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I have sorrel growing around my blueberries at the moment and it works well. Any of the docks would grow in the damp soil as well. I also have perennial basil that seems to be quite happy next to my blueberries.
10 years ago
Hi All

I am looking for anyone interested in living at my NSW property of 120 acres and getting a taste of country living. It is planned to be rent free on the condition that the people staying will maintain and develop the property according to permaculture ideals. There would also be the option of having classes there from time to time related to permaculture e.g. installing solar power, rainwater catchment, gardening techniques etc.

It has a 3 bedroom home and would suit a couple with a couple of kids who are interested in home schooling there children while living in nature. Has a river frontage, private location and almost engulfed in national parks. Expect plenty of local wildlife including wallabies, deer, quolls, plenty of birds including wedgetail eagles etc. There is no tv reception and no mobile reception on the property. Internet is arranged via satellite and could be used for running an online business. House is fully furnished with sheds, chook yard and stables available as well.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in the above opportunity, feel free to contact me via email at jon at cybersite dot com dot au
10 years ago
The second weed is nothing like what I understand buttercups to be either. It does look very much like what is known as fireweed around here (senecio madagascariensis). This is different to the purple fireweed that is more common in the USA. The yellow daisy-like flowers and the leaves seem to match fireweed, and if so, it was probably a good thing you mowed it down. Not only is it a serious weed here in NSW due to quick spreading, but it is known to be toxic to horse and donkeys, so may well have affected your alpacas as well.
10 years ago
Thanks for the help and the flowers are part of the plant. When I tasted it originally it tasted like cress and after you mentioned wild rocket (which have yellow flowers it seems) I thought I would search on Google for "Wild Cress" and it matches it perfectly. Thanks for the help on that one.

The other plant is still one I would like to know about. It is not buttercups as there are buttercups growing down in the moist areas of the property and this is like a ground cover with very tiny flowers. So unless it is a variation of buttercup I am not aware of, it appears to be something else.
11 years ago
Can someone identify the following plants please? The lighter plant is quite rampant growing everywhere in the lawn.
The darker green one is of more interest though as it is popping up in the lawn and various sites and looks a bit like a cress, but would like to get other people's opinions.

Thanks in advance!
11 years ago
Thanks for the help M.K.
After reading up on it further, it appears the preferred way to use them is to remove the gills and top "skin" and then dehydrate them.
Later they can be rehydrated for soups, stews etc and are apparently quite good that way. I guess even better if mixed with other types as well
12 years ago
Well, after much research and examination of the fungi at the front of the house, I have come to the conclusion that it is a form of slippery jack know as suillus granulatus.
I have picked a large amount here as the lawn is about to be mown, so I will be taking the usual approach and skinning and drying them for later cooking.
I love the fact that I didn't even have to go to a pine forest, just go out the front door and see them springing up everywhere under the pine tree in the front yard!
Thanks for the help, and if anyone thinks differently, please let me know
12 years ago
Sorry for the delay, here are some of the photos of the tops.
12 years ago
I was wondering if anyone has done any conversion on stables to living quarters at all or have information that may be handy for such a job?
I am looking at converting some existing stables to accommodation for people who want to visit my farm and learn from it. Jobs I see directly are putting down a proper floor, sealing the gaps in the doors and walls, and extending the enclosure completely to the roof. Indirectly I am looking at jobs such as how to heat the place, supply water, cooking facilities etc.
Would be interested in any ideas people may have for such a task!
12 years ago
Thanks all for the comments!
Brian, is the use of polystyrene only for plumbing close to ground, or are you applying that principle to any insulating material?
I prefer not to isolate the whole underside of the house with walls just yet as it is also a cooling mechanism in summer time.
12 years ago