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Hi crew, I was just going back through postings in GTT and found a couple of questions I had not caught up with.
If you have a question regarding any posting you would definatly like an answer to please feel free to post the question on my page and I will be sure to cover it.

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More of a catch up, well done BLF

Started by Anthony Foo. Last reply by Florence Oct 20, 2015. 3 Replies

New wicking bed module

Started by Mark Thomson. Last reply by Elaine de Saxe Apr 26, 2012. 51 Replies

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 3, 2013 at 11:09

Epsom Salts is supposed to be Magnesium Sulphate so what is changed?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on January 3, 2013 at 6:49

Linen made from flax or 'linen' made from hemp both are lustrous, soft fabrics which do crush very easily. My Bamboo socks are still going strong, so soft and wear well although take forever to dry.

Search Neem on this forum Becky, you should turn up quite a lot of info and experiences using it. There is no substitute for healthy soil though! Neem like any other poison can be used in a first aid sense but ideally not as an ongoing treatment. Health starts with soil health!

Comment by Lissa on June 14, 2010 at 19:17
Hi Ally. I've just had a look at the SAFE re-cycled loo rolls I have and they are made in Victoria.
Comment by Jacqui on June 14, 2010 at 16:20
Cameron, we have heaps of comfrey plants, most of which we use in a similar way, adding leaves of yarrow, thistles, nettles etc to a bucket of water (preferably rain water), chopped into bits, stirred and left to soak for 6 weeks. The liquid is then diluted as a foliar or general fertiliser, especially useful as a soak before transplanting. Be careful if moving the comfrey as any piece of root left behind will grow into a plant.
It has a huge range of permaculture uses. It's a dynamic accumulator, a powerful compost activator (leaves are 17% nitrogen vs horse manure at 14%). Leaves contain silica, nitrogen, magnesium, calcium, potassium & iron. Its hi levels of potash make it an excellent fertilizer for tomato, pepper, cucumbers etc. It's great as a mulch esp around fruit trees. As a soil conditioner the roots can grow to 3m deep and break up compacted soils. As a weed barrier - stops running grasses in their tracks. Animal forage, flowers are excellent bee forage. Can clean & extract nutrients from stagnant or foul water.

Then it has heaps of medicinal uses as well, esp as a powerful healing agent in ulcers and externally to speed wound-healing & guard against scar tissue developing incorectly. The allantoin in its leaves speeds up natural replacement of body cells, to promote faster healing. Rhizome, roots & leaves are also used in medicinal teas.

That's probably more than you wanted to know about comfrey.
Comment by Donna on June 14, 2010 at 15:40
I am so jealous, I have two little plants that were given to me by Elaine after I murdered the first one!

Good for adding to the compost, using as a mulch, in the bottom of trenches for root veggies, chicken food... these are just some of the wonderful uses I have read about!
Comment by Donna on March 20, 2010 at 16:41
I bought bamboo socks from David Jones for baby David last week - but they were hugely expensive! The only ones I could find in a hurry because he had lost a sock and his little toes were cold :)
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 10, 2010 at 19:39
Lotte to the best of my knowledge there are growers who legally grow the non-drug hemp for fibre and other by-products. They are not investigated and tried as are the drug-hemp growers. And they can grow it in the open, and not hide away in greenhouses and forests.

It's similar to the situation with the legal growing of Opium in Tasmania. Grown for the pharmaceutical trade, it is regulated and grown in the open.

Do you know a brand-name which has bamboo in it in the underwear line?

After a lot of thought we decided that 'fresh' and 'local' were hard to separate and figured that 'fresh' was the better option. Organic is preferred but as stated, hard to find both 'fresh' local' and 'organic' along with 'reasonable price'.

As for wilting products, a lot of the high water-content veges like loose-leaf lettuce and silverbeet will wilt very quickly and need to be kept in water from picking to sale. Broccoli will yellow without being kept cool, too. So some of the presentation issues in country markets could be from not being able to transport the veges in water.

As for chalky disgusting bananas ... some are just horrid. But at $7 a kilo when I looked last, the bananas from the food box people had better be the most succulent on the planet. We have at times gone to North Lakes and Redcliffe markets very early on a Sunday morning to buy tree-ripened bananas from local growers. They are well priced and delicious most of the time. Early mornings and wasting petrol and creating pollution are side-effects we're not sure about. And 'most of the time' is the operative phrase and we've stopped running about for two dozen bananas and buy whatever is available at the local shops, and they are a mixed bag as well.

Were I closer to Rocklea I would go there two. In the past living at Fairfield a trip to Rocklea was a snip especially entering via Tennyson at their back door. Mostly I have never needed f and v in any quantity making a trip worthwhile but Trumps Nuts were visited now and then for a tin of Cashews (all the way from India :-().
Comment by Lotte on March 10, 2010 at 19:12
Quite a few of my Country Road shirts are bamboo, but I bought a couple of them for my daughter at The Rocks markets in Sydney last year. A lot of socks and undies are now at least partially bamboo as well, and sold in supermarkets!

Elaine, I know that the hemp grown for it's fibrous properties is different from the druggie variety, but as I understand it the government doesn't differentiate between the two. I could be wrong though, and maybe there are other reasons??

Food Connect is who I was referring to. I love the concept, but I just found their products were often substandard. I buy all of our fruit and veggies at the Rocklea Markets at a stall that sells local food instead.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 10, 2010 at 13:48
Bamboo flooring is available from any flooring specialist. I was going to have it in the kitchen when it was renovated but the price was well beyond anything I could afford so I got vinyl instead :-( There was a minimum amount they would supply and my minute kitchen was well below that. But what magnificent flooring it is! A total joy to walk on with bare feet :-)
Comment by Scarlett on March 10, 2010 at 13:18
Horan St. Not sure what the shop was called though! Sorry. See if you can find it in the yellow pages maybe?

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