I posed the question here not long ago, what has changed for you in the past few weeks with all the changes regarding the virus, I really hope that was not considered insensitive or anything - I apologize if I offended any with that question. I didn't get much of a response but thinking about it, I wouldn't really expect much from everyone here because you are all probably growing lots and heading towards self sufficiency and as such will not be greatly affected by any restrictions Anyway, I did get talking to others in my community and I think that the ones most affected would be working parents with children. I was also thinking of households who have gone into isolation for whatever reason and that has got to be hard, especially if you don't have an interest in gardening/cooking/preserving already.
The idea came up that we may be able to reach out to anyone we know in isolation, via post. There is currently a Seed Share Station in our nearest town, packets of seeds have been...
I recently just got my first ever sweet potato from my garden - very exciting. Yeah probably a bit early but still very encouraging. I was wondering if its possible to just continue to harvest the potatoes as you need them, while leaving as much of the plant in tact as possible - and how long you can continue on like this. All the harvesting videos I see on youtube involve people pulling everything out of the ground at the same time and restarting - but to me it makes more sense intuitively to treat it like a perennial and take as I need.
Any tips are appreciated
It's been interesting to me that most of my family members and/or people I know, haven't had a lot of changes in their lives since the virus landed on our shores and restrictions have come into play. Some, like me, have lost their jobs - it may be temporary and it may not - mine was only a part time job and so I've had to stop spending money I made those last paychecks count!!
In our household, my husband and daughter both have what are considered 'essential services' jobs so they are still required to go to work, I wouldn't say as normal because there seems to be more work for both of them - even though they don't necessarily want it. So we are a bit more diligent with our cleanliness and keeping everyone's cups and plates separate. I work into my routine more targeted sanitizing of door handles, light switches, taps, basins etc just as an extra precaution.
I've always tried to keep our household expenses low and for years have been looking at providing not only most of our...
Just planned this dwarf Cavendish banana a few days ago and it's looking a bit sick. I followed all of the planting instructions, but I'm not sure if it's suffering a bit of shock from planting or if there's something else that I've done wrong. Any tips would be appreciated.
PS please ignore the weeds, the house has been empty for 2 years and I'm slowly, very, very slowly trying to clear the weeds ♀️ lol
Finally got into the veggie garden today after weeks of neglect and was pulling out the large clumps of grass in the sweet potato patch when I partly uncovered a sweet potato so thought I might as well dig it out and what a beauty it is 1.7kg. Even with the super market shelves getting emptied we will be right for another week eating this big boy.
Garlic is it a herb, spice or vegetable which ever it is one of the most used flavourings in cooking.
Anyway growing garlic i did put a search in to see if there were any threads on it didn't find anything so here we go what i learned over the years and from garlic growers here in Tassie.
When selecting garlic it should be clean free of moulds and insects the roots should be compact and firm. remove the cloves from the bulb, you are after the largest to medium size the small one's use in the kitchen.
Before planting soak for 24 hours or over night in water with some seasol added this will help with germination and give it a good start.
Garden prep: Choose an area that has good drainage and that you don't need for up to 9 months. It is best to have a cover crop in and dug over about a month prior to planting with a ph of between 6 and 7. Plant in rows 15 cm apart and spacing of 10 cm. Plant the cloves 2 cm deep or the first knuckle of your finger with the pointy end up on the...
So i only had my bees for about a month now and decided to purchased a new flow hive just over a week ago and have recently moved the bees into the new box, The old box had ten frames with a fall super and the new box is a 8 frame with the flow frames.
I movet over about 3 days ago and today they swamed but lucky enough for me they come back to the hive in about 30 mins so I took the chance to split them so now I have two hive, hahah well that didn't take long at all.
I'm guessing to why they swarmed is because the new hive was smaller and also the super was not ready to use as they have not drawn comb out on them frames yet and they were using the brood nest as a honey store so the queen could not lay anymore eggs.
Well that was a good lesson early on in my journey as a beekeeper hopefully I will not make the same mistake again
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