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#444941 - 28/03/2006 02:45 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Fine Elsewhere Offline
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Registered: 02/09/2002
Posts: 1873
Loc: Albany.W.A.
Hi All, good garden idea there WW, i recon best gardening tools r tractor, chainsaw, whippersnipper & roundup......Mrs FE does have a bit of a battle with me, but if u can't eat it i won't grow it - i recon fruit & nut trees make a great garden...
only joking actually we have some lovely roses etc...
thanxs for pm WW, good to hear alls well, i didn't get to send a reply, cos i've spent nearly an hour trying to re-register for footy comp & have got a bit mad with myself, off to bed now cos got early morning start for King George fishing trip in the morninf wink
:wave: FE

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#444942 - 28/03/2006 14:09 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
ant Offline
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Registered: 05/10/2002
Posts: 9063
Loc: Overlooking ACT at 848m
Gardening's hard up on my hill. Windy and dry (like, really windy). Roses (climbing ones) oddly do quite well up the deck posts. The best tool is an old Adze, the head clanks up and down the shaft, but it digs great holes, and doesn't mind the rocks, which outnumber the dirt.
I use it for making holes for trees, and for getting weeds. The wind and steepness makes spraying bloody difficult. adze just whacks them right out.

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#444943 - 28/03/2006 16:51 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
silvercloud Offline
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Registered: 06/11/2005
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FE roses could be classed as edible as you can make jam and tea from the hips. laugh

:cheers: Jules

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#444944 - 29/03/2006 10:34 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Goody Offline
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Registered: 04/08/2002
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Loc: Wagga District ...Where Crows ...
The change was a fizzer for here but I see things were a bit rough out west... A police woman is recovering in hospital this morning after the Police Station at Cobar was struck by lightning overnight.

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#444945 - 29/03/2006 15:05 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
ant Offline
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Loc: Overlooking ACT at 848m
Roses taste pretty good, yeah, you just have to check them for aphids first. I'm blowed if I know how the aphids found us, but there they are. I leave them on for the birds to eat (except they don't).
I've been in the US since Dec 1, and don't get home until late April, and apparently the locusts have et everything, like last summer.

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#444946 - 29/03/2006 16:06 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
W W Offline
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Registered: 09/01/2002
Posts: 1227
Loc: Cobar 31.50S, 145.83E, 243m ...
Quote:
Originally posted by Goody:
The change was a fizzer for here but I see things were a bit rough out west... A police woman is recovering in hospital this morning after the Police Station at Cobar was struck by lightning overnight.
She is OK Goody & happens to be our next door neighbour.Very lucky lady eek eek
It was rattling & rolling here last night wink

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#444947 - 03/05/2006 23:35 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Lottie Offline
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Registered: 03/05/2006
Posts: 4
Loc: Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley (NSW) has just been told that ALL IRRIGATION water/allocation to farmers will be cut within one month unless we have substantial rain. No rain is forecast for the area and our two major dams are at 33%. Allocation ceases at this level due to the fact that we have 2 Coal Fired Power stations being supplied via these dams and they have priority over Agriculture. It now seems inevitable that we will all lose our water. I can't begin to imagine the impact this is going to have on so many people and industries.. frown

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#444948 - 09/05/2006 05:22 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Dilbert Offline
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Registered: 30/09/2003
Posts: 2041
Loc: Arnold NthCentralVic
Maybe you need to get WW's little local action group that next time they have the caldron out to call on Thor again to deliver some rain this time. :p

Heather was this the considerably loved local police woman you mentioned to me once laugh

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#444949 - 09/05/2006 21:58 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Helen Offline
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Registered: 07/11/2001
Posts: 9647
Loc: Mid North, SA
Lottie, that's terrible news. frown The Hunter Valley produces some of the best wines in Australia and I can only begin to imagine what that will mean.

So what happens to the power stations if the dam water runs dry? Makes one think a bit more seriously about nuclear power... and might give the farmers a bit more of a chance, too.

Dilbert, nice to see you here again. :wave:
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#444950 - 09/05/2006 23:26 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Weathernut Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by HelenSimpson:
So what happens to the power stations if the dam water runs dry? Makes one think a bit more seriously about nuclear power... and might give the farmers a bit more of a chance, too.
Nuclear power stations use water as well.

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#444951 - 09/05/2006 23:39 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Helen Offline
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But do they use as much? Be real interested to know all the details. smile
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#444952 - 09/05/2006 23:54 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
adon Offline
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Registered: 19/08/2004
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From what I understand they use water many times over and have a cooling ponds.

I would think that they use much less than hydro power. If the water coming out of a dam for irrigation is also used to power generators it would be killing two birds with one stone.

