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by Weedo
Wed May 26, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Back to my old ways (in a little way)
Replies: 5
Views: 5488

Re: Back to my old ways (in a little way)

OK, no doubt this is on the site somewhere but.... I have access to about 50Kg of quality malting barley (malting, not malted) and thought I might try brewing for the first time. Is this worth following up or is the malting and preparation process too much trouble?
by Weedo
Wed May 26, 2021 10:30 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: To all those junk collectors
Replies: 3
Views: 525

Re: To all those junk collectors

similar here, tradies are reporting material shortages everywhere - possibly because we are in a building, mainly renovation, boom as a result of Covid. Seems that with travel, dining out restrictions folks actually have money to spend on their homes.
by Weedo
Thu Apr 22, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 15106

Re: Growing in 2021

Sort of-ish Way way back in 2016 (when I joined this delightful group) I mentioned that I (we) actually farm about 900 acres as well as attempt our veg patch etc.; we try to farm sustainably and in as closed a system as possible - gradually phasing out chemicals in favour of a natural based (not org...
by Weedo
Mon Apr 19, 2021 12:02 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 15106

Re: Growing in 2021

Weird for us too; not normally expected for a month or so yet. Just means bringing seeding forward a few weeks before the soil temps fall. We needs the soil warm (ish) the keep the micro-critters active so that they can work on the organics we are spreading out and kick off the circle; very chicken ...
by Weedo
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 15106

Re: Growing in 2021

First frost today; light but very early. The patch may have to wait for a while, there is just too much going on over the next few months to give it any time. Which idiot said that retirement was for relaxing?
by Weedo
Mon Mar 01, 2021 8:45 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 8147

Re: Fermenting time again

Thanks Maggie, I will try this one and a more traditional ferment. I think my issues with edibility is climatic - too warm and dry so the veg concentrate nutrients in the leaf making them very bitter(tougher and harder than usual) its the same with dandelion, sorrel and cos lettuce. I probably reall...
by Weedo
Sun Feb 28, 2021 11:47 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Fermenting time again
Replies: 11
Views: 8147

Re: Fermenting time again

I have an excess of Kale I am considering fermenting (because we have declared it inedible cooked normally) as well as a plethora of turnip /radish greens. Ideas as to the most suitable process for these - I have never fermented veg before.
by Weedo
Sun Feb 07, 2021 10:38 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Has this forum died?
Replies: 26
Views: 9003

Re: Has this forum died?

I think we are going to skip the balance of summer and move straight into autumn - nearly 130mm rain the past few days (25% of annual average) with temps down to mid 20's c when we would normally expect mid 30's to low 40's. every "winter" seed has shot at least two months early, onions and leeks le...
by Weedo
Mon Jan 11, 2021 11:15 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Growing in 2021
Replies: 45
Views: 15106

Re: Growing in 2021

just harvested the garlic, red and white onions - they did really well this year with the mostly mild spring; apart from the leeks which took exception to the early spring 30 C days and bolted but I will save the seed. Blackberries are fruiting madly, raspberries yet to start; soft greens (except so...
by Weedo
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:44 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 3661

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

as long as the economy is based on spending growth we lose; growth by its very nature is unsustainable.
by Weedo
Thu Dec 31, 2020 3:40 am
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: It really is difficult at the moment
Replies: 8
Views: 3661

Re: It really is difficult at the moment

Agree Ina - after trashing a number of woollen jumpers over the years I have returned to buying quality products. he first of these was an NZ semi raw wool heavy jumper that sequentially went through all its stages - good, OK for going up the street, great for working out the paddocks and finally th...
by Weedo
Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:10 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Using recycled plastic

As I have noted previously,(at least in OZ) the food police, while necessary, have a lot to answer for in this regard. I have raised the subject with butchers in the past; here they are required to meet the meat handling standards (2 vol; spiral bound, 320pp - yes I have a read it) does not allow "o...
by Weedo
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self Sufficient 2021
Replies: 26
Views: 9808

Re: Self Sufficient 2021

I would possibly be a candidate for wearing a skirt (syn, kilt; sarong) around the patch in our summer (+ 36C) As an old hippy, wearing a sarong etc. was not unusual. While the legs may be still OK, the upper body is probably not my best feature these days.
by Weedo
Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Using recycled plastic
Replies: 10
Views: 3696

Re: Using recycled plastic

I agree with Flo - we will never get rid of plastics so need to use them more appropriately. One of the major issues with plastics in the environment is the huge quantity that is not recyclable (cannot be re-used) or not able to be recycled (no facilities / will to collect and recycle).
by Weedo
Thu Oct 01, 2020 2:49 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 144
Views: 86773

Re: What are you harvesting now?

last of the winter greens - starting planting (trying Hiko 40 cell trays for starting seedlings) spring greens, spuds, strawberries and some herbs. Put in a few early tomatoes just in time for a late frost!

If my memory serves, triffids were boiled down for oil