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by Weedo
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 3749

Re: Nettles as Companion Plants?

If you can get fresh bracken croziers, rub on the juice
Here are pics of the carefully designed and nutured companion planting process. I picked the cabbage and ate it last night - sound, solid and sweet.
by Weedo
Tue Sep 03, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 3749

Re: Nettles as Companion Plants?

I guess its just one of those things that worked this time - I might try it again, perhaps with some lettuce? Too early here for most moths etc. although aphids, mites etc. should be there. Flo - GA, I have never had a real issue with nettles, they sting at first, itch for a few minutes and then OK ...
by Weedo
Mon Sep 02, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Wildlife, Flowers and all other things that grow
Topic: Nettles as Companion Plants?
Replies: 12
Views: 3749

Nettles as Companion Plants?

Hi all In autumn I planted a small plot of baby cabbage and baby broccoli - I had never grown these before so put in only 6 of each to try. Both suffered from serious whiptail (never had this before either) so I dosed them with Moly and gypsum and they sort of recovered. Basically abandoned the atte...
by Weedo
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:15 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: We must all be self sufficient
Replies: 7
Views: 1783

Re: We must all be self sufficient

Bernard
Try floatiing oil on the water (olive canola etc.) Mozzie wrigglers (and others that hatch into air breathers) need to breath from the surface - the oil layer creates a barrier that stops them from reaching air. The old technique was to use Kerosine but any floating oil should work.
by Weedo
Tue Aug 13, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 5206

Re: A nation of hoarders

Really Ina? Which book immediately pops into mind if you ask yourself which one would I keep? I also have shelf upon shelf of books; I am one of those people that actually wears (good) books out and has to replace them. My immediate choice was a very early edition of Dickens "A Christmas Carol". Any...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 7607

Re: Random wine

Ina - I don't think I could find a bottle of spirits of spirits in Oz for $25. 50p? ouch - ours is 21 cents Au (12p?) but, most of our spirits are imported so there are other fees and taxes associated with the import. - the only local ones are from small "boutique" distilleries and cost a fortune. H...
by Weedo
Mon Aug 12, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Topic: A nation of hoarders
Replies: 16
Views: 5206

Re: A nation of hoarders

Is it something to do with how we grew up? I know I will throw out anything without an obvious use whereas someone else in the house has a weird attitude to disposal of "stuff" Someone else will quite happily dispose of an antique oak dining table that has been in the family for 3 generations yet ar...
by Weedo
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Home Brew and other Country Skills
Topic: Random wine
Replies: 33
Views: 7607

Re: Random wine

Our leaders index the excise (tax) on alcohol every six months based on inflation; not a huge rise every timemore like a slow, insidious creep. Excise is based on the volume of alcohol (proof) in the product; Beer receives a lesser tax per quaff than spirits - Wine has been treated differently to en...
by Weedo
Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 23
Views: 3331

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

I'm not sure GA - at first glance I would have said Californian or Perennial thistle but if you had this then you would certainly know it - it reproduces by seed and perrenial roots (or pieces spread in cultivation) - difficult to get rid of once established. From what I can see of the plant form & ...
by Weedo
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 23
Views: 3331

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

Maybe a thistle pic or two for I.D.? Perhaps somewhere within my bag of tricks I may be able to help?
by Weedo
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:25 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: I'm self sufficient in....
Replies: 23
Views: 3331

Re: I'm self sufficient in....

I'm a little confused (easily done) with your thistle timings. I would expect an Autumn germination for spear (black / Scotch) variegated (princess / spotted) saffron, Scotch (heraldic / silver) and Illarrian thistles and then Spring germination for a few others ? This means the here (winter) I am d...
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Self sufficient skills List
Replies: 13
Views: 4244

Re: Self sufficient skills List

The European hare is now officially declared inedible and an eradication target on Beavers Island! The only dissenting opinion was from the cattle dogs.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: What are you harvesting now?
Replies: 53
Views: 9080

Re: What are you harvesting now?

nuttin! I am between crops just now, everything too early or to too late. A few spring onions and perrenial herbs available but we are in the middle of early winter planting season.
by Weedo
Sun Jul 14, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Eco Products and Innovations
Topic: No plastic
Replies: 43
Views: 14702

Re: No plastic

Go for it Flo - I gave up tea bags quite a while ago. Take a look at Zero Japan; they make great solid ceramic teapots in all sizes. I have been using mine for about 5 years now - BUT not cheap
by Weedo
Wed Jul 03, 2019 11:27 pm
Forum: But what can I do?
Topic: Plastic Free July
Replies: 9
Views: 1722

Re: Plastic Free July

Flo I am not a fan of teabags mainly because of the tea in them, eg "Russian caravan" in a tea bag is NOT Russian caravan; I drink a variety of different teas depending on the mood etc. I found a small (350ml - a neat mug size) ceramic teapot to replace teabags. It has a deep removable stainless str...