Well there has been a lot happening in not so sunny Gin Gin.
The wicking basket technology has seen some major changes
and as I write wicking new baskets are rolling off the
injection moulding machines.
I am upgrading the website
www.healthyfoodassociation.com to an e-commerce site to
provide a direct link between growers and consumers cutting
out the middle men.
Here is the front page of the upgraded web but best to go to
the web itself.
Diet and Health
I believe everyone should
have the right to healthy food.
Modern factory food is slowly killing us.
Throughout the developed and developing world people are
suffering from poor health from an unbalanced diet.
Factory food is full of fats and sugars, which are addictive and provide excessive
energy but is lacking in the critical vitamins and minerals
essential for our bodies to replace cells as they degenerate.
This web site provides a viable alternative. It
allows consumers to choose how they
want their food produced and buy directly from the
grower without a middle man. It provides a market place
where growers can display how they grow food so they are
rewarded for the extra nutrient value.
The wicking basket system is recommended as plants are grown in
a way that provides the minerals,
vitamins and phytochemicals essential for health.
The basket has open sides
and base and a wick in the bottom.
This is placed in a hole in a mother wicking bed so the wick is
in the water reservoir. Minerals and nutrients are added to the
soil in this mother bed which is growing a range of plants which
help structure the soil and provide a refuge for the soil
biology which is essential to break down the minerals and make
them available to the plant.
This soil is left undisturbed so the soil biology, the bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi
and worms can flourish.
The basket is sunk just below soil level so when the soil
is watered nutrients and soil biology are washed into the basket.
basket containing mature plants are can be taken home and placed in a water container to make the
daughter wicking bed.
This can be at any convenient spot, such as a patio right
outside the door, where the plants can be eaten fresh as any
The leaves of the plant can be harvested and eaten fresh. The plant will continue to put out young fresh shoots. (Chop
Some plants like cress make excellent snacks and can be eaten
straight from the plant.
The water reservoir just needs an occasional top up when
indicated by the sight tube.
The basket (and soil) can be returned to the grower and replaced
with a new basket with fresh plants on a swap and go system.
In the factory food system plants are genetically selected to be mechanically firm and have
a long shelf life.
Nutrition plays a secondary role. In the wicking basket system
specialist plants which are tender and have the highest
nutrition can be selects as the plants are always consumed
Some people may prefer to
buy young plants as seedlings while others with the skills,
space and time may prefer to carry out the entire growing
The big advantage of the system is that consumers with little
space, time or skills can enjoy fresh vegetables while skilled gardeners can
manage the entire process themselves.
Covers can be placed over the baskets to protect from
insects or climate. Most consumers want to avoid
using chemical sprays to manage pests and insects.
The primary advantage of
this wicking basket system is that the consumer has a continuous
supply of fresh nutritious plants. However is lends itself to
plants which are not commonly available as they have limited
Consumers can enjoy the benefits of these beneficial but specialist plants
the growers who no longer run the risk of growing these
specialist plants without an assured market.
For more details goto
We are anxious to build up a network of growers - please
The wicking bed basket - the
healthy way to eat
I have just uploaded my latest August newsletter which
Change of plan
This month I wanted to feature the new
developments in the wicking basket system I have been
However we have had monster frost up here, most unusual but
it has played havoc with my experiments on wicking baskets.
Every day I look at my Google searches on diet and
and honestly the amount of lies, bogus
information and scams about diet is just terrible.
So this month I have changed my plans
and will talk about how do we