About Bellingen Seedsavers

We are a group of like-minded growers of edible and useful heritage plant varieties in the Bellingen area of northeast New South Wales, Australia.

Our climate varies from frost-free coastal areas to inland river valleys and highlands with frosts. Bellingen has an average annual rainfall of 1507ml.

Wednesday 26 July 2017

Bellingen Seedsavers Excursion to Djangbung Gardens

Djangbung Gardens is located just out of Nimbin NSW.  Bellingen Seedsavers travelled north in July to discover new plants and new ideas.

Eel and Fish Pond: The clay soil holds water

Ready to start the 90 minute tour.

Food producing Lotus Pond in Winter

Resident Tawny Frogmouths

Peach Palm (Bactris gasipaes)

Branch from large White Mulberry provides summer shade

Chicken House

Construction bamboo and edible bamboos abound

Permaculture educator Robyn Francis is proud of her edible bamboo.

Bamboo is converted to biochar annually

When visitors arrive, a low fence of bamboo and mesh is used to pen geese and ducks in the citrus orchard.

A 'hot' compost pile near the chicken shed.

Bedding from the chicken yard is composted conveniently alongside the chicken yard.

A large Magnolia flowers near the cafe.

Polly Pig

Polly Pig works the soil in these fenced gardens. This bed has over-wintering Jerusalem Artichoke plants

It takes Polly Pig a day to dig one of these beds. The lone dead stem marks an overwintering Jerusalem Artichoke.

Polly's urine is captured and her manure collected from a cement floored pen.

A simple plastic bin filled with sawdust is regularly emptied and the sawdust composted

Human urine is collected as well.

A type of Pomelo fruits well.


Shiitake inoculated logs

Shiitake Mushrooms are a successful crop.

A 20m timber stand along one boundary

A stand of timber provides material for mushroom logs and construction.

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