Aussies Living Simply

  • replied to the topic if not treated pine, then what? in the forum Vegetables 11 years ago

    Hi Kalex,

    I agree with a few people here on a few points.

    Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) does leach into soils. The extent to which this occurs is dependent on the acidity of the soil.
    These are all cumulative chemicals that slowly build up in the soil/body.
    If you don’t need to use them, why expose yourself to them I say? Like asbestos,…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic What to plant after lettuce in the forum Vegetables 11 years ago

    Hi Danielle,

    Zucchinis are fine, but they are not what I’d call small area plants, they can easily take up 1sq mtr each. The good thing is that are prolific producers. 1-2 plants will provide you with all you need.

    Plant the seeds now in punnets in a greenhouse or sunny window ledge and transplant out when the weather settles a bit. I wouldn’t…[Read more]

  • Hi Jeanette,

    We are just about to get ours, well they’re just about to be born, so it’ll be a few weeks yet.

    We’re getting Wessex Saddlebacks.

    SimplyNatural hit the nail on the head – depends on what you want them for, but if it’s for salami, proscuitto, pancetta etc, they need to be 18 months old to have the right texture and flavour for this…[Read more]

  • Howdy again…

    Maree – what do you mean you’re a wuss?:confused:

    There’s no “dispatching of animals” involved in the course (the Charcuterie) the pork was all ready for dicing and prepping. I must admit, I’m not quite ready to that bit either and may wuss out when the time comes for our pigs, but I realise that I have to get used to the idea,…[Read more]

  • Hi Guys (again)

    Not too far! Make it a weekend holiday – cheap flights, Bob’s your father’s brother!

    Northern end is the top of the Peninsula, closest “big” place is Frankston about 10-15mins drive…

  • replied to the topic Who's ya daddy? in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 1 month ago


    As in Devondale…..


  • I had a persistent problem with weevils or pantry moths as they are also known for quite a few years, to the extent that you’d get 4 or 5 moths flying around the TV at night.

    I have seen these actually chew pin head sized holes in plastic food bags and even get under the “seals” of plastic food containers.
    I resorted to sticking the dry goods in…[Read more]

  • Hi Guys,

    I know that this is an older post, but I was concerned about people and the plastics. I don’t have a better idea, but I recall seeing a story on the issues of plastics leaching ploymer directly into food if it is either frozen or microwaved in particular types of plastic.
    Can’t be good for us – the question is, what did Gran use? But…[Read more]

  • Hi Bianca,

    My place is bounded by radiata and cypress trees.
    Pine trees make the soil beneath them very acidic as well as secreting molybdenum into the soil to basically knock out the competition.

    Some acid loving plants may do ok, but will forever fight for moisture. We get some weeds and grass every winter along with the desirable pine…[Read more]

  • Hi Vanessa,

    Your approach to your soil will depend on how you want to grow in the warmer months (no dig garden, raised beds on top etc etc)

    Personally, I’d do some work on that clay right now. Although Aussie soils are somewhat impoverished, clay still retains high levels of minerals etc, they’re just trapped.

    Chooks are definately good for…[Read more]

  • Hi Tina,

    It sounds suspiciously like Coccidia to me.
    The featherless head on a young chick is not normal. Even when growing out feathers for the first time the down will remain. I’d say they were pecked.

    Sick chooks often can get picked on by those that aren’t.

    Coccidia is usually easy to spot once you get to recognise the symptoms, but it is…[Read more]

  • Hi Kerri,

    Everyone will have differing opinions based on their own experiences and preferences.

    I think the more important question first is what do YOU want them (whatever they are) for?
    To keep the grass down, for food, for pets, for an income source?
    Each animal will have it’s pro’s and con’s, and even then breeds within each are better for…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic How much cheese? in the forum Dairy products 11 years, 2 months ago

    I agree on cheeselinks too – they have been terrifically helpful and I have made a range of cheeses including blue, camembert, cheddar, fetta etc.
    fortunately for my waist, lack of time and a ready supply of milk hinder the production levels somewhat. Overall I find the process easy and rewarding, if not time consuming.


  • replied to the topic Meaty chooks in the forum Backyard livestock 11 years, 2 months ago

    Thanks for all the answers guys.
    I’m not fussed whether they are pure or cross, although I do feel for the diminishing pure breeds.
    Seems that a few names keep coming up. Guess I have to start the hunt to find someone to supply us some.
    We have the space and ability to breed more so probably will..

  • Hi Sandra,

    If you fill out the contact form on the page that link goes to, it will automatically send you a pdf link price sheet with all the options and sizes. Delivery to greater area of Melbourne, Sydney of Brisvegas is $50 as they quoted, but I can double check.

    Round beds start at a diameter of 800mm up to 2400mm.
    Slimlines start at a depth…[Read more]

  • Hi Michelle,

    Sure can – I have sent you a message..


  • replied to the topic Plant ID please in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Yuffie,

    Not to smother your idea of altering the statistics of egg sexes, but this is a genetic impossibility. It is the Rooster that determines the sex of the egg as it is with humans. The only way it could happen is if eating the fruit was to selectively kill off male chromosome sperm, thus increasing the likelihood of more females..

    I’m…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Organic Gardening Courses in the forum Vegetables 11 years, 5 months ago

    Hey Karma,

    I’m doing them down here.. Can’t say I’m rushed off my feet.

    People seem more keen to stop by and buy the food ready to eat than do it themselves..

    Mind you, I have to do more promotion work too…

    Good Luck..

  • Gypsy, that’s a shame..

    However, not feeding it wasn’t a problem, it could have sat for a few days unattended and been resurrected. Mind you, if it makes you gag now, not much point..

    I am about to put up another recipe, maybe that’ll tempt you…


  • Hi Magpie, I only just spotted this, but as you already cut them it was too late anyway.

    For future reference…

    In Australia, other than the very cool areas light mountain regions, Tasmania and those that get frosts, Potatoes can be sown most of the year. Obviously in winter they will be slower, with smaller yields, but still better than thsoe…[Read more]

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