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by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mulch suitability
Replies: 2
Views: 441

Re: Mulch suitability

I agree with Flo - It would be safer to use it as path material, at least until it has had a year or so the leach. I have a large pile of mixed wood chip and leaf material as a result of a series of storms last winter (see background in my recent post on fig variety) This is a mix of eucalypt, silky...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:52 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Wheelbarrow tyre containers
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: Wheelbarrow tyre containers

I did use car tyres as potatoe "pots" for a while - the idea being that as the plant grew you added another tyre and filled with soil; really serious hilling up. It worked but I gave the idea up after finding snakes living in the insides of the tyres.
by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:43 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Dig the Fig - The essential guide to all you need to know about figs - Ficus carica
Replies: 17
Views: 7137

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

Thanks guys I agree the leaf form does not match Brown Turkey; my neighbour has one and it is completely different (but is only a couple of years old) Also, my "trees" seem to want to bush out rather than grow upright but this could be because they are still afraid of being eaten off if they stick t...
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: 17
Views: 7137

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: 20
Views: 1477

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: 20
Views: 1477

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: 19
Views: 1785

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: 1639

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: 740

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: 740

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: 43
Views: 2784

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: 1639

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: 43
Views: 2784

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: 716

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: 28
Views: 4127

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