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by Weedo
Wed Jul 28, 2021 10:24 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

I don't think there is any more water around, just that the rain patterns are becoming more severe. Also, with deforestation, chemical farming and loss of soil structure from cultivation the rain is not being absorbed into the earth "sponge" and slowly released later. I read somewhere recently that ...
by Weedo
Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:22 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 19
Views: 2313

Re: To all those junk collectors

one of the issues for us is the cost and time involved in getting rid of bulky junk - we don't have a rubbish collection service of any kind so we must take it to the facility (30 mins away) and then pay to dump it. We can get rid of household type stuff locally (again we pay each time) but not anyt...
by Weedo
Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

still very little growth here; now cold and continually wet; rivers and dams are at max so we expect to be flooded out in the next few weeks.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 25, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 12704

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

how can they afford it? Simple, they are no longer spending on dining out, international travel and entertainment. Not only are the boats and campers in vogue but house renovations have gone ballistic here - hundreds of thousands of dollars per reno around where I live - at least eight major renos i...
by Weedo
Wed Jul 07, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

I don't know what is going on here, we are still getting 3-4 frosts a week, some rain and temps are still mildish (teenc C) but very poor and patchy germination of anything and growth is extremely slow. We are hand feeding everything when we would usually be over supplied with feed. The broadacre cr...
by Weedo
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 39
Views: 12704

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

Another Covid spinoff - I was looking for a largish aluminium punt to use as a flood boat (our patch floods every few years) as the last one was stolen. The only actual punts available in Oz now days are either huge commercial units or things you wouldn't put Owl & Pussycat in! I did find a boat bui...
by Weedo
Wed Jul 07, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 19
Views: 2313

Re: To all those junk collectors

I probably did the wrong thing on the farm but I got sick of the accumulated junk from the previous owners (3 generation of hoarders) and called in the professionals. Six 40 foot container loads of scrap metal out the gate.
by Weedo
Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Back to my old ways (in a little way)
Replies: 5
Views: 6747

Re: Back to my old ways (in a little way)

OK, no doubt this is on the site somewhere but.... I have access to about 50Kg of quality malting barley (malting, not malted) and thought I might try brewing for the first time. Is this worth following up or is the malting and preparation process too much trouble?
by Weedo
Wed May 26, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 19
Views: 2313

Re: To all those junk collectors

similar here, tradies are reporting material shortages everywhere - possibly because we are in a building, mainly renovation, boom as a result of Covid. Seems that with travel, dining out restrictions folks actually have money to spend on their homes.
by Weedo
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

Sort of-ish Way way back in 2016 (when I joined this delightful group) I mentioned that I (we) actually farm about 900 acres as well as attempt our veg patch etc.; we try to farm sustainably and in as closed a system as possible - gradually phasing out chemicals in favour of a natural based (not org...
by Weedo
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

Weird for us too; not normally expected for a month or so yet. Just means bringing seeding forward a few weeks before the soil temps fall. We needs the soil warm (ish) the keep the micro-critters active so that they can work on the organics we are spreading out and kick off the circle; very chicken ...
by Weedo
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 53
Views: 19388

Re: Growing in 2021

First frost today; light but very early. The patch may have to wait for a while, there is just too much going on over the next few months to give it any time. Which idiot said that retirement was for relaxing?
by Weedo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 9074

Re: Fermenting time again

Thanks Maggie, I will try this one and a more traditional ferment. I think my issues with edibility is climatic - too warm and dry so the veg concentrate nutrients in the leaf making them very bitter(tougher and harder than usual) its the same with dandelion, sorrel and cos lettuce. I probably reall...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 9074

Re: Fermenting time again

I have an excess of Kale I am considering fermenting (because we have declared it inedible cooked normally) as well as a plethora of turnip /radish greens. Ideas as to the most suitable process for these - I have never fermented veg before.
by Weedo
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has this forum died?
Replies: 26
Views: 10536

Re: Has this forum died?

I think we are going to skip the balance of summer and move straight into autumn - nearly 130mm rain the past few days (25% of annual average) with temps down to mid 20's c when we would normally expect mid 30's to low 40's. every "winter" seed has shot at least two months early, onions and leeks le...