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  • I would try to shade it out – apply some nitrogen fert (chook poo etc) water well, then cover with 4-5 pages of newspaper/cardboard topped with mulch to hold it down.

    Every blade of grass would need to be covered for sure death. But if you want to keep feeding the wildlife (they may go for the cucs if nothing else available) then just do around…[Read more]

  • Does anyone in colder areas grow sweet potato? I’ve tried a few years now with no success for tubers, though I do get green growth and the odd pretty flower.

    Have heard anecdotal stories of successful harvests in lower Vic and Tassie, but haven’t met any of these mythical people and I know a lot of local gardeners.

    I thought a metal sided…[Read more]

  • Thanks for those links – always good to learn – and free is the best price.

  • My new strategy is to tell them I’m unemployed and have no money as my job has been outsourced to India – don’t get any call backs after that.

  • replied to the topic Best Ducks to get? in the forum Backyard livestock 7 years, 8 months ago

    I’ve just started my duck keeping with 4 muscovies; 1 drake and 3 ducks. They have been fantastic gobbling up snails around the house yard – they are a bit poopie to have close to the house though. I will move them into their house in the orchard soon, but it is occupied by goats at present.

    No eggs yet as they are younúns and I’m undecided…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Raw Milk in the forum Dairy products 7 years, 8 months ago

    After years of planning I have finally got a milking doe British Alpine. She currently has a 3 month wether on her who I shut away each day and only milk mum at night – getting just over 1L per day after 1 week of this routine.
    We’re still getting to know each other but she is a darling and seems to like me now – she hadn’t been hand milked before…[Read more]

  • DD was homeschooled part-time for year 9 here in Vic. It is up to the principal here to take on homeschoolers but I insisted and they were forced to take her – with a bit of legal input from the homeschool people. This was to cover the language component of the compulsory elements you have to include (yet it was an optional subject for those in…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Gotu Kola in the forum Herbs 8 years ago

    Centella asiatica (pennywort) is also known as arthritis herb and spreads readily in warm, moist conditions. It looks a bit sad over winter here in southern Vic but mine is beginning to pop up green leaves now.

    I’ve given large pots of healthy growth to a few people I know who have bad arthritis but none of them have used it consistently, even…[Read more]

  • Apparently there was a control group – why would a genuinely unbiased scientist say there wasn’t. As for dying of old age the study was over thier lifetime. Follow the money for critics of this study and why do jornalists quote obviously biased paid-for opinion?

    ‘The paper found low levels of both GM corn strain known as NK603 and Roundup — t…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Opportunity to reassess in the forum This Simple Life 8 years ago

    Sorry for your loss trandto, but I understand where you are coming from.

    I’ve made the decision to buy/accept no more ‘stuff’ as I do believe that every ‘thing’ you own takes enegy to store/clean/maintain/charge/worry about being stolen/makes clutter – All of my energy seems to go into prividing for my posession/home/car/pets/property so I feel…[Read more]

  • One of my favourite things to pull from the freezer is semi-dried tomatoes done up in portion sized packs. They don’t take up much room and retain that intense flavour. Also love to store excess asparagus, green beans, also pesto and salsa in ice-cube blocks to keep the taste of summer in meals over winter.

    Currently have too much gnocchi made…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the info Ggang 🙂 – I will pester about importing semen as I don’t much like to be told no and like to bother bureaucrats. The nigerian dwarf are milking bred and it would be much quicker than trying to breed up the milker genes into minis.

    Their fencing and land requirements are lower and probably less daunting for beginner and…[Read more]

  • fruitful they do run special cooking classes for thermie owners that cost $15 for ingredients and instructor fees. I’ve been to a couple of demos at no cost – except a few basic ingredients for they one I held to get the thermoserve – a free lunch for my guests.

    There was no pressure to buy, except a questionaire that asks something like ‘when…[Read more]

  • I’m picking up a miniature buckling and wether tomorrow with the aim of breeding kinder type milking goats as i wanted a dwarf milking goat but they don’t seem to be available in Aus. I will have to get some good milking breed (probably sanen) does to produce smaller productive offspring and looking at importing nigerian dwarf milker semen to use…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Heated seed propagation in the forum Propagation 8 years, 2 months ago

    Hi Evergreen. I bought one of the 4-flats heated propogation trays after using hot water bottles, cloches etc for years. Think it cost about $150, but I use it to start seeds for market sales, so totally justified 😉 .

    The best (pre electric) system was a hot water bottle inside a foam box with a glass cover for daylight solar heating, this…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Chicken Food in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 2 months ago

    lmd80 sorry to hear about your girls 🙁 It is hard to lose them after they become part of the family.

    I once read an article on frugal living in the war years where it was recommended to feed cooked potatoes to hens as grain wasn’t available. It was stated to be 1/4 the energy density of grain so they needed a bigger ration.

    My girls do hoe i…[Read more]

  • 1) How long have you owned a thermomix and do you still love it, and still use it?

    I’ve had mine a year now and use it often multiple times per day eg yesterday – milled wheat to make wholemeal bread; cooked rice for tea – it does great non-gluggy rice; made lemon delicious impossible pie which baked in oven while I made whole egg custard; then…[Read more]

  • Gardenlen in science theories are the best thought explanation of facts, leaving an open minded option of a better explanation if more/different facts/evidence is found. Deriding ‘theories’ as bunkum without any evidence, data or facts to support your oppositional beliefs is the epitome of bunkum.

  • Predictions about deposits are all very well but it now takes twice as much energy (oil) to extract than it did decades ago, and it will take increasingly more energy to extract (lots of exact data on the TOD site). The processes required to convert tar sands and shale oil are environmentally obscene, but we all get to continue with happy…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic What to grow in a bog in the forum In the Garden 8 years, 3 months ago

    My mum has queensland arrowroot growing in a bog area and it is thriving – she is in southern Vic.

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