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by Weedo
Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello again.
Replies: 6
Views: 28

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: 16
Views: 306

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: 16
Views: 306

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: 3600

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: 3600

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: 3600

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: 3600

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: 3600

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: 425

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: 590

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: 1227

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: 4174

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):
by Weedo
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: What are you growing right now?
Replies: 43
Views: 4174

Re: What are you growing right now?

About to close up for a few months - the weather is still very hot (high 30's to low 40's) no rain and nothing forcast for the next month at least. What rainwater we have left is designated for drinking only, everything else is running on river water. No pastures so all animals are being had fed I w...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 17, 2019 10:01 pm
Forum: Welcome New People Say Hello
Topic: Hello from South Africa
Replies: 11
Views: 676

Re: Hello from South Africa

Welcome Tbird. I am also a beginner (laggard?) bumbling my way through the Ishish process so don't worry. I have a hot, dry climate and will need to put up shadehouses to grow in

I have discovered the secret to mowing lawns and you can all have it for free; pay someone
by Weedo
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: Tidying up with ...
Replies: 32
Views: 2241

Re: Tidying up with ...

Protecting heritage buildings is a sore point with me (bearing in mind Oz built heritage is only 200 years old). I am in a Heritage Protection Zone which means I cannot do anything with my house that is not in keeping with the style f the zone. However, this only applies to the exterior of the build...