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  1. Hi, about 6 months ago i decided to ditch the chooks. Bantams who were too shifty about their eggs, finding a new place to lay every time. The food bought heaps of sparrows and starlings and i reckon the local insect life took a battering. Got fuck all out of it. Enter King quail. These cute little guys are so chilled and peaceful. Very curious with more personality than chooks. They are happy in a small range, lay an egg (maybe 2) a day. 2.5 eggs = a chicken egg but the yolk is, for size, larger. Making them a higher protein source. I've incubated and hatched a few, the little guys feed independently from day one. Easy to brood and incubate. They eat a high protein pellet, budgie seed and will peck at greens and corn. They also have a keen eye for bugs, i leave an ice cream container with food scraps in to attract thrips ect. The best thing is that the kids can look after them, have a cuddle ect. The chooks would go ape shit everytime youd go near them. Ive definately noticed a decrease in invasive birds and the other day had a lucky leech on me, hopefully a more diverse insect population will return. Now ive got some friends who are keen to do the same to keep as pest control for their hot house. Does anyone else keep quails?
  2. Its mid Tassie winter (min -4c some nights) and these beaut little birds are still laying! Often Im getting 6 or 7 eggs per day from just 4 ladies. Last month i had some young datura plants with aphid problems. I put a plant in with them and within an hour all the aphids were pecked off. Sensing success i put the rest of the affected plants in and they ate them wholus-bolus. I thought fuk ive poisoned them!! But they actually seemed better for it. I mused that perhaps they like a little something to moderate stomach parasites ect from time to time. They are always very curious about anything new in their world.
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    Noob's cacti

    Looks like youve got plenty of grass yet to cover Ethnoob. Awesome collection sir.
  4. Hi Sagi, shame you havent had a reply but am glad to read your having success. I admit im not much of an expert on A.acuminata although i am trying to raise some in a cool climate. Seems from my 1st season Xp, seedlings and young saplings can get knocked about by cold and more so, frost. In saying that I probably have the worst frosts in Aust here. Perhaps when they are a bit further off the ground theyll fair better but my gut feeling is cold will be an issue for them in the future. What i have noticed from mine (and please correct me if otherwise) is that they tend to etiolate out of full sun and seedlings dont enjoy being constantly wet. I guess your past that point by now. As mentioned in another thread A.floribunda dont seem to be affected by severe frost and cold. Kindness
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    Roadside find in Tas

    Hi found these today whilst out and about today. Some staining on the stem and maybe top. Can anyone help with an ID?
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    Looking for Sage clones

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    Roadside find in Tas

    Thanks Wile E, best not eat them then...
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    Roadside find in Tas

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    Roadside find in Tas

    Thanks for the input Wile E, took some more pics, will hopefully help??
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    Maybe an electric infuser if you're not already using one. I prefer the waterless ones. They dont generate as much heat, safe, cheap to run.
  11. Hi, have 5 bags of ~ 50 seeds of N.rustica to share. Post below and PM me your details to recieve a pack. Kindness H
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    Man thats an example of nightshift brain right there!! Thanks WB managed to wrangle a version. Great info @Mosh. Keen to follow up on some of your points. Thanks for starting the thread.
  13. Maybe that was a bit premature, sadly a few days on and the acuminata looks pretty burnt despite bringing it in under cover after 2 frosts. A. floribunda has stayed out for 5 or 6 frosts now and appears not to have suffered at all. Ps. Sorry about the vertically challenged pics.
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    Hi Mosh, forgive my ignorance but whats SE? Ive been experimenting a little with making incense. Have tried some different spirit blends like Calea Z, Tricho and Loph blended with makko. Syrian rue, mopacho blends just with charcol blocks. Interesting for meditation and inviting plants into your conciousness. I love resins like copal, myrrh and palo santo. The thick smoke is beautiful, i like to cleanse and honour my plants and rapee with the resins. The tibetan incense via the SAB shop is interesting and nice too. Would love to try making a caapi blend with dried leaf next. If anyone can help with supplying some please let me know, would be awesome. Kindness H
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    Hello world

    Hi Ferdie and a big friendly welcome.
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    Tas meetup/get together.

    Hey SmileDown, great to hear from another Tasmanian. Been a few more of islanders pop up lately. Are you north or south? Btw careful not to incriminate yourself there fella.
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    tobacco fermentation

    Hey Jester, I had the same question. Scroll down and check out the drying, curing thread in Ethnobotany.
  18. Ive noticed the obtusifolia to be less stressed than acuminata. In fact they seemed very happy about it. Man they were harsh frosts last week! The bath outside had 2cm of ice on top, the seedling punnets froze solid even though they were inside the shed.
  19. Hi Rhyz from a fellow Tas southerner. Thanks for the informative vid. Im having a go at growing A.acuminata for the 1st time. Have you lost any to frost? Which of the species do you feel are the hardiest to frost? acuminata survived last week ok which some minimal leaf damage (although i did move by the 3rd frosty night last week.) The younger seedlings did pretty well. Hoping once they get taller it wont be as much an issue. Peace
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    Acacia talk.

    Thanks for sharing @Horus. A great talk indeed.
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    (ENDED) N.rustica seeds giveaway

    Nice work, will post out Tuesday. @yeahnahright dont forget to pm me your mailing details please.
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    Courtii Seed

    Well that didnt last long!
  23. Recently Ive had discussions with a dishwasher tablet company ( Natures Organics who market themselves as environmentally prudent) and was hoping someone with a grasp on the chemistry could advise me before i reply. They individually wrap each tablet with polyvinyl alcohol which they claim is " a type of polymer that is fully water soluble; the component ingredients then being fully biodegradable". I left a wrapper in a glass for a week and noticed no further degradation beyond a silicone coloured liquid suspended in water. So i wondered how do naturally occuring enzymes finish the job? Under what circumstances are they present, ie is the packaging likely to come into contact with these enzymes during its journey. Came across comments from a polymer chemist who says PVA "is water soluable but not sure of the effects on marine life or water based ecological systems" He goes on to suggest there is an issue with "degradation of the aliphatic polymer backbone. No naturally occuring enzymes or bacteria are currently known to be able to degrade this structure". The company claims its 'Earth choice' tabs are individually wrapped because 'they can cause irritation in some people'. Kindness
  24. Yes, would love some seeds too thanks Infinity.