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by Weedo
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 132
Views: 50300

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: 8131

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: 8131

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: 7
Views: 2097

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: 64
Views: 25477

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.
by Weedo
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficientish 2020
Replies: 64
Views: 25477

Re: Self sufficientish 2020

Beg to differ Bernard - in Oz at least the Aussie grown branded products are markedly better than the self branded and than the imported brands - but we do pay more for them
by Weedo
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 132
Views: 50300

Re: What are you harvesting now?

first official day of spring - sunny & cool topping 17c- weather forecast tipping tops of low 20'sc next week; a little too warm too early
by Weedo
Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:47 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 132
Views: 50300

Re: What are you harvesting now?

not much at this time of year; with the heavy frosts and dry autumn only a few greens still going. The normal citrus glut; sans lemons due to heavy pruning - Marmalade on the go 'though how much of this needed is limited. Thankfully our first "normal" autumn and winter rainfall for more than 4 years...
by Weedo
Wed Aug 12, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: A newbie oldie!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2852

Re: A newbie oldie!!

I,m baaaack
Short time away organising retirement etc. and purchasing my first ever personal computer.
Retirement sucks! not a days break in 5 weeks, covid lockdown so can't travel, dine out etc. and to top it all off a torn meniscus in my left knee so no driving, bending, clod hopping etc.
by Weedo
Thu Jul 09, 2020 11:21 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Our time has come?
Replies: 9
Views: 4032

Re: Our time has come?

This is all about people. You can get a rational, intelligent, considered answer out of a person (singular) but people (collective) are stupid, dangerous herd animals with no thoughts but to follow the one in front.
by Weedo
Tue Jul 07, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Mysterious bulb plant
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

Re: Mysterious bulb plant

Rusts are fungi so prefer moist, mild conditions - getting good air movement *(NOT Nth sea gales) helps preventing them. Copper or Sulphur based fungicides will work but you need to cover both sides of the leaf - alternatively, according to my friendly iris farm owner, a couple of teaspoons of Bicar...
by Weedo
Sun Jul 05, 2020 10:58 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Mysterious bulb plant
Replies: 11
Views: 1741

Re: Mysterious bulb plant

They are not bulbs but corms, hence the stacking effect. Not much foliage in the pic but I am fairly sure they are Monbretia also known as Crocosmia. Fairly common ornamental, iris family, lots of bright orange flowers, but can be invasive - declared weeds in parts of SE Oz.
by Weedo
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:19 am
Forum: How do I??
Topic: How Do I use this section
Replies: 12
Views: 14663

Re: How Do I use this section

OK Guys - I am about to push the button to try to change my details and access processes pre retirement - I may be gone for some time (but will be back eventually)
by Weedo
Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Seed saving
Replies: 18
Views: 5405

Re: Seed saving

Might not be a disadvantage - many of our "new" varieties originate from plants that have naturally diverged from the norm - your new variety (the Oddy Onion?) may be a ground breaking development.
by Weedo
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Empty supermarket recipes
Replies: 50
Views: 12717

Re: Empty supermarket recipes

Its baaaaack!!!! - One state in Oz has had a significant spike in positive cases following some relaxing of the rules and has gone into high levels of quarantine and movement restriction again. Within 2 days the toilet paper, rice, flour etc. had disappeared off the shelves nationwide