On Thu, 10 Oct 2013 17:09:40 +1100, "Rod Speed"
>Petzl <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
>> Rod Speed <email@example.com> wrote
>>>> Corn Maize etc
>>> Don't bother with those myself, simpler
>>> to buy the corn as peas and corn frozen.
>>> I only bother with tomatoes, lettuce, strawberrys currently.
>> To make birds go away from your strawberries you need
>> to paint pebbles the same (red) color and scatter around.
>> This deters birds from your REAL STRAWBERRIES)
>Lot of work.
Might be red marbles or something else will
The "dollar" shops still sell red spray paint though
>I was planning to use bird netting. Didn't get around to putting
>it on last year, even tho I had it ready to do and the droppers
>and wire to put it on too. By the time I noticed all the strawberrys
>had gone, it was too late.
>I have got the tomatoes and lettuce planted now. The tomato
>seedlings have doubled in height, planted half with 30cm
>individual seedlings for the Apollo Improved and the Father
>Toms and another punnet of much smaller Apollo improved
>that were only about 10cm high basically to see if it makes
>any difference. The big ones mostly have flowers and did
>when I planted them and one of the Father Toms has
>produced a single small marble sized tomato.
>There is no real sign of life from the strawberrys and
>I have left it much too late to get rid of the weeds so
>I may let them go till next year again.
>Don't plant to plant anything else much, just more
>lettuce in a month or so so I have some to eat when
>the first lot of Cos and Mignonettes have gone to seed.
>Never had any luck with the Icebergs which
>are what I buy when I don't have any of mine.
>They never do much and never get to anything
>like what I buy.
>Just done a year's worth of marmalade. Did one
>batch of Lime and Lemon using the very expensive
>limes from woolys put thru the self checkout as
>lemons. Then did another batch of lemon alone,
>with the rest of the lemons I used for lime and
>lemon batch. Unusual lemons, very thick skin,
>very thick pith, at least 10mm thick. Seedless
>which is handy. That's a very decent marmalade.
>And then did another with normal lemons from
>a mate of mine, one of the garage sale regulars.
>Again very decent and much better than any of
>the commercial marmalades. I'd been planning
>to try so pure lemon marmalade last time but
>since the database claimed that the box of limes
>produced enough marmalade for 3 years, didn't
>bother. Turned out it only lasted 2 years.
>Plan to try a pure lime marmalade when the
>limes are back in season again. That would
>fix the problem with the lime and lemon
>marmalade that both arent in season here
>at the same time, no overlap at all so you
>cant get a carton of each at the best price
>of $10 for a 10KG carton of each. And its a
>2:1 ratio anyway, twice as much lime as lemon.
>Did attempt to use the stirrer because the
>initial heating of the pulp and water before
>you put the sugar in is quite runny, but
>discovered that the ****ing thing doesn't
>even work at all, no action when you turn it on.
>I should have tried it when it first arrived just
>to check it worked. I have sent the seller an
>email but got an automated response that
>he was off on holiday for some chinese
>holiday, and didn't get any response when
>he had got back.
>You can open it so if he doesn't respond
>to the second email I will open it and see
>what the problem is. Cant be much, it
>appears to just be a single switch to an
>ic and likely a wire has come off. But it
>does have an ic because you press the
>button multiple times for different speeds.
>Bit dubious that it will work very well tho,
>its quite light even with the 4 AA batterys.
>Both of the lemon batches were small enough
>to fit in the very heavy base 8l stockpot and
>there was no burning at all this time with only
>occasional stirring with a big wooden spoon.
>Still tossing up whether to get another very
>heavy base 18l stockpot for the normal batches.
>****ing expensive at $70ish tho it would be
>worth it I guess for the much lower effort
>with stirring and not needing any fancy
>stirrer in the big pedestal drill with an
>electric hotplate to heat the thin stockpot.
>Managed to forget to put the pectin in with
>the last lemon marmalade batch and it set
>fine without any added pectin at all.
My Grandma had similar problem as you after they made Asbestos heating
pads, which sat under pot. Maybe nowadays they have something else
I too find mainland China sell mainly broken crap. Hong Kong and
Taiwan seem much better
I started with nothing and I am proud to say I still have most of it left