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  • Well I have no issue growing Stevia, I have alkaline sandy soils. Plants get retic once every 2-3 days. Come back each year, pretty neglected really so I am guessing they like free draining soil. Anyway I am no expert but given they are surviving nad others are struggling I suspect its to do with the soil/pH here in my Perth place.

  • Julie – Would this be appropriate / Can we to put on the Permaculture Association website events calendar ?

  • Wombat, my old man made this stuff it was awesome, better than any champagne I have ever had since….thats why 🙂 Best use of Rhubarb anyway. I dont have hte recipe but I made it with him and my recollection is that recipe looks good.

    WARNING WARNING this stuff can go nuclear we had to inspect and retrieve some batches with a dustbin lid. We…[Read more]

  • Don’t Despair Dry-Dip-Stick, we will get the public face and exposure of community garden going. One of the plans for next year is to try and link up the local gardening groups and community gardens and garden/food related initiatives all around Perth. We have OGAWA, Permaculture WA, SGA, Growityourself, Earthcarers, local council initiatives,…[Read more]

  • I will dig it up and try reposting, I recall it took a while, but given more than you will get the info its worth putting things on public forums.
    Also give me an email on and I can flick you an email I send to most schools with most of the Newborough Permablitz and School Garden resources and learnings on it. In the…[Read more]

  • Hi Mich,

    We can chat on here so others can read and learn or you can contact me on the permaculturewest email addy. That comes to me at the moment.
    We are happy to offer some suggestions and discussion on what can be done, you are welcome to tee up a visit with Newborough to see what was done there.
    The Permablitz network is slowly gaining…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Wicking beds-best option? in the forum Vegetables 9 years ago

    Might have missed in in the thread but I am just a bit concerned about how and where you have you drain set up in a bathtub ?
    You need a drain at the interface of the water holding media, and soil joint point so that the soil doesn’t get water logged when you overfill it or it rains.

  • replied to the topic Wicking beds-best option? in the forum Vegetables 9 years ago

    Being in Perth the biggest advantage in wicking beds is that the water and all nutrients that move through the soil are recycled in the system instead of leaching out into the very porous sand below.

    This is soil specific but Wicking beds are very effective for Perth sandy soil, it is far better than drip irrigation as the water still just drains…[Read more]

  • I have not tried either. Given my observations of grass and comfrey no it wouldnt. If you have a wide border it might stop other ground covers from invading but not those that have long underground runners like KiKuyu, I have pulled up 5 m plus runners on the farm so if there is something good they will be after it.

    I have heard suggested Vetiver…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Kefir… in the forum Dairy products 9 years ago

    NOT this site.
    The site is great but I paid my $60 and after a year of asking and lots of hardluck stories and other reasons why its cant be sent they have stopped replying.
    So yeah dont deal with Dom, feel free to tell me have had good dealings with them if anyone has but I have been shafted so I…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Solar oven in the forum This Simple Life 9 years ago

    I have the Sun Oven commercially made one if anyone wants to see any pictures or ask any questions. It tends to run at around 160oC on a 30oC day. So I consider it a very effective slow cooker or low oven, the only limitation being excess steam/liq steams up the window stopping a lot of the sun and thus cooling the oven. So think croc pots,…[Read more]

  • Wicking Beds are very helpful, mine hold between 200-500litres under each bed so they dont need to be water more than once a week period even mid summer. You fill by manual running the hose until your calculated bed catchment/aquifer volume has come out of the tap, just do a bucket fill test to find your tap flow rate. So in 2 hours i should have…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Hi from WA in the forum Introduce yourself 9 years, 3 months ago

    Hello there Gooooo Perthies

  • I am not an expert, but I am a Chemical Engineer so…

    From a web site ”
    # Termidor is applied at very low rates. Typically, the active ingredient (fipronil) is just 0.06% of the solution, a concentration much lower than that of older liquids and less than most insecticides
    # Keep in mind, too, that since 1995, fipronil has been used around the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic messed up garlic in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 3 months ago

    most smaller green grocers, farmers markets, wanneroo markets etc will have it. But its seasonal, as its local. So there is lots around Dec-June then its generally gone again. But its around when you need to plant it so its not really a problem.

    South of the River wise have you gone to canningvale fresh food markets ? Look it up on the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Jiffy pots in the forum Vegetables 9 years, 3 months ago

    I used to use all those things but I find you are much better off just using a 3L pot plant pot and planting a sensible number of seeds in there. It is large and so keeps its moisture, they are usable every year, the seedling can grow long roots, there is a little more leeway in when seedling must go in the ground.
    When it come time to transplant…[Read more]

  • The handfootnmouth notice is up at our Daycare again. Hopefully not the 2 days my daughter goes but the is 3-4 outbreaks a year at our daycare.
    We have dodged it so far as our kids went in after the put everything in your mouth age.

  • replied to the topic shell-less eggs in the forum Backyard livestock 9 years, 3 months ago

    Sorry heading to bed, haven’t read full post so it might have already been said.

    I assume you are feeding the hens pellets/crumbs not whole seed etc. They will need to start on pellets or crumbs before they learn to eat real food again.

    When mine came from the farm as pullets they didn’t even recognize grain as food, you just need to slowly…[Read more]

  • Perches made of Hibiscus pruning logs. As I said it appears they wont jump up here but it early days and my chooks are creatures of habit.

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