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  • replied to the topic My beautiful tomato glut in the forum Vegetables 7 years ago

    Well done they look fantastic :clap:

  • replied to the topic Eat the weeds in the forum Soils, Weeds and Wind Breaks 7 years ago

    Here’s another eat weeds linked that may be of interest

    cheers :cheer:

  • Hi, Red bellies can be a great asset, as they feed on the young Brown snakes, so assist in keeping the Brown snakes away. We too have just found a red bellie Back in our yard and we have young kids. A good opportunity to teach them to respect snakes, we spend a lot of time in the bush so snakes are not new to them. I’m not sure about sugar cane…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic chickens and quails together in the forum All things Chicken 7 years ago

    I have 6 Silky bantams and one sussucks (spelling) X rode Island red (2 of the bantams are chicks and the chook does not bother them). They are all placid and kill none of the wild birds that enter the pen. I have had Isa browns in the past that would kill every sparrow and minor bird that could. I intended to install a barrier in the pen to deter…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic edible flax aka ???? in the forum Vegetables 7 years ago

    Hi, Not sure if this will help (common names cause an issue with ID every time) but there is a Blue Flax Lily (Dianella caerulea Var. Caerula and Dianella caerulea var. producta). both are blue flax lily but the variety producta extends from the ground on a type of short stem or runner. Both these plant have blue edible berries.
    Cheers Jarn

  • Hi, I would say its a sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas), which your spot on beno its the same genus as morning glory (Ipomoea indica), we also have a native version in the same genus, coastal morning glory (Ipomoea pre-caprae), just as nice to look at as the introduced morning glory but without the destructive nature. If you cut the top off the tuber…[Read more]

  • Hi, Not sure where you are but, if there is sewer available to your house, in the Newcastle region you pay, I know of one house in the next council area who went totally off grid including sewer using a composting loo. He was able to stop paying the service fee for sewer but only after a number of court battles and refusing to pay for over a year.…[Read more]

  • Hi Unfortunately I don’t have a number as my relatives that live there that I would ask for the number are on holidays. But it is on the main street across the road from the Agricultural shop and across the road from the service station on the corner, you can’t miss it as the building is a big aircraft like hanger. I’m sure we are talking about…[Read more]

  • Hi, I don’t think you will have any worries, we grow bananas in a food forest near citrus, stone fruit and figs. I don’t think you need to worry about the ripening on the trees, but they are heavy feeders and need a lot more water than is required by other fruit trees such as stone and citrus. It is best to have some separation for this reason,…[Read more]

  • Hi, I too live in the Hunter, I use to buy Isa brown from a hatchery in Cessnock but I found they layed really well for two years then very rarely from that point on, they were flighty and were prone to sickness (also have a friend that bought from the same place and her chooks were all paralyzed within 2 weeks of bringing home- so I avoid that…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic scaley leg mite in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 6 months ago

    Nane, great to hear you have a solution, I can totally understand your struggle with time with the young ones, I too have two little ones that demand more attention then there are hours in the day. But they are very cool little people so they deserve it. Good luck with the chickens and I hope my post may help somewhat in to future.
    cheers Jarn 🙂

  • replied to the topic scaley leg mite in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 7 months ago

    Hi, I have encountered the same issue, I bought 6 chooks from someone I was told was a reputable seller, but ended up with scaley leg,chook lice and sneezing chickens that infected my coop in a week. I hate chemicals, so I went the whole hog and cleaned all their pens and perches with tea tree oil/ soap and hot water, cut fresh daily tansy,…[Read more]

  • Yep no worries I have put in English spinach and chard as well, forgot about them, actually have chard in that patch at the moment, just had a quick look and it is going great, about 30cm high and still young. I also have celery which also does not seem to mind the shade. I tried potatoes last year in the same patch, they were tasty but only grew…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic pet pig? in the forum Pets and Native Animals 7 years, 7 months ago

    Hi a friend of mine’s Dad breeds and sells miniature pigs, on a small scale maybe worth a look. He has some good links for information on pigs. :tup: His site is:

    http://miniaturepigs.wikispaces.com/

    cheers Jarn

  • Hi, I grow Lettuce(cos), zucchini(heirloom), leeks and herbs like basil, coriander & mint in the same sort of shade you have mentioned, with loads of zucchini, the lettuce don’t grow as big as the ones in the sun but they also don’t bolt to seed in the same time. same with the basil and coriander.
    hope this is of some assistance :tup:
    cheers Jarn

  • We bought our house about 7 years ago with similar issues minus the creek, we are still going but close to finished, the best advise I can give to save you money, is of cause do as much as you can yourself. But we started with one room at a time and started nothing else until the room was done with one outside project at a time just to give you a…[Read more]

  • Wow great find, what a fantastic garden to aspire to, would have loved more detail but wow wish she was my neighbor :tup:

  • Doofus potty nose
    nice one

  • NO worries, worm wee is great I love the stuff but you will not get the potassium load near what chook poo will give you, for potassium the chook poo will be the way to go. A great resource regarding nutrient and soils for horticulture is Gardening Down Under -A guide to healthier soils and plants by Kevin Handreck. Kevin formally worked for the…[Read more]

  • No worries, just a quick note don’t over do the cow and chook poo as this will also give a big nitrogen boost,”great” tomatoes love nitrogen but too much will give you really nice looking leaves but at the expense of the fruit. would also be a good idea to remove the old dead leaves to promote good air flow. The best over all soil conditioner is…[Read more]

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