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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: 1220

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: 363

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: 363

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: 12083

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: 17
Views: 2348

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: 6458

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
by Weedo
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 6490

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

I caught a webinar based on the nitrogen cycle a couple of days ago (actually Mrs Weedo did and roped me in to watch also) One of the interesting things that was discussed was insect pests and their functions - basically and without going into the complex details, they have the same function as pred...
by Weedo
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Bamboo advice please!
Replies: 14
Views: 2619

Re: Bamboo advice please!

From the problem I guess this is a Rhizomateous species - Phyllostachys spp. possibly Cutting it down will not affect it in the slightest - the growing points etc. are all underground. So, constant surveillance and digging is your non - chemical solution (salt is a chemical also). Chemical wise, let...
by Weedo
Thu Jun 25, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 6490

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

We are finding (although just on the tip of learning about this) that the best insecticide is to not use insecticides, mix plant species, nourish them properly and allow the "weeds" outside the beds to flourish (they are really only an issue if allowed to set seed) As mentioned in another post, the ...
by Weedo
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 38
Views: 19238

Re: For saving money around the house!

Clothes for us can be up to 3 sets per day - one for the office, one for around the house etc. and one for the farm in the cow poo, mud, grease, oil and so on. They don't all get changed each day but business shirts, farm stuff (depending on the job on the day) and two pairs of socks do. During lock...
by Weedo
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 6490

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

Exactly Ina - Rhodies are also a problem in the Victorian Dandenong Randges where it is high, cold, wet and fertile, Coffee in the Northern NSW sub-tropical forests, sorghum on the mid-west plains, cotton in the tropical north and so ad infinitum.
by Weedo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 5:16 am
Forum: 101 Uses For
Topic: For saving money around the house!
Replies: 38
Views: 19238

Re: For saving money around the house!

Keeping the Covid restrictions! Not travelling to and from work saving 50l fuel a week, no cafe lunches on the run, less clothing (one change a day instead of two) and laundry, limited food supplies so stretch what you can get and use everything you grow, tradies working at realistic rates just to g...
by Weedo
Mon Jun 22, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Eco friendly insecticide
Replies: 13
Views: 6490

Re: Eco friendly insecticide

Sorry guys; I can't recommend the use of Neem products in any form - in Oz they have been widely commercially planted for oil production and in most cases escaped and become seriously invasive. Please be aware that even "natural" products can have serious negative environmental effects.
by Weedo
Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Apples, pears and blackcurrants
Replies: 5
Views: 446

Re: Apples, pears and blackcurrants

AS GA mentioned, much of the problem stems from water and feeding. Like people, plants that are incorrectly nourished become susceptible to disease so check watering and nutrition; avoid getting too much nitrogen in the mix and look to the micro-nutrients. If your patch has been overused / abused by...
by Weedo
Mon Jun 08, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Growing runner beans
Replies: 12
Views: 774

Re: Growing runner beans

I know that the broad-acre cropping folks around here will sow beans / peas in the same paddocks in consecutive years - but they apply multiple pesticides, fungicides and fertilisers so there is no possible way any organism other than the crop is going to survive to affect them.