Earl Mardle's Blog – February 2010 Archive (5)

Glen Innes Sunday Market

I am out of date about this. Saw it a few months ago and it was dire, about 3 stalls and no people. Checked it again yesterday and there are maybe 30 stalls and no room for parking.

Its humming. Maybe time to consider a second Ooooby Market stall. Any Eastern Suburbs producers and Oooobyists apart from Angie and me?

Added by Earl Mardle on February 22, 2010 at 7:42am — 8 Comments

Fast, cheap tomato paste

I've made a few batches of tomato paste but it takes forever and you have to keep monitoring the pan to make sure it doesn't burn and it uses a lot of fuel.

But yesterday, quite by accident, we discovered a much better way.

Its glut time so I have been cleaning and quartering tomatoes and pressing them gently into 1 litre pots (mostly to get as much in there as possible) then freezing them till I can turn them into passata or soup or whatever.

Yesterday we took… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on February 14, 2010 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Connecting some dots

At today's lunch meeting we were asked about what project we could start right now that would help improve access to locally grown food. Since I'm principally interested at this stage in the production side - I'll be more interested in trading once I am sure I can regularly and sustainably produce a surplus - I'd like to connect some ideas that came up and a few that have been floating around and propose an actual project for Ooooby.

An integrated project that;

* promotes Ooooby… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on February 4, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Immanentising the manifesto

It was an inspiring meeting today at Freeman's Bay. Just to see the number and variety of people inclined and enthused enough to come out and take part makes it easier to think about doing this stuff well.

Some thoughts on what we are engaged in.

On the broader economic front we need to consider how we will cope with the transition from the existing normal economic model to the one we are proposing will happen and for which we are preparing. For example, I need good…


Added by Earl Mardle on February 4, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Almost all purpose spray recipe

I've been having some success with this one. Its not perfect but it does a pretty good job so far this year.

In a 5 litre sprayer add:

Half a cup of milk for the mildews

A tablespoonful of baking powder dissolved in a cup of warm water as backup

I cup of wormwood tea to repel boarders

15 ml of Neem oil emulsified in half a cup of warm water to ward off those that are not repelled

a splosh of Canola oil also emulsified to help it all stick to the plant… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on February 1, 2010 at 11:11am — 2 Comments


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