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Regrow and replant!

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Regrow and Replant!

Did you know that you can regrow most fruit and vegetables from leftovers? Now that you’re thinking about it, it makes sense… most fruit is full of seeds and most vegetables are rooted… Keep up and we’ll discover how you could have your own recycled garden!

If you are looking at a sustainable vegetable garden, recycling your cut-offs and ‘scraps’ is a perfect way for low maintenance, low cost gardening!

Rooted Vegetables

Most vegetables and herbs can be regrown from clippings and bases that we usually throw straight into the compost! Some of these vegetable scraps can be planted straight back into the ground and with constant watering, will continue to grow. Some require water storage to promotes new root life.

Popular Re-growers

If you consider what you may use daily or weekly and how you can save on costs, below is a quick guide to some of the more popular fruits and vegetables.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are the easiest of any fruit/ vegetable to regrow. Simply keep a slice handy and place on top of a pot full of soil, lightly cover the slice with more soil and water. Within 7-14 days the seeds will germinate, and you start seeing results not long after. (The same can be done with the root of an onion).

Lettuce, Celery, Cabbage

Simply regrow these vegetables from their bases or leaves. Once you have a clean base, place in a bowl with a bit of water at the bottom to cover the base (You can do the same with the leaf of a lettuce). Within a week, you should notice new life and you’ll be able to plant your vegetable.

Turnips, Carrot, Radishes, beets

Root plants regrow similarly to lettuce. Instead of tossing the end of your rooted plant, place in a container of water, continue growing the root until it is ready for planting

Fruit Trees

Cherries, Apples, Lemons, Oranges, Avocadoes can all be replanted from the fruit seeds. A bit of care for the seed is necessary and the care differs between plants. Most fruit trees will not produce fruit for 5-7 years. To propagate seeds, most require storage for weeks before ready to plant. Some will require dry, clean storage, while other will require a wet, humid environment.

If you have kids who love the outdoors, a recycled garden could become the perfect hobby, with nothing but a little bit of water and love, there’s nothing to lose! ‘Regrow’ your garden today.

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Icons in Danger

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We’ve covered the 2018 drought and how uncontrollable elements affect not only the individual or community but the entire country, but one of the lesser discussed issues is the list of Australian Endangered Species and whether that is an effect of human interference or simply the strong surviving in harsh times.

The Tasmanian Devil.

The Tasmanian Devil has experienced an approximate 80% decline in population over the last 30 years, with estimates reaching 10,000. This drastic drop is credited to a mix of road mortality and a surprisingly high percentage of cancer, caused by high levels of chemicals found in Tasmanian Devils.

The Southern Cassowary

The Cassowary is higher populated across Indonesia and New Guinea but in Australia, numbers were estimated to be between 1500 to 2500 in 2017, which is reported to be in continual decline due to loss of habitat, hunting and feral animals eating the Cassowary eggs

Bilbies

The Bilby is another widely recognised Australian native to be added to the endangered list, again mainly due to loss of habitat but also competing with other animals. Currently there is a national recovery plan developed to save the Bilby from joining another list along with the Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacine and other varieties of Wallaby, Bandicoots and the Big Eared Hopping Mouse.

Examining the 3 examples listed above, there is clear evidence of Human interference playing a hand in the decline of native wildlife more than natural elements but what can be done? As is the case with battles with disease or other epidemics, prevention is better than the cure. We must remain vigilant to ensure that our own footprint is not squashing what is ahead of us. Will you enjoy a future of only seeing these animals in books, our children may never get the opportunity to see and experience these animals for themselves…? They will be lost in time.

Where possible, protect our native species, check your surroundings and help others understand the importance of conservation. Look after the world and look after yourself.

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Harvest Time

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Harvesting Canola and why a Hay Shed can ease a failed crop.

If you’ve been driving through the South West Slopes, you would’ve seen fields of yellow as the canola in and around surrounding districts flower, nearing harvest time. Always a beautiful sight to behold, as long as you can get past the smell!

It is more than well documented how the 2018 drought has affected crops and livestock across Australia. Even in some of the less affected areas, enthusiasm for a successful harvest is low.

Canola provides over 90 per cent of total oilseed production in Australia in an average year, resulting in 2-3 tonnes of oilseed produced annually. Estimated numbers have not been released, so we don’t know what to expect yet.

Speaking to farmers around the South West Slopes, who have managed more rain than our northerly friends, still are uncertain as to how successful their crops may be. One farmer believes that when the time comes, potentially, up to 50% of his canola crops will be harvested for oilseed production. The other percentage will be salvaged as much as possible.

All is not lost with an unsuccessful crop!

Unsuccessful canola crops can be harvested for hay and silage and with farmers across the country crying out for hay and feed for livestock, potentially; a failed Canola crop could be salvaged by selling the resulting hay/ silage.

There are a few details to be aware of before cutting Canola for livestock feed. Make sure chemical withholding periods must have expired and qualities test your product before providing as feed.

(For more information, please read www.grdc.com.au/GRDC-FS-CanolaHay ).

