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by Shadowgirlau
Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:32 am
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: What to plant now/temperate gardens
Replies: 1
Views: 1944

What to plant now/temperate gardens

As the days creep ever closer towards spring I can't help myself and begin to think about chores or things I should do in my garden from now on. For those of us who live in temperate climate zones it is now time to think about planting Rhubarb, Jerusalem Artichoke tubers and Asparagus crowns I love ...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:36 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: A salad Bar for the Girls
Replies: 0
Views: 1159

A salad Bar for the Girls

Okay, while I was busy inside most of the day my DH was busy over in his shed building me first a climbing ladder for the centre of my new mixed garden bed then once completed having ascertained that I wanted a salad bar for the girls (read here my chickens) he set about making this a reality for me...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Spring - Chicken Herbal Tonic
Replies: 0
Views: 2053

Spring - Chicken Herbal Tonic

Having made marmalade earlier and not wishing to call it a day I decided to do something else productive so thought I may as well prepare a tonic for the girls while the ingredients are readily available. The ingredients of this tonic have been chosen specifically to aid in digestion, purify the blo...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Spring - Chicken Herbal Tonic
Replies: 0
Views: 1152

Spring - Chicken Herbal Tonic

Chicken Herbal Tonic The ingredients of this tonic have been chosen specifically to aid in digestion, purify the blood and stimulate liver functions. It is equally beneficial for you or your chickens and is a great pick me up to get energised. You will need - 2 cups water 1 Tablespoon Dandelion Root...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: How many of you use chemical free or natural methods when caring for your animals?
Replies: 0
Views: 1181

How many of you use chemical free or natural methods when caring for your animals?

I really care about what I feed my family so it makes sense to me to carry this through to how & what I feed the animals on our property. Where you buy your feed supplies from will often dictate the type of advice you receive as well. When I first started hatching our own chickens I was told by ...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Nesting Box Wars!
Replies: 4
Views: 1463

Re: Nesting Box Wars!

Hi Friends, In spite of the cold today, looking around the garden and watching the animals going about their own day I can't help seeing the signs that tell me spring is just around the corner. I saw a duck with her ducklings crossing the highway (their mama is taking the poor things lives in her wi...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:11 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Gardening with PERENNIALS
Replies: 0
Views: 1151

Gardening with PERENNIALS

Do you follow trends? Well I have never really been one for following them but yesterday discovered that I am on trend, I recently read an article suggesting that gardening with perennials is one of the big trends for 2015, really? This is new? well then I am finally ahead of the mob because I had t...
by Shadowgirlau
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:01 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Preparing the garden for spring is primal
Replies: 0
Views: 1149

Preparing the garden for spring is primal

Hi friends, As we enter the last month of winter and race towards spring I am reminded of an article I read some years ago about how much we need to re connect, affirm or renew our primal urges to 'get down and dirty' in the garden. Gardening isn't just about soil, but is about new life. The jonquil...
by Shadowgirlau
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: giday from cranbourne
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

Re: giday from cranbourne

Your Welcome, Soups & veggies are low acid food and will require 'Pressure Canning' as it is called. I think I have written about pressure canning on here in the past? Either way when I get some more free time I must put up a new post to re visit the method as I have done for water bathing. Cheers
by Shadowgirlau
Tue Jun 30, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Lets revist How To Boiling WaterBath preserves
Replies: 0
Views: 1774

Lets revist How To Boiling WaterBath preserves

There is nothing better than a cellar or pantry stocked with home-canned food. It’s frugal, it’s easy, and it makes for great gifts with the addition of decorative canning lids, labels, and a bit of tied raffia or ribbon. *Hot water bath canning is for high-acid foods only, which generally includes ...
by Shadowgirlau
Sat Jun 20, 2015 9:07 am
Forum: Library
Topic: Another Cook Book
Replies: 0
Views: 2240

Another Cook Book

Hi, I recently ordered another cook book and can hear DH groaning already before it even arrives. Just love cook books and having lost all my old collection of them some 30 yrs ago due to hubbies mid life crisis decision to travel, I've been slowly rebuilding a new collection. The book I recently or...
by Shadowgirlau
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:53 am
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: The revisiting of Sustainability
Replies: 4
Views: 3317

Re: The revisiting of Sustainability

Please don't be, it isn't always easy to convey ones intent and miss understanding occurs from time to time. It was just an article meant to give rise to thought and promote discussion hopefully, so I welcome your response. Thank you.
by Shadowgirlau
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:44 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: giday from cranbourne
Replies: 3
Views: 1717

Re: giday from cranbourne

Hi, Welcome. What are you planning to 'Can' Put Up' or 'Preserve' for your first foray into this new area of your life? I warn you, it can become addicting once you get past the first flush of feeling overwhelmed with just how much time it takes. Saying this though, I will let you in on one of my se...
by Shadowgirlau
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:59 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: The revisiting of Sustainability
Replies: 4
Views: 3317

Re: The revisiting of Sustainability

So glad you agree although it took me awhile to find where I had said anything about perfect clothing and linen giving one confidence. I do apologize, I really should try to curb my posts a little and refrain from getting carried away but unfortunately I so enjoy passing on information and of course...
by Shadowgirlau
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: 'Under the Udder' - how to make, cheese, butter, ice-cream, yogurt at home!
Topic: For those who get fresh milk
Replies: 15
Views: 7187

Re: For those who get fresh milk

Do you mean to say I have been living under the miss information that our possums have TB? Anyway, I hope you have sorted out your issues regarding storing raw milk. I personally feel that so long as one uses glass jugs or bottles to store the milk in that have been sterilized between uses and that ...
by Shadowgirlau
Mon Jun 01, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Nesting Box Wars!
Replies: 4
Views: 1463

Re: Nesting Box Wars!

Hi Vicki, Thanks for the info, I haven't been back in here for a little while and almost didn't come in today either as I was becoming tired of listening to my lone keystrokes so am glad to see some one else has been around. I have a few of the artificial eggs and I swear these hens seem to know tha...
by Shadowgirlau
Mon May 11, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Nesting Box Wars!
Replies: 4
Views: 1463

Re: Nesting Box Wars!

Yikes! the war seems to be over but for some reason we have not been blessed with any eggs since that fateful day I decided to stop 'the nest box wars' :lol: and of course we haven't been blessed with so much as one egg since, so may I haven't stopped the war, maybe they have gone on strike in retal...
by Shadowgirlau
Mon May 11, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Started planting the winter garden, has anyone else?
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Re: Started planting the winter garden, has anyone else?

Sow! Sow! And Sow! Preparing to anyway... I always seem to have trouble sowing my seedlings or even seeds using the correct spacing and usually end up with my plants or seed too close together. Having your plants growing too close together often ends up with them being unable to 'breath' properly th...
by Shadowgirlau
Wed May 06, 2015 10:41 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: National Organic Standard - Zero Tolerance for GM contamination to go?
Replies: 0
Views: 2348

National Organic Standard - Zero Tolerance for GM contamination to go?

The following article is also something that was in one of my emails. It is again very short and really the beginning of a submission to have your say. It struck me as very pertinent * interesting because over here in the west we have had a court case recently involving two neighbouring farmers and ...
by Shadowgirlau
Wed May 06, 2015 10:31 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: The Answer is in the Seeds
Replies: 0
Views: 1451

The Answer is in the Seeds

If you haven't read the article – The Answer is in the Seed then here it is, reproduced for you. It is from Gene Ethics who are working for a GE-free future (something I personally don't believe will be the case in my generation anyway). Their web address is http://www.genethics.org The following ar...

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