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 Post subject: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:45 am 
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Well, finally got around to getting some photos ready!
We live on 10 acres near Jandakot, and grow some of our own food in the form of veggies, chooks, ducks, sheep, rabbits and fish (barramundi at the moment, due to be replaced by trout very soon). At the beginning of the year we went solar-it won't cover what we use though as we are not on mains water and so every time we use a tap we use electricity! It helps the environment though, and that is what counts! We also have fun and keep fit!


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File comment: A recent homegrown dinner-rabbit and veg
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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:49 am 
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More pics!


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 11:16 am 
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Beautiful D and M :thumb: Love your work!

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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:34 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:23 pm 
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From one peasant to another, well done!


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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:35 pm 
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Excellent job, great work on the solar and those animals look.....yummy ha ha


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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:51 am 
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Yummy indeed! It is so nice to know where your food is coming from, what it has been eating, and how well it has been cared for!

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The wagon wheel covers work brilliantly! They keep the chooks out of the growing veggie beds, but they can still wander around and keep the weeds away on the paths. When one bed has finished, we open the cover and start throwing our food scraps, chook poo etc into it and the chooks jump right in and scratch it all around....then it is ready for planting again!


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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:35 pm 
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very nice! wonderful job.


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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:09 pm 
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looks great. job well done


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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 11:20 am 
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I like your garden beds with the chooks as support.
Its something I'm trying to use in my yard. Once I can stop the dog from eating the chooks and the vegies. :bash:

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:41 pm 
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That can be tricky!! Hence the fence all around. We effectively have a large square fenced area, and this is divided into four.
The chook house (Paltry Towers!!!) is one of the quarters, which lead into each of the other three veggie beds, one of which is the one in the picture with the raised beds. The other two are for big stuff like corn, pumpkin etc. The chooks get free range in which ever of these is not currently growing, plus around the 'wagon wheels'.
This way they are safe from foxes and dogs, but get to range and scratch around in a reasonable area. It all works well....unless we leave a gate open and they get to the veggies!!

It does keep the dogs away from both though!


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PostPosted: Sun May 01, 2011 10:42 am 
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Harvested the barra from the pool....very successful, though we left two behind and had to do it all again just for them! The 'Peasant's patent fish catching method' posted in our aquaponics thread soon!

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Just had a power bill....and we are actually pleased!!

It is our first complete billing period with our new solar system....and phew, it is worthwhile! We reduced our bill from over $600 down to $87!! Some of this is because we have really worked at being more careful over the last few months and have reduced our usage from over 50 units per day to 30 units. This is still high, but we do use electricity every time we turn on a tap as we rely solely on pumping bore water to the tank, then pumping from the tank to the house..... we don't have mains water.

A lot of the reduced cost though is the rebate we get from exporting power to the grid during the sunlight hours. We try to use any power during the early morning and once the sun goes down, so get full benefit of the 47 cent rebate for each unit of power we export!

It will be interesting to see the next one, as already with the change of season we are producing less...but it all helps our finances and certainly helps the environment! :thumb:

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 Post subject: Re: Peasants garden
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We regularly get tiger snakes around the house area, looking for the frogs in the fish ponds.

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After seeing 8 over the last summer, we decided to build a 'snake lake', away from the house. We transfered some Western Pygmy perch and loads of tadpoles into it in the hope that the tiger snakes no longer visit the house!!

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We haven't seen any for a while....but maybe it is just too cold now!

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Our latest addition....a young black ausralorp rooster!
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Our potatoes, courtesy of a great idea to use collapsable soak wells found on this forum!! Thanks for the great idea! We had some 44 gallon drums (previously used as jumps for the horses), so cut those down and planted spuds too.
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