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Hi everyone, I have just joined this forum and thought I would give a little before asking questions. In a former life I was a Navy photographer for 14 years so have picked up a tip here and a trick there. I'm happy to share my knowledge so if you have any questions about photography, please feel free to ask. I don't profess to know everything but if I can help in any small way I'm happy to.
After the chilli I thought what else could I feed into the dehydrator so thought I might try the Spearmint leaves I have only used these fresh up to now .Morter and pestle them add hot water let sit for ten min drain liquid chill then pour over vanilla icecream delightful. Cheers Dave
Happy birthday Tony!
It's a bit of a bigger that it comes right at Xmas time.
You must feel cheated just a little!?
Anyway, just like everyone else here, I wish you all the best for the coming year.
May you grow great produce and solve many self sufficiency dilemmas.
Well 2019 has been an up and a down year, many many things happening, we wanted the fireplace and put that in, cant wait to use it when it chills down, and we wanted to put Solar up this year but with everything happening family wise, wasnt sure if we would get around to it, but Tony our Solar guy was awesome worked in with us a few times and finally 4 days ago, bham in she went.
looking forward in seeing what this does for us, we run massive fishtanks so in winter cost us a heap to heat (hence the fireplace) and in summer cost us a heap to cool down (Air cons) so fingers crossed we will see a nice little reduction.
JUst loaded the wifi up and will get onto the lappy to see what it does for us daily
When we first moved to this block we had no water so I built a wheelie bin composting toilet I used the half size bin as it would fit under the old shack we are using. Its been in operation nearly 6 months with only the odd time any smell was noticeable but in all works pretty good. Put up some photos of the bin etc.
It would be fair to say that the membership here possesses an incredible volume of knowledge about gardening/horticulture etc and it makes me wonder how they gained that knowledge? I would love to improve my own knowledge but how do I go about doing that? Youtube and channels like Mark's are a fantastic resource and there is no end of book one can buy and of course I can learn by trial and error in my own garden. I guess my question is, is there some kind of TAFE course or similar that I could take? How about online courses/learning, is that a legitimate to gain the knowledge I seek?
All the very best to you all and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and safe, happy and prosperous new year.
Here is a drawing of how I will be setting up my dragon fruit.
I've got enough rooted cuttings to put in 25 posts.
Whether I can find that many dirt bike rims is another issue but I won't know until I go to the motorbike shop.
The rims would have their axle hubs and spokes removed then centered over the top of the post on the cross braces.
I will drape an irrigation hose along the top of the rows of posts with micro sprays hanging down from the rims.
I'll be fertigating (putting a weak nutrient solution into the irrigation water and spraying a few times daily much like hydroponics.
For this reason I'll only need gravel to root the cuttings into. Using the 4x4 tyre will allow a good depth of gravel to keep the root zone cool.
The posts will be low enough to allow me to work on the tops of the plants or the irrigation hoses without the need to climb a ladder.
As the plants grow they will drape over the outer edges of the bike wheels. The tyres will prevent damage to the segments...
Hi everyone I have been thinking about building a underground storage area for storing fruit, veg ,preserves in a cooler environment during the summer months. Has anybody built one used one or even have one in their backyard just looking for advise on how to go about it like materials to use depth to go down how to keep out water etc. Thanks for reading Dave
Well after a years break from growing any veggies due to hubby’s health I finally got some time to get back into the veggie patch.
Quick note of hubby’s health, he is still improving and on medication and specialist care, few set backs along the way, it’s a long slow road to full recovery. It has meant I’ve had to do most things outside and inside the house as well as looking after grandkids, somethings had to stop for a while and the veggies was one of them.
The extra work created by health issues has got me looking at easier, simpler ways of doing things. Updates to come later
My 6 year old grandson helped me plant a few seedlings and takes a great deal of interest in the veggie patch. Moving into our hot time of the year can’t plant too much, but it’s fun to get something back into the ground.
I have never done this before ... so if it is successful, thank you to Ray Speed for guidance. If it hasn't worked then my poor IT skills are the culprit. I have realised though that this video is too long at 4 min 21 sec. I have no idea how to edit so had to upload the whole thing. With the vegetable cage in place and raised gardens inside we are enjoying the produce. Trouble is, my 10 M x 6M cage is now overflowing.
I made a video tour of the vegetable cage.
Yeah my raised veggie beds are finally made and I’m excited. So grab a and sit back and have a read, it’s long and has lots of pics. For those that don’t know, we live on ¾ acre in SEQ north of Brisbane.
Area the veggie bed is going.
We have been here for a little under 2 years, when we came here the place was in need of a great deal of work inside and out. Some of these jobs took higher priority over doing a veggie patch area, including getting some chickens and native bees. We have been very busy little bees, weekends are very busy around here, my hubby, Chris, reckons he goes to work for a rest.
He took several days off around the Ekka (Brisbane Show) public holiday to give us a good 5 days in a row to get the beds made. We had all the bits we needed ready to go.
We did use one of those days to go to our sons and take up the gravel/rock mulch he had in a back yard. They didn’t...
Just for a bit of fun I thought I'd post up my current project, getting ready for the xmas ski camp.
I think it's relevant to being self sufficient, with this same method you can build lots of things, like furniture for your house
A Wakeskate is similar to a Wakeboard but has no boots, you just stand on top like a skateboard. I made one last year and it worked well but was a bit big and heavy, I designed it like that as a beginner board, bigger boards are easier to ride etc.
pics of last years board.
and me riding it...
This year I'm making a new one, smaller and lighter. I'm not sure how this will go as there's a higher chance it could break as it will be thinner.
Step 1. Get some ply wood, 4mm thick, draw the basic shape so you know where you're going to end up. Cut two pieces just as rectangles with a bit of extra material around your drawn shape. Depending what you're making you may need to cut more...
Having already discribed how poor the soil is at my place, I thought I should elaborate on how I am trying to fix it up.
Along the way I'll write about the exciting successes & disheartening failures, all the tests, trials & comparisons. Like the one I'm currently doing using plain old super phosphate.
Firstly how I get a bed started. There were already 2 old vegie garden areas when I came here over 8yrs ago but the soil had me stumped so those areas became overgrown weed places that I let the horses onto now & then to mow it all down.
I use some things that are way out of the norm & the first might shock some people.
I call it humipee. We humans discard so much nitrogen, phosphate, etc that it is a crying shame.
Nitrogen capture is the easiest. The other nutrients are much harder to capture in a hygienic manner.
I use a camping bucket loo in the bathroom & empty it twice weekly into a 44gal drum with tight fitting full width lid.
I make a fertilizer for the paddocks out of it...
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