Week 11:

As we near the end of our production I am starting to step back and see how much I personally have learned about the organic gardening community and how I have become more involved in it myself – without meaning to do so. I am finding myself attending more food swaps and the local farmers’ market  without the intention of gathering footage or photos for this documentary. I now have become associated with a woman who lives near me who now supplies my eggs. Also, I am receiving a lot of advice when I ask questions on Facebook pages for organic gardener in my area. Some of these pages are as follows;

Geelong Seed & Plant Swap
Geelong swap and sell natural produce
Geelong Organic Gardens.

In terms of the production itself everything is falling together smoothly now. I believe this is due to how much effort we put into the earlier stages of pre-production. Ironically this is much like what we have discovered with organic gardening, where a little bit of planning and effort earlier on saves a lot of work in the long run. Also we have received a lot of views on our tutorials (over 1,000 already!) and gained some followers on both our twitter account and instructables.

We now need to finalize the website, keep up the blogging and twitter feeds, put some final tutorials together on our Instructables page  and edit the interview footage.

Mind the pun but everything is getting exciting now and we are starting to enjoy the fruits of our labour.

I can’t wait for the final product!

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Week 10: The end of Production

This week we completed gathering all our footage for the video documentary. This is a major relief for the group, because now we can quickly move forward with the last little bits of the project. We gathered 4+ hours of footage, that we are hoping we can easily break down into a short, maybe 7 minutes, video. In tying in with the community aspect, we reached out to a small group called Geelong Organic Gardens. They are a great group who were not only willing to help us out, but were excited with our project.

Now we move into the cutting and editing stage, which will require quite a bit of work as a group. We need to take everything we have, and try to produce a cohesive narrative related to the community we chose.

With all our production completed, and everything we have completed, I feel we have past the point of the minimum, and have the chance to make something truly good and useful.

Week 11: All set

There’s not much going on with my vegetables this week, but on Thursday I’ll be transplanting my carrot seedlings into my garden bed. I’ll probably make a short blog post about them once I get them planted in.

So unfortunately I couldn’t make it to our last interview and food swap, but I made up in work by updating some things in our dropbox. I’ve also made sure to have everything ready to edit our videos. On Monday I got my brother to set up his old gaming computer for me and installed all of the adobe programs needed on it. Now all there’s left to do is get the footage and edit!

 

Week 10: The end is nigh

Okay so this week I attended a food swap and went to a private farmer’s market type farm. At the swap I took Lemons, Chives and some spare chili seedlings (that I grew from cuttings in water that sprouted roots) and I obtained:

– Pumpkin
– 6 Organic home-grown Eggs
– A Mustard Seedling
– An Artichoke
– A large seedling Tray of lettuce seedlings
– A bottle of cooking oil with chilies in it
– Some silverbeet

I then took the remaining lemons that I had to the local private farmers market called Magic Meadows. There I obtained:

– 2 strawberry seedlings
– 2 Zucchini seedlings
– 1 Black Cherry seedling
– An Artichoke seedling

This was really exciting in exchange for less than 10 minutes of picking lemons from my tree.

Anyway in regards to the website we are drawing closer to the final design and I have put together all of the content for a second instructables tutorial. The new tutorial is about transplanting seen on the organictronic instructables page at:

http://www.instructables.com/member/Organictronic/

And here is a picture of the final result of my seedling transplanting. My garden bed is really coming alive now

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Week 10!

Wow! It’s already week 10 so that means we have 2 more weeks to get this all done. I’ve filmed a bit more of my garden on my end of things, but I have yet to still get it edited and uploaded on to youtube. I’ve also taken pictures of my carrots and will upload them to the dropbox after I’ve transplanted in my garden bed, all ready for the flickr slide show. I guess all there is now is to get cracking on with the last of our interviews and strenuous hours of editing footage, exciting!

So it’s been about a week and a bit since I’ve harvested my radishes and I haven’t really touched them since. The other day I had a tuna sandwich and thought it would be a good idea to put some in it. 

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Success! it was pretty yummy indeed! Anyways, need to find a recipe to use the rest of them in soon, hopefully they’ll last a for a bit longer.

Week 9

Okay so this has been quite an exciting week. Everything is starting to come together and the warm weather has boosted the growth of our own plants! I have a couple of dozen chili bulbs throughout my plants now as well as capsicum ones on my capsicum plants. Plus my Upside-down tomato plant is flowering and my cucumber seeds have now germinated.

Most importantly we have completed our first interview and now have plenty of video, audio and photos from the shooting day last Friday. We interviewed Emily Swanson who is a keen organic gardener and who plays a major role in the food swaps around the Geelong area and she both entertained and educated us. She has developed a very sustainable lifestyle where she rarely buys and vegetables. Her garden waters itself whenever her family use the shower or the washing machine. Also, she has designed her garden so that her Chickens play a vital role in clearing areas and turning plants to mulch as well as fertilizing the soil. She rotates her chickens through sections of her yard accordingly. She doesn’t have to weed or water her garden nor does she have any pest issues. She uses natural methods of planting specific plants to attract certain flying insects that fend off pests.

