I'm off again in 2 weeks to SE Asia, this time for 4 months. As many of you know, I am looking for a house mate to rent the spare bedroom and have advertised this on flatmates.com.au but have thus far failed to find a tenant. So, I have reduced the asking price to $120. which includes free power, water and your very own flat-screen TV. This looks to be about the cheapest deal on the website. Woodridge however, would appear not to be a popular address?
Also as mentioned elsewhere, my…Continue
Added by Colin Westwood on April 25, 2015 at 8:52 — No Comments
That time of year again when it's time to fly away for the winter, quite literally. Off to SE Asia again in May so busy getting my 'house in order' here.
There is currently one Native stingless bee hive available for purchase. Also I have recently posted my 'room for rent' onto flatmates.com.au because I'm looking to find a house-mate to share here. The single room at the back of the house is advertised for $130/ week which includes free power and water, so if anyone is interested…Continue
I went away for two weeks and grasshoppers took up residence in my veggie patch, stripping the greens bare. Who Knows an effective cure please. I googled and the lay up to 200 eggs at a time.
Our Chook Hotel for visitors
Our first visitors
Our first doggy…Continue
Followed my nose in the garden the other day. I thought the neighbour's cat had made a deposit in my garden again. Would you believe that this was the culprit? It stinks worse than any cat poo you have ever smelled. It's a Lantern Stinkhorn and attracts flies which then spread the spores to other areas in the garden.…Continue
I recently lost my milk kefir grains to a house/pet sitter who didn't know what they were, but thought it was off food in the fridge, so she threw them in the bin.
Does anyone have any spare milk kefir grains to get me started again?
Added by Gabriele Duffy on March 12, 2015 at 10:47 — No Comments
A must read link, particularly if you have children or health issues already. This is about the most thorough and informative post I've seen in a very long time regarding this much overlooked issue.
Added by Colin Westwood on March 7, 2015 at 16:27 — No Comments
I have approached Food Connect to become one of their city cousins (collection point for food boxes). If you are interested in joining and would like to pick your box up from Tanah Merah, let me or Food Connect know. Here's to a fairer food system
Chuffed!!! I wasn't expecting fruit this early. Dear little tree only developed 2 fruit. I netted them very early and ate one mango yesterday (in a coconut cream/chia seed/mango pudding). Ofcourse, I put this early fruiting down to the good work of my native bees!! …Continue
Six weeks after splitting my first native bee hive, I am comfortable calling it a success. I was a bit worried that both hives were too quiet at first, so we stacked and swapped the hives every night for 6 weeks. They both seem strong enough now so I am slowly moving 1 hive away. Always good to have a 2nd hive as insurance in case you lose one (so I am told).…Continue
Added by Kylie P on February 23, 2015 at 10:59 — No Comments
I am looking to share my house with between one and three people.
You would need to be lean and green, and yes, that means NO herbicides or pesticides are to be used on the premises.
As I will be away traveling in SE Asia for around half of the time, I am looking to find someone who can look after the house and gardens and help me to pay my bills. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please let them know. I will be away this trip, from May 13th until September 5th.
Added by Jeni Lewington on February 16, 2015 at 15:07 — No Comments
This is a thought provoking read, particularly the comments below the article. Strange that they were able to inflict this toxic waste on Logan without so much as a murmer of dissent from the victims of this crime against humanity.
Added by Colin Westwood on February 7, 2015 at 10:30 — No Comments
Organic Gardening Immersion Course starting Sun. 8 Feb @ Ecobotanica
More info on the Ecobotanica web page
Added by Linda Brennan on February 4, 2015 at 9:45 — No Comments
After a few teething problems we have finally heated our first jug of water for a celebratory cup of tea. Thanks Colin :)
There is excellent gas pressure and plenty of gas. It boiled the water in no time at all. All we need now is a shield around it to shelter it from the wind.…Continue
Added by Lyn Buffett on February 3, 2015 at 21:01 — No Comments
New Stock in my home nursery,
Pecan (several var) Feijoas, Dwarf mangos, dwarf avo's, R2E2 mangos, Lychee Persmmons ETC.
Does anyone know where I can get some Water Hyacinth. We are converting our pool to a fish pond. Got green pea soup in it right now. I did some research into airlift pumps and water plants etc. Water Hyacinth came up as a very good water cleaner as all the algae collects around the floating roots. As the plants grow - just pull a few out and compost for the vegie garden !!!. Can anyone advise me - really really appreciate any help I can get.
Today I split my first native bee hive (Tetragonula carbonaria). I had read the books and watched the videos but I was still feeling unsure.....fearful that I might destroy my hive.....but I seem to have pulled it off.
I smeared resin around the entry of the new box and the bees spent a good 2 hours cleaning that off and taking it inside their new home. As per the booklet instructions, once both hives were in place and re-taped, I put the old…