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by greenfarmers
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What are you eating ??
Replies: 10
Views: 5695

Re: What are you eating ??

We're not doing too badly, considering the heat. Bok choy, egyptian spinach, ceylon spinach, rocket, kale, collards, perpetual spinach, swiss chard, mizuma, cherry tomatoes, yellow currant tomatoes, bigger tomatoes (when the fruit fly don't get in first), leb cucumbers, zuch's, criss cross water mel...
by greenfarmers
Thu Nov 05, 2009 4:28 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

And it is worth loving Mark ... and a great role model to those like us who are much closer to the beginings of this journey - good to see you here too. Your advice has been very much appreciated by my family.

Heidi
by greenfarmers
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:40 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Free pots for seedlings etc (and some cheap ones)
Replies: 1
Views: 2233

Re: Free pots for seedlings etc (and some cheap ones)

I don't like the newspaper ones or even the coir ones as they generally disintegrate on me - I tend to grow seedlings on in my greenhouse first before they go into the garden (warm and humid and fragile paper pots don't survive LOL) Interesting to hear your experiences - hope this isn't us in a few...
by greenfarmers
Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:01 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hey there!
Replies: 4
Views: 3724

Re: Hey there!

The oldest three are "officially" learning, Don't you love homeschooling! My almost 14 year old daughter went to school this year and firmly believes, even without doing any formal school work last year, she learnt more than anyone else who spent the year in school! Fruit leather is anoth...
by greenfarmers
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: seedling growing tubes
Replies: 2
Views: 2711

Re: seedling growing tubes

Hi Missy, My daughter rolled them from newspaper - first ones around a cut-down toilet roll and the later ones around a slightly larger diam. glass bottle which was easier to extract and might be a better size. Time will tell. Method we used: Use tabloid size newspaper - leave it closed and cut in h...
by greenfarmers
Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:19 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: seedling growing tubes
Replies: 2
Views: 2711

seedling growing tubes

Hello all, We'll they're off to a good start - and here is a pic of our new seedlings in their newspaper growing tubes. http://s357.photobucket.com/albums/oo15/greenfarmers/?action=view&current=P1030305.jpg The logic is when you plant out you merely loosen the bottom, so there is no root shock. ...
by greenfarmers
Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Good morning all, Not sure if any of you watch Costa's Garden on SBS - last night had the Linda Woodrow mandala principal conveyed to perfection! If anyone missed it, you can catch it here: http://www.sbs.com.au/shows/costa/watch ... ch-Online/ Hope you are having an awesome day, Heidi,who is off to...
by greenfarmers
Sat Oct 24, 2009 6:58 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

There's some aspects of modern life which are so cool!

Looking forward to those pics.

Heidi
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 22, 2009 4:45 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Hi Ali,

We're off topic a bit - so will put this in gen chat.

H
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:33 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Morning all, Funny you should mention toilet rolls Paul. I have been collecting ours and only a couple of days ago mentioned to Steve that we should ask his sister's family to save theirs because they are big consumers of toilet paper ... so I will keep you posted! Ok Vicki, I've finally done it. Pi...
by greenfarmers
Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:04 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Morning Ellen, As Paul has explained, the circles of the mandala give you the most fantastic easy to work in layout - (ie six circular garden beds around a center one which has a little pond ideally) ... minimising the amount of paths needed to properly access your garden beds - the theory being you...
by greenfarmers
Tue Oct 20, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 13368

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

.Have you used poly joiners or just drilled and tied off the joints .I thought of buying heaps of joiners and gluing the lot together Hi Paul, When you say poly are you meaning PVC? We used the white 20mm class 12 pipe, as recommended in Linda's book. We drilled and tied off the joints with galvani...
by greenfarmers
Fri Oct 16, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Keeping Goats
Replies: 23
Views: 14957

Re: Keeping Goats

Thanks for the info Jodi -- it's something we might do one day when there is time for fences. Our youngest still likes milk and the goat's is kinder on her body.

Heidi
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Banana cream pie
Replies: 0
Views: 3012

Banana cream pie

Another favorite ... No fillers and good for ripe banana's too - kids have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner , guilt free.... Raw-Banana Cream Pie Crust: 1/4 c. raw pine nuts (we didn't use these - had almonds on hand - and it was still yummy) 1/4 c. raw cashews 1/2 c. raw walnuts 1 c. unsweetened ...
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: error
Replies: 1
Views: 2231

error

Hi Vicki,

Tried putting up a recipe - got this error

SQL ERROR [ mysql4 ]

Incorrect string value: '\xE2\x81\x842 c...' for column 'post_text' at row 1 [1366]

Any ideas?

Heidi
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:45 am
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Dehydrators
Replies: 8
Views: 9228

Re: Dehydrators

Excaliburs are cheapest bought direct from the Aust wholesaler on the net ... ie not through an onseller.
http://www.excaliburaust.com/

lots of recipe ideas here :
http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/recipe.php

h
by greenfarmers
Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:35 am
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Dehydrators
Replies: 8
Views: 9228

Re: Dehydrators

Hi Jess, We have an excalibur which I wouldn't trade for anything - to us it was worth the money. We believe the same as Ellen re the temp regulation and live enzymes. As I understand it, some of the cheaper ones can also be very uneven with their drying so some food can even get burnt. Ours also ha...
by greenfarmers
Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:19 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Sustainability .. at what price?
Replies: 32
Views: 20690

Re: Sustainability .. at what price?

What exciting times Jo! And isn't it nice to start with a clean slate. With regards to stumps, I also think it is a good idea - treads a lot lighter on the earth as you do not have all the excavation of concrete and of course all the embodied energy too. The only thing you might want to consider is ...
by greenfarmers
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:25 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: waterless, composting toilets
Replies: 15
Views: 12520

Re: waterless, composting toilets

Hi Jo, Jodi has said it all - because of the dark black barrel and the distance, you don't see anything ... so no "cover-up" problems. I was dreading the first time we emptied a chamber, but it was not as unpleasant as I had feared. Before we moved it, I put a couple of scoops of sawdust i...
by greenfarmers
Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:16 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Sustainability .. at what price?
Replies: 32
Views: 20690

Re: Sustainability .. at what price?

Hi Sara,

Lovely to hear your story. Growing your own certainly can be a bit of a battle at times, but there is nothing quite like it for taste and satisfaction.

Sounds like you're on the mend physically again - good luck with the next bit.

Heidi

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