The only problem I see with nuclear power is the waste disposal and the danger of an accident.
The funny thing I find is that greenies want a perfect world when it comes to energy. Even if wind and solar power are used, they cry out about birds flying into turbines and land clearing for solar farms. Even if we all went back to living in tents and living by hunter gatherer mode they would still grizzle about too many fires and killing animals! There is no pleasing them so stuff em.

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#444953 - 10/05/2006 00:23 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Helen Offline
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I love your way of thinking Adon, man after my own heart. wink

Speaking of hunter gatherers, we here (well me, anyway) are embarking on ways to grow our own produce in this summer-barren land of ours. Potted fruit trees and raised vegie patches look like they'll be the way to go here under a careful mix of bore and rain water. Plenty of horsey poo for fertiliser and the worms are in a tub just waiting for release and if the price of cattle ever plummets again, some Dexters or some Square Meaters (as my daughter calls them) might be the way to go for eating and some cow manure.

Thank the gods for a little acreage here... would hate to be one of the "towns folk" with no room to swing a cat.
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May - - (46mm) / June - - (51mm) / July - - (59mm) / Aug - - (54mm)
Sept - - (48mm) / Oct - - (38mm) / Nov - - (23mm) / Dec - - (18mm)
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#444954 - 10/05/2006 22:31 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
adon Offline
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Oh shuck Helen I am blushing! laugh We also have a garden and grow garden peas for ourselves in a little patch in one of the cropping paddocks. I also grow onions,(well dad does, I hate em!) tomatoes, potatoes, silverbeet, beetroot, beans, carrots, strawberries, corn and our own meat. We got a couple of truckloads of of feedlot manure and made our garden from that. It is very thirsty though and takes too much water for my liking so I reckn we will have to get some sand and mix it in. I reckon I would go silly in town as well. At least I can shoot any stray cats that I see!

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#444955 - 13/05/2006 00:41 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
W W Offline
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Registered: 09/01/2002
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Loc: Cobar 31.50S, 145.83E, 243m ...
Quote:
Originally posted by HelenSimpson:



Thank the gods for a little acreage here... would hate to be one of the "towns folk" with no room to swing a cat.
I am a town folk now Helen but I still have room to swing cats & dogs laugh Grow our own veges,have a major wood pile,pick fruit off our neighbours trees till ours get established.We have known our neighbours for years wink

It's all good :cheers:

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#444956 - 13/05/2006 13:58 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Helen Offline
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Hehehe Heather, that post has just made my day. laugh Hope to visit the new establishment one day. smile
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2017 YTD - 67.8mm Yearly Average - 403mm
Jan - 32.8mm (10mm) / Feb - 35.0mm (10mm) / Mar - - (15mm) / Apr - - (31mm)
May - - (46mm) / June - - (51mm) / July - - (59mm) / Aug - - (54mm)
Sept - - (48mm) / Oct - - (38mm) / Nov - - (23mm) / Dec - - (18mm)
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#444957 - 27/06/2006 08:16 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
W W Offline
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Loc: Cobar 31.50S, 145.83E, 243m ...
You wouldn't read about it,but we were to have our clearance sale last weekend & it had to be cancelled because of ,would you believe,"RAIN".

Hasn't rained out there for ages & it rained last weekend laugh laugh Not to worry we had a great send off & now as of yesterday are officially townies wink :cheers:

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#444958 - 27/06/2006 21:20 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
adon Offline
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Registered: 19/08/2004
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You picked it too Heather! You did say a couple of weeks ago that as soon as you were off the place it would rain.

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#444959 - 28/06/2006 01:09 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Fine Elsewhere Offline
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Registered: 02/09/2002
Posts: 1873
Loc: Albany.W.A.
Hi All, Gee Heather u had better come over here & get a farm in what used to be called the wheat belt, then sell it quickly & make it rain, cos theres going to be a LOT less straw over here to chew this year!!!! lot of farms in the wheat belt have either seeded dry & r still awaiting rain, and in some cases not seeded at all!!!!!! its the latest start to a cropping season i've go recorded - we once planted a crop in mid June & just escaped, but a lot of heart break out there ATM.
Once again our little coastal strip continues its best ever season, with green feed thru summer, & with a very abnormally warm May & June & scatters showers just now & again have the best pasture thru winter i've ever known. the only black spot on our radar is that if we don't get some real soaking rains from now on there will be a drastic shortage of water - that won't concern us as we have reticulated water right thru the farm. we still have not settled with the State Govt over our land needed for the new highway, but now know that we lose just under 50% of total area - just a matter of when its taken, the first stage of the construction now finishes right at our boundary!
anyway that will give me a chance to get over to east coast to meet my 1st grandchild & more time for fishing...
:wave: FE

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#444960 - 04/07/2006 22:10 Re: Chewing Straw - Over the back fence.
Dilbert Offline
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Registered: 30/09/2003
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Loc: Arnold NthCentralVic
Thought I'd share the local lad's tidy up

Chooks seem much happier wink

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