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by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 12
Views: 1875

Re: Self sufficient skills List

The European hare is now officially declared inedible and an eradication target on Beavers Island! The only dissenting opinion was from the cattle dogs.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 6
Views: 487

Re: What are you harvesting now?

nuttin! I am between crops just now, everything too early or to too late. A few spring onions and perrenial herbs available but we are in the middle of early winter planting season.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 40
Views: 7184

Re: No plastic

Go for it Flo - I gave up tea bags quite a while ago. Take a look at Zero Japan; they make great solid ceramic teapots in all sizes. I have been using mine for about 5 years now - BUT not cheap
by Weedo
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Plastic Free July

Flo I am not a fan of teabags mainly because of the tea in them, eg "Russian caravan" in a tea bag is NOT Russian caravan; I drink a variety of different teas depending on the mood etc. I found a small (350ml - a neat mug size) ceramic teapot to replace teabags. It has a deep removable stainless str...
by Weedo
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 4
Views: 207

Re: Plastic Free July

Not easy at all. Bought a new vacuum cleaner (mostly plastic) a few days ago, it came in a cardboard box that was shrink wrapped in plastic, the item protected by formed cardboard inside (rather than the usual polystyrene) but the cleaner was again wrapped in plastic. Why were two additional plastic...
by Weedo
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 12
Views: 1875

Re: Self sufficient skills List

Thanks GA. I does look time consuming but could be worked in a slow cooker OK; I often have things marinating overnight or for a couple of days. My only problem with trying the recipe is the potential waste of a couple of bottles of red wine! Flo, I also grew up on the wild harvest for protein (apar...
by Weedo
Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 12
Views: 1875

Re: Self sufficient skills List

I have a current need to "harvest" protein in the form of hares to protect my revegetation project sites - the hares have wiped out about 1,000 seedling trees over the last year. The ongoing drought has pushed a lot of animals of all sorts out of the plains areas and into the riverine areas looking ...
by Weedo
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 3832

Re: Summer's coming

First heavy freezing frost yesterday, up has high as the top of the lemon trees - water troughs etc. frozen over, icicles hanging from taps and Turbo buried into a hole in the ground. Time to shift a few plants, break up the rhubarb etc.
by Weedo
Sun Jun 23, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Recycling compost?
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: Recycling compost?

If you are just looking for something that plants will stand up in then it will be fine - the nutrients will be depleted and the "bugs", both good and bad, will probably be killed also. However, these can be replaced simply by mixing in with a proportion of "good" compost and the appropriate nutrien...
by Weedo
Thu Jun 20, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 3832

Re: Summer's coming

Tough life Odsox!
by Weedo
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 3832

Re: Summer's coming

It seems winter has finally arrived - alternating mornings of fog and light frost and temps down to min 1c to max 10c. Still no decent rain but shallow soil moisture is keeping everything going.
by Weedo
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: Crop Rotation

GA thanks for the info. I don't think time or location is really a factor - its more about types of crops grown; your system seems to align OK to what I grow even though timing is different (a good excuse for a week at the beach to get seaweed). The two rotation systems I have found that may suit me...
by Weedo
Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Crop Rotation
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Crop Rotation

This may or may not be a "new" topic but I am confused (a state easily reached these days) regarding crop rotation. I do know what it IS because I rotate crops on the broad acre scale but with a limited range ; grasses (wheat, oats, barley etc.), legumes (peas, clovers etc.) and brassicas (canola) I...
by Weedo
Sun May 26, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Summer's coming
Replies: 41
Views: 3832

Re: Summer's coming

I think we are having an extended "Auter". Only few days from the "official" start of winter and Autumn is determined to hang on. Some trees have only just turned colour. the roses are madly blooming (should be ready to prune by now) Rhubarb and annual herbs are still acively growing and the early w...
by Weedo
Sun May 19, 2019 11:24 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 93
Views: 55847

Re: Banish Plastic

Rejoice all, I have found (rediscovered?) a substitute for cling film. Glazing for Tongues To make a good glazing for tongues, boil a shin of beef with a couple of calves feet or a knuckle of veal in about 6 quarts of water. Season to taste and boil until reduced to 1 quart. Place the glazing into a...