April 26, 2009 at 4:10 pm #247858Tony From West OzMember
I have just joined this group and I thought that I should introduce myself.
My wife and I live on 3.5 Ac in Bedfordale WA.
We have a dozen chooks for eggs and meat, and a dozen sheep to keep the place neat and tidy, plus provide meat as well.
We have a vegetable garden which I am trying to sort out into beds, rather than planting anywhere. I have started by cutting a sheet of roofing tin in half lengthwise and making a raised bed. When the other veggies have finished, I plan to make another 2 or 3 more of these.
We also have an Aquaponics system which hopefully will supply us with fish and veggies (already supplies plenty of tomatoes, capsicum, chillies, cabbage, cauliflower, beans, etc in a chemical free environment).
My wife has a few aviaries and raises Eastern Rosella’s, and a variety of grass parrots and finches.
We do not have mains water, so we have a large rain water tank fed from the house, garage and my workshop roof. We have a bore for watering the garden.
Our home is made of rammed earth, with an iron roof, and was built in 1985, with solar orientation and has many passive solar features. The hot water service is solar with a wet back on the wood fired space heater. An electric booster is fitted but has not been needed in the 3 years we have lived here.
We have added a 2.5KWp (stand alone) solar power system which provides most of our power during Summer and about 70% during Winter. It can be switched back to the Mains Grid if we get a number of overcast days or need to equalise the battery bank. We also have a 1KWp grid tied solar system which generates sufficient power in Summer to cater for other electrical devices which are not supplied by the solar inverter. eg 3 phase pumps, evaporative Air conditioner & electric oven. I have plans to build a diesel (vegetable oil/biodiesel) powered generator to help with winter generation.
I look forward to meeting ALS members online and, possibly later, in person.
TonyApril 26, 2009 at 7:44 pm #407695KippenMember
Hi Tony. Welcome to ALS, to both of you. 🙂 Your setup at home is really impressive!April 26, 2009 at 7:58 pm #407696jaymesMember
Hey Tony! You’re here! Welcome 🙂April 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm #407697sewing ladyMember
Hi Tony, your place sounds like heaven. Would love to see photosApril 27, 2009 at 1:06 pm #407698CarolMember
Hello Tony, sounds like you have a fantastic setup. How long did it it take you to get to this point?April 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm #407699ErthgirlMember
Your place sounds fantastic! Look forward to hearing more about it.
Cheers – Erthgirl xApril 27, 2009 at 3:16 pm #407700BobbeeMember
Hello Tony, :wave:
Nice to meet you.April 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm #407701Tassie TigerMember
Gooday to both of you and welcome to ALS:wave:
The raised garden beds from corrugated iron are great. We have heaps in our garden and they certainly save the old back:tup:
Sounds like a great solar setup.
Enjoy the journey:tup:April 27, 2009 at 11:34 pm #407702bdm6125Member
We are pretty near you in Serpentine.
Love the sound of your stand alone system…as well as your productive garden!
Actually, the whole thing sounds fantastic! :tup:April 28, 2009 at 12:01 am #407703mary dollMember
:wave:hi and welcome
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