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  • #820353
    dierich
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    Hi people, its been a long time since I spent most nights checking the happenings on ALS! Found the link when I was looking for something else so thought I’d pop in and say hi. Back then, I was just making the move from suburbia to 2 acres in a small town an hour from Adelaide. 8 lovely years there and we upsized to around 30 acres just out of McLaren Vale. We (husband and furkid Cooper the stumpy ACD) have a few cows and an expanding orchard (most now 5 years old) and vegie garden. The netting cover has been promised to me for 3 years and is nearly complete lol. I can’t wait for spring to spring to get the new beds planted up, hopefully its not too far away as I am over the freezing cold we’ve had of late.

    #538380
    dierich
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    Thanks mulluk. I went to local nursery today and yes, the jury is out on almond v other stone fruit, but I’m still leaning towards an almond. Good point re the chill and being too protected. I’m near Willunga, south Australia, which is an almond growing region, we still have an annual almond blossom festival although more vines than almonds around these days. We need to give the fig a huge cutback next year so we can have some change to net and get some fruit for ourselves so that will open it up a bit more to both sun and chill. I’ll have to pay a bit more attention to it next year and see what happens.

    #535967
    dierich
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    Thankfully no more have become sick and I have moved them to a separate pen so will be able to keep them there for 6 months or so and give the other area a good clean out. Lesson learned – don’t spend money on chooks! In the past we have had fertile eggs from a friend who has a large mixed bunch of chooks, hatched either in Incubator or a broody, and never had a problem. The blue australorp hen we bought so far seems fine so hopefully it’s was only in the rooster. So sad to see them suffering, and so grateful for helpful neighbours who are more able to put them to rest than me!

    #535963
    dierich
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    Well, both the sick chooks have died but, touch wood, all the others still seem happy and healthy so hopefully that’s the end of it for now. Its time to move them to their winter run anyway, so I can give the others a good clean out and disinfect and hopefully remove any lurking problems over the next few months.

    Neighbours have also had problems in last couple of weeks, although no chance of them catching directly off each other as there’s 100 -a 500 metres between us.

    #528346
    dierich
    dierich
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    Looks great, enjoy making it yours!

    #535855
    dierich
    dierich
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    I’m still finding my around, but would love to be able to go straight to the unread replies to a post, or to the end and then I can work back rather than it opening at the start of a thread. I think we used to be able to do that, maybe I’m just missing something?

    #535733
    dierich
    dierich
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    I’m here too, after working out the password change – I was so sure I had the right one I kept persisting before thinking maybe I need to reset because of the changes :-/

    #535641
    dierich
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    Thanks Bel – great to know they grow well here in SA, think I will stick with them (but thanks for the other referral Nick!). they have been really helpful so far. I’ve never contemplated the fruit salad tree, a because we have so much space but also wonder how long it would take for 1-2 grafts to take over the 4 others people get on the same tree!!

    #535439
    dierich
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    I didn’t realise Jo was Bandicoot Valley! I was wondering how I had found her on FB, probably through a mention of her site somewhere on here. Anyway, I bought a male and female blue australorp from her on Saturday – they are beautiful birds and have settled in well! Not integrated with the rest of my motley crew yet, but will mix them in on the weekend when we’re around to keep an eye on them.

    #535294
    dierich
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    Joining the conversation late to say I can’t make – had a couple of things I had to wait to see on before I knew if I could make it or not, and having been ‘told off’ for saying maybe to a previous GTG (a long time ago) and then not being able to make it, I didn’t want to get in trouble again :laugh: :laugh:

    Hope you all have a great afternoon, sounds like fun with lots of swapping to be had.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to make the next one.

    #386174
    dierich
    dierich
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    Kasundi – this is hot and delicious, the kids ask for a jar just about every time they visit!

    90g black mustard seed

    250g fresh ginger

    500ml malt vinegar

    125g garlic

    60gm green chillies (red would be fine too)

    2 kg tomatoes

    250ml oil (sunflower or grapeseed was what he original recipe said)

    30g turmeric

    90g cummin

    60g chilli powder

    250g brown sugar

    60-90g salt

    mince garlic, ginger and chilli with 50ml vinegar, set aside.

    heat oil until very hot, add mustard, turmeric, cummin and chilli. stir continuously nd cook for about 5 minutes

    Add garlic, ginger and chilli mix, cook another 5 minutes

    Add tomatoes, salt, vinegar and sugar – cook at a simmer for 60-90 minutes.

    It does take a lot of spice, I buy bulk via mail order from 2 Brothers Foods in WA.

    #533602
    dierich
    dierich
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    That pear and ale chutney does sound good! Bel, was it you who recently-ish got a Thermomix – it is perfect for making quince paste, just set and forget and no lava splatters all over the stove and your arm!!

    #535325
    dierich
    dierich
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    Thanks Snags, pretty sure its 2 seasons. I may have just been getting too impatient as it now looks like they won’t be too bad after all! Some are starting to change colour slightly and have gone soft, and are a bit juicier, expect they could do with some water next season but we will get some edible ones off of it :tup: Think I have to get used to a later season here, down the hill they were picking figs a few weeks ago.

    #535318
    dierich
    dierich
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    I found out the other week that through my library I can get some magazines through Zinio – including Gardening Australia, but not Organic Gardener. Perfect timing as my subs were about due and I was debating whether or not to go for another year. Now I can download it as soon as its available for free. I agree that it does seem to be the same articles year on year!

    I also get Mother Earth (US mag) through Zinio, I think about $12 a year. Again, advertising which isn’t much use here, but they do have some different articles to what we see in our usual mags.

    Also keen to check out PIP when its released.

    #535212
    dierich
    dierich
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    I agree with Earthwalker, get your broker to review and give you some options so you can decide whether or not it is worthwhile, without having to invest a lot of time in research yourself. If he’s doing a good job for you, he should be looking in to your options ahead of the current fixed term expiring anyway.

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