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by Weedo
Tue May 23, 2017 11:48 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Make Charcoal
Replies: 2
Views: 10

Make Charcoal

Anyone ever made charcoal for cooking fuel? I have a source of green red gum limbs that will otherwise be heaped and burnt and thought I may try converting them to charoal for barbeque fuel?
by Weedo
Mon May 22, 2017 12:37 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: One Step Closer
Replies: 4
Views: 119

Re: One Step Closer

Thanks folks Unlike Ina & Odsox who travel forward a day at a time, it seems that I always travel backwards which is why I am phasing out. If I really could arrange my work and fiancials that way I want, I would have retired yesterday! Retirement for me does not mean stopping work, there is stil...
by Weedo
Fri May 19, 2017 12:03 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: One Step Closer
Replies: 4
Views: 119

One Step Closer

I have previously noted that I am not ISHish - yet, way too busy and too much time travelling to be able to give it the time; although we do try to make our land use as sustainable and self contained as possible. BUT Today I officially changed work hours from 5 days to 4 days per week (all 3 day wee...
by Weedo
Thu May 11, 2017 10:30 pm
Forum: Fruit and Nuts
Topic: Cherry tree help
Replies: 3
Views: 106

Re: Cherry tree help

You could try spraying with a mix of diswashing detergent, water and a little light cooking oil - the detergents coat the aphid and suffocate the critters by blocking the spiracles - works on aphids on roses. Downside is that you need to be doing this nearly daily until the population crashes. Try 1...
by Weedo
Tue May 09, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: I read the news today, oh boy.
Topic: Brits banned from overseas hotels...
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Brits banned from overseas hotels...

Its just the way of the modern world. The current Generation seems to have a simple approach to life; if your life isn't perfect or is inconvenienced in any way then someone else is to blame and you need to sue them. Under our current National laws here, if someone comes onto my farm without permiss...
by Weedo
Tue May 02, 2017 12:47 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Shredded paper
Replies: 20
Views: 2501

Re: Shredded paper

Hi From my side, where wood is plentiful especially after the recent storms, we are careful about moisture content in the same way as your paper bricks -smoke, creosote heating value etc. I also am very aware of this in forest fire-fighting as fuel moisture content measurement can be a life/death va...
by Weedo
Tue May 02, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Tomato trial results
Replies: 23
Views: 514

Re: Tomato trial results

Wow OS! not only don't you sleep but you do this stuff too? Unfortunately the varieties mean nothing to me, if they exist in Oz they have other names. Tomatoes here are traditionaslly planted on Cup day which is still 6 months away so I will have time to work out what our closest variety matches are...
by Weedo
Tue May 02, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Laundry detergents
Replies: 6
Views: 182

Re: Laundry detergents

definitely the "eco" brands liquids (powders never dissolve completely especially if you use cold water) I go with GA on the white vinegar as a softner substitute but also because it seems that my public servant white business shirts survive the plane trips better - less ironing at the oth...
by Weedo
Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:39 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

Not much different here except that we are quickly moving to increase standards and processes for green waste management. We have just put the brakes on a proposal for a huge commercial green waste composting facility Nth of Sydney until they develop and we approve a weed management procedure to rem...
by Weedo
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:04 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

Yes, cross border terminology can be confusing. We have Australian Standards (AS3743-2003) for potting mixes which defines the physical and chemical characteristics of the material - while compliance is voluntary, virtually all reputable suppliers meet and label according to the standards. Generally...
by Weedo
Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

Thanks Odsox, I think I know the culprit (at least the 2 chemical groups it would belong to) and it is a medium term residua that would remain in untreated green materials. I was a little thrown by the term "compost" as I would have expected the heat processes to breack most of it down - i...
by Weedo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:54 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

A couple of questions if I may re potential herbicide damage
are the plants being grown indoors and with heat?
has any additional nitrogenous fertiliser been used?
are Triazones (not Triazines) still in common use in your patch?
by Weedo
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:48 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

OK Part of my job has been investigating claims of off target herbicide damage on crops - I have never seen this type of damage as a result of herbicide overspray or contamination but will investigate other possible products further. Unfortunately there is no chance of a soil analysis. Any ideas of ...
by Weedo
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Containers for making cider
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Containers for making cider

Hi

Thinking of trying cider making sometime next season. For fermenting containers, I can get used 12 litre water cooler bottles: they are clear, food grade PET (BPA free). Any issues with using these? They have no caps but I could get stoppers to fit.
by Weedo
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: The perils of bought potting compost
Replies: 25
Views: 1466

Re: The perils of bought potting compost

The pics Odsox posted don't look like herbicide damage to me - certainly not hormone type products (phenoxy's) or Glyphosate. While not discounting some of the other herbicide types, I would be very surprised if you could get seeds to germinate in the contamination levels were this high.. The interv...

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