (just enough that one can hold in the tip
of five fingers) at the utterance of ‘Swaaha’ ie ‘Sváhá’ in the fire.

There are only two offerings at Sunset or Sunrise each in the Agnihotra fire.

Mantra At Sunrise:  listen

Sooryáya Sváhá
(add the first portion of rice)
Sooryáya Idam Na Mama

Prajápataye Sváhá
(add the second portion of rice)
Prajápataye Idam Na Mama

Unto the fire I am offering all.
This offering is not mine, it is Thine.

Mandtra At Sunset:  listen

Agnaye Sváhá
(add the first portion of rice)
Agnaye Idam Na Mama
Prajápataye Sváhá
(add the second portion of rice)
Prajápataye Idam Na Mama

Unto the sun I am offering this offering.
This is not mine, this is Thine.

Word to Word Meanings:
Agnaye … fire
Sooryáya … sun

swáhá … offering
idam … this
na mama … not mine
prajá- … all the living
pataye … The Lord

Word to word meaning does not give the purport of the mantras.

 When the mantras are chanted in the meter in which they are composed, by Supreme Grace the inherent meaning and the power and vibrations impact the entire creation. The healing occurs at the grass roots level in the subtlest manner.
 This power of the mantra is locked into the ashes that develop in the fire upon the oblations.
These vibrations pulsate the entire universe in a profound, subtle but sure impact and affect.
 It is like the fragrance and beauty of a flower when the flower is in the form of a bud.
 By grace it radiates all its beauty and joy for the good of the entire universe.
…Guruji Shree Mohan Jadhav

AGnihotr1AGnihotra 2


The Phenomena of Agnihotra Homa Practice

free ebook download    agni hotra: ancient sollution to modern pollution

How to Videos

videos by Bruce Johnson and wife Anne Godfrey really deserve mentioning here

and Rose Circles

Further Reading:






My Do’s and Don’ts

lushvegNone of these are required in nature:
soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, ph balancing, bio-innoculation, compost tea-ing

With SlowFastSoil, the following are no longer necessary:

  • creating different beds for sun-loving and shade-loving food plants
  • tilling
  • digging
  • companion planting
  • composting
  • worm casting or juice

Most non-toxic food production methods, materials, infrastructure and tools for both the home/market garden and commercial cropper comprises a continual  adding ingredients into and atop the soil and doing things to the soil,  along with a constant wondering about the viability of soil.

Most non-toxic growers begin their food growing on soil which is not ideal. The ways that they set out to improve it and get things growing as soon as possible, are many and varied, as the following forum partiipants discuss.


What I Don’t Do Anymore: ie because slow fast soil makes it all so unnecessary

  • Lots of Swaling
  • Regular Watering
  • Mulching with Deep Straw
  • Raised Beds
  • Worrying over what to feed the garden.
  • Huge Compost Heaps
  • Worm Farms
  • Continual Compost Tea
  • Manure Water
  • Green Manuring Crop
  • Crop Rotation

What I Still Do:

Smaller Compost Heaps – to create a planting medium (as you cannot plant straight into the woody mulch mix).

Initial (not continual) Compost Tea-ing

Grow Hedgerows or Borders of suitable plants for :

  • crop and drop – for lay mulching
  • putting through shredder  – for lay mulching
  • compost heaps – to create a planting medium

Use Humanure when I am living in a place where I have built my own worry-free compost toilet.

what i am no longer impressed by:

  • AquaCulture

what i have never impressed by:

Top 12 Garden Trends for 2014

SOURCE: https://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/top-12-garden-trends-for-2014/

1. Grafted Vegetable Plants

2. Not Using GMO Seeds

3. Planting Raised, Stackable Beds, and Container Bags

4. Bee Gardening

5. Planting for Health Benefits/Foraging

6. Herbs-Medicinal and Culinary

7. Growing Exotic and Unusual Vegetables

8. Themed Seed Samplers

9. Growing Small/Rooftops

10. Growing “Super Foods“

11. Fermentation

12. Sprouts & Micro Greens

The Importance of traditional cultures and indigenous practices

The Melanesian Way Inc. Papua New Guinea (tmwpng)

culture12.jpg“We loved and enjoyed the dance but tired now and know nothing about what it means?”

We have heard comments that our cultures and traditions are old-fashioned; they hold back progress in nation building and that we should completely forget about them and adopt new ways of life. Some say they are ‘dirty’ and ‘primitive’. They are perceived as negative by the new generation. Adding on all these claims, a report by the Pacific Women Against Violence (Volume 1, Issue 10) stated that Pacific Islands cultures and unequal relationship between men and women contribute largely to violence against women in the region. But the report then challenges its own findings that domestic violence is an international problem that is thriving locally – not alone grown by Melanesian way of life.
Many of us do not agree with all these comments because some of us are living examples of what our cultures and…

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Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-op

I am visiting the Dagun Station Growers market tomorrow arvo from 3 – 5pm at Dagun Railway Station.  i am so looking forward to it. I have not been there for so long.

the market is one activity of the  Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-opcropped-web-header1