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by Weedo
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Strawberries
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: Strawberries

Last season my strawbs did not perform at all - small fruit and not many of those. This year I into set up dedicated beds with a range of types *(yes, the one available here are different to the Northern ones so type is more important than variety and yes, I was trying to grow in a massive drought w...
by Weedo
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:06 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: RAIN !!
Replies: 24
Views: 3109

Re: RAIN !!

28mm Saturday!!!! First decent rain for 3 months.
by Weedo
Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Oh dear...
Replies: 9
Views: 671

Re: Oh dear...

I am glad you are happy about your local birds as I am about ours. With the ongoing drought we are seeing many "new" species coming into the house yard for water. Sorry, blackbirds are feral pests competing with our native birds for food and space around here.
by Weedo
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello again.
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Hello again.

Hi !
Just down the road from me - a quick 5 hour drive.
Like you everything is dry here; a mere 4.8 mm rain for March so far
by Weedo
Sun Mar 24, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How much space do I need?
Replies: 18
Views: 660

Re: How much space do I need?

Forget the Horticultural Degree Herbivore; whatever rules you learn will be quickly ignored by the plants - they will do what they want, where they want and how they want. Experiental learning is the key; and also tapping into the learned as you are. It's a bit like learning to operate a new machine...
by Weedo
Tue Mar 19, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: How much space do I need?
Replies: 18
Views: 660

Re: How much space do I need?

it also depends on how your growing seasons pan out as to what you can grow when -( I note you are in the northerns climes so should take note from those in your lattitude) I have a long growing season with mild winters so can crop something for most of the year; however I also have hot, dry summers...
by Weedo
Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: No plastic

I go with you Odsox! No one - despite their claims - can make a really good, soft, bulls blood red in a cool climate. Even in Oz we have people claiming they can do this at higher altitudes but the taste test proves them wrong; they usually taste "green" and unfinished. We also brew Guinness here bu...
by Weedo
Mon Mar 11, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: No plastic

consuminglocal and in season is long gone - people expect to be able to buy the full range of "fresh" produce all year round. Mangos and Avacados used to be rarely available and then only in Northern area. Now Australian grown mangoes are available for 8 months of the year and avacados for 6 months;...
by Weedo
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: No plastic

I recently bought a specific organic healthy food product - one I can't usually get and used to be sold loose back when the authorities perrmitted such dangerous and unhealthy practices. The product now comes in a recylable cardboard box (all the relevent sustainability logos thereon) inside of whic...
by Weedo
Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:56 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: No plastic

I think our "leaders" also ned to look at the artificial barriers to recycling - the will to recycle is one thing but the recycling industry itself imposes barriers also. Soft plastic packaging, bubble wrap etc. is not accepted now because these materials get stuck in their automated machinery, food...
by Weedo
Tue Mar 05, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 34
Views: 4264

Re: No plastic

Not really sure where to post this so I stuck it in here. While flying to yet another phsycobabble, socio-political, worthless, outcomeless meeting I read a few interesting facts published by a firm of eco-architects (pushing their business no doubt but interesting) I have checked their figures agai...
by Weedo
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Red onions
Replies: 2
Views: 536

Re: Red onions

For me using a wider spacing at 150mm approx and using soluble fertiliser rather than compost etc. Onions don't seem to like much organic matter. I discovered the wider planting technique this year when the cockatoos and galahs ate 3 out of 4 plants. However, we grow diferent varieties (short day to...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: Compostable plastic bags
Replies: 7
Views: 691

Re: Compostable plastic bags

I recall this discussion on another thread a while ago. Plactics are inherently environmentally stable but many are now designed to break up (not break down) with exposure to ultraviolet light. Some have starch added to the polymer to speed the break up process. We have recently been shifted to a gr...
by Weedo
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:28 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Water butt - no down pipe
Replies: 14
Views: 1446

Re: Water butt - no down pipe

If you are only after rainwater the collecting surface only needs to be high enough to get the water to run into the barrel.
by Weedo
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4459

Re: What are you growing right now?

Air drying - not a problem this year. January temperatures min 24c - max 45c, average RH 25% (lowest 7%), rainfall 38mm (1.5 inch):