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by Weedo
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has Spring sprung?
Replies: 26
Views: 2154

Re: Has Spring sprung?

Looks the same here - except an early Autumn. Daily temps are not rising above low 30's C and then falling down to 10-14 C at night. Normallly Feb / March would be our hottest months with daily temps into the high 30's / low 40's and night temps around mid 20's. The few deciduous trees I have are st...
by Weedo
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:54 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 35433

Re: Banish Plastic

I have located some reusable silicone "bags" claimed to be good for everything from freezing to microwaving, dishwahser safe etc.etc. BUT at $A40.00 each for the 2 litre size !!!!!!
by Weedo
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:42 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: 7406

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

This particular species (little red) is relatively widespread in Eastern Oz from top to bottom but I have never seen them around here before. Our season in the East has been very dry so they may be wandering looking for food - they are mainly flower feeders but take fruit when available. A larger sp...
by Weedo
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:30 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: German supermarkets in Ireland
Replies: 7
Views: 968

Re: German supermarkets in Ireland

Obviously they work exceptionally well
by Weedo
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:49 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: 7406

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

The fig season is over in a hurry; the bats stripped both trees overnight. How did they find the trees? I have never seen a fruit bat within 50 Km of here and the nearest other fruit trees are at least 3 Km away, there is no native food source available anywhere near, no fruit or veg crops, nothing ...
by Weedo
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 35433

Re: Banish Plastic

Perhaps we are quacking up the wrong shrub? Has anyone (with apologies to the Veg's and Vegans) looked at animal products as alternative packaging? Our ancestors wrapped harvest etc. in animal membranes (and veg containers) of many types and cached them - often in permafrost. Just putting it out there
by Weedo
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: cool storage
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: cool storage

The difference between storing red meat in carcase form and cut form is that the muscles are "wrapped" in connective tissue that links to the tendons; this provides a barrier. When the carcase is dressed out to the cuts we use, the muscle is normally sliced across the membrane opening the muscle to ...
by Weedo
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: What's in the pot? Recipes and anything about Cooking
Topic: Vegetarian diet
Replies: 19
Views: 2017

Re: Vegetarian diet

Skippy, ultimately everything on this planet is solar powered. It is the only energy source we have ever had.
by Weedo
Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: cool storage
Replies: 5
Views: 819

Re: cool storage

This type of coolroom is designed to be relatively portable. It is made up of bolt together chiller panels; a thick layer of insulation (usually polystyrene) covered in a thin layer of fibreglass insulation and sandwiched between sheets of aluminium. The cooler part is a module with a refrigerator u...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:10 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: cool storage
Replies: 5
Views: 819

cool storage

Hello This may be the wrong forum for this question given that most people are in the northern hemisphere but...... I have opportunity to obtain a fairly large (approx 10sqm) operational cool store for only removal cost. For my climate which has winter temps in the low C teens the obvious uses are 1...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:56 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Banish Plastic
Replies: 77
Views: 35433

Re: Banish Plastic

Hi In this move to banish plastics can I ask how you package food for freezing? From my reading, fresh is best followed by properly prepared frozen followed by preserved (not counting things like dried pulses and grains). Not only this but it seems people will more readily access and use their store...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Mulch suitability
Replies: 2
Views: 518

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: 726

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: 7406

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: 7406

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 (...