Aussies Living Simply

  • I lived on a community. It was interesting and I made good friends from some members and others I wish never to see again.
    It was set up to give people a place to live, work and grow together and protect the environment.
    A good idea but very hard to make work. Having a few common goals is not enough.

    Basically if you take the average suburban…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Fowl Pox in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 4 months ago

    My chooks had dry fowl pox a couple of years ago. It got so bad on a couple of them that their eyes were glued shut. We used to bathe their eyes so they could see a bit and put betadine on lesions on their combs. All recovered after a few weeks.
    Later that same season 9 chickens caught it and were completely blinded . The mother didnt have it.…[Read more]

  • Super six does contain asbestos so I dont think it would be a suitable product to use.

  • The damaged fruit looks like the work of fruit sucking moths and as already said birds are the likely culprit for the missing berries

  • If you push fairly hard at the centre of the melon you will here a crunching sound if they are ripe (listen carefully). Try this once you have the other indicators mentioned above. I was told this by a commercial melon grower and have found it to be very accurate. With rockmelon smell and the condition of the stem as it joins the fruit is the…[Read more]

  • I had a breast lump removed a few years ago. When I asked about going private or public I was told if I went public I would be just another woman with a lump and put in a queue and the wait could be indefinate. I chose to go private and nominated a date I wanted and it was done the following week.

    A friend has just been diagnosed with bladder…[Read more]

  • The tomatoes are a hybrid called called apollo. One weighed 428 grams. I have made puree and intend to dehydrate some if the weather is kind. The grapes are globes which have now been turned into juice and bottled.

  • replied to the topic Vege hats in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Aren’t zippy ties great HobbyFarmFun. They are one of my favorite quick fixes for a lot of gardening problems-tightnening my trellis a bit when it sags, closing the new hole in the bird mesh and a quick fix for tomatoes that want to fall over. And they are cheap too.

  • replied to the topic Hello from CQ in the forum Introduce yourself 11 years, 6 months ago

    Hello portergold. I have thought over the years that I could become rich if I could take a fridge truck of mangoes from Qld. to S.A early in the season and return to Qld. with a load of rabbits to sell. Aren’t they ridiculously expensive up here? I haven’t heard of the salt lure before Tassie. How much do you use and what type?

  • I don’t know why they would choose such a place to nest,I have thought about putting up a bit of shadecloth for them but it might scare them off. I was interesting watching them contruct the nest as they gathered spider webs and bits of grass from the fresh mulch we put down. They dont seem to mind the washing line moving yet.
    Last year they built…[Read more]

  • Our resident willies must like my fabric softener

  • replied to the topic Vege hats in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Does pests ‘fly’ from top?

    Not quite sure what you mean darls, fly screen stops pests from gettting in over the top and slaters etc. dont climb up the tin sides. I asssume that thay come up against the tin and just keep going around it in the mulch rather than go into the open and over the top edge of the tin. I thought that similar things could…[Read more]

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

    It looks like tomato russet mite damage to me. I have the same problem at the moment. There are several recommended treatments of which sulphur is the most friendly but should not be used in temps over 32. There a some good pictures on some of the DPI sites which may help you to identify your problem. you need a magnifying glass to see them…[Read more]

  • My jaboticaba is around 10 years old and is the small leaf variety. It has survived some very dry periods and grows in soil with a very high clay content. It is not exposed to frost very often, and when it is they are usually light. It does fruit but only on good natural rain. We have spring water with a fairly high mineral content which keeps…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic BUGS!! in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 7 months ago

    They look like Rutherglen bugs which can cause a lot of problems when crops suffer in hot periods.

    They like weeds like wild carrot and milk thisles up here but will soon start on my vege’s when it gets dry.

    The chooks like to eat them

  • Today is work in the garden day and a sleep this afternoon. I am still feeling a little second hand after spending Friday fighting a bush fire west of Rockhampton near the Blackdown Tableland National Park. We got a call at 9.30 Thursday night about it and started work at 5.00 a.m. Friday. I didn’t get home until 9.30 p.m. Friday night. It was…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Summer is coming!!! in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 7 months ago

    I kind of work on the principle that if it dies, I won’t plant that again

    If I worked on that principal I would have run out of things to plant years ago. I work away from home regularly for a week at a time and cannot be there to place covers at some critical times. Vapour guard gives protection until the next lot of new leaves come through…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Summer is coming!!! in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 7 months ago

    You could try using Envy or vapour guard on your seedlings. It is a frost protectorent and anti transpirant which puts a coating over the leaves. I use it if I put in new seedlings in hot weather to get them through the first few weeks and also to protect young citrus from frost

  • Go Geoff!
    “Possum tofu” I can’t wait to try it. You may like to try Air Soup. One Wagtails leg in 1000 litres of water. Season to taste.

  • If you go onto you will see a good selsction of quality pruning equipment at competitive prices plus a lot of other interesting stuff.

    I have always used Felco secateurs and also touch them up with a file.
    It is quick and easy to do. You can also get spares for Felco fron forestrytools.

    As for sprayers I have had a cheap…[Read more]

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