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  • Mukluk post=353253 wrote: Apparently they often bite without injecting venom.

    Daddy-long-legs are those spindly spiders with small bodies and lotsa webs … they are known as one of the most venomous spiders … except for they aren’t dangerous to us because their fangs are so short they don’t have a hope of piercing even a babies skin!

    None…

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  • I have been bitten by one … and didn’t react (oh, actually, I did, but it was in a positive way … helps with arthritis, same as scorpion venom is being developed to do). The poisons information centre, dial: 13 11 26 … basically told me that the first reaction is pain. If you don’t get pain in four hours, you aren’t going to. If you do ……[Read more]

  • I’m going to come back to this,

    But … look to your staples.

    a piece of fatty bacon costs about $1 each, but that can be an amazing addition (flavour-wise) to an otherwise ordinary dish.

    Good fats (think a good butter or a fine olive oil) also goes a long way. It seems like it costs more, but olive has the omega’s and butter has flavour and…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Once upon a time … in the forum Property Tales 8 years, 1 month ago

    Judi, I dunno whether this is gonna help … but here goes (from one ex-farm owner to a current owner … I know your hurting, but you better believe it’s better that the burbs!) …

    Take those concrete pipes, and turn your mind to pylons … three pylons, sunk in deep, either side of the highest flood point, plus a metre or 3 back …

    Then take…[Read more]

  • You did say that in your first post (about the pocket) … sorry for not reading clearly. The eggs will be fine (I nearly wrote right as rain … ooops).

  • BlueWren,

    So long as the eggs haven’t been sitting in water for a LONG time, they should be ok to pat dry and pop back under the chooks (water alone is not usually enough to remove the protective coating).

    Maybe mark them with an x or something as well, so that you can tell them apart from any other eggs in the nest (’cause if one does get…[Read more]

  • Bron post=352908 wrote: Ma, there isn’t restricted calories?? I eat as much as I need, but because I don’t eat simple carbs (or very limited), it is very hard to eat too much. I’m a ‘fat burner’. You feel faint because you’re a carb burner’. Your body realises it has a much easier to use fuel source, but it burns very quickly so you run out much…

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  • Snags, you are making me hungry!

    casalenta, yes, a dehydrator is on my list of “things” that I want/need … hopefully I’ll get the one I want soon.

    thanks Bel and Bobbee :hug:

    Cherry Tomato Seeds:
    I’m adding to my post, to include these, because the plant that I grew them on is actually a two-year old plant (it overwintered, and in it’s second…[Read more]

  • Hi Bel … yes, I’ve notice mites on the cucumber already (causing flower-drop at the moment), so they are definatelly a problem … hopefully the cucumbers will be prolific enough to outgrow the pest. Good luck with your beans!

    Mukluk, it does look like the original idea was for large (winter storage) pumkins, drying corn (flour/white etc.) and…[Read more]

  • Bobbee, I’m with you … Alyssum is fabulous … it self-seeds, but isn’t big enough to compete with the food plants, flowers almost incessantly, and the bees adore it. Drought tolerant, salt tolerant and wind tolerant to boot!

    PS. It copes, in places where even my Thyme refuses to grow!

  • I haven’t seen the original article, however I am keen on all things diet (for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with losing any weight lol)!).

    From Memory, the origin of this diet came from the concept of eating like a lion … eat big, when the food is available, and eat nothing when it’s not. Bit of a feast and famine concept.

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  • One mulch that the aminopyralid cannot be used on is lucerne (being part of the pea family, it is ruined by both direct spray and soil residues of this chemical.

    So, if you can tolerate the expense, lucerne makes an excellent mulch.

  • lmd80 post=352584 wrote: Yes I have also planted 2 other types, can’t remember what but were purple or something, I will find out. They took more care and water then the randoms! Do u just dig up as needed?

    Yes! You dig them up as you want … It’s called bandicooting :laugh:

  • Thanks Bron … I’ll keep the dowel idea in mind (yup, that’s me … breaker of cheap brooms! Now I’m regretting keeping the head and tossing the broken handle … but the idea is DEFINATELY a keeper!).

    Oh, and thanks heaps (not!) for the idea that they’ll swing again (but, you’re probably right 😉 ).

  • I raised this very concern, Spring of last year, with the school horticulturalist … BEFORE the evidence was in … that the mulch he was planning on spreading might be contaminated.

    And it happened (fortunately across only a few small square metres), that a bale of hay was, indeed, contaminated with systemic herbicides. The next crop withered…[Read more]

  • Hey Humbug :hug: … heya Steve :wave:

    Yeah … and I even got the clothesline swinging folk involved in the repair (one helping lift, the other poking the left-over cog into the right spot, ready to receive the already inserted pipe in the top half … over the top!).

    I reckon they (maybe) might not swing on it again 😆

  • And it even spins, just like it used to.

    (only … I cut the pipe about 7cm too long … am I going to take it apart and cut and redo? Hmmm … maybe one day, but today … I’m hanging washing out!).

  • I second Steve’s comment on the softness of the Peppermint Geranium … this plant has THE softest, big, leaves ever! And it smells nice too!

    (going off to add this to my list of giveaways, ’cause it is almost into “wild” in my garden … I think I could spare a few!).

    Good for putting between a chocolate and the cake rack too … (the warmth of…[Read more]

  • Can I suggest, if you are to use Mullein … that you only use the baby leaves? (the babies get big, but are thick and soft). … the grown-up version is thin and pain-worthy (has prickle hairs).

  • replied to the topic Eating vegetable tops in the forum Vegetables 8 years, 1 month ago

    Jarn post=352486 wrote: We eat sweet potato leaves all the time in the same way you eat spinach, I have also tried choko leaves in the same way (they are eaten in the south pacific this way), but not often mainly as I tend to forget during their die back season, but they taste fine.
    I eat all the same tops you mentioned also,

    Ain’t sweet pototo…[Read more]

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