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(Emily Swanson showing us her edible flowers, they were YUMMY!)

Also this week we have taken a step back and looked at our own progression and current stage in production. We are both working on post-production and pre-production at the moment. In the sense of post-production we are organizing our content, developing our website and preparing both our slideshow images and ‘Instructables’ tutorials.

Below is a screen capture of me organizing images and text content in preparation for the ‘Instructables’ tutorials:

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Week 9

Things are coming along pretty well at this stage of our project. We’ve started to go out and about to obtain the information we need to make up our documentary. Last Friday we interviewed Emily Swanson, a lady from Geelong who organizes food swaps in her community. Her garden was absolutely lovely and it was interesting to actually get to know someone who was passionate about self-sustainability. Besides a few technical difficulties with the lapel microphone,  a bit of wind and unwanted background noises, the interview was really good. We had wrote up a bunch of questions, but I noticed that it was just easier to ask questions from the top of our heads. In saying this, I find this style of interviewing creates a more natural and comfortable feel to our documentary. I’m excited to see what next to come!

So on a different note, everything that we’ve planted in the first weeks of our process of our projects are really starting to take shape. I’ve just harvested a bunch of my radishes which i had planted in the third week back to uni. On top of that my herbs are well and truly alive, my coriander plant is huge! Haven’t been cooking with them just yet, but every time I’m in the garden I pick at it (lol).

Week 9

As our project has gone forward, I was always wondering if it was going alright. I would tell myself it was, but would then sub-consciously stress that we didn’t have enough, and that I wasn’t doing enough. But this past week I have noticed exactly where we are. Instead of looking at the week prior and the week to come, I have taken a look at the entire timeline, and I like where we are!

We don’t have the most stuff done. Maybe not even as much as we thought. Yet we are still on track. We have started interviewing people for our video documentary, which has already left us with more footage than we can handle! For a video that we want to be under 7 minutes, there will be alot of editing. But that is the fun part, and we all know how to do it, so we can enjoy it together.

An aspect I keep forgetting is the Twitter account. Mainly posting entertaining ways to get involved in growing ones own food and progress of our own garden, re-tweeting from other, similar feeds is proving to be very beneficial, with each day at least 2-3 different feeds follow us back! For something I assumed would only be seen by those in our class, this has been a massive boost to my confidence in our topic.

Bring on the next few weeks!

Week 8:

In the past couple weeks our project has been gaining a bit of momentum and everything is beginning to come together. We’ve started to get tweets up onto our twitter and started filming a few things here and there. Danny filmed a short video about a little update of his heirloom tomato seedlings. I’ve edited a draft of it to show how we want the finished product to look like. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-E9Pp2ne-DM

Now on to my garden! What I’ve learned about doing this project is the satisfying feeling you get when you grow your own vegetables. At first I was a bit scared of growing my own produce, simply because I thought everything was going to die on me. I feel like a bit of a fool now that I think of it, but it is super easy!! So five weeks ago I planted in some radishes in my garden bed and I think they’re just about ready to harvest.

 

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As you can see they’re nice and red and round. Just looking at it bring a huge smile on my face, I cannot wait to pluck these babies out! So on another note, I am having a bit of trouble with my herbs. They are growing perfectly fine, but something is eating at my basil.

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I don’t want to put any pesticides on it and I’m fine with a few bugs eating at it. I’m just hoping it won’t get worse. And here is my mint, they’re looking a bit dull but I’ve just taken all of the dead leaves off.

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Week 8

Getting more into the production stages of our project we have set our website up at http://www.organictronic.host56.com/ and we have mapped out in our shared dropbox folder the sitemap design of the website. We now know exactly what is going where in the website and are collecting content. It will just be a matter of putting it all together from now onward!

Also we have organised an interview with an organic gardener on Friday, Emily Swanson. We believe she has a lot of experience and seemed to know what she was talking about at a recent food swap. I have made two compact compost bins now and I am getting used to how they work and what to use. As they are compact to suit our theme I have gone with the Hot Compost style of composting (see link below).

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3301097.htm

 

This style requires the perfect balance of Carbon and Nitrogen to create the ‘Hot’ effect. This gave me a few good shovels worth of top soil in this small container in just 4 weeks! The great thing about this is that it’s easy! Carbon can some from torn up newspapers, shredded paper, cardboard, or dry leaves and nitrogen from vegetable scraps, fruit, grass cuttings and any plant waste.

This shows that there is no excuse not to do it, even if you live in a small apartment in Melbourne all you need is a tub and a balcony! (and probably some plants!).

 

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I have read that using larger tubs and quantities of materials develops a higher level of heat and in effect speeds up the process. I went and obtained two (second-hand) tubs and I have already started to make a compost out of one of them. I will be using the remaining tub to create an Instructables tutorial on how to do this. Not only is composting great for your garden, but it is a great way to recycle and reduce landfill.

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