Whilst I'm not interested in running an online shop there are a range of books, tools, trees, seed and other stuff that I'm able to source for tree growers. I'm really only interested in products that are otherwise difficult to get hold of or equipment that I myself find is of high quality.
Regards the equipment I use - I can only direct you to the suppliers.
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We have just purchased an Australian designed solar kiln to dry our timber. I'm still learning but think that this type of kiln may be ideal for small millers who are finding that they can't get their timber down to an even 10-12% moisture content by air drying alone (as required by furniture makers). After two summers of air drying the internal moisture content in the centre of our inch-and-a-half eucalypt timber was still around 17%. Within a couple of weeks in the kiln I have it down to 12%.
I am learning by doing and will be writing up more about how the kiln is performing in the near future.
LINK: SOLAR KILN AUSTRALIA
There are lots of long handle pruning loppers around and I've tried them all and broken quite a few. The pair I like best for pruning eucalypts and other hardwoods is the Lisam (80cm handles). The Australian Agroforestry Foundation online shop (not for profit).
No, I don't actually sell logging winches but I do have a bit to do with someone who does. I have a winch and love it. I'm happy to help you decide if you need one and what type might suit.
Bambra Tree Guard for wallabies and sheep
NOTE: This system is not suitable for all sites: See Story
- POST: 2 m length of 20mm plastic electrical conduit
- SLEEVE: 1.2m length of flexible plastic tube (13.5cm diameter)
- TIES: 3 cable ties (UV stabilised Black) 190mm long
- might need to add a small stick (see picture) for small seedlings
1. Thump or push the 2m conduit into the soil (care to ensure it is vertical).
- I use a 32mm capped steel pipe to 'thump' the post in (best done when the soil is moist).
2. Slide the sleeve over the post and fix at three points with the ties. The ties fix the post to the sleeve.
3. Small seedlings benefit from a small wooden peg/stick being inserted opposite the post to prevent the wind from blowing the bottom of the tube around and over the seedling (picture)
4. Leave a small air gap at the base and ensure the tube is not squashed flat to allow air to rise in the tube. This will prevent overheating in hot weather.
5. If no green leaves are exposed at the base it is possible to spray herbicide around the tree (good for follow-up weed control).
6. Regularly inspect to ensure the guard is in order (not bent or twisted)
7. I remove the post once the tree has formed a stable woody stem (about 2m tall) leaving the plastic tube on to protect the tree from ringbarking
8. Cut off the tube before it starts to constrict the trunk (risk of rotting bark and ringbarking)
I can provide the following (includes gst)
- 270 m roll of the tubing @ $135 plus P&H (60cents/tree)
- 4m length of 20 mm conduit (2 posts) for $4 (=$2/tree) plus delivery or pick up (or try your local electrical wholesaler)
- pack of 100 cable ties for $8 plus P&H (=24 cents per tree) (or try your local hardware store)
INDIVIDUAL GUARDS (components to make a guard)
- tubing cut to 1.2 metre length plus 3 ties = $1.20 plus P&H
- Post (2m), tube (1.2m) and 3 ties for one tree = $4.50 each (pick up or plus deliver)
Delivery - I cannot post the poles but can deliver to sites between Colac, Geelong and Melbourne. Price depends on volume and location.
From the Otway Agroforestry Network (Not for profit community group)
Shiitake Manual and Spawn
Shiitake mushrooms are the second-most consumed edible fungi in the world. Whilst most commercial producers use artificial substrates and expensive controlled-environment facilities there is a growing interest in the traditional log-based methods that have been used for centuries in East Asia. In fact, the word Shiitake literally means Oak- Mushroom. Based on research undertaken at The University of Melbourne and local commercial-scale trials including one at the CERES Community Environment Park in Melbourne, this well illustrated and practical manual provides the first detailed analysis of the methods, yields and prospects for log-grown Shiitake mushroom production in Australia.
Electronic download available for $5.50 from the Australian Agroforestry Foundation
The Otway Agroforestry Network will also have dowel spawn available. To keep up to date with all the news be sure you are on the Shiitake Email list
Master TreeGrower Stuff - From MTG Inc. (Not for profit community group)
The Master TreeGrower Program does have some books and equipment that are available. All profits from these items go to the community group that own the MTG program:
How to measure trees
1. MTG diameter tapes: $25 (inc GST) plus P&H GO TO http://agroforestry.org.au/products/products.asp?_=Shop.
2m long. Measures diameters up to 60cm. As used in all our MTG programs to measure heights and basal area
2. Agroforestry for Natural Resource Management. By Nuberg, George and Reid. (see publications for details): http://agroforestry.org.au/products/products.asp?_=Shop
3. Past Master TreeGrowers can buy a replacement hat or gate sign. They can also have a MTG lapel badge (free).
Contact me (see below) if you are interested in any of these products.
If you are a supplier I'm happy to discuss what you have and consider helping you sell your product if I think it is something that tree growers might need.
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