Aussies Living Simply

  • replied to the topic soil with feedlot manure in the forum Vegetables 10 years, 9 months ago

    bluezbandit wrote:
    I recently heard Peter Cundall asked the same question and he was saying that the feedlot is where animals go before sale and export and that the standards are so strict that if any chemicals were fed to these beasts they would not be desirable for the market as they are constantly being tested for contamination. It was his…

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  • replied to the topic Potato Pests ID in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Depome wrote:
    The plants look fabulous so it seems daft to dig them up :noapprove: but then, I’m no expert :confused:

    If the plants looks healthy Depome, just observe for the time being and only remove them if they start looking sick รขโ‚ฌโ€œ but avoid planting any other members of that family in the bed for 4 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • replied to the topic Potato Pests ID in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Depome, you need to remove all the plants and burn them or put them in a sealed garbage bag for transfer to the tip. The black plastic is spread over the whole bed and anchored to keep the whole bed completely dry. It will also absorb heat at this time of year. Heat and dryness will help to kill off the spores in the soil – otherwise you are going…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Potato Pests ID in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Depome, I think Kasalia is correct in both her diagnosis and advice. :tup:

    There are more details on this disease “white mold” which is more commonly known as Sclerotinia rot in Australia. See:

    http://www.potatodiseases.org/whitemold.html

    You have to remove and burn infected plants immediately. This disease is common in areas of high humidity…[Read more]

  • Rebeccaq, it would help to know which part of Australia you live in – but as a general rule, zucchini are at harvesting stage anywhere between 8 and 14 weeks , so I’d give it as go.

    I’d plant it directly into the bed where compost and complete organic fertiliser have been added (in a different spot) and cover the sown area with a soft drink or…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic What to plant in January in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 6 months ago

    Kasalia wrote:
    I can never decide Lyn whether Sawtell 10kms below Coffs Harbour is Temperate or Sub Tropical laterly I think Sub T,:tup: is it possible this “line” is getting lower with the warmer weather or was last year a freaky year.

    You are so right about the ‘line getting lower’ Kasalia, and we are all going to have to make minor adjustments…[Read more]

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

    I pick my cucumbers when the prickles rub off easily with gentle pressure from my thumb. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Porgey, I’ve answered this question where you asked it in the Ask Lyn column, but would like to add that I’d avoid the sunflower. The roots of these exude compounds that reduce the yields of many plants. If you live in a cool climate, dandelion can speed the maturity of plants around them, and this can be helpful if the growing season is short. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    porgey wrote:
    And rhubarb is a vegie as it grows seeds on the outside whereas fruit has seeds on the inside. However that is only one classification of the difference b/t fruit & veg as there is always exceptions to the rule as strawberries (fruit) has seeds on the outside and tomatoes (a veg) has seeds on the inside. Bugger me. Cheers…

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  • They look like Heinz variety goats to me. The white one on the left has a more young Saanen like face and ears, but the body is a bit ‘blocky’ รขโ‚ฌโ€œ the Saanens we had had a more wedge-like body. Saanens are wonderful mothers, so it is good to have some of those genes in the mix. Hope they do well for you honeydale Farm. :tup:

  • I don’t know about wonder mulch Col, but $20 is a bit stiff (last lot we bought was $14). Tell them they’re dreaming! That’s dearer than the going rate for lucerne hay รขโ‚ฌโ€œ which is great mulch for those who can afford it.
    However, it is handy for some situations. I like it for around small seedlings and under strawberry fruits to keep them clea…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic What to plant in December in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 7 months ago

    Jeanie wrote:
    Thanks Lyn I will try and get some produce this year but the weather is beating us up here in the Mallee,beans and spuds growing great no luck with peas,putting shade over some days.
    When do pumpkins start flowering?

    It is too late for peas, Jeanie. ๐Ÿ™‚ Beans like the warmer weather but will probably appreciate your efforts to give…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the heads up, Garden Girl. :tup: Have made a note of it.

  • replied to the topic Pest or Friend Eggs? in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 8 months ago

    The brown chrysalis doesn’t belong to these little guys. The adult wasps can fly well Bel, so they will probably find more caterpillars nearby even if you have killed off the caterpillars at your place. Dipel is a bacteria that only kills caterpillars. It is not effective against sawfly larvae so we can only hope it doesn’t kill these in the grub…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Pest or Friend Eggs? in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 8 months ago

    Bel wrote:
    We have these papery eggs around the garden from time to time. These are in the aquaponics system and are being guarded by some flying insects. Any ideas? Friend or foe?

    Don’t destroy these Bel. They aren’t eggs, they are cocoons and the flying insects are Braconid wasps that have recently hatched from the cocoons. Braconid wasps…[Read more]

  • alokin wrote:
    I want to be self sufficient in Veggies (family of four) including things like carrots, onions and potatos. What would you think ios enopugh space? We might eat lots of potatoes as homegrown are much better. How about 200 sqm? And for the perennial like asparagus, rhubarb artichocke etc.?
    And a good sized berry garden?

    Alokin, it…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic My Tomatoes in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 8 months ago

    Well done, Marz. :clap: Don’t forget the calcium and thorough watering either, in order to avoid blossom end rot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • porgey wrote:
    Lyn B. suggests for treated pine contaminated areas to grow Fenugreek, Amaranth and one of the vetches but what ever you grow there dont eat the plant. Good luck, cheers porgey.

    That’s right Porgey. When you grow these deep rooted plants to clean up soil, you pull out the entire plants (roots and all), bag them up, and take them to…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic fungus eating ladybugs in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 8 months ago

    Don’t spray near these little guys. Lime sulphur is damaging to beneficial insects especially the larvae that can’t fly away. It is too warm in your area now Sue to be using sulphur on plants, anyway. If the ladybirds can’t handle the fungus (and I presume you mean powdery mildew), spray the plants with Chamomile tea (one cup diluted to 500…[Read more]

  • Thanks for that Humbug. :tup: Mumchook’s suggestion of also dashing off a letter to your local MP too, is excellent. :tup:
    It is very important that we act urgently on this, as it may be our only chance to do something about the appallingly slack standards of GE/GM labelling in this country.
    On November 6, 2007, (just before the federal election,…[Read more]

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