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  • #820356
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    My my – hasn’t time flown since we’ve all migrated to facebook !!

    #820355
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    Just hoping to keep the most recent thread alive !! after a third dry winter the drought has caught up with us too. I’ve down sized to only growing annuals in my 3 wicking beds, and diverting all grey water to 10 fruit trees , berries and a couple of grape vines. After spending a week in mt Gambier where its green and up to knee height in grass, I’m suffering with green envy.
    cheers 😉

    #538706
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    How did the pressure canning go, AUSSIEDOWNUNDER ??

    #428403
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    Cant say I’ve heard that one, Snags !! I don’t grow my spring onions in pots, as I can kill the hardiest pest species in pots.

    Back to KMnO4 – I bought a vial of it recently at a local pharmacy. Being a dispensing facility I sort of expected them to measure me some out, but it was already in a 5g container on the shelf. I use it as an eye wash. Much more effective than the “sore eyes” drops which only have a 30 day use-by date.

    On the tinea track – I’ve been taking Activated Charcoal for 6 months, and finally getting rid of fungus on my one foot. I’ve had tinea on that one foot for 40 years ….proves it a systemic problem, not just something you catch cos its on the shower floor. It started displaying itself as a white toe-nail in my late 20’s, and gradually every toe became fungal. The Docs prescribed some of the most deadly drugs which I found out could put me at risk of liver failure when I questioned the liver function tests. The medication cost me close to $100/month too – little wonder I questioned it.

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    Humidity is still the challenge with drying food. I also am in a low humidity zone over summer, but with harvest time typically march/April is when I’m drying fruit, and random overcast days can spoil ones drying.
    I’ve resorted to my Ezidry which makes the exercise a lot easier with being thermostatically controlled. We’re on solar with battery backup, so its much closer to a brain-dead function than dealing with passive solar driers where you have to rotate the trays constantly and watch the temperature.

    #538691
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    Better keep this one going !
    Currently outskirts of Canberra – with the heat and dry making a challenge of my garden. I’ve got my alarm clock beeping every hour for me to move the water supply to the next soaker hose. 300m2 of garden is easy when it rains, but Jan/Feb is the death of me most years. We’re on dam water, so the pressure isn’t great.

    #533190
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    After 22 years in and around Canberra, we also are on the lookout for more hospitable (climate) country, as well as possibilities of more village oriented neighbours. In all this time I still haven’t formed any friendships where I could drop in for a cuppa without formal club events or invitation only get-togethers. Even my immediate neighbours have guard dogs that scare the daylights out of me.
    Now studying the Permaculture Design Certificate, I’m more driven to find that next address, and my timeline is 12 months.
    I’ve already fixed my heart on Mount Gambier ! yes, the town never seems to be on the radar of the hippie movement, but it covers the following criteria.

    1/ price – I can buy a small acreage (10->15) with money leftover from selling up here.
    2/ sufficiently south to give cool summers and gives the option of growing cool climate trees. Namely apples, walnuts, pome fruit, berries
    3/ mild enough to grow citrus without hothouse infrastructures like I have here. Incidentally, its only down the road from Coonawarra, so I figure grapes would be on the agenda too !
    4/ sufficient rain to supply ones needs without irrigation requirements for the entire summer.

    Is any one else mildly curious about the town?

    #538766
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    I’m guilty of forgetting about forums since facebook has become quite addictive on my phone. PC use is too associated with work, so phone use has replaced our television for evening entertainment !
    Thank goodness for forums being accessed by google searches, as obscure information is still available.

    #538705
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    Potatoes store well enough not to preserve them.  I grow my own and never buy any. Sometimes I might run out for a month or so, and that’s when I use Jerusalem Artichokes as an alternative (generally mid spring when I have a hungry gap).  I don’t think the taste of canned potatoes warrants the effort.  If I really felt the need to preserve surplus, I think I would dry them.

    #534965
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    I was at the farmers market last weekend – & reminded me of this discussion.  They’re available everywhere now.

    #538107
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    There isn’t a set “rate of return on investment” because of the many variables, namely the cloudy days in your sky are unpredictable.
    There are tables available on the internet telling you your average sun hours based on your latitude,
    then you need the efficiency of your selected type of solar panel,
    angle of your panels,
    The normal retail price for power usage
    The feed-in tariff for your area,
    Then you need to go through your bills over a year or two and see what your normal usage is……
    Starts to get complicated, doesn’t it ! 
    I thought I had it all worked out, then I found that the batteries weren’t as efficient as I thought, and the inverter/controller takes more power than I expected.  This changed my payback on my system from 5 years to 9 – which is basically the life of the system.  In the end I feel it wasn’t a good investment.

    #534961
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    You’ll have to wait until the plants are dormant – over winter sometime. They’re at early flowering stage at the moment.

    #535605
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    Hive beetle isn’t such a problem.  We first came across them 2 years ago when we had a wet/humid summer. We found that folded chux wipes caught the legs of the beetles, and the bees could deal with them. Last year we didn’t have any beetle, but we ended up feeding the bees because the dry left them with no food in the district.  This year, life’s good.  Its been a moist summer, but cooler than usual, and not a beetle to be seen.  We still have the chux wipes in the top box, and inspect them monthly for infestation.

    #521391
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    Loverly !  You must be in a warmer district, cos my painted corn are still only a foot tall !

    #521388
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    Imd80 – I use arrowroot as a clear thickener for fruit sauces.  I imagine you would dry and grind the root.  The commercial product I believe isn’t even arrowroot, even tho the name is on the jar. I use 2 tsp per cup of fluid.

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