Terras Patch

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  1. eco4560

    eco4560 New Member

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    Dairy cows in a trailer - we'd have whipped cream in no time! I think I'll bring a massage table, that's more my thing than mural painting.
     
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    In answer to Helenlee's comment about black sheep and walking wounded: Quite so. Baa baa. :)
     
  3. Terra

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    Im back in the Game , Had a mole thingy cut of my back so I might go quiet on the hard yacca for awhile . Have some seedlings to plant so that might do today.
     
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    oy! take good care of yourself there... :) (not sure what hard yacca is other than perhaps chatting aka yakking?)
     
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    Songbird, hard yakka in Australia means hard work. :)
     
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    thanks mouse!
     
  7. Terra

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    After reading about Benjys deep tomatoe planting my head is spinning again about Corn it drives me nuts , here it grows and sets beaut in the Aquaponics (constant watering) in the soil we have to throw too much water for the yield we get (gravel soils) and they never set properly . I know they can be grown in a trench and filled in but how deep can we go , after definitely giving up on corn I might give them another go . I will need some helpers to dig a hundred postholes that get filled in again now theres an opportunity my clay is about the 500mm mark .
     
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    We have a Catastrophic fire rated day ahead of us (really dry and high winds) so will be watching the horizon no doubt some plants will get fried today .
     
  9. mouseinthehouse

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    Think we have the same forecast here Terra. It's currently about 42C with wind picking up. Hopefully the forecast change for us will come through sooner rather than later. Have watered everything as much as we can but the wind does the damage. lost a large branch off my biggest apricot last week on that similar day we had :( Lost a sick chook yesterday in the heat too. She's been crook for a while. Down to 5 hens and a rooster. Will try to pick up a few new hens next week. Our neurotic indian runner ducks (well one hen) is trying to sit on eggs. Last time she hatched a single duckling and then promptly squashed it in the first 24hours. Maybe better luck this time.
    We grow good corn here most years but we put a lot of water on them. We had a bit of trouble with germination this year - I think I watered them too much before they germinated. So it took three lots of sowing to get a small patch going. Cobs are starting to form on the biggest ones now.

    Hope you all stay safe and fire free over there.
     
  10. Terra

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    Mith White Leghorns are pretty tough really good layers im moving over to them ive also got some nice sussex and the last of the Rhodes , got the Leghorns from friends up the far west its pretty hot hard country and the Leghorns thrive there .

    We were lucky with the heat only got to 37 and only had an hour and a half of nasty wind .
     
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    I think you're probably right about the white chooks. We have one now, just a young one and it seems very hardy. The last one we had was hale and hearty for many years, we only lost her a month or so ago. Although I have to say our little bantam hen is incredible. Always healthy and perky and copes with heat very well (not the silky type - just a bonsai little chook thing lol) Problem is she hasn't laid eggs for ages ha ha, but makes a good garden ornament. :)

    We got to 42C but not for that long, change came through and temp dropped quite quickly. (Glad you didn't have any fire scares.)
    Cucumbers finished off in this heat. Most everything else okay. I'm going to grow the cucumbers in the aquaponic set up if I get around to it by next season. Either that or in tubs on the deck in the shade. Very excited yesterday; think we have our very first pomegranate forming! They are perfect for our climate here so we plan to get some more in this year. I reckon you could grow them where you are - do you have any?
     
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    Wow, that's a bit bigger than ours. We could all fit in that one! Ours is a Nissan Urvan pop-top campervan. We did about 8000 kms last May. Great times road trips.

    Terra my first tiny foray into aquaponics is three pots filled with blue metal gravel and planted with lemongrass, lemon verbena and Vietnamese mint. They are sitting in about an inch and a half of water up the outside of the pot in the top of the fish pond. Will see how they go today in the heat (they will have shade half the day).

    I had a win with the blue metal gravel. We did a drive to Bordertown on Sunday and back along another small country road through Frances to our place. On the way up, SO and I were discussing the Aquaponics and gravels etc. He said 'you need to keep a look out for a pile on the side of the road somewhere'. On the way home we're whizzing along and what do I spot off the to the side....'GRAVEL...STOP!' In fact two nice abandoned piles of small blue metal gravel in the middle of nowhere that the local council had long since forgotten about. Luckily we had a bucket with us (for gathering muntries but they weren't fruiting as it happened). Yay!
     
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    We could fit a lap pool in that Combi! Hate to see how much petrol it uses though. Can you imagine the look on Kimbo's face when we all spill out of that thing and invite him in for a swim in the pool?!
     
  15. Terra

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    Plenty of room for solar panels on the roof im sure we could make it more environmentally friendly , also one motor has to be better than ten.

    I had a Nissan E20 van from about 1979 for 4 or 5 yrs fantastic vehicle , Drive inns 8) Beaches , huge exhaust , big wheels it used to eat Combys . Now of course im much more sensible .

    Mith you could make a little airlift out of a small aquarium pump , I don't usually muck around in youtube but I did save this one so I didn't forget the principle it trickle feeds garden beds made from pallets , might be handy in my next lifestyle . Its not a great video but shows the concept you could trickle feed your pots with something similar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pI31ZwEL40

    42 here today same tomorrow then we might get RAIN that will be a relief from watching the horizon .
     
  16. Terra

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    Weather forecast was for lots of rain , we got 6mm might be a bit more coming , its been really dry for ages now
     
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    Oh gawd ... it's so disappointing when that happens :(
    We need it here too. Not a drop in the creek at my place & even the river is dry in patches ... it keeps running under ground though. And the paddocks could do with a drop. We've gotten by on a bit here & a bit there to keep the grass going, but it would be so good to get a decent lot. Fingers crossed.
     
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    Woo Hoo woke up to wonderful rain we have had 21mm overnight its still raining there are puddles everywhere .
     
  19. RodT

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    Forecast for you is up to 50mm. Just checked out the radar, looks like Helen should have got some rain as well
     
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    Yep two hour later its still RAINING , its pure joy . :clap:
     

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