Notes from Meyrik Farm

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August 8, 2021

Xanthorrhoeas (Grass Trees) from Stalk to Seed

The process of growing a stalk, flowering, polination, seeding, and throwing seeds can take anywhere from 4 - 6 months. Some stages take a bit longer than others. From our observation many insects are responsible for polination including bees and butterflies, and potentially ants as well. We definitely noticed a lot more seeds in the […]

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February 7, 2021

Transplanting Grass Trees / Xanthorrhoes

Transplanting Xanthorrhoeas or Grass Trees is something that needs to be done carefully so as not to damage the plant's delicate root system. Below is a video demonstrating how to do so correctly. However, it is always recommended to leave these protected plants in their natural environment. Note that stress for the Grass Tree is […]

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November 4, 2020

Australian Bees

According to Aussie Bee Australia has over 1,700 species of native bees with only 11 species being stingless. The stingless bee, Tetragonula carbonaria, lives in Queensland and New South Wales due to the climate, so it's likely that this is the variety we naturally have on Meyrik Farm. Australian stingless native bees are really small […]

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October 31, 2020

How Much Power Do You Need to go Off-grid?

Actually, the question should be, how much money do you want to spend to live off-grid comfortably to meet your basic energy requirements? Through trial and error, scary times when the monitoring system indicated we were stuffed, lots of reading, and talking to those in the solar game, the following is a brief summary that […]

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October 31, 2020

It's all about the waterflow.

The dam on Meyrik Farm had been dry for many years due to the prolonged drought that the region had suffered from. -Needless to say when the much needed rain arrived we were extremely excited and spend most of the time outside observing how the water flowed. We discovered that: Water was just running down […]

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