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  • #418312
    tarntarn
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    Thanks so much ma!!!

    That is exactly the info I needed! I’m glad to know I don’t have to prune it back hard, just remove the fruits/flowers. And good to know they have a shallow root system. Our soil is very rocky and hard to dig but I have done my best. And seasol is just magic, isn’t it?

    Cheers & thanks again,

    tarn

    #386298
    tarntarn
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    Hi

    One of my neighbors has a big stone dish of water out under her water tank and she keeps it filled. Its frequented by echidnas that love splashing about in it-maybe you could give that a try, especially if its a dry area. I’ve seen two in my backyard this past spring rummaging around for ants & worms but i have no water out for them. I love the creatures. Amazing animals – I’d love to encourage them to my place more.

    Cheers

    tarn

    #379579
    tarntarn
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    Oh sorry…I’d forgotten I’d put my name down for 8 early on and I haven’t been following the thread. I’m really really sorry – i’m awfully forgetful these days. Do you still have some – I’m still really keen for a bunch of bales – up to 8 though that’ll be at least 3 trips in my subaru wagon (maybe more if i have to have my toddler along).

    Its such a great bargain and I bet my son will love a new “climbing gym”. I can pick up on the weekend or send my hubby out.

    Cheers

    tarn

    #386055
    tarntarn
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    Well my dears, i did it. I made a beautiful spiced feral plum and granny smith apple clear jelly. I just used the strained feral plum “juice” which i’d stored in the fridge for a few days while we went camping, and boiled it up with a bunch of spices (ginger, star anise, cinnamon) and a chopped up whole lemon for good measure. i strained the lot again through cheesecloth and got about 5 cups of juice but it looked a bit thick & syrupy so i topped it up with about another couple of cups of water then boiled it up with an equal part of sugar until setting point and bottled it. It set delightfully and is a beautiful claret colour. i do wish I’d bottled it in smaller jars as the only ones i had to hand at the time were large (500mL mason jars) and they are too thick to really show off the gorgeous colour. (It was night-time and my little jars were out in the unlit shed with all the 8-legged freaks that live there). I also only got the large two jars out of it so its hard to share around with friends. Next season i might do the same again but use small baby food jars and pop in either a stick of cinnamon or a couple of stars of star anise to set in the jelly just for a lovely effect.

    Thanks for all your ideas and comments! You are such a great bunch of helpful friendly people!

    Cheers,

    tarn

    #346020
    tarntarn
    Member

    We had our first Tuscan zuchinni last night with mixed salad greens and a couple of very small radishes. Tonight we’ll be having some rhubarb and apple crumble (apple from the shops, sigh….).

    Good digging all,

    tarn

    #379547
    tarntarn
    Member

    Hi

    I would love to buy about 8 as well. Its too good a bargain to miss! i was actually going to post something about where to get cheap pea straw in Melbourne – we’re in North Warrandyte. So count me in if any are still available.

    Cheers

    tarn

    #377560
    tarntarn
    Member

    Oh dear all you lovely purple patch people! You’ve all been so great in responding and I haven’t had a chance to get back to you all. My little toddler has come down with chicken pox – covered in purple spots! (Well, red really, but in a certain light…) so I’ve been a little preoccupied. But you have all inspired me to go even more purple than I am now. And reminded me of the other purple produce I’m growing…purple lettuces (unknown variety from a nursery’s mixed punnet), a bunch of purple flowers I can’t recall the name of and I have the plums (Mariposa and Satsuma as well as some escaped feral plums that are just coming up all over the place around here). I plan to plant a mulberry and some grapes and a friend gave me a manzanilla olive which when the olives go black look almost purplish! And I will be contacting you scarecrow for some seeds when I have a spare moment – thank you so very much for the fabulous offer and the gloriouis photos. When i find the time I’ll set up pix of our garden in development – from the ugly and non-toddler safe above ground swimming pool to a sunken veg garden with views! And its purple produce!

    Cherrio,

    tarn & spotty Sam

    #377542
    tarntarn
    Member

    Omg…I forgot I planted plums too! Mariposa and satsuma as well as some already resident ferals – only the ferals will be cropping this year. And purple cauli is brilliant! I’ll be hunting that down.

    I need a name for my veg garden…purple haze??

    cheers!

    tarnie

    #377332
    tarntarn
    Member

    Thanks Osakasuz – I never knew you could do that! I’ll bear that in mind for next time. I bet my little chookies would look even tinier when they are wet & bedraggled. Maybe its the humiliation as well as the temperature that gets them off being broody!:lol:

    And Roquen, I’d love some more belgians. I’m in North Warrandyte,(north eastern Melbourne) and could pick up eggs if some weren’t far away. And thanks for the great tips. Just PM me (I’m new here and haven’t had a PM anyway!:D)

    Hmmm….I clearly need to source some cheap (free?) rabbit hutches anyway…I appear to have my son’s new bunny turning into a house rabbit.

    Cheers & thanks so much,

    tarn

    #374959
    tarntarn
    Member

    Thats ok Red Dragon,

    My toddler will just have to wait until the next fabuolous cubby mansion comes up on the boards.

    Cheerio & i bet its going to make someone very very happy!

    tarn

    #374957
    tarntarn
    Member

    Hi

    I was wondering how much you were after for the cubby – it looks fabulous! Our toddler would absolutely love something like that. We’re in North Warrandyte – is that far from you?

    Cheers,

    tarn

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