July 2012 Blog Posts (55)

Chookosaurus

Watching the dinosaur doco its interesting to see chickens as surviving descendants of animals which ruled the earth for 160 million years. I suppose theyll be here long after were gone. Revenge.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 31, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Luck of the Irish

Red and white spuds and kumara rejected by the consumer, harvested from the skip for sowing in spring.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 31, 2012 at 2:26pm — No Comments

An ill wind

A bumper harvest of kelp heads after the last big storm plus some shell grit for the girls crops. It was relaxing to work with the sound of the sea beside me and I always meet a few people on the beach. Egg shells are much thicker than the supermarket…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 31, 2012 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Bamboozled

Free bamboo from TM (Beach Haven) for bird fencing. Ive hung a kelp head for them to taste - if they like it its more free food and higher in nutrients than chemically farmed lettuce waste. Hen on perch is practising for next Olympics beam gymnastics event.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 31, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Forest canopy

If it survives this palm will reach 10m providing partial shade for the veg beds which get very hot midsummer.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 27, 2012 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Omretsu

Girls donated 5 eggs today. Im grinding the shells to powder with the mortar and pestle and feeding them back in their pellets for calcium so will probably get avian spungiform encephalitis (mad hens disease). 4 of them escaped today so Ive beefed up the temporary fencing. I realised yesterday that to free range them…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 27, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Palm Beach

Scored a small palm from my veg shop. Its potbound and Im not sure where to put it or what its functions will be. Mollison says you should not have any species in a permaculture system if you cant define its functions.…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 25, 2012 at 12:11pm — No Comments

Colour coding

I can now identify each hen by its plumage. Im trying to establish their pecking order.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 25, 2012 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Day of the Triffids

Choko has now sprouted roots, leaves and tendrils in a Tupperware mini green house.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 25, 2012 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Perennial brussels

A Brussels sprout I dumped on a bed has sprouted roots. No idea what it will end up like but have planted 5 more today. Mollison says carrots can be perennial if you cut off the growing top and plant it. He says one friend claims to have been eating the same carrots for 9 years.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 25, 2012 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Chicken tractors

Decided to feed them in the exercise yard after adding a layer of tree mulch. Hopefully this will be turned into a worm farm producing more insects than they can consume. Worms to eggs. They figured out how to get back upstairs and seem to enjoy going up and down, preferring to fly up. Added a longer perch over the compost. Egg total is now 8. Plan is to grow a forage vine in front of the cage and over the top for food and shade in summer. Wide top netting will allow smaller birds to get in…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 25, 2012 at 11:58am — No Comments

6 of one...

Got 2 eggs today bringing the total to 6 so far. This one was a different colour so does this mean another bird laying? Dont know if the pellets are helping - very unscientific research. Hung the gate and put up some temporary fencing to get them outside. They seem to like it but couldnt figure out how to get back up…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 23, 2012 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Mincing words

Asked my local Mad Butcher what they do with meat which is past its use-by date. He said they put it in the mince. All perfectly legal apparently.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 21, 2012 at 8:04pm — No Comments

If I were a carpenter

Progressing on the exercise yard. Its tricky because the fence is wonky. Im using the top of a palette for a gate. The plan is to mulch the area to create a 'peck-you-own' worm farm.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 21, 2012 at 7:53pm — No Comments

Fresh is best

I paid $5.59 for 6 free range organic eggs from PNS and they werent fresh! (yolk skins weak and whites not firm) Its time egg producers stamped the date laid on each egg so we know just how ancient they are. Its also time supermarkets stopped gouging us for organic produce. The farmer may get a 20% premium but packing, transport and merchandising cost the same. A fairer price would speed up turnover so that argument doesnt wash.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 21, 2012 at 7:47pm — No Comments

PNS pellets

Caved in and bought the girls some layer pellets. Cant get them interested in fish heads. The one I chucked in yesterday is just lying there looking really depressed. Started work on the 3m2 exercise yard today. SPCA minimum recommended space is 0.2m2 per bird. Various govt. minimums range from 0.03m2 to 0.056m2. Mine have 0.33m2 but will have 1m2 each when the outdoors area is fenced. Id like to give them the whole 250m2 but they will eat my snow peas.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 20, 2012 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Seeking Aloe Vera Barbadensis Enthusiasts

Hi all,

I am seeking to get a webgroup based on this amazing healer that I still want to learn more about.

Most know Aloe Vera is great for skin.  I  also know is it is absolutely amazing as nose and ear drops  for early colds and sore throats http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFhm-RAXPaU

and very often as pain relief for sore muscles and strains.

What I would like to know, in case anyone has the…

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Added by Tom Reid on July 19, 2012 at 11:29pm — 5 Comments

Scratching a living

Forked over the surface of the compost and the chooks spent some time scratching around for insects. They cant figure out that if they dig deeper they will strike worm gold.

Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Draught excluder

The girls seem cold at night so Ive added a removable front screen. Traditional Japanese houses have these - called amado (rain door).…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 19, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Chook insulation

The girls seem to be cold at nights so I thought of giving them these polystyrene boxes to sleep in. Junko said they ll eat it and sure enough they did. Dozey…

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Added by Suburban Micro Food Forest on July 19, 2012 at 3:28pm — No Comments

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