Thank you all.
You are all right, I should follow my heart. I do feel excited at the opertunity to do this now in my life while I am still young. My parents had to wait until they retired and were in their 60’s before making the move. I can do it 30 years sooner than them.
And if I finish my Phd I will always have my education behind me if I…[Read more]
I am looking at trying to do similar and supplement my income from our land. A couple of books I have come across are from the author Sarah Beth Aubrey. They are called “The Profitable Hobby Farm” and “Starting and Running your own Small Farm Business”. I can’t tell you what they are like cause I only ordered them from Fishpond this week…[Read more]
You could try making a blackberry wine?
If you have a dehydrator you could try making a fruit leather.
Otherwise I would suggesting freezing some, then you can add them to all sorts of cooking throughout the year, like cakes, muffins, pies, crumbles, smoothies, icecream etc.
In terms of what fruit to grow, I would focus on fruit you like to eat. There’s no point growing it if you don’t like to eat it (I made this mistake with vegies. luckily they were only annuals).
In terms of getting the most out of your space, if part of it is bordered by a fence you could espelier some trees along it. Also some vine type…[Read more]
I’ve been looking into something similar lately. I want to put some plants in and around a dam to hopefully improve the water quality and clear it up a bit.
Don’t know much about grass, but using aquatic plants around the edges and in the water is supposed to help improve water quality.
My parents neighbour down in gippsland has a cow, her calf, and 3 sheep together. And they do hang around together, following each other around the paddock.
Thanks for all the replies everyone. Yes there is a small concern of getting drawn in and ending up doing too much (have been there and done that before). I hadn’t heard of the SGA PODs, have had a breif look and they sound interesting and seem fairly laid back, just people sharing their enjoyment of veggie gardening.
But there are lots of…[Read more]
Thanks. I might just give them a light prune so they are slightly more manageable.
I do what called a hot pack. I guess it is sort of cooking the fruit first. Here is my recipe.
I make a light syrup (1cup sugar to 1litre water). I use raw sugar, but normal white would be fine.
We peel the pears and cut them into quarters and remove the core.
Heat the sugar and water together, and bring to the boil.
Add the fruit…[Read more]
We like to preserve ours in a light sugar syrup. They are heaps better than the bought pears in syrup or juice.
My guesses are:
1. plum (originally I thought cherry, but I think it’s too early for them to be flowering yet).
3. just an ornamental
It will be very exciting to see what develops. You will have to post back here once they have fruit and you know what they are.
I thought it was really good. Some very intersting things that I hadn’t heard before.
But I may be biased as I am a bit of a fan of David Attenborough anyway.
If you missed it, it appears that you can watch the full doco online here: http://www.sbs.com.au/documentary/program/howmanypeoplecanliveonplanetearth
Here’s a picture of the orchard (you can see the gravel driveway in front of it). THe trees that are already there are in sort of rows and we plan to add trees in the gaps and maybe another row or two on the right hand side.
And you can sort of see the fence along the left hand side and along the back where we would like to put grapes, berries…[Read more]
Thanks for the replies. Just in time for dinner. 😀
And this is what they look like on top.
Does anyone know what sort these are and if they are edible?
These other ones we are not too sure about and have decided not to eat them until someone much more knowledgable than us tell us what they are.
THis is what they look like underneath. All white.
and this is what they look like on top.
Are we right in thinking these are safe to eat?
Sorry I didn’t get back here sooner. THanks for the help though.
Unfortunately chooks aren’t an option. We don’t have proper housing for them yet, and we aren’t living there full time, only there a couple of days a week.
I was thinking of the newspaper/cardboard approach, just don’t know if I can get my hands on enough of it. I have also been…[Read more]
Thank for the tip about checking their vent Nex.
Now I’ll just have to try and catch them 😆
Thanks everyone, I knew I’d find the answer here :tup: 😆
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