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by Weedo
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:39 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Improving Clay Soil
Replies: 11
Views: 3889

Re: Improving Clay Soil

I agree with most comments, gypsum is not a "silver bullet" for clay soil; it alters clay soil through chemical reaction which is directly related to the chemistry of the soil. Basically it disperses sodium and replaces it with calcium which disperses clay particles - only really works where your cl...
by Weedo
Wed Oct 05, 2016 10:58 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Black rosehips
Replies: 5
Views: 6014

Re: Black rosehips

Hi Does anyone know if Rosa spinosissima was used as a rootstock? I have a old bush in the original farmhouse "garden" that looks very similar except with very dark purple hips, flowers look the same. I have long suspected this plant was just the stock taken over the graft but it could reasonably be...
by Weedo
Wed Oct 05, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 6987

Re: Someone say something

Hi, Back again, been dealing with floods the past few days. The 'bidgee is having a big spring and decided to donate about 1,000 acre feet of water to my farming cause. Unfortunately most of it is on my oat and lucerne paddocks so probably no hay this year as it is rotting under water Maggie, thanks...
by Weedo
Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Duff seed
Replies: 23
Views: 4538

Re: Duff seed

Our basic seeds are rapidly becoming owned by businesses ranging from smaller local "breeders" to multinational giants. The first generation hybrids (F1) are predictable in expressing the bred for characteristics but successive generations from saved seeds rapidly degrade and any mix of ancestral ch...
by Weedo
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:17 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Duff seed
Replies: 23
Views: 4538

Re: Duff seed

Folks Similar issues in Aus. I guess that as our better (ergo more profitable) seed companies become multi-national traders the quality goes down. I know that most no longer grow their own seed but source it anywhere. Some, such as our own beloved Yates Seeds, are now owned by multi-national compani...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:24 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Rogue's Gallery
Replies: 218
Views: 164203

Re: Rogue's Gallery

Love to

Just can't figure out how, or how to view others pics.
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Someone say something
Replies: 26
Views: 6987

Re: Someone say something

I will throw something into the mix in the form of a question - perhaps it will spark some discussion. I don't practice self sufficiency in terms of producing most of my own food etc.(yet) but I do attempt to move towards a higher level of sustainability - however I am no saint at this.. (actually I...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Nettle question
Replies: 4
Views: 5142

Re: Nettle question

OK I haven't really looked at nettles from a human consumption point of view but went back through some older info when checking the animal nutrition benefits (it is really highly nutritious, on a par with ryegrass and not far behind lucerne) I think this is largely a matter of personal choice if fo...
by Weedo
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:16 am
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Re: New start at allotment

I think it will need some further investigation and a closer look at what the authorities interpret as agriculture. home garden etc. I have riparian rights which allow me virtually unlimited free water (as long as the river is flowing) for "stock & domestic" use, meaning for watering animals and at ...
by Weedo
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Re: New start at allotment

Thank you Green Aura I did some research for here in NSW and the legislation is still in place for something like this to happen on town "commmons" for persons registered by the management committee as "commoners". dividing up into allotments is a greayish area though- unfortunately very few commons...
by Weedo
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:00 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Re: New start at allotment

Thanks Flo very useful info - I will look up the legislation later and have a browse. They are really quite small plots at around 16 per acre
by Weedo
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:29 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: Collecting Wood for woodburner
Replies: 16
Views: 13630

Re: Collecting Wood for woodburner

clanpowell, you are more than welcome to collect all the firewood you want from my place, we just heap most of it up and burn it anyway. Transport could be a bit of an issue through.
by Weedo
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:16 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: New start at allotment
Replies: 14
Views: 3813

Re: New start at allotment

Hi Forgive my antipodean ignorance but would someone like to briefly explain this "allotment" system? I am presuming it is small plots of public land leased to individuals but how is it allotted and administered? Nothing like this exists in Australia although from my work in land titles previously "...
by Weedo
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Allotments, Veg Patches and Container Gardening
Topic: Bamboo advice please!
Replies: 4
Views: 2107

Re: Bamboo advice please!

Hi folks In Australia, particularly on the East Coast, invasive bamboos have created a lot of problems to the point where many species are banned from sale. In defense of bamboos, they are an attractive and very useful plant and can provide very useful building materials. We in the Weed World classi...
by Weedo
Thu Aug 25, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: How do I??
Topic: Storing - drying vegetables
Replies: 22
Views: 13094

Re: Storing - drying vegetables

Thanks all for the info - perhaps I am just being too ambitious given my climate and should concentrate of what I can effectively grow and store and resign myself to buying what I can't. In terms of building a "passive coolroom" I was thinking of trying something like an overgrown Coolgardie safe. P...