Can a Simple Compost drop off be a Start to my Dream Farm?

CAN A SIMPLE COMPOST DROP OFF SET OF THE START TO A NEW DREAM?

It sure can, and it all starts with an action to get it rolling!

I just had 2 squares metres of woodchip and leaf mold dropped in my backyard with quarter of a metre of Mushroom compost added to help heat it up and break it down. I am also adding local coffee grounds to it daily around 15 litres.
This is going to sold as my first micro farm product as a finished compost.
I plan to also add worm castings and rock dust, so it contains many of the vital elements for healthy growth, and pest resistance.
Costs me $116 dollars delivered,,,big money saver doing it this way!

I am not sure how much product I can sell yet,, still have to crunch numbers, but it’s a start.

A week or so ago I said I was going to share the start up of my dream “ECO EDUCATION FARM” here via text, video and in my blog martysgarden.com.au, so here I am writing another post at 7.20am on a cold winter’s morning.

This will be my third micro farm, and hopefully my last on rented space.
Currently I have been studying how not to get side tracked and keep reaching my goals, and it’s a real eye opener as I know that well you truly desire something mindset is everything.

Yesterday I created a post on my Facebook profile. I actually write this just for me,keeps me on point and focused. To be honest, I actually write these posts here for the very same reason, and if it is able to inspire others then that’s even better, because it can help others believe that they can truly have what they set out to do or achieve.
Staying focused on creating a dream into reality is hard work, right? But, so worth it.

FACEBOOK POST 30 June 2018

Clarity, Focus, Gratitude and a Map to the Destination.

Here is a map I am creating for myself, so I stay focused and get to my dream home/ micro farm education centre.
Maybe it can help you too?

Step 1: being truly clear on what you want.
Step 2: Mapping out a route that takes you to that destination.
Step 3 Entwining it with consistent and humble prayer
Step 4: Being grateful in all things
Step 5: Not getting off the path when the climb becomes steep, windy or difficult.
Step 6: Believin in the vision and start living, as though it’s already been achieved and happening now
Step 7: Keep working on improving all of the above steps with clear positive intention.

It has taken a few months to draw out this map of clear intention for me,,and I know that consistent prayer has led me here so far.
I am truly grateful to be on this amazing journey and plan to enjoy every step on the way, but enough about me. How about you?
Do you have a dream?,Maybe it seems impossible as there are too many boundaries?
Have you prayed about it with our father in heaven Jesus? Because with the Lord by your side and faith, all things are possible.
I look forward to what your thoughts are below.
God Bless you all
Marty Ware

My thoughts on that post above. By writing this down it sets deep into my subconscious mind and the body starts working on how to make this possible.
But you do need to work on a clear map and exactly what you want. For me the final destination is a home for me and my daughter Karin with the micro education eco centre attached to it.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MAKING YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE?

If your not sure about how this works check out a few videos by Dr Joe Dispenza in youtube, this amazing man measureS the results and helps countless people everyday achieve their dreams. He also has an amazing story about how he healed himself, when he was told he will 100% never walk again.

I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU BELOW

I would truly love to hear your thoughts on my latest posts and if you too have a dream!
If you do, I really hope you start with the simple step of just writing it down. You just never know where it may lead.

Lots of Love to You All
Marty Ware

 

Can Urban Farming Get Even Smaller by Going Micro?

Good title, yes?
It really is a great question,,because I truly believe it can be done in Australia and around the globe.
Especially in a ever growing populated world,,,we need to grow local, be sustainable and supply new jobs in this developing industry.

Image:  My first vertical growhouse in Byron Bay Australia

VALUE ADD,,GO HOMESTEAD & STAND OUT

However, it does mean that you would have to value add, to a high end product that you grow. The other option would be sells lots of volume of a product grown on site that many people want.
I believe that if you could create a homestead style recipe from a crop that is grown on site, is the key!
Then sell it yourself at a local market or supply a restaurant with it.

Lately in Australia craft brewed businesses have been rising up everywhere, and they are making the big bucks.
Many of these craft beers started in a backyard too!

Those who have been following me or know me personally know that I actually owned and managed a micro farm before in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.
It was very successful, but due to some unforeseen circumstances I had to close the farm and move south to the mid north coast.
So, I am very familiar with this style of farming.

CAN I MAKE A COME BACK?

