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by minnie
Tue May 26, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Nesting Box Wars!
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Nesting Box Wars!

Just a thought, you can buy artificial eggs at the Ag store, if they won't go to the other nests put an egg or artifical one in them and that encourages them. I've left done that and it worked. I don't kill my chickens so they just swan out their days until they go. But I've got two chickens one Rho...
by minnie
Tue May 26, 2015 11:27 am
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: For those who get fresh milk
Replies: 15
Views: 11933

Re: For those who get fresh milk

Hi Krzy, Where the difficulty is with raw milk is when it's taken through many hands, then it needs pasturing, as we saw last year with people feeding their toddler on 'bath milk' in Melbourne. If you live close to a farm and it goes from good hygiene farm to you, it's absolutely the best milk. But ...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: On farm kills & butchering
Replies: 4
Views: 4239

Re: On farm kills & butchering

Hi Heidi, I don't off the top of my head know where to point you but, my understanding from others, butcher included. You can't sell meat off the farm if it's been killed and butchered on site, it's only for your consumption. To sell it has to be butchered and to go to the butcher must be consigned ...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserved Lemons
Replies: 3
Views: 3137

Re: Preserved Lemons

That's a tree I have to get in soon, before I die I'd like lemons. ;) Lemons and Limes a must have in the garden. We've spent every bean feeding cattle since moving and fencing, but now we've taken stock numbers down and getting back to basics and a lemon tree is on my list. I love homemade as well,...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:34 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Apples
Replies: 2
Views: 2783

Re: Apples

I'm still looking to start the garden and it's got to happen. :twisted: So sick of having to buy and not really doing any preserving, and there in lies my other problem, my kitchen in this house is so serviceable and difficult and I was hoping for a side verandah to be built in and get the kitchen w...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Library
Topic: Bake
Replies: 2
Views: 2942

Re: Bake

Hi Kathleen, Only cooking books or novels as well? I got back to reading (didn't read a novel for some years, only work related or rubbish mags) when I had Fatima my premmie calf and I'd sit outside with her, so started reading. Then a couple avid reader friends said I should get a kindle and I was ...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:19 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: How to Clean Just about Everything
Replies: 1
Views: 2736

Re: How to Clean Just about Everything

Cleaning, cleaning that's about last on my list at the moment. :lol: :lol:
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:18 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Lies, Damned Lies and Fracking
Replies: 2
Views: 3036

Re: Lies, Damned Lies and Fracking

Hi Kathleen, This is an issue close to me, and has been for a few years, one of the reason that I've been absent. ;) Where I live in the Northern Rivers of NSW we have worked hard to hear our voices heard against this invasive industry, a group of women was started called 'The Knitting Nannas' and e...
by minnie
Thu Feb 26, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: A decade on and I wonder if we are living sustainably enough
Replies: 2
Views: 2888

Re: A decade on and I wonder if we are living sustainably enough

A good read Kathleen, how sustainable am I not as good as I'd like to be... better than I was, but certainly more aware than I was 10 years ago.

:lol:
Vicki
by minnie
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Controversy Continues over Bee Colony Collapses
Replies: 6
Views: 6714

Re: Controversy Continues over Bee Colony Collapses

Good news Jo,

I bet you're totally enjoying being at home. :D

We have different people around doing honey, it's a nice income apparently.

Look forward to hearing how you go.

Cheers,

Vicki
by minnie
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:44 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Pesticides are killing Us
Replies: 9
Views: 9801

Re: Pesticides are killing Us

Hi Jo and Kathleen, Have to admit glyphosate is doing a brilliant job of killing the lantana here with the splatter gun method. Small amount in water a couple of swipes when it's growing well and dead lantana, so no small root taking off as happens with pulling it. It's also not causing soil erosion...
by minnie
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Monsanto again
Replies: 5
Views: 5635

Re: Monsanto again

Hi Jo,

Love the idea of that ;-)

It's a worry with the new Gov looking at signing this TPP agreement, it could mean we HAVE to take and use GM seed and product :evil:

Cheers,

Vicki
by minnie
Tue May 21, 2013 3:36 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Lilly Pilly Jelly/Jam
Replies: 1
Views: 4714

Re: Lilly Pilly Jelly/Jam

You sure have :lol: :lol: I bought a jar of Rosella Jam the other week as I've never tasted it, but still haven't cracked the lid. I don't know why I do this, I end up with jam years old in the pantry... I'm too much a vegemiter me think. ;) The jelly and jam all sound lovely though Kathleen, and it...
by minnie
Tue May 21, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Date Sausages
Replies: 2
Views: 5153

Re: Date Sausages

Hi Kathleen, Since doing these we've made them and stuffed into the skins, the flavour was great but we've got a problem with the density of our sausages. Not sure if anyone else has this problem? On the weekend I did tomato, onion and garlic and they have the same problem. There's plenty of fat, in...
by minnie
Tue May 21, 2013 3:17 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Blight/Pink Eye
Replies: 2
Views: 4430

Re: Blight/Pink Eye

Hi Kathleen, Well it's now May 21st and I have to bathe her eye and treat this afternoon. It's been terribly persistent in her and Heliotrope, luckily Heliotrope only has one eye affected that while having come good it will have a blind spot. I got the vet to Hazelnut after a terribly stressful time...
by minnie
Tue May 21, 2013 3:08 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Pesticides are killing Us
Replies: 9
Views: 9801

Re: Pesticides are killing Us

Hi Kathleen, Sounds like things are coming together :D how's your house going?? It's been too long since we spoke, still spinning my wheels a bit over here. :roll: For the first time I'm thinking of poison in my garden, I think the quickest way to get my herb garden going with all the weeds is to po...
by minnie
Tue May 21, 2013 3:04 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from Allie
Replies: 2
Views: 4737

Re: Hi from Allie

Hi Allie, Welcome :D I'm also one of those MIA people we got bogged down with a move to a bigger property but had lots of issues that we've had to deal with and then the fight was on against CSG in the Northern Rivers. So have be doing a lot of running around but not in our garden still :o and I'm h...
by minnie
Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: Blight/Pink Eye
Replies: 2
Views: 4430

Blight/Pink Eye

We had for the first time Blight (also known as Pink Eye, but blight is more descriptive). What a terrible terrible thing to see animals blind. All have been cleared up other than poor little Hazlenut that still remains effected (blind) even though she's been treated with everything possible, just n...
by minnie
Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: 84mm jar lid
Replies: 2
Views: 3744

Re: 84mm jar lid

Welcome.

If you can't find the lid with google, it sounds as though it's a very old jar and you may not be able to get the lid any more.

Have you tried the jar manufacturer?

Cheers,

Vicki
by minnie
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hi from the Yass Valley
Replies: 3
Views: 4787

Re: Hi from the Yass Valley

Welcome MaidenFarmer, What an eclectic bunch you have :D We have dexter cattle (stud) and now only have one alpaca, we lost one last week. It seems Jan/Feb is not a good time for Alpacas in Northern NSW I think heat, humidity and rain aren't good for them. We love them, as they're gently lovely crea...

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