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by Weedo
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 37
Views: 8601

Re: Growing in 2021

First frost today; light but very early. The patch may have to wait for a while, there is just too much going on over the next few months to give it any time. Which idiot said that retirement was for relaxing?
by Weedo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 5825

Re: Fermenting time again

Thanks Maggie, I will try this one and a more traditional ferment. I think my issues with edibility is climatic - too warm and dry so the veg concentrate nutrients in the leaf making them very bitter(tougher and harder than usual) its the same with dandelion, sorrel and cos lettuce. I probably reall...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 5825

Re: Fermenting time again

I have an excess of Kale I am considering fermenting (because we have declared it inedible cooked normally) as well as a plethora of turnip /radish greens. Ideas as to the most suitable process for these - I have never fermented veg before.
by Weedo
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has this forum died?
Replies: 26
Views: 5609

Re: Has this forum died?

I think we are going to skip the balance of summer and move straight into autumn - nearly 130mm rain the past few days (25% of annual average) with temps down to mid 20's c when we would normally expect mid 30's to low 40's. every "winter" seed has shot at least two months early, onions and leeks le...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 37
Views: 8601

Re: Growing in 2021

just harvested the garlic, red and white onions - they did really well this year with the mostly mild spring; apart from the leeks which took exception to the early spring 30 C days and bolted but I will save the seed. Blackberries are fruiting madly, raspberries yet to start; soft greens (except so...
by Weedo
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 2590

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

as long as the economy is based on spending growth we lose; growth by its very nature is unsustainable.
by Weedo
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 2590

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

Agree Ina - after trashing a number of woollen jumpers over the years I have returned to buying quality products. he first of these was an NZ semi raw wool heavy jumper that sequentially went through all its stages - good, OK for going up the street, great for working out the paddocks and finally th...
by Weedo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 2558

Re: Using recycled plastic

As I have noted previously,(at least in OZ) the food police, while necessary, have a lot to answer for in this regard. I have raised the subject with butchers in the past; here they are required to meet the meat handling standards (2 vol; spiral bound, 320pp - yes I have a read it) does not allow "o...
by Weedo
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 23
Views: 7220

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

I would possibly be a candidate for wearing a skirt (syn, kilt; sarong) around the patch in our summer (+ 36C) As an old hippy, wearing a sarong etc. was not unusual. While the legs may be still OK, the upper body is probably not my best feature these days.
by Weedo
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 2558

Re: Using recycled plastic

I agree with Flo - we will never get rid of plastics so need to use them more appropriately. One of the major issues with plastics in the environment is the huge quantity that is not recyclable (cannot be re-used) or not able to be recycled (no facilities / will to collect and recycle).
by Weedo
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 138
Views: 73636

Re: What are you harvesting now?

last of the winter greens - starting planting (trying Hiko 40 cell trays for starting seedlings) spring greens, spuds, strawberries and some herbs. Put in a few early tomatoes just in time for a late frost!

If my memory serves, triffids were boiled down for oil
by Weedo
Thu Sep 24, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 17
Views: 11997

Re: Self sufficient skills List

a forge of some sort was always on the retirement plan - I have gathered most of what I need over the years although there are a few specialised (modern) tools that would make things much easier
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by Weedo
Mon Sep 21, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 17
Views: 11997

Re: Self sufficient skills List

is this a new ISH Skill? the Kids gave me a course in Japanese knife forging as a retirement gift - after an intensive 20 hours at forge, anvil, grinder and tedious hand finishing the result is a single edge Nakiri for slicing and a two edge Deba for general purpose use - both are great to use and c...
by Weedo
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 5825

Re: Fermenting time again

preserving in oil? Anyone into preserving in oils? (olive oil in my case) I have tried this for things like chillies, garlic, ginger etc but the oil usually ends up cloudy and sometimes has a wax(?) layer on top.

Or is this normal?
by Weedo
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 70
Views: 39713

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Many of the self branded products are imported from SE Asia and EU - I do look at the ingredients lists and the nutrition details and if anything they have higher levels of added "taste enhancers" than the branded products.