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by Mojojo
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:21 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Controversy Continues over Bee Colony Collapses
Replies: 6
Views: 6830

Re: Controversy Continues over Bee Colony Collapses

Looking into this now myself, as I have given up work and we are trying to diversify the farm into lots of little income earners to support, have a local guy up our way is making hive boxes. Haven't contacted him yet.
by Mojojo
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:20 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Monsanto again
Replies: 5
Views: 5728

Re: Monsanto again

OK, so I had a thought, they have to start plant breeding with something , that something being open sourced/heirloom seeds, where the patent is not owned by anyone... myabe the world should get together and 'patent' every single bloomin seed that monsanto don't own... and then charge the b****rds f...
by Mojojo
Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: Articles
Topic: Pesticides are killing Us
Replies: 9
Views: 9941

Re: Pesticides are killing Us

Vicki, I am with you, I detest them also. If you understand that weeds flourish for a reason, and that they do have a job to do, you can work towards minimising them by adjusting their environment so that they do not do so well. THis is what we are working towards....Already in bringing up the PH, w...
by Mojojo
Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:22 am
Forum: Organic Seed Australia
Topic: Useful Addresses
Replies: 10
Views: 17863

Re: Useful Addresses

another one, about to buy some from them shortly.


http://www.cornucopiaseeds.com.au/
by Mojojo
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:19 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Cherry Jam
Replies: 5
Views: 5867

Re: Cherry Jam

I didn't add any this time - but I have the 'sets too much' issue. I'll try and go for the temp probe approach nect time I think, or just trust that it will set and jar it up even though its runnyish
by Mojojo
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Cherry Jam
Replies: 5
Views: 5867

Re: Cherry Jam

thanks for that, will try it next time!

(I like this forum!)
by Mojojo
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:56 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Blown Away,
Replies: 3
Views: 4427

Re: Blown Away,

Hi Kathleen, I agree with Vicki, write in!
I missed that segment, but agree with what you are saying, especially baout people failing and then not wanting to try again.
Miltons would be fine I would think for sterilising, but like you said, hot jam in cold jars? Hmmm.
by Mojojo
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:49 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Cherry Jam
Replies: 5
Views: 5867

Re: Cherry Jam

How does your cherry jam go Kathleen? This is one jam I seem to have trouble with. I made another batch this year. Last years turned to toffee in the blink of an eye. This years did not, but I kept testing for set, and it kept on seeming like it would not set. Then the consistency changed and it sta...
by Mojojo
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:39 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: HI I am back too
Replies: 5
Views: 6207

Re: HI I am back too

Hi BJ, welcome back. :)
by Mojojo
Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:08 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Lost most of my fruit
Replies: 8
Views: 6705

Re: Lost most of my fruit

Oh dear, that's no good at all. :cry:
by Mojojo
Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:52 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: First Beef in the freezer
Replies: 5
Views: 4952

Re: First Beef in the freezer

Sounds goods Vicki. Hope your freezer is big :)

What did the 13 mo bull carcass weight come in at?

We just bought another side for the freezer, a small one, to get us through to this time next year when we will have our own for the first time. :)
by Mojojo
Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:03 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Sweet corn
Replies: 5
Views: 4949

Re: Sweet corn

YEah, it has to be the charcoal! Will try it again next year as well. I'll have to keep the fertiliser/teas up to the corn patch now I think, with four plants in the space for one! Planted 32 seeds have at least double that in plants, probably more. Funny weather at the moment, we're forecast for ha...
by Mojojo
Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Sweet corn
Replies: 5
Views: 4949

Sweet corn

Planted my sweet corn about a month back. I'd read somewhere once that a piece of charcoal from the fireplace under each seed makes for multiple heads of corn without fail. Thought I'd try it this year. Except I took the charcoal with me, and planted all the seeds, forgetting it, so I just pushed so...
by Mojojo
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Recipe sharing at the Kitchen Bench
Topic: Beetroot Relish - Digby Law
Replies: 4
Views: 7142

Re: Beetroot Relish - Digby Law

Just made a double batch of this... still have heaps of beetroot left over so might make another!
Its very very good.
by Mojojo
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Sustainable 'Green' Living working to self-sufficiency
Topic: Chook breeding
Replies: 23
Views: 16154

Re: Chook breeding

Cracker of a story, damn foxes. Oooh, Silver laced 'dotties' were one of my favourite breeds back when we had a few hundred 'exhibition' poultry - my Dad's hobby. They were so nice and quiet. Not so many eggs from them from memory. I had one that use to be happily picked up and carried around, and w...
by Mojojo
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:42 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: A new Season approaches
Replies: 19
Views: 10571

Re: A new Season approaches

Well the instant clearjel I tested on some apples when I was making apple sauce (before the sauce stage) and that works fine. Now the other stuff, I have NO idea what it is, and I can't find the thing on their website now! I'm certain its not a clearjel type product! Beetroot relish is bubbling away...
by Mojojo
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: cattle crushes/restraining cattle
Replies: 13
Views: 9228

Re: cattle crushes/restraining cattle

Ooh another dun! I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of our first calf and hoping for heifer to keep :) Yeah this is exactly the reason I feel I need somewhere to restrain them, for when stuff like that happens! I also think if I get to work and make somewhere, then nothing will happen, but if I leave ...
by Mojojo
Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:39 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: A new Season approaches
Replies: 19
Views: 10571

Re: A new Season approaches

Mum called me yesterday and she couldn't get her strawberry jam to set either...

Strawberry and rhubarb sounds good.

Well I had a failed batch of mustard pickles. Way overdone, went watery and mushy. Bin and start again! Can't win them all.
by Mojojo
Thu Nov 03, 2011 12:13 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: A new Season approaches
Replies: 19
Views: 10571

Re: A new Season approaches

I also got my two trial jars as requested, one of something like clearjel as they rang me and told me they don't stock that here, and another of something I can't even remember right now. It did take AGES, maybe six weeks or more, I had forgotten all about it by the time they came. Yes, the new grow...
by Mojojo
Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: House Cows/Goats
Topic: cattle crushes/restraining cattle
Replies: 13
Views: 9228

cattle crushes/restraining cattle

OK. Been a bit busy of late so haven't been around, but that's another post :) SO we have a small set of yards that consists of 2 yards and a loading ramp, no race. I am concerned about not having anywhere to restrict the cows like a crush, if we need to get a vet out for any reason, like when the n...

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