This is my first blog post about my project; Doing Good where I have been crowd funding (please consider donating) simply to try and do a little bit of good for the planet. Each dollar I receive I am going to try and do a little bit of good with it, but you have to donate, then see what I do (I cant tell you upfront what I might do because the money dictates the possibilities)… Right now is the shopping list from the first $25 people like you have donated.
Shopping List – Exactly $25 Spent;
- $2 – Backpack – Bought second hand from disposals shop.
- $5.27 – Yates 50ml Purple Clonex Rooting Hormone Gel – (on special at garden store).
- $8 – Secateurs, two floral snip scissors, pruning saw, hand-trowel, hand-fork, hand-cultivator, hand-weeder.
- $1 – Bag of 32 resealable ‘large’ sandwich bags.
- 30c – Recycled paper (FSC certified) note pad.
- 60c – 2 x HB pencils.
- 80c – Cheap permanent marker.
- $2.98 – 12 compartment organizer/storage box.
- $4.05 – 20kg Sandpit sand.
I have started putting together a kind of survivalist backpack that goes in my car so I can take cuttings, collect seed (if you plan to do the same check what licenses you might need). I have also put in it from my own pocket;
- $8.97 – 50 No.5 Tudor seed-envelopes
- $22 – Basic first aid kit.
What have I done so far? I have made a number of cuttings (4 tests) of a Tahitian Lime Tree (Citrus × latifolia), (4 tests) of a Muscat-grape vine using resources about propagation found online at freeplants. I have also made cuttings of Australian natives; (4 tests) Western Silver Wattle (Acacia decora), (8 tests) Lilly Pilly (Syzygium smithii), (12 tests) Midyim Berry (Austromyrtus dulcis), (2 tests) Native Currant (Coprosma quadrifida). So why these plants?
- Limes – the plants will make nice gifts.
- Muscat grape vines – wine & juice to share with friends.
- Western Silver Wattle – indigenous to where I live and the seeds taste fantastic in a number of different uses. I’ll post some recipes later as an addition to my sharing and ‘doing good’.
- Lilly Pilly – good for both jam and gin…
- Midyim Berry – good for both jam and gin…
- Native Currant – because it tastes fantastic in a number of different uses.
I intend to make a bunch more cuttings (as I have a huge amount of old plant pots, and people are happy to give them away. 50ml of clonex should do 250-500 cuttings, and in small pots of river sand I shouldn’t need too many more bags to get a real production line going.
- Clone a lot of indigenous plants so that I can increase the biodiversity of my area, specifically my current land holding of 2023 square metres. In so doing create a resource and knowledge base of edible indigenous plants to the Riverina Region.
- Clone a lot of other useful household plants for family and friends. Making a map of good plant material and making contact with people who are interested in sharing in the knowledge and wealth gardening brings.
I am eager to get material to clone good lemons, oranges and mandarins to get my own stocks up. Well, thats where I am at for $25.