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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:22 pm 
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Hey Charlie-
What we did was similar to this:
http://www.ecofilms.com.au/building-a-w ... a-bathtub/

We have a wooden slatted mat in the bottom and wire mesh on top like in step one, then we lined the whole bath with weed matting and put all the filling on top of that. We have had it for years, and have only had to replace the weed matting once, and that was recently.

Then we cut a board (marine ply) for the lid and drilled small holes in the top for air, plus the wooden lid has tech screws on the underside of each corner so the lid is just slightly above the surface of the bath, again for air flow.


Good luck! Ours is an old cast iron bath so keeps a nice cool temperature, plus it is out of the sun!

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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2016 10:47 am 
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Thankyou. I actually found Rob Bobs video of his bath worm farm last night and it is basically what you have done too. Simple enough. I too have the old cast iron one and have a nice shady spot picked down near the compost pile and chook cage.

Whilst Ive got you, have you guys ever owned Goats? Ive got half an acre that is becoming too much for one bloke to manage so I was thinking goats might be a good idea to mow the lawn and keep all the weeds and plants in check. Its not the smoothest of terrain so I thought goats might be a better choice rather than sheep. Still undecided.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 1:10 am 
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Hi Charlie- yes, we did have goats..... for a while! We tightened our fences first, picked up the goats, and within 5 minutes they had jumped the fence into the orchard!

We loved them, but the fencing has to be high and tight, they eat anything and everything- which can be good if they can be contained happily.

We will get them again one day, when the fences suit. At the moment we have Wiltshire sheep- we find them very goat like in that they are tough, easy to care for and eat anything. They are easier on the fences though, an advantage to us at the moment. They are better than merinos as they don't need shearing (being self shedders), and are a very good meat sheep!!

They can be expensive to buy, compared to goats, but we find them much more manageable at the moment.

Good luck!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 8:55 am 
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Thanks. We had considered Wiltshire sheep but didn't realise that they ate everything, which is what were after. The area I have planned has a slight slope down to a flat area that can get a bit wet during the wetter seasons, would they be ok in an area like that? Probably hard for you to say without looking at it. My reason for asking is I wasn't sure if they were ok in the wet, although the higher ground is dry and well grassed.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:24 am 
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Not sure about the wet Charlie, though I imagine they would avoid it if they needed to. We have ours in our end paddock at the moment which gets damp (very peaty soil) in areas.
I terms of eating everything, they probably aren't quite like goats, but we have lots of kunzea (spearwood) and tea tree (both quite pungent), and they eat those as well as graze!
When we move them into other areas, we have to watch carefully and as soon as they have eaten the grass we move them out before they start on the trees and shrubs!

We find they tidy up the area well- really helps to prepare for fire season! We have a ram and 6 ewes, so get lambs every year for the freezer too. Our neighbours have just ewes to keep the ground clear- they aren't interested in the meat.
We have polled Wiltshires, which we find easier on the fencing (because they self shed, they will rub on trees and fences now and then, and the horned Wiltshires were pulling on the ring lock fencing a bit.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 1:41 pm 
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Great thread Peasants. Somehow I had missed it up until now :wave: . Do you still keep Australorps?

The main concern with keeping sheep on wet soil could be foot problems such as abscesses where the skin softens, becomes abraded and allows bacterial infection however if they have some dry shelter they should be fine


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:18 pm 
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Thanks MattyR :wave:

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