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  • H HelenCate:
    Also, look at Sero-X. Developed in Australia. Organic. You don't need to wait until you have pests, you can spray egg clusters.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Interesting! :D
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Lovely seeing you here again @Mark :D
  • D desman:
    @kaltemrix, yep that Yates product is the one I used. It definitely works. I won’t spray chemicals, don’t even like organic or other sprays. I liked dipel that it targets a specific animal pest (caterpillars) by messing with their biology. Might need multiple applications, Especially if it rains, as the caterpillars need to inject leaves or fruit with the dipel on it. My tomatoes were being ravaged by caterpillars at night (the damage was so bad I thought it was possums), so spray in the arvo for good results. Also, the caterpillars I had, when mature, drop to the soil to pupate and become moths. So you might apply dipel and they’re all gone, but if there’s any in the soil they’ll come back again later when the moths emerge and lay new eggs. Just need another application then.
  • JoshW JoshW:
    In the next few weeks I'm commencing a build of a fort for my kids for chrissie. Any interest in a build thread? Noting its not strictly garden/self sufficient related.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    I would love seeing it!
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    it is somewhat self-sufficient related in the sense of "how to provide amusement for the young ones" regardless of location ;)
  • JoshW JoshW:
    Hahaha it certainly would get them out of our hair whilst gardening! I'll start up a build thread once materials have been gathered. I looked at just buying one but $3.5k delivered (and still have to build) for the style I want. So we'll see how much I can do it for as well.
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Wowzers, that's a fairly large pricetag. Hopefully you'll get a much better deal by doing it yourself. Either way you're more likely to get satisfaction from seeing the kids enjoy something you made ;)
  • JoshW JoshW:
    Yes big $ but I want something that will last, something that will hold adults. Materials around $1.7-1.9k doing myself. Kids will outgrow it long before it's ready to fall apart like those ones from bunnings around $500
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Yeah I agree! And if you're handy enough to do it... :D
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Hiya @JoshW , how are you going? :D
  • JoshW JoshW:
    Great thanks @Mandy Onderwater, yourself? Much on for the weekend?
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    @JoshW my partner's weekend today! And tomorrow he's taking me up the mountains, but he won't say why, haha. His little sister is coming along too
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    *my partner's birthday! How did I mess that one up, haha
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Hi @stevo ! Wow, you must be one of the oldest active members around! Great to have you still with us! :D
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    Goooood morning everyone!
  • H HelenCate:
    @Mandy Onderwater, so how was your trip?
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    @HelenCate oh it was lovely! There was a medieval fayre going on and there were many shows. People were showing how to braid baskets, some metalworking, swordfighting and much more!
  • Mandy Onderwater Mandy Onderwater:
    @HelenCate it really was! They were also talking about how they dyed clothes with plants, but I couldn't quite understand through the accent sadly. I was actually hoping to learn about making scent bags (What are they called in English?) like people do with dried lavender and such.
  • H HelenCate:
    @Mandy Onderwater I think they're just called scented sachets or pouches. That would make a good article. I recall reading about one Australian lady who basically just folds a cotton/linen blend over carefully placed flowers including stems and then presses the whole thing. It made some really lovely fabric patterns.
  • H HelenCate:
    I can't find that link, but I did find this one. Similar, but the floral outlines aren't as clear. Good explanation of the process though. https://eco-age.com/resources/an-introduction-to-botanical-bundle-dyeing/

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