I have made the decision to not hold back and step out in faith, believing that I can do it again,,and even better than before.
It also is one step more towards my dream in the process to buying, building and starting an educational micro farm.

I plan to make my very own organic fertilizer and compost on site and turn this into my very first range of products before I start growing crops.
As it is a micro set up, I will need to turn everything I touch into profit, so I can leverage my extremely small space.

Stay Tuned for more, as the story unfolds,,as there is plenty more to do, say and teach.

Happy gardening/ micro urban farming Australia
Marty Ware

Have We Killed Our Soils By Killing Our Worms

I do wonder if the world of composting worms and business will grow over time as people become more and more aware of just how valuable they are to our world.

Many of us know the benefits of Bees, but do worms get less noticed because they are not as cute, and usually hidden away.

I would say the answer is yes,,worms off all types have really had it tough over the years since the industrial revolution. We tilled up their soils, threw non biodegradable rubbish on top and leached toxins into the sub soils.

 

The “SOLUTION” to Help The Worms

There is Solution, and nearly all of us around the world can help to make a change one day at a time.

This can be done by improving the soils where they live and in return we as people will be greatly rewarded.

Worms are a part of the soil web and not only plough through the soil, but break down many of the elements in the humus layer.  As compost worms eat and consume the humus, soil and decaying organic matter they produce a casting,,worm poop.  Worm casting are water soluble and also contain many beneficial microbes which help the soil health and this is where we can play a huge role.

How can we do this?  It’s fairly simple really.  We need to stop adding chemical fertilizers to the soil and starting adding compost.

Compost improves soil structure, and as soil structure repairs itself so does the soil web. Also, by composting we are helping by slowing up waste going into landfill.  Landfill produces methane “greenhouse gas”  is actually well above cows for the amount it puts into the atmosphere.

LET’S SUPPORT LOCAL WORM FARMERS

The other way is to support local worm farmers and those who produce organic compost blends.  Many of us don’t have the time to compost, or start a worm farm, but we still want to use it in the garden.

If that’s you then I would recommend you can consider taking that option and search for a local worm farmer online.

To be honest, I have never met a worm farmer yet that I didn’t  like.

My Worm Farm Ebook

If you are considering taking the leap into worm farming you may want to consider taking a look at my Ebook,,,it has everything for the backyarder, right through to those who maybe considering taking it on a professional level.

TAKE A LOOK AT MY WORM FARMING BLUEPRINT CLICK HERE 

 

 

 

Urban Micro farms Using Free Recycled Coffee Grounds Could be a Game Changer

URBAN MICRO FARMS WORMS AND RECYCLED COFFEE IS IT A GAME CHANGER FOR PLANET EARTH?  This is the question.

Urban farming, which I like to call micro farming I believe is still in its infancy in Australia and around the globe?
I really believe it has such a long way to go.
As a collective community I know we can truly make a change and help others get out of the daily grime of working for the man.
By developing sustainable business models based around growing food in the city and countryside on small blocks of land, even indoors.
Currently I have been collecting as much coffee grounds as I can from a couple of local cafes.


I live in a small country town and man, just from two shops in the middle of winter I am able to collect well over 20 litres a day,,crazy right?
This amount will double, even triple soon as I expand.
If i do this everyday this pile is surely going to grow, grow, grow and grow!
Best part is it’s an awesome source of nitrogen and is very close to neutral,,slightly acid and perfect for composting and compost worms.
Coffee grounds also contains, generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper.

CAN COLLECTING LOCAL COFFEE GROUNDS REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

I believe that this free resource will be a game changer for urban micro farmers and gardeners alike.
I know that many have been using it for years in their gardens and even to make bricks as fuel,,geez you can even make biochar with it.

TURN IT INTO VALUABLE COMPOST

Myself, I plan to compost it, feed it to compost worms and make a beautiful blend for my new micro farm.
It’s still early days yet,,but I believe it’s going to be a game changer..
I just need to sort out the carbon ratio of 1 part coffee grounds to 2 parts carbon.

RECYCLE AND REBUILD SOIL STRUCTURE

The concept is to be able to use as much recycled materials as possible,,as I want to be highly sustainable and lessen the impact on the planet.
Maybe you have some ideas about how to use this amazing free resource and how to use it in your garden or farm?
I would really love to hear what you have to say.
You could even sprinkle it on your lawn as a free fertilizer,,,now I got you thinking, right? My lawn is just sand, so I know what I plan to do over the coming months.

