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by Huxter
Sun Nov 09, 2008 5:56 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Trip to the Tip
Replies: 4
Views: 2537

Trip to the Tip

I loaded up the trailer this morning with old tiles ,plaster etc from our building extension 4 years ago .Not because I needed to get rid of it but I wanted some steel and mesh for tomato shade houses . I've looked at polypipe tunnels but I really only want overhead shade at the sun's highest with o...
by Huxter
Sun Nov 09, 2008 7:36 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Go "Legacy Mustang Sally" - the GIRL
Replies: 11
Views: 4740

Re: Go "Legacy Mustang Sally" - the GIRL

For quite a few years I used to buy calves at the sales to raise and the put back into the sales at either 3-4 months or as yearlings .The normal age is 3 days when they get sent in as ,the dairies won't keep them any longer .They've had a couple of days of colostrum by then .At that age they bond v...
by Huxter
Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:05 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: More pics
Replies: 2
Views: 1969

More pics

Been raining here for 9 hours now ,the first real rain in nearly 9 weeks .The garden will love it .Here are some of my potatoes --given that the reo holding in the mulch is nearly 3 foot high , they are big plants ,well mulched and topped up so they should produce well http://i229.photobucket.com/al...
by Huxter
Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:16 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Orchard chores
Replies: 4
Views: 2609

Re: Orchard chores

These are a few of the new fruit trees planted on June 21st and flourishing with good water and weed tea ,and a tomato bed which is close planted and going to be a test bed for the Florida Weave system of supporting toms --these were all raised from seed including Brandywines ,Amish Paste and Sweetb...
by Huxter
Tue Oct 28, 2008 6:12 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: What about Rabbits?
Replies: 7
Views: 3381

Re: What about Rabbits?

Quite a few people around here have the NZ Whites as table meat rabbits ,mostly converting barns to breed them in .The important thing being to exclude mosquitoes which can spread the diseases introduced to decimate the wild feral population .We have a chap up the road who supplies the breeding cage...
by Huxter
Sun Oct 26, 2008 6:52 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Spinach
Replies: 1
Views: 1355

Spinach

My spinach bed is in over-production mode and I'm busy blanching and freezing .But when I kill a steer next week or so I need every inch of freezer space --any ideas for processing spinach ,the english type .And processed foods are much more energy efficient ,aren't they !

Cheers

Paul
by Huxter
Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:49 pm
Forum: Read all About it - in the News!
Topic: Don Burke sell out...
Replies: 8
Views: 4008

Re: Don Burke sell out...

According to someone close to the interview process ,Pete's replacement is still being decided ,and many others apart from the existing presenters have been interviewed .One chap who has been on as a subject in his own garden has been closely looked at and interviewed a few times .I suppose a new fa...
by Huxter
Tue Oct 21, 2008 4:02 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Why Should We Learn To Preserve?
Replies: 6
Views: 2363

Re: Why Should We Learn To Preserve?

You're preaching to the converted with me ,Kathleen .I wonder sometimes at the dependence on commercially factory produced food by the majority of Australians .I've been reading a library book this week abot the experiences of a middle-class English woman during WW2 when it was imperative for people...
by Huxter
Mon Oct 20, 2008 8:06 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: 10 bags of cuttings/plants
Replies: 12
Views: 4093

Re: 10 bags of cuttings/plants

Your cuttings sound a real boon ,Damaris .I've taken a lot this year too for the first time .I've got grape vines ,fig cuttings ,dozens of little rosemarys ,some more roses ,Dad's beautiful hibiscus ,and a lot of succulents we found in an old church garden that has been neglected for years . I've al...
by Huxter
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:29 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Rain glorious Rain
Replies: 9
Views: 3481

Re: Rain glorious Rain

Can you send some down here ---another dry month and we will be back in the drought again ,though with a bit of hay put aside this year .No water to speak of in the dams here though .I'm nearly finished putting a dripper irrigation system to every garden bed I have and weeper hoses to others such as...
by Huxter
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Grass Fed V Feedlot
Replies: 3
Views: 2092

Re: Grass Fed V Feedlot

That's an interesting read Vicki ,and I'm sure it is very similar to what happens here in Australia at feedlots .Strangely enough ,there is very little publicity or information about feedlotting in Australia --I wonder why ?? The Woolworths /Safeway ads would have you believe that all their beef com...
by Huxter
Tue Oct 14, 2008 9:19 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What's everyone planting?
Replies: 5
Views: 3022

Re: What's everyone planting?

Hi everyone My citrus too are covered in flowers and the perfume is almost overpowering .The last of the navels was eaten over the weekend so its all next year now .I'm hoping to do better with mandarins this year after moving one and lightly pruning and feeding the other .I'm following a strict dia...
by Huxter
Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:35 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What's everyone planting?
Replies: 5
Views: 3022

What's everyone planting?

I'm in the middle of the spring planting mania here ,with seedlings everywhere ,some still on heat mats ,others toughening up and still others planted out and sitting under glass or cut-off PET soft drink bottles I put in Moon and Stars watermelons today under coke bottles ,as well as rock melons .P...
by Huxter
Mon Oct 13, 2008 11:14 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Rare fruit trees
Replies: 7
Views: 3699

Re: Rare fruit trees

My raisin trees have put on so much growth already ,doubled in size in three weeks and leafed up beautifully .The Mountain paw paws are just starting to leaf up ,in fact I was worried they'd been dry too long in the car .But spotted some leaf action this morning so all is not lost ! In fact all my n...
by Huxter
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:39 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Calving Problems today
Replies: 6
Views: 3217

Re: Calving Problems today

Very cute little Irishman ---I know a few who often tip their drinks on their heads too !!!
by Huxter
Sun Oct 12, 2008 12:37 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: Butter Quambie style
Replies: 17
Views: 6768

Re: Butter Quambie style

Well Wildsschein --I see you made it over here --lots of good stuff going on here .We all gravitated from another forum when Minnie called Vicki ,and Kathleen ,who's away cruising atm ,saw the need for this forum .A lot of us here ,and thats not many , have been corresponding for 2 or 3 years . You'...
by Huxter
Mon Oct 06, 2008 12:23 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Calving information
Replies: 2
Views: 2098

Re: Calving information

Thats pretty food info --clear and concise --strange sort of website hey !! ---we've only had twins once and Catherine was here on her own in the early evening .One calf was born easily and naturally ,then C. realised there was a problem ,worked out it was another calf in difficulties ,got a rope on...
by Huxter
Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:06 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Organic Management of -
Replies: 15
Views: 5958

Re: Organic Management of -

Well since I cut my oaten hay and its laid in the paddock ,it has rained and rained --should be OK if its fine tomorow ,which it is supposed to be .If I'd waited it would have been a better crop of hay in 2 weeks or so but this rain didn't show on the radar and wasn't forecast ,just light showers .T...
by Huxter
Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:22 am
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Organic Management of -
Replies: 15
Views: 5958

Re: Organic Management of -

Certainly would be a good time as it gets the seed into the bed ,Vicki I'm cutting my oats as I type , and having done my two hours my neighbour is on the tractor doing his half .Looks like the rain we expected has disappeared ,if any only a light drizzle so that won't hurt , and it will be turned t...
by Huxter
Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Organic Management of -
Replies: 15
Views: 5958

Re: Organic Management of -

I'd be running the pasture harrows over it ,Kathleen , even a bit deeper if you can get an implement to do it .Then I have an implement made up of old 4x4 tyres ,5 wide and chained together with 4 behind them --the whole lot attached to a heavy steel draw bar and towed behind the tractor .That flatt...

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