Sunday, April 23, 2017

Right tool for the job

For something that, in my mind, was going to be a simple job, slowly turned into much more but I got it in the end.

I'd had these two backhoe/tractor tyres in the veggie garden for some time now after a work friend picked them up and dropped them off for me.

The goal was/is to make a cheap raised bed out of them but I wanted to cut the sidewall out of the tyres first so as to increase the growing area available.

I'd had a few feeble goes at removing the sidewalls with hand tools with no success and ended up walking past them for months hoping for some magical solution to come along and bite me. None did.

A few weeks ago now it all got the better of me and I started adding some serious thinking to getting the sidewalls removed.

Eventually I decided that a reciprocating saw was the answer. Which, as it turns out was the solution I was looking for. The problem was getting the right reciprocating saw for the job.

As you can see in the video I started off with a cordless Ryobi reciprocating saw proving that I had the right tool but sadly the Ryobi burnt out just after where the video finished.

Back to square one

I returned the Ryobi to Bunnings and hit up the local hire company, Master Hire, who supplied me with this little rip snorter from Hitachi.

Carved it up like a hot knife through butter. I'd finished inside of half an hour, job done.

I just need to line the inside of the tyres with a food grade plastic to prevent any nasty chemicals leaching into the bed and possible being taken up through the plants root systems.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

Twelve Apostles

This has absolutely nothing to do with veggies but it does have everything to do with me having a blast in a helicopter flying over the twelve apostles on my recent holiday to Victoria.

If you ever get the chance to take a helicopter flight over the twelve apostles then I highly recommend you do it.

 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Interesting chooky facts

I picked up a copy of the current pip, Australian Permaculture (issue #7), magazine and it's chock full of chooky goodness, but, what I found interesting was the Editoral by Robyn Rosenfeldt, full of interesting chooky facts.

facts like
  • The earliest evidence of domestication is believed to date back to 5400BCE in China.
  • Evidence of domestication has also been found dating back thousands of years in Iran, Pakistan, India, Africa, and North and South America.
  • All chickens have descended from the red jungle fowl of South-East Asia.
  • Around 800 BCE ancient Egyptians were artificially incubating eggs and at the same time, Romans were experimenting with dishes such as omelettes and stuffed chickens ans using farming practices to fatten birds for eating.
Chickens were oftenheld in religious esteem where they were worshipped and often they were used as oracles and omens in times of war.

There you go, I'm going to grab a nice cuppa and sit down and read all about chooks plus a myriad of other useful and interesting articles.

Cheers.

Yours in chookyness.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Clucky as ....

I just had to post this after I saw it on facebook.

I have some Golden Wyandottes and while they are a pretty bird to look at, they are poor layers.

They will go 'clucky' at the drop of a hat and I have, at times, found all four in a box sitting on eggs.

I hope you enjoy the video.

Cheers

Stewart