Looking forward to hearing what you have to say.
Happy Gardening
Marty Ware

Backyard Permaculture Chicken Fun

My daughter Karin and I visited a new friends house yesterday..and I got this awesome photo of Karin with one of their backyard chickens,,so awesome!

So, I just had to share it here on my blog..
It’s been really nice, as we are starting to make some new friends locally since moving from our old stomping ground Byron Bay.
We now live at North Haven on the Mid North Coast of NSW and film on location and places that we visit for the Martys Garden show on YouTube 

Join The Path of Dreams to A Sustainable Eco Farm Stay

All I can say is “AWESOME” because I can’t find another word to take its place. Since making a decision in faith that I am going to chase my dream no matter long it takes, the community has been overwhelming to say the least.

I plan to unfold behind the scenes in my posts and videos, the steps of how I plan to make this amazing dream come to fruition, I know it will take a long time, but I want to enjoy the journey and not be in a rush to get there.

Photo:  Karin feeding a very friendly goat!

“THE WINDING PATH OF DREAMS”

Today I was posting a comment under a youtube video and it got me thinking. I need to share more about what the final destination is,,because I really believe with all my heart that the community will be my guiding light to help Karin and me to get there.

Picture this, a three bedroom house set on an acre block, that provides a farm stay experience. There would also be a large shed that converts into a space to run workshops and host small events.
I could even run these events and workshops live for the world to see and directly from my channel.

The farm would be based on permaculture/ organic/ biodynamic practices and lets no forget my vertical micro farm systems that all run off grid, because that plays a huge role.

This style of vertical farming works on a large or small scale and is perfect for the small space gardener or someone who want to set up a backyard farm with very little costs.

The whole system has been trialed over a period of 5 years now and just keeps getting better every year. I know that with a collective mindset in the community, it can be improved on all the time.

“LET THERE BE CHICKENS”

Chickens would also play a massive role and live in a permaculture coop that not only feeds them, but produces a composted fertilizer that is nothing short of amazing. Oh, and lots of fresh eggs too!
Let me briefly explain
The chickens have an earth floor covered in a very deep fluffy mulch, such as sugar cane or straw. As they lay droppings the earthworms and a wide array of insects will slowly increase over time. Earthworms love fresh compost and chicken manure!
Then the chickens scratch and turn it over finding fresh food and turn it into a super friable nutrient rich compost. Much of this will then go out onto the farm as compost and into worm farms to make casting and worm teas.

Spent greens and fodder grown for the chickens will be thrown straight into the pen,,this fodder will contain many trace elements (minerals) that will be eaten by the chickens.
This will then be turned into chicken manure and locked into the system. Guess what we end up with, a super nutrient dense compost and worm castings that just keeps on getting better.
This recycled loop system not only improves the soil, but will be the building block to soil life, keeping pests at bay, nutrient dense plant life and everything surrounded by it will benefit,,even the wildlife.
Oh, yer and the food will taste amazing! I know, because I have eaten it,,,man oh man oh man is it good.

I am sure many will want to come and stay,,enjoy the farm and have an unforgettable educational experience

So, what’s in it for you?

As my daughter Karin and I take on this adventurous dream I plan to share many of my tips that I have already tried and put into practice over the years via video and in these post.
It will be a mixture of education, story, sharing and community. I plan to just write in here from my heart and put it all down just like I would if I was talking to your personally through conversation.
This will be for everyone from the market gardener (micro farmer) to the very beginner wanting to grow a few microgreens, fruits to trees to herbs and Tomato vines.
I also plan to share and discuss your interactions via video and posts as a collective community, as I know we all have a world of knowledge to share.

Martys Garden Set to Shoot Micro Farming Documentary in Australia

Awesome News For Martys Garden, Subscribers and all that love to grow food.

First, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post,,I truly do appreciate it, it truly does help me get to where I want to go, being the final destination of my dream micro farm/ education centre.

Anyway, here is the news. I spoke with Pepe from 5 sixty farms yesterday I am taking an 8 hour drive up to where he has his farm and shooting a series on micro farming/market gardening for my channel.
I am also filming a short documentary as well while I am there about what it’s like to be a micro farmer in this day and age how to start up yourself.

