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by Weedo
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 1929

Re: New start at allotment

Hi Forgive my antipodean ignorance but would someone like to briefly explain this "allotment" system? I am presuming it is small plots of public land leased to individuals but how is it allotted and administered? Nothing like this exists in Australia although from my work in land titles previously "...
by Weedo
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Bamboo advice please!
Replies: 4
Views: 1104

Re: Bamboo advice please!

Hi folks In Australia, particularly on the East Coast, invasive bamboos have created a lot of problems to the point where many species are banned from sale. In defense of bamboos, they are an attractive and very useful plant and can provide very useful building materials. We in the Weed World classi...
by Weedo
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: Storing - drying vegetables

Thanks all for the info - perhaps I am just being too ambitious given my climate and should concentrate of what I can effectively grow and store and resign myself to buying what I can't. In terms of building a "passive coolroom" I was thinking of trying something like an overgrown Coolgardie safe. P...
by Weedo
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:12 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: Storing - drying vegetables

Guess I got my question wrong. Drying most vegies is not an issue, although I haven't tried onions yet. Storing dried things in sterilised jars is what I term "dry bottling". What I cant seem to do is store things like carrots (I can dried) potatoes, pumpkin, onions etc. They just start growing agai...
by Weedo
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:28 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Rusty tools
Replies: 9
Views: 2994

Re: Rusty tools

Hi No, in Australia molasses is the thick, black rich stuff often used for a cattle feed suppliment (mixed with urea) in drought and golden syrup is a light, golden coloured syrup used much more for people consumption. I use the "raw" molasses, not the refined type sold in health food shops - you co...
by Weedo
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: Storing - drying vegetables

Don't know where the minus 6.3 c was recorded! My records show only 3 sub-zero days for the winter and the lowest was minus 1.6. second week of spring ranged between 14c and 20 c daytime maximum. I will let folks know when we get our first plus 40 c, probably around the time you get a minus 10 C. An...
by Weedo
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:05 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Re: Storing - drying vegetables

Dehydrating is probably your best bet. Over here, we use a commercial one, but I've seen loads of plans online for making solar dehydrators, which might suit your conditions and you could make it big, or small, enough to suit your needs. They're basically just wooden structures with mesh shelves to...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:51 am
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Rusty tools
Replies: 9
Views: 2994

Re: Rusty tools

I know this is an old post but I will add it my bit. Since taking over the farm and cleaning 3 generations worth of clutter from the garage and sheds, I have accumulated a number of very old and very rusty tools that I want to salvage - some for interest and others because the type and quality can n...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 15, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 3227

Storing - drying vegetables

Any tips on storage of vegetables? I am OK with with sundried tomato, capsicum etc stored in oil as well as "dry bottling" but wonder of there is anything else out there in the dried veggie arena? One of my problems is that our cool season is short and sub-10 degree C winter daytime temps are rare s...
by Weedo
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:30 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Birds
Replies: 17
Views: 4099

Re: Birds

Different worlds
Blackbirds, house sparrows, starlings!!!!!!! Aggressive feral invaders taking over space from our wrens, honeyeaters, thornbills, finches, shrikes, wattlebirds, parrots etc.
by Weedo
Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:12 am
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Bloody dock...
Replies: 42
Views: 8519

Re: Bloody dock...

Hi I know this is an old post but I am a newby and was browsing the site. The question of docks is a common one here as well; usually treated as a useless weed. There are a number or Rumex species grouped as "dock" and each has its niche - from dryer sandy ground to swamps and bogs. First point; foo...
by Weedo
Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:08 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Language etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 1965

Language etc.

Hi Just a question or two - Do members prefer to see metric or imperial measurements used? I am comfortable with both but usually use metric. Is it OK if I use scientific names as well as common names for "wild" species please. Common names are extremely variable from area to area. In Australia, a n...
by Weedo
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:15 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the other side
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Re: Hello from the other side

Hi I think I should put our 900 acres into scale - this size property in our location generally will provide enough income to be cost neutral (or perhaps a little profit) unless we increase production intensity. Increasing intensity means buying more water for irrigation (yes, we do actually have to...
by Weedo
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the other side
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Re: Hello from the other side

Hi Ina When I say "other side" I mean that I am (perhaps) approaching the whole sustainability / self sufficiency thing from the direction of a person charged with regulating some of what other member want to do as well as being a commercial farmer. I see a lot of scope in mixing modern science with...
by Weedo
Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from the other side
Replies: 7
Views: 1453

Hello from the other side

Hi My name is Syd.(short for Sydney) an I am not your usual member. I work for the NSW Government in Invasive Species, primarily weeds - I have been doing this for nearly 40 years across most of Australia. Many of the species discussed on this (and other forums) are actually weeds in Australia (plea...