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  • There is plenty of black wattle in the area, it doesn’t last long so once it dies I put it through the chipper and spread it around. The sweet potato is about to be allowed to take over the top of one paddock too now that I know it will survive here.

    I like the idea of using bales for swales, hadn’t thought of that!

  • Thank you Len for your reply!

    Some time has passed and I’ve been absent due to some unforseen circumstances, however, I have a couple of weeks off and have been rediscovering my lovely property! The veggie beds are now seeded and growing and a bit of pruning has been done. No pasture improvement, however I am having some moderate success with…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Thick, creamy yoghurt in the forum Dairy products 9 years, 6 months ago

    We got a cheap yoghurt maker from the Reject Shop. We use 1 cup powdered full cream milk and two tablespoons of yoghurt from the previous batch (originally started with some from the shop) in 3 cups of water and ours is fine. We leave it about 8 hours and then in the fridge overnight, apparently the cooling afterwards is when it sets properly. We…[Read more]

  • Egad- breast feeding is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. The thrush that follows antibiotic use is the worst. If she has that, the topical anti-fungals don’t cut the mustard. I took the oral (Diflucan) once a day for three days. The pharmacist won’t give it to her so go get it for her. Most pharmacists say not to use Diflucan use whilst…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Seed Raising in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 9 months ago

    I’ve been using a big plastic storage container with a lid (~40L? were about $8 from Crazy Sam’s). They are translucent so let in sunlight but have a lid to keep the babies moist. I find that 40 yoghurt containers fit flush in one, I put holes in the yoghurt containers, fill them with commercial seed raising mix and keep them moist. When the…[Read more]

  • Thanks all!

    I will prune them back in May and see how they go in the third year but will plant some more as well. My eggplants have done nothing this year so if they survive the 28 spotted lady birds I will let them stay in the beds over winter too and see what happens.

    Colours, we have some old windows from a friend’s house, perhaps you, Riley,…[Read more]

  • I’m not much as a gardener, but come to me for your cowpox scabs and you’ll be protected against smallpox! I’ll also tell you how to avoid the plague if I haven’t been burned at the stake for suggesting that Malaria is spread by mosquitoes and not bad air!

  • There used to be (maybe still is?) a commercial blueberry farm at Murrumbateman so that must be a good climate for them!

  • Try and find a second hand copy of ‘The Canberra Gardener’. My parents had it in the ’70’s and fed a family from their suburban block, and I had the newer edition when I lived there. It will tell you all you need to know about varieties that do best there! 😀

  • replied to the topic surplus drugs in the forum Think Tank 10 years, 3 months ago

    When my Mum died the hospital cancer unit took her drugs for us and the colostomy nurse took spare bags… that was in WA last year. I think they were going to use them too.

  • I suspect wild birds would bring in undesirables as well,…