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  • replied to the topic Tassie – Chauncy Vale in the forum Tasmania 12 years, 2 months ago

    Margate is no where near the Huon Valley!! It’s near Kingston.

    Have no plans that far ahead, so its a possibility. Where exactly is Chauncy Vale? The Midlands Highway is a pretty long road, so guesswork won’t suffice.

  • I have the matching Light Sussex Rooster – aren’t they gorgeous!

  • P.S. Great website, Creeker – will follow up. Thanks again.

  • Great ideas, thanks everyone! Creeker, this book sounds great. I’m going to try to get it. I have a garden filled with medicinal plants, so supply of herbs is not a problem. Derris dust also sound like an option – but is it completely safe for sheep? I’ll find out more, and Kathy, thanks so much for your interest. I’m really sorry you lost…[Read more]

  • Just to clarify a few points, Lambada is a merino ewe, like all the wethers in my flock. It is her very healthy friend who is a milking ewe. I mentioned the milking ewe only to illustrate that she is healthy and her companion, the merino is not, even though they grew up together and graze together. No-one is pregnant or lactating.

    All sheep…[Read more]

  • Thankyou everyone – some great ideas. I have loads of tansy and will add it to the wormwood bedding. I did spray the chook house yesterday with diluted eucalyptus oil and a little soap to aid penetration. Will go easy on the eucalyptus, as the fumes sure do catch the throat. Have some sulphiur and lime at hand, and will dust the house today.…[Read more]

  • Last year we went to Switzerland for our honeymoon. My husband took me to see the “forests” he played in as a child. A clean swept monoculture of neatly spaced trees, with not so much as a twig out of place. The Swiss pride themselves on being neat. Their “forests” have been “managed” to death. There was not a bird, or other animal of any…[Read more]

  • “One does not solve a problem by engaging in the same misguided thinking that caused the problem in the first place”. Einstein

    European determination to subdue the earth and wipe out “the enemy” of the natural world has brought us mas extinctions, permanently disfigured ecosystems, and ultimately global warming.

    Yet we still have people in the…[Read more]

  • Some great ideas, thanks guys! Very interested in the concrete tank with sandbags concept. Forgot to mention that the bunker we get needs to act as a makeshift home, should we lose our home in the fire. So not only does it need to hold up in a fire storm, it needs to be sufficient to act as rough accommodation while we rebuild (we could…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Florentine Valentine in the forum Petitions 12 years, 5 months ago

    Go Tassie! Great avatar – figured that’s what you looked like!
    Cheers,
    Madryn

  • replied to the topic Adding an Avatar in the forum Tutorials 12 years, 9 months ago

    Actually – I’ve done it. Any hints on improving pricture quality?

    Cheers,
    Madryn

  • replied to the topic Adding an Avatar in the forum Tutorials 12 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Doc, have followed all your instructions, but it ain’t happenin’. Where did I go wrong?

    Cheers,
    Madryn

  • replied to the topic Just joined! in the forum Introduce yourself 12 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Salli,
    Good to see another Tasmanian! Have you tried making walls out of straw or old hay bales around a small vegie patch? This acts as a wind break and is a great way to slow evaporation too! Once they rot and collapse, use them as mulch, and replace with fresh ones.
    I can’t add an avatar either – I’ll follow the advice of your…[Read more]

  • Hi, I’m just new – would love to share my garden and pet pix. Please set me up. Then maybe I can find my way around the instructions to upload! Any simple hints appreciated. Highly skilled gardener does not necessarily equate with highly skilled compuer whiz!! Cheers,
    Madryn

  • replied to the topic Hi from Tassie in the forum Introduce yourself 12 years, 10 months ago

    Hi,
    For all those who were kind enough to express an interest in the herbals I write for my Medieval group, if you’d like to check them out further, here is the website.
    http://www.sca.org.au/ynys_fawr then go to Arts and Sciences and look for Madryns Millefleur. Never a dull moment, there’ll be a new one at the beginning of each month.

    Thanks for your…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Hi from Tassie in the forum Introduce yourself 12 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks everyone for such an enthusiastic welcome. I’m truely delighted to have found you all, and hope to share lots of news, ideas, and general chit-chat. Happy gardening, and will catch up again very soon.

    A very excited Madryn!:hug:

  • replied to the topic Hi from Tassie in the forum Introduce yourself 12 years, 10 months ago

    Thanks everyone for such an enthusiastic welcome. I’m truely delighted to have found you all, and hope to share lots of news, ideas, and general chit-chat. Happy gardening, and will catchup up again very soon.

    A very excited Madryn!:hug:

  • Me again, regarding seed suppliers, read recently that Yates are now owned by Monsanto, a big evil American company pushing GMO’s and toxic agricultural chemicals. Beware!
    Madryn

  • Hi Lizzie,

    I’ve just joined too, so a welcome to both of us I guess! Although I’m new to the site, I’m an old hand at organic garden, and just thought maybe to mention a couple of things.

    Old tyres do indeed leach nasties into the soil, as another correspondent suggested. Not a good idea near food crops, clean soil or waterways.

    I use old…[Read more]