The whole family is going up, including, me Karin, Bobby the Cockatiel and Samsung Karin’s new pet Praying Mantis. The other one Lewis, passed of old age last week.
I plan to film and documentary from behind the scenes, so you will really get to see what it’s truly like to run such a business.
Pepe is a great guy and has a huge family, so it’s gonna be crazy!

We haven’t yet set a date to shoot the production,,but I would say in the next month for sure.
I am so excited,,I truly am, as it is something that I am super passionate about.

Anyways,,this is a quick update for you all that read my posts here. I am yet to mention this on my channel.
Lots of love to you all

Marty Ware

Micro Farm & Small Space Gardening Education Centre Lets Make it Happen

Wow,,I must say I am so “STOKED” and excited to see that you guys are getting my posts..so cool.
Things are really starting to step up here at Martys Garden, as I have had my head in the books working on a plan and how to get there.
You see it’s all about my WHY!  

Why do I do what I do, where do I want this to take me and most importantly how can I help others on a much deeper level?
(I recently started blogging again on my website as I knew that I needed to start documenting my journey outside of video. So most of the content regarding this content can be found there.)

THE SCARY PART: while doing this I realised that I had given up on my dream and it’s final destination.
The dream is to run an education centre/ micro farm as a business and help many others achieve their dreams too.

You see this is very hard to say,,,my excuse all the time were..I am tired of doing this all by myself.
That’s the truth,,,I have a serious illness (torticollis) which is now under control, I am still in pain everyday.
But, should that stop me from my dream,,now way!

I also, have more why behind wanting to achieve this goal,,my daughter and the responsibility I have for her.
We need to get out of the rent syndrome,,I spend over $300 a week on rent. That money should be going to much better use, right? Like this idea.

HOW CAN I ACHIEVE THIS GOAL?

I know now that I do not have to do this alone. I 100% believe and have faith in collective community and as a group can truly make this happen. I have accepted that I need help, to bring it to life.

IMAGINE THIS

A block of land,,approximately 1 acre set up as a micro farm retreat education centre. Teaching to the public a wide array of material from the backyard gardener to the budding micro farmer who needs a leg up.
People could stay there in accommodation and just lap it up.

With today’s technology there could easily be live events and classes that reach around.
This means that people outside of Australia who want to get involved can in an educational sense and for business.

Live workshops,,now that would be amazing!

This truly is just the beginning and for those who would like to be involved I am all ears. I really look forward to what you have to say..
Let’s band together and fly under the new banner of :Education, Sharing & Inspiring” and make this happen!

INQUIRIES:  Message me over at my facebook page The Martys Garden Show

Love you all

Marty Ware

 

Martys Garden Sets Out to Educate Share & Inspire

Recently I have been digging deep into my “WHY” and final destination for what I do online.

I invite you on my Journey within this article behind Martys Garden, so you can see what drives me.

It’s possibly not what you would of thought.

Image:  Just like a quality compost, the journey takes time and it just keeps getting better with every turn.

The question of why, has been a difficult one recently, because I had a lot of good excuses to stop me from my journey in life and my dreams.

I mentioned in my last post about my goal in youtube, at the start it was to teach as many people as I could about growing fresh food and change lives, through my videos and blog posts.

I have now achieved that goal,,as I have reached over 4 million people in YouTube and another 6 million through web content outside of video.

But now,,things have changed.  I view life in a different manner and see that I have a lot more to offer, than just teach how to grow fresh food at home.

I realise the I need to share my dream of why I do what I do now,,and that is TO EDUCATE, SHARE & INSPIRE through the vehicle of growing fresh food at home, which is the integral engine.

Let me give you an example of a video format using my integral engine.  The content below is the inspiration for an up and coming video.

TO EDUCATE:  Recently I created a video on my channel about Minerals and Epsom Salts in the garden

The video went over how the main mineral component in Epsom Salts are magnesium and sulphate and how  in my eyes it’s better to use all the minerals in the garden that are available to you, than just two.  I recommended in the video that viewers should consider using a wide array of minerals found in Rock dust for optimum plant health and growth.

Rock dust can contain up to 90 different minerals that support plant and soil health,,,where Epsom salts only contains two.

Anyway, the video takes it much further, but I think you get my drift.  That is the content education section

In an up and coming video I am going to use the concept below to create content about using minerals as foliar spray, and share the written comment below in my video within the share section.

