Search found 153 matches

Go to advanced search

by Huxter
Tue Oct 20, 2009 8:46 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13136

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Yes Heidi I do mean the white 20mm PVC tube .I found that at Bunnings there are many different joiners ,elbows ,t-pieces etc available so that it would be possible to construct the dome using these and have a very rigid structure .A lot more work but it would last a lot longer .Also our friends used...
by Huxter
Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:52 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13136

Mandala gardens with chook domes

Hi Heidi I thought it more reasonable to start a new topic here as it excites me that someone else has gone this path .Our friends have had the system running for 3-4 years and I've never seen a better or more productive and fertile garden ! Our clay here means I usually work my a..e off to improve ...
by Huxter
Sat Jun 27, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Apple chutney
Replies: 2
Views: 2633

Apple chutney

Wwe still have beautiful apples being sold at farmgate stalls around here .Pink Lady's are delicious and $1 a kg but small Granny Smiths are only 50c a kg .A bit fiddly to peel but dripping with juice and very sweet .So I bought a couple of bags of each and made chutney with some of the Grannies .Th...
by Huxter
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:24 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: New calf
Replies: 11
Views: 5805

New calf

Hi gang One of my old girls delivered a beautiful Murray Grey bull calf tonight at 7pm ,her fourth calf for me .I still have her last calf ,now a steer ,fattening in the paddock . She's 3/4 Murray Grey and the AI straw was from the best available so he'll be a little beauty .She's earned her retirem...
by Huxter
Sat Jun 20, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Fresh milk
Replies: 8
Views: 4975

Fresh milk

This a web-based newsletter I get daily to remind me why we need to get back to Italy .Todays offering is about the availability of fresh unpasteurised milk in Italy .Have a look and wonder with me whether the food nazis in Australia would allow this . http://www.italiannotebook.com/local-interest/f...
by Huxter
Thu Apr 16, 2009 8:08 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What did I plant today?
Replies: 30
Views: 13925

Re: What did I plant today?

I started a spreadsheet for my garden some years ago but found I was only refering to it or adding to it at night .So one wall of my garden shed is covered in A4 paper covered in library book clear film which you can write on with a whiteboard marker .And I write down the planting dates ,when fertil...
by Huxter
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 17809

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Hi all When we were keeping chooks we gave them everything but I've read that potato peelings and parsley are no good for them .Maybe its green potato that upsets them ,it does the same to us doesn't it . Don't know why parsley would be no good .Anyone here know that ?? And I've heard comfrey is exc...
by Huxter
Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: The New Garden
Replies: 48
Views: 16713

Re: The New Garden

My wife will split her sides laughing at this .She too grew up on a farm and can back a semi up a tight lane with an inch to spare either side .I get in a car with a trailer ,caravan or similar on the back and I turn dyslexic ,really !! We go to the tip and swap drivers at the gate to save me the em...
by Huxter
Fri Apr 10, 2009 8:49 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomato Sauce
Replies: 7
Views: 2925

Re: Tomato Sauce

I find that we never have enough home made sauce .I did about 8 beer bottles full which I transfer into pouring bottles as we need it .And we give one or two away ,and we use more of it on food as it is so much better than the commercial concoctions .So I have tasty cheese and sauce sandwiches ,or p...
by Huxter
Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 17809

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Ours were out free-ranging when we got caught miles from home unable to get home --can't even remember why now ---and saw the carcases as we came down the drive later that night .Damn foxes killed them and didn't even eat them ! I did drop the tension on the fences too as apparently a fox can climb ...
by Huxter
Fri Apr 03, 2009 12:04 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 17809

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

I used to keep Plymouth Rocks Kathleen .Beautiful big birds but gee were they stupid .I often lost chicks cos the mums would sit on them and suffocate them .The chicks were better off with my bantams raising them .And they weren't good layers but gee could they eat ! And the rooster was a giant too ...
by Huxter
Thu Apr 02, 2009 6:52 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 17809

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Jodi ,because we live in pretty high density rural community ,the Goulburn Valley ,there are always small producers turning out all sorts of produce .Our chicken supplier only keeps Light Sussex which free range over her dairy farm .They lay in a mobile shed in the paddock but the eggs are hatched i...
by Huxter
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:44 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping chickens for meat
Replies: 39
Views: 17809

Re: Keeping chickens for meat

Well done --good informative post ! I kept Light Sussex for table meat but was tied to the property with chooks in a way we aren't with cattle .So ,before we could get away we had to organise people to check water and feed chooks .Beautiful meat though but we cheated and got the local apprentice but...
by Huxter
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:35 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What did I plant today?
Replies: 30
Views: 13925

Re: What did I plant today?

Only a good belt with the electricity will keep him out ! Mine know that from a young age and are wary of all fences ,so much so ,I can turn the fences off and they are still wary . Don't you love autumn --I've been planning new fruit trees .Some more apples ,a few pears and a couple of apricots plu...
by Huxter
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:25 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Organic Butcher in Brisbane
Replies: 18
Views: 7274

Re: Organic Butcher in Brisbane

Its refreshing to see another organic retailer of quality meat starting up as they are few and far between And at $9.75 kg for a side I think you've done well enough .Most farmers with normal grass fed beef would be happy to get $2 kg on the hoof and young steers were about a dollar more on Monday a...
by Huxter
Mon Mar 16, 2009 8:43 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Ginger Cantaloupe Pickles
Replies: 2
Views: 2814

Re: Ginger Cantaloupe Pickles

I'll wait with interest for your comments on this Kathleen .It sounds weird but I love something different .I imagine the fruit is peeled , it's not clear in her recipe . We had a garden grown canteloupe tonight for dessert, not mine as mine were destroyed in a storm but from a chap down the road --...
by Huxter
Sat Mar 14, 2009 10:29 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: The New Garden
Replies: 48
Views: 16713

Re: The New Garden

My plans for extending the gardens and building a square foot garden are now back on track .We've had two days of reasonably good rain with more expected .The first rain in 3 months ! I feel confident enough to order more fruit trees for August .And I'll plant some kale ,japanese turnips ,cabbages ,...
by Huxter
Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Organic Seed Australia
Topic: Permie garden seeds
Replies: 4
Views: 6822

Permie garden seeds

In my constant trawling of the net looking for rare vege seeds I came across this site ,unknown to me until now .Got some interesting stuff that might appeal to those over in the West . And to some of us here --those strange passionfruit look interesting ! http://www.permaculturenursery.com.au/seeds...
by Huxter
Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:32 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomato peeler and seeder
Replies: 24
Views: 18601

Re: Tomato peeler and seeder

This is the model I'd used for years until I broke it and haven't replaced it yet ,.Still borrowing an Erreti press from friends that works well but not as good as the Velox .

http://www.chefgadget.com/homeproduct.asp?prodsku=P166

Cheers

Paul

Go to advanced search

cron