Put about 20 of our babies into a temp enclosure around our water tanks, the grass was around 6ft all through the area, and I was about to hand weed and clean and I thought why not let nature take its course
The guys have done a wonderful job thus far, taking alot of the weeds and grass back to dirt, another couple of months and we will be ready to sort it all out
Recently started getting back into homebrewing to save some money (lol).
This evening I poured the result of my first partial mash and I must say I won't be going back to the kit and kilo method of old.
Very, very decent NEIPA/Hazy IPA style
My fermentables were;
1.7kg tin Coopers Australian Pale Ale
1.4kg Barrett Burston Pale Malt
375g rolled oats
500g Light Dry Malt Extract
I used US-05 for my yeasties, and fairly substantial hop additions (which I will post the detail tomorrow - my toddler has taken my brew book into his room and he's in bed).
Starting Gravity was 1.050 and final gravity was 1.010 resulting in a reasonable 5.25%.
My next brew will be saying goodbye to the rim entirely, using ale malt and LDME and doing my own hop additions during the boil.
My system currently is just a Big W 19L pot ($20) and a Bunnings paint strainer bag (3 for $9) - cheap and cheerful, budget BIAB.
I posed the question here not long ago, what has changed for you in the past few weeks with all the changes regarding the virus, I really hope that was not considered insensitive or anything - I apologize if I offended any with that question. I didn't get much of a response but thinking about it, I wouldn't really expect much from everyone here because you are all probably growing lots and heading towards self sufficiency and as such will not be greatly affected by any restrictions Anyway, I did get talking to others in my community and I think that the ones most affected would be working parents with children. I was also thinking of households who have gone into isolation for whatever reason and that has got to be hard, especially if you don't have an interest in gardening/cooking/preserving already.
The idea came up that we may be able to reach out to anyone we know in isolation, via post. There is currently a Seed Share Station in our nearest town, packets of seeds have been...
I recently just got my first ever sweet potato from my garden - very exciting. Yeah probably a bit early but still very encouraging. I was wondering if its possible to just continue to harvest the potatoes as you need them, while leaving as much of the plant in tact as possible - and how long you can continue on like this. All the harvesting videos I see on youtube involve people pulling everything out of the ground at the same time and restarting - but to me it makes more sense intuitively to treat it like a perennial and take as I need.
Any tips are appreciated
It's been interesting to me that most of my family members and/or people I know, haven't had a lot of changes in their lives since the virus landed on our shores and restrictions have come into play. Some, like me, have lost their jobs - it may be temporary and it may not - mine was only a part time job and so I've had to stop spending money I made those last paychecks count!!
In our household, my husband and daughter both have what are considered 'essential services' jobs so they are still required to go to work, I wouldn't say as normal because there seems to be more work for both of them - even though they don't necessarily want it. So we are a bit more diligent with our cleanliness and keeping everyone's cups and plates separate. I work into my routine more targeted sanitizing of door handles, light switches, taps, basins etc just as an extra precaution.
I've always tried to keep our household expenses low and for years have been looking at providing not only most of our...
Just planned this dwarf Cavendish banana a few days ago and it's looking a bit sick. I followed all of the planting instructions, but I'm not sure if it's suffering a bit of shock from planting or if there's something else that I've done wrong. Any tips would be appreciated.
PS please ignore the weeds, the house has been empty for 2 years and I'm slowly, very, very slowly trying to clear the weeds ♀️ lol
I have been give a nice watermelon quarter and would like to try pickling the rind . has anyone done this. I love eating pickels love the taste of vinegar. wondering what flavours would go well with this . I've never really pickled anything before solooking for something easy first.
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