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  • #535030
    earthworm42
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    Hi,

    when i use as a fert i simply rinse in a tub of water (old kiddies plastic shell thingy) for an hour or so then i ether put in a barrel and fill with water for liquid brew or hang to dry for a few days to let go crispy. that i use as mulch.

    been out and got i little bit but no lettuce very disapointing.

    will post pics as i progress

    EW42 🙂

    #534603
    earthworm42
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    im here couple times a month :wave:

    #534463
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi

    wow! i get the impression that is alot of sawdust. i would recommend posting a few pics of the general area so we can see whats going on.

    are these huge piles of sawdust or has it been spread to some degree?

    too what degree has the sawdust “composted/rotted down?

    i ask that because sawdust can cause a nitrogen deficiency while it rots. look up carbon nitrogen ratio or c/n ratio.

    when selecting a tree i would ask these q’s

    what is the purpose of the tree, too stabilize, fodder, food, wood, all of the above!

    what stock will you be running most stock will eat/kill trees?

    will you be able to look after/water young trees or are they going to have to tough it on there own?

    are you able to fence off or protect trees?

    I’m leaning towards fast growing legumes as the main contenders.

    let us know any more details and I/we will do our best to point u in the right direction.

    EW42

    #534397
    earthworm42
    Member

    thanks everyone didn’t think it grew all the way down here in melbourne.

    cheers

    EW42

    #534374
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi

    i have used chooks to hatch ducklings many times and agree with Mukluk alot of your success depends on the quality of the mother.

    Tips

    avoid the temptation to interfere (too much) at hatching time

    allow a quiet stress free environment at hatching time so they bond quickly

    as chooks don’t go swimming keep eggs humid by dipping fingers in water and flicking over clutch once per day particularly close to hatch.

    problems occur when chick/duckling reject the mother and show fear the mother then usually pecks them on the head.

    dont be in a hurry to let her out for a stretch once hatching begins…….good mother wont leave the nest once they hear cheeps so make sure she goes for a daily drink poo and feed so u can keep her on once hatching starts.

    DO NOT lock her on nest this may upset her and lead to crushed babies……use low light/dark conditions to trick her/ducklings its night time.

    candle eggs a week b4 so the nest isn’t over crowded at hatching.

    good luck

    EW42

    #533780
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi Russ,

    I’m on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne Vic.

    most of the fig cuttings are actively growing so we may need to wait for winter.

    i have approx 10 varieties with only 1 “named” commercial variety as they are mostly cuttings from Greek/Italian immigrants.

    i plan on inspecting the trees soon to take photos and sample fruit and will post them here so we have an idea of the best ones.

    i also know someone with about 10 varieties of his own so plan inspecting his when in fruit soon.

    carobs from diggers are most likely “wild stock” from seed so may be male, female or a hermi. confirm with them if you like to be sure.

    it is always best to direct sow carob because of there taproot but i have planted seedlings and cuttings with fairly good success.

    it is very important to give the carobs plenty of TLC for the first few years as you would a normal fruit tree……water at least once a week.

    i would recommend find out how deep your water table is to see if they can reach it.

    i have plenty of seeds so will send you a batch if you want to try starting some of your own seedling.PM ME YOUR ADRESS

    also happy to send you some grafting wood about March if you can get those diggers seedlings big enough by then. remember LOTS of TLC in the first few years will give best results.

    any questions let me know

    EW42

    #533705
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi

    i’m pretty sure these could be downloaded via torrent or emule

    if you are unsure about this message me and i’ll give u a few tips.

    cheers

    E42

    #533778
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi GM,

    graft wood is the same principle as with fruit trees. you graft a small bud or piece of a known variety onto an existing tree. you need an existing carob tree in this case to graft onto.

    this gives you a known variety /flavour and yield and as the wood is mature should start producing in a few years.

    i have carob seeds and will send you some but it would take 1 or two years for the seedling to get big enough the graft onto.

    figs are very hardy they like warm/hot and dry so i think NSW should be fine for most varieties.

    send me your address and i’ll send you some.

    just give them lots of tlc (water) in the first season.

    fig cuttings are just a small piece of branch that is kept in a moist environment so roots grow.

    How to grow a fig tree from a cutting part 1

    #528366
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi

    pm me your address i have plenty.

    e42

    #503753
    earthworm42
    Member

    hi gypsyoak,

    yep its a tear jerker so get the tissues out.

    this doco is profound only for those brave enough to see what the world is turning into.

    plenty of download software if ppl want to save and watch later

    http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-YouTube-Download.htm

    or

    OrbitDownloader

    take care

    #496907
    earthworm42
    Member

    OK I’ll put my recipe on paper and post it soon.

    and yes comfrey dies back in winter now would be a good time to mulch and fertilize

    chat soon

    ew42

    #496902
    earthworm42
    Member

    I’ve made comfrey,marigold and plantain balm for cuts and it’s amazing

    #498437
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi,

    there are 3 basic types of breeds, layers, meat and utility(a bet each way)

    where i live in the burbs breeding in a no go so just have layers with one faverolle.

    my faverolle is a very aggressive bitch and even for a utility she lays very poorly, her days are numbered.

    i recommend pick the purpose you wish to use them for eg laying and then pick a breed that appeals.Austalops are lovey : )

    i have bred chickens since i was 15yrs old …. i say be VERY careful the breeder you purchase from as there are silly/dishonest ppl in the industry.

    Any practible purebred is great the hard part is finding a good breeder that has birds that perform and don’t just look good.

    very few chooks won’t destroy your garden and unless a very heavy meat bird will fly over fences…..clip one wing.

    here is a good link

    http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html

    ew42

    #498483
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi,

    i agree it is so confusing when you can’t find good reliable data without the misinformation from either side.

    what is the misinformation that you have herd?

    ew42

    #495934
    earthworm42
    Member

    Hi Progey,

    what u said in your original post is right on the money (pardon the pun. You are asking the right questions and when the answers and what we see in the real world are incongruent something is profoundly wrong.

    keep digging but be prepared for very disturbing conclusions : (

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