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  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 10 months ago

    Yes, I have heard of them being called fartichokes, but I seem to be okay with them. :laugh:

  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 10 months ago

    Oh, and I’ve be meaning to provide an update for those waiting… they’re still not flowering yet, but looking closer every week. They seem to be very slow about it compared to the real sunflowers planted nearby! :S

  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Mauzi, you are next in line for some JAs :cheer: I like knowing the lineage of my plants too. These came from some lovely people who come along to the Deloraine produce swap.

    Hamish, I can put you next in line, but could you check out the quarantine regs for your state. Most of NSW should be fine, but I know there’s some restricted…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Comfrey in the forum Herbs 7 years, 10 months ago

    Claraflo, I’m guessing you’re in a warm climate for it to be growing that fast!

    We got cuttings a few months ago, at one point it looked like some could die, but one showed strength. They’re all good now and leafing up! Can’t wait until we have harvestable amounts, to make comfrey tea fertiliser and occassionally munch on a leaf. Losing a section…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Tassie GTG 14th January in the forum Tasmania 7 years, 10 months ago

    Whoops, yes I meant to say thanks for extracting it from his great head…then I got called away! So thanks, I still need to copy and paste it into my recipe folder! Sooooooo yum! Best ever…and I’ve tried a few recipes! :woohoo:

  • replied to the topic Tassie GTG 14th January in the forum Tasmania 7 years, 10 months ago

    weaver post=336310 wrote: The GTG was the highlight of my trip (oh ok one of many highlights). It is so lovely to spend time with like minded people and share experiences and knowledge.
    Would love the orange cake recipe -that was supurb.

    How was the tennis? :cheer:

  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 10 months ago

    Greth post=335931 wrote: The most brilliant use for them we found was pakoras, coated in chickpea flour, a little chilli and deepfried with mint/yogurt sauce to dip, yum. Better than potatoes as they are firmer

    Oh yum! So have to try this! I believe mixing cultural cusines in the one dish is now bona fide, and called ‘fusion cooking’, so all is…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 10 months ago

    mauzi post=335922 wrote: Forest Raven, you harvest them after they have died back..a bit like potatoes really and there should be heaps of tubers. I sometimes left them in the ground during the first part of winter and just harvested as we needed them, but before spring when they started to shoot again. They multiply at a huge rate so I would say…

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  • I think two threads of a quality polyester would be enough, depending on what it gets used for…but upholstery is a nice thick thresd! All you can do is try it out and see what happens! The great thing is that doing it yourself means you can always repair, modify or re-do if need be. If you don’t mind me asking, what’s your counter job? I do one…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic I'm Back! in the forum Life Changes 7 years, 10 months ago

    Welcome back Silent C. I’ve been half away from here too…just too busy with house and garden to type anything! Who can afford to work when there’s so much to be done at home? Like cup of tea breaks with the cat and dog, listening to the birds.

    Love the story of your adventure!

  • replied to the topic Tassie GTG 14th January in the forum Tasmania 7 years, 10 months ago

    Aha, another profile name placed with a face now, bluezbandit in red!

    In photo listing everyone left to right, Mr FR is first.

    Sue e, hope to see you while you’re here…we’ve started an ALS camping ground on our property, Helen B and family are here, but leaving this morning. Great sitting up and chatting last night!

    Oh, and Mauzi, how’s Kim…[Read more]

  • I haven’t read the book, but have done similar (but probably not so thorough!) calculations on the time it takes me to make something, plus material costs in order to price things. Thus far it seems customers are not willing to pay for my time… I am working for free, but covering material costs plus some. At least working for an employer, you do…[Read more]

  • I love these baskets! Just curious, are they both sewn, or is the first one woven together like a traditional cane basket? And is it hand sewing you do? A local woman who makes these (using cotton cord in the middle) uses her sewing machine on them…I just don’t know how because they feel really sturdy!

  • Good on you for experimenting, you never know unless you try all things out! :cheer:

    Becoming a vegan was an absolute breakthrough for me. I always found myself disinterested in all options except chocolate until I discovered vegan foods. I agree it’s not for everyone though, and you can be healthy on any wholefood diet, and can be unhealthy on…[Read more]

  • And you can charge higher rates for providing furnished rooms for overseas students, but it depends on your accessibility to the institutions and public transport available.

  • I really value my private space, so it was hard for me to contemplate having anyone share my space. I have had good experiences though. I always thought females would be better, but my first was moving in with a male friend which worked until he got a girlfriend who wasn’t happy with him sharing with a female. He barely came home then…which…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Jerusalem Artichokes in the forum Vegetables 7 years, 11 months ago

    I’ve bought them from the veggie shed (Launceston) before, but it’s not harvest season. I got given some at the Deloraine produce swap, and therefore planted half (after really cutting them up!). Like Bel, they’re pretty close to flowering, so I’d say it wouldn’t be good to dig up just yet. If you can wait, I’ll give you some, but I don’t know…[Read more]

  • We have wallabies, rabbits and possums. It would seem elderflower bushes are safe, even young plants, but I will check again when I get home. I had pots of herbs which were safe sitting on tree stumps for a couple of months, and then the peppermint was nibbled. I brought that to the inside yard. Then the lemon and lime balms were destroyed, so…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Tassie GTG 14th January in the forum Tasmania 7 years, 11 months ago

    Yup, I’m fine, other than the second photo is such a bad one of me (quite normal for photos). Any photos of the ducks? They were soooooo cute! Was great to meet everyone, see your place (and amazing work you’ve done in three months Mauzi!), and indulge in such devine food! So didn’t expect you to cater for a vegan! You guys are amazing cooks. If…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Tassie GTG 14th January in the forum Tasmania 7 years, 11 months ago

    Cupcakes just came out the oven. 👿

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