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by Weedo
Sun Oct 23, 2016 9:54 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Anyone any ideas what this is?
Replies: 5
Views: 938

Re: Anyone any ideas what this is?

Certainly a privet, most probably European privet ( Ligustrum vulgare ). Native to southern Europe, not sure if this includes Britain; berries are definitely poisonous and flowers can trigger hay fever like allergy. It is the compounds in the perfume rather than the pollen in this case. Privets are ...
by Weedo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: What Is For Tea?
Replies: 67
Views: 7092

Re: What Is For Tea?

Braising beef slow cooked with shallots, black peppercorns and Guinness (I always forget to buy a small bottle and get the large one - waste not want not). Done in a slow cooker for about 8 hours and served with cauliflower rice tinged with saffron.
by Weedo
Tue Oct 18, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Improving Clay Soil
Replies: 11
Views: 1587

Re: Improving Clay Soil

A combination of all factors I think - aside from burying the dung, the beetles dig a lot of fairly deep holes in the process; allowing air and moisture in which stimulates (and introduces) the bugs, worms etc. (I need to work on the worms a bit more) that convert everything. The hay concentrates th...
by Weedo
Mon Oct 17, 2016 2:14 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Improving Clay Soil
Replies: 11
Views: 1587

Re: Improving Clay Soil

Related (or not) to improving clay soils I just finished cultivating a 60 acre paddock yesterday in preparation for sowing spring Lucerne. Last summer was very hot & dry and we had to hand feed most of our cattle so we used this as a "sacrifice paddock" as it has a clay band running th...
by Weedo
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Improving Clay Soil
Replies: 11
Views: 1587

Re: Improving Clay Soil

I agree with most comments, gypsum is not a "silver bullet" for clay soil; it alters clay soil through chemical reaction which is directly related to the chemistry of the soil. Basically it disperses sodium and replaces it with calcium which disperses clay particles - only really works whe...
by Weedo
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Black rosehips
Replies: 5
Views: 1057

Re: Black rosehips

Hi Does anyone know if Rosa spinosissima was used as a rootstock? I have a old bush in the original farmhouse "garden" that looks very similar except with very dark purple hips, flowers look the same. I have long suspected this plant was just the stock taken over the graft but it could rea...
by Weedo
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 3911

Re: Someone say something

Hi, Back again, been dealing with floods the past few days. The 'bidgee is having a big spring and decided to donate about 1,000 acre feet of water to my farming cause. Unfortunately most of it is on my oat and lucerne paddocks so probably no hay this year as it is rotting under water Maggie, thanks...
by Weedo
Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Duff seed
Replies: 23
Views: 1561

Re: Duff seed

Our basic seeds are rapidly becoming owned by businesses ranging from smaller local "breeders" to multinational giants. The first generation hybrids (F1) are predictable in expressing the bred for characteristics but successive generations from saved seeds rapidly degrade and any mix of an...
by Weedo
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Duff seed
Replies: 23
Views: 1561

Re: Duff seed

Folks Similar issues in Aus. I guess that as our better (ergo more profitable) seed companies become multi-national traders the quality goes down. I know that most no longer grow their own seed but source it anywhere. Some, such as our own beloved Yates Seeds, are now owned by multi-national compani...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rogue's Gallery
Replies: 218
Views: 61443

Re: Rogue's Gallery

Love to

Just can't figure out how, or how to view others pics.
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 3911

Re: Someone say something

I will throw something into the mix in the form of a question - perhaps it will spark some discussion. I don't practice self sufficiency in terms of producing most of my own food etc.(yet) but I do attempt to move towards a higher level of sustainability - however I am no saint at this.. (actually I...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Nettle question
Replies: 4
Views: 907

Re: Nettle question

OK I haven't really looked at nettles from a human consumption point of view but went back through some older info when checking the animal nutrition benefits (it is really highly nutritious, on a par with ryegrass and not far behind lucerne) I think this is largely a matter of personal choice if fo...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: New start at allotment

I think it will need some further investigation and a closer look at what the authorities interpret as agriculture. home garden etc. I have riparian rights which allow me virtually unlimited free water (as long as the river is flowing) for "stock & domestic" use, meaning for watering a...
by Weedo
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: New start at allotment

Thank you Green Aura I did some research for here in NSW and the legislation is still in place for something like this to happen on town "commmons" for persons registered by the management committee as "commoners". dividing up into allotments is a greayish area though- unfortunat...
by Weedo
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 1752

Re: New start at allotment

Thanks Flo very useful info - I will look up the legislation later and have a browse. They are really quite small plots at around 16 per acre

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