TO SHARE: After the viewers had watched the video mentioned above many left some wonderful comments.  Woody from Woodys Home brew and allotment gardening channel mentioned how he used Epsom salts as a liquid fertilizer to spray the leaves on his plants.  It was a great comment, because Epsom salts is highly soluble and can be easily mixed and applied.

However, about 30 minutes later I received another comment, which took the comment thread to a whole new level.  You can read the comment below.

COMMENT AUTHOR: Michael Wellner

Hi Marty, Great advice on adding the rockdust to the compost. I have used it sprinkled on top of garden soils prior to planting much like Blood-n-bone this is best put on as the cooler weather approaches – there is a time delay affect and should be organically incorporated into the upper soil profile readily available for spring growth.
Epsom salts used in a watercan dilution becomes immediately available to the plants on application – half the dosage if the weather is warmer always saturate the soil prior to application thus avoiding rootburn, especially if used on seedlings. I usually add Iron sulfate to solution at the sametime, the magnesium ions grabs the iron(ions) transporting to the foilage –
the iron is deficient during the colder months as soil temp and moisture is decreasing. The lower soil moisture at low temp changes the soil pH and ion concentrate solution within the soil reverses the osmotic potential within the roots, which now need more reserves of sugar in which to pump the nutrients up to the leaves a vicious negative cycle which means the plant struggles through winter –
there is less hours of light to produce the sugar needed & less iron for chlorophyll so magnesium helps mostly to awaken the plant when it wants to go dormant.?

Now, that is a BOMB comment and worth sharing in my next up and coming video, as it not only is valuable content, but it shows that I am listening to my subscribers and those who are watching my videos.

So, that would now cover the Educate & Share elements, but what about inspire.

TO INSPIRE is so valuable in my eyes, as it inspires the action to take place.  So many watch a video about gardening a certain way, but do they actually take action?

Possibly in most cases no,,,the idea sounds great, but most just move onto the next cool idea.

What if I was to inspire them to take action and explain the benefits they would receive by taking action.  Now that would make valuable change.

Then in a short while after taking the action they would see and benefit from the results applied.   Hopefully in time the action becomes habitual and plays a part of the overall strategy for a successful garden.

CONCLUSION 

To conclude:  I am not really a writer, as I do have a form of dyslexia which makes it quite difficult to get all the right words down onto paper, so to speak.

However, I feel that if I write, as I would speak, then I believe I can get the message across that I want to say.  I have a lot of plans for the future of Martys Garden and the engine entegral that EDUCATES, SHARES & INSPIRES.

This engine will be a part of all the content I create from now on, and has brought me a new spark in life.

My final destination is to soon own some land where I can run my show from, open up another micro farm on the same block and leave a legacy behind for others to follow.  And most of all provide some stability for my daughter Karin.

I plan to blog about this very soon, as I feel by creating this type of content drives me to get to where I want to go.

See you next week, as I will be spending time with my mother of 79 years of age and my daughter this weekend. Keep an eye out for my next video coming out this weekend called Educate, Share & Inspire.

See You soon

Marty Ware

Video Blogging Vlogging in the Garden

I have to admit, it’s been so long since I wrote a blog post.  I have been so caught up in Vlogging about my garden on my Martys Garden channel I hadn’t made the effort to come in here.

Image:  The Tomato Garden wink,,check out my channel for recent videos

Why?  Well, I feel that so many people are stuck in their social media circles, tribes etc and don’t spend much time visiting blogs anymore.

But, that shouldn’t really be an excuse. I know that now, because this website I own it and every piece of content I put on here I have 100% control of, and it doesn’t get lost in some crazy social feed.

I knew that not coming in here and creating content was financial suicide, because you need to own and run your very own race on a platform you own.

So, here I am, back in the saddle, I own the race course and I am not the race horse.

MY GOAL, REASON & DESTINATION

My goal has always been to educate as many as I could about how to grow fresh food fast in Urban Places & Small Spaces, change lives by developing a fresh food culture and awareness that comes right from the backyard.

My reason for creating such content,,to help and change lives.

My destination, to finally run my show from my dream home and reach even more people about how easy it truly is to grow plenty of fresh food in a very small space.

I hope you can join me on this quest and learn along the way.  I know I am learning more and more every single day.

Happy Gardening

Marty Ware