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by Weedo
Wed Feb 21, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 13
Views: 5755

Re: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica

Hi all Its mid summer and the "ressurection figs" (the ones brought back from many years of neglect and grazing by cattle) after a series of hot dry days have produced a good crop of small but very sweet fruit. I suspect the fruit size is a variety factor rather that water / nutrition as the trees (...
by Weedo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:45 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread flour question
Replies: 18
Views: 270

Re: Bread flour question

GA - we grow and sell our wheat largely on type and protein level so do usually keep track of what is going on, at least locally. The other point is that I sometimes need to suppliment cattle with grain feeding so protein levels are important - at least they were until an old animal nitritionist tol...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Bread flour question
Replies: 18
Views: 270

Re: Bread flour question

This may be a little off subject But I have done a (very) quick check around re % wheat protein (gluten) levels which will affect how they perform in baking etc. Some figures are very sketchy; there seems to be a reluctance from some countries to publish data (or perhaps they don't test or set stand...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Vegetarian diet
Replies: 13
Views: 569

Re: Vegetarian diet

Hey guys, I think there is a fundamental error in interpretation of food sources and products. Cows eat grass (I know, I grow both and I see them doing it) If the source is vegetable then to product must also be vegetable - ergo, steak is a vegetable.
by Weedo
Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:01 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie here :)
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Newbie here :)

My neighbour bought his 5 acres block about 6 years ago. It had a derelict 3 room cottage on it which he then demolished. He went to Council for a building permit for a new dwelling and was refused. If he had left the old one in place he could have legally "extended" it considerably and then demolis...
by Weedo
Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:44 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bean Flower Thrip management
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Re: Bean Flower Thrip management

Thanks Maggie It does seem that chemical spraying is the only thorough solution I think my major problem will be re-invasion as there are a lot of broad acre crops around me that have the pest (chick pea, field peas, faba bean, lupin etc). One organic grower site suggests spraying with soap solution...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Bean Flower Thrip management
Replies: 3
Views: 178

Bean Flower Thrip management

Anyone have ideas (non-chemical) on managing Bean Flower thrip? My dwarf beans have been hit heavily the past 2 weeks. The result is distorted and small beans which are still edible but much less prolific. Pyrethrum seems to have some effect but not a lot. I think I will pull all the affected dwarf ...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: The new banish plastic movements

Straws were promoted here for a while as drinking straight from the container was considered unhealthy - risk of bugs on the bottle or can. During the 1980's introduced European wasps ( Vespula germanica) population exploded (simple exponetial population growth) and became very problematic in urban ...
by Weedo
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Newbie here :)
Replies: 12
Views: 533

Re: Newbie here :)

Hi Bubblefamily - I am in Australia but this may be helpful as I have had a few battles with local governments about residences. Firstly, it is my experience that Council planning is negotiable and that a lot of the "rules" are really policy, guidelines and opinion, not law. Secondly, the laws have ...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: The new banish plastic movements
Replies: 31
Views: 953

Re: The new banish plastic movements

recycled loo paper - oops, loo paper made from recycled paper and wrapped in recycled paper is still on the supermaket shelves here
by Weedo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Flavour of supermarket veg
Replies: 8
Views: 185

Re: Flavour of supermarket veg

Its all about "bling"! Everything is marketed to attract the eye and hence the Buck - even the packaging (including the carton the toms are shipped in) is carefully designed to attract the buyer; and like all bling, the product does not match up to the hype. In Oz there are a number of food labellin...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 27
Views: 2745

Re: Composty questions

These are only the plastics you can see - the micro and nano plastic pollution is exploding worldwide and is in our food chain.
Link to a brief article from Wageningen Universtity

https://www.wur.nl/en/Dossiers/file/Mic ... astics.htm
by Weedo
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:27 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 27
Views: 2745

Re: Composty questions

Thanks Flo - the site looks very useful (with adjustments for my hot, dry climate) So far I have never seen a composting logo on anything in Oz - if lucky you may find a "recyclable" logo. In my trawling I found this report covering the relative environmental impacts of a range of carrier bags - int...
by Weedo
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 27
Views: 2745

Re: Composty questions

I think that parrafin waxes are the most commonly used for fruit boxes here - certainly not plastic coated. From what I can find it seems there is no way to effectively degrade these waxes. Oh well, it was a thought
by Weedo
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:27 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Composty questions
Replies: 27
Views: 2745

Re: Composty questions

an old thread but I have a question regarding composting (or other) those waxed cardboard boxes fruit and veg come in. Has anyone been successful in returning these to the soil? Perhaps a trip through a shredder first? An acquaintance keeps a couple of pet pigs (I have a philosophical dislike (read ...