No worries! And you are right – it is a rare offering. One thing I have heard time and again from ALSers is ‘I wish I could rent and have chooks / have a vege garden’. Here is the opportunity….
And, yes, I would prefer that a separate thread was used for a discussion of why rents are so high. This is the market rate in our area for our type of house – I didn’t make it so. Other areas have much higher rents, but then again to buy is also very expensive.
In any case – there is this house available and the owners…[Read more]
My dad says – you don’t buy stuff for a chook house! I tend to agree – all ours have been made from recycled or scavenged materials.
I think keep the house as is, add perches and nesting boxes. you can then fence a roaming area for the chooks (star pickets and wire) and move this area periodically so that the ground gets a rest.
The chooks each…[Read more]
The green comes from being exposed to the sun – the ones underground will generally be fine. I forgot some and found them about a month after pulling the rest up (the tops had long gone) and the spuds were fine!
Nutgrass can indicate calcium deficiency or locked up calcium. Test pH, correct using lime or add a product called Limelife – the nutgrass problem will go away. You can also make weed tea with the weed that bothers you and sprinkle it on the problem area.
Really cheaper and better to build you soil.
Get some green stuff – lawn clippings without weeds, lucerne, pea straw, mulched green leaves, vege scraps.
Get some good manure – chook, cow, sheep, horse. Cow is best but any will do.
Get some brown stuff – sugarcane mulch is best for this and cheap but well dried grass hay will work too.
The second one sounds like a pheasant coucal – we get them in our backyard periodically in spring – migrating and resting at our place?
We have seen it – it looks like this….
Research which perennial vegetables will grow in your area and plant lots. We find that kale, silverbeet, ceylon spinach and others provide leafy greens almost year round. Then other things are seasonal.
We also lacto-ferment lots of things in spring, so that in summer we have a ready made ‘salad’ in the fridge – kimchi, sauerkraut and the like.…[Read more]
There are excellent Chinese herbal remedies for this. My husband takes different ones at different times. They work extremely well – within minutes. If you have a Chinatown or an area where lots of Chinese supermarket type places are, you’ll find a Chinese herbalist with the good stuff!
Well said, Dennis and agreed.
LOL about the Weetbix! Nothing worse than having none of your favourite brekky on hand!
Apologies RW – I seemed to have overlooked the fact that this is a ‘short-term’ stockpile plan for beginners…. and you forgot E) Eat each other! 😆
Some of these have been taken… still available are:
Women’s Weekly Outdoor Eating (mini cookbook)
True Green by Kim McKay & Jenny Bonnin
True Green @ Work by Kim McKay & Jenny Bonnin
Brisbane’s Budget Bites 2009 (only recently superseded)
Just in Case by Kathy Harrison (perfect condition) $12
The Modern Homestead Manual by Skip Thomsen & Cat…[Read more]
While I understand the idea of stockpiling cans of goods for a short tem emergency – eg. no power tomorrow night, only have electric stove and don’t want to open the freezer and let hot air in…. and I applaud RW for assisting others to stockpile for difficult times…. What are your long term plans? If you are worried about a world without the…[Read more]
Freshly ground curry mixes with clear instructions – just add veges or meat.
Planted containers with herbs.
Above ideas are great!
How did you move them Dennis?
:lol::lol: Oops – I should have thought about that more. You are quite right about the stories!
I like the ‘theory of anyway’ which is that all these preparations – like transition towns, local,sustainable systems are things we should be doing anyway, whether or not cimate change/peak oil/choose your scenario actually is as bad as we predict.…[Read more]
Fussy eaters can actually be a bad thing.
Children and old people in particular may refuse to eat unfamiliar foods, particularly in an emergency. This is the opposite of how you might be thinking, ie. when they get hungry enough, they will eat. Sometimes they won’t – they’ll get sick from the stress of the situation and the dramatic change in…[Read more]
Humans, dogs and cats share too many pathogens, so their ‘manure’ is considered toxic to handle. Cows, sheep, horses etc do not share these pathogens, so while I wouldn’t eat it, the manure from these animals is easy to handle.
Like you say, human urine is sterile, and provided you are not on medication (especially chemo drugs), you urine is…[Read more]
I want the peak oil stuff to be wrong…. but chicken little was right in the end, wasn’t he?
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