 

If you’ve been delaying the purchase of a hay shed, don’t delay any longer, there will never be a time when a farmer can’t take advantage of storage space. Store your produce today to save tomorrow!

Talk to us today about Hay Shed benefits and what fund assistance plans are available to you

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Aussie Agriculture is worth saving!

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Why we can’t let Australian Agriculture industry dry up!

Less money spent is less money earnt… Can Australia afford the loss of one of the most prominent and culturally significant industries due to drought?

Millions of dollars have now been invested into support for struggling farmers nationwide but is it enough? The money is going into food supplies for livestock, financial support and schemes that could see farmers use finance options to prepare and prevent the devastation caused by drought… It’s Australia, there will be another! Will you be prepared? You need to be prepared and Australia needs you to be prepared!

If this 155b dollar industry collapses, who is going to be affected!? Approximately 1.6 million people are directly employed by the agriculture industry, making up 13% of the current workforce… But we already know how important farming is to the success and sustainability of Australia.

If you come from a farming dynasty, you would know that you can’t solely rely on the weather to make an income and support your livestock/ crops. It is time to invest in the future, build a sustainable future for your farm.

Contact ABC Sheds today to discuss all available options for funding and finance and how you can take advantage and drought-proof your farm. Our team can provide you with all the appropriate information and help along the way.

Check out our Drought Assistance page for more information http://www.abcsheds.net.au/drought-assistance/

 

In other news, Rapid Relief Team Australia is committed to supporting Australian farming families, donating food vouchers across NSW as well as convoying 20 trucks, carrying hay to farms in need. Operation Drought Relief has been supported by Australian businesses around the country, banding together to support Australia’s most significant industry.

To learn more about Operation Drought Relief and how you can help, visit:
https://www.rapidreliefteam.org/blog/appeal/rrt-operation-drought-relief/

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Drought in 2018

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Australian TV Show host, Grant Denyer, has been in the media recently, bringing attention to drought stricken farms and the consequences they face. Denyer reports that farmers are spending upwards to $10,000 per week to preserve livestock. If the drought is to continue, farmers could be set to lose up to $100,000 in a calendar year! What can you do to minimalise loss and protect your livestock?

Do you have a hay shed?

You’re probably thinking… ‘How is building a hay shed going to save me money?’, hear us out. Where do you keep your food? Stored in cool, dry places! Where do you store produce for your livestock? If livestock are a priority for your farm, so should their food.

Let’s step back for a minute, $10,000 per week, spent on food sources… $10,000! Farmers are losing more per year than what working class Australia earns per annum. So how can you protect your livelihood by building a hay shed? With efficient food storage, waste is minimalised, saving money in the process as well as opening up potential revenue streams, having the ability to provide hay to other drought suffering farmers.

Short Memories and fewer preventative measures.

From 1996 through to 2010, Australia saw the worst drought conditions recorded since European settlement, with 2006 – 2008 being the driest for many parts of the country.

Australia is a traditionally dry country, especially in regional areas that are fundamentally, farming communities. Drought isn’t anything new. 19th Century Australia saw widespan drought from 1808 onwards. The 20th Century saw serious drought approximately, every 20 years, including the aforementioned ‘Millennium Drought’. We have seen this before, we have survived. We can and will again.

Start taking measures today! Stay a step ahead. Be proactive, not reactive and seek support when needed, speak up and help others understand your situation. With awareness, comes understanding.

For the last 10 years, how have you worked to prevent the same conditions from affecting your farm and livelihood? How did you survive the millennium drought? Have you received any financial support from organisations such as Rural Aid or others? And how did it sustain the life of your farm? Please let us know in the comments if you have any helpful tips for other farmers.

 

If you are looking for a way to support Aussie famers, you can donate at:

RuralAid:  https://www.ruralaid.org.au/donate/

Rotary Australia: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=1190&ReturnTo=4

 

Struggling farmers can also register at https://www.ruralaid.org.au/farmers/ (Rural Aid also allows you to nominate struggling farmers who may be too proud. Let’s look after eachother and survive this drought together

 

 

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Dry July?

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As if by magic, we enter the second semester of 2018. Where has the time gone? Before we know it, it will be time for the world’s most famous, reoffending break-in and entering, Santa Claus to sweep down chimneys, spreading cheer to the masses. (apologies for the early reminder).

 

We are also reaching the middle of Winter… And I must say, it has not seemed as cold as predicted, but as we all know, there is no controlling or dictating the weather, it is an uncontrollable and surprising beast of its own. And on that note, let’s get to the nitty gritty!

 

Welcome to Dry July!…

Before I lose you, don’t put down that drink, you may need it!

 

The Bureau of Meteorology reports that July to September will actually be warmer than usual with little rainfall expected. These findings are interesting to consider, as from the dawn of the New Year, it was reported that Australia will see the coldest winter on record and estimated 500ml rain throughout May… So far, these expectations have fallen short nationally. June saw an above average rainfall and temperatures have not ‘yet’ reached the expected low, so what are we to expect? Expect nothing and prepare for everything!

 

The NSW Farmers Annual Conference is hosted at Luna Park from 24th to 26th July. This is an opportunity to engage with other producers and industry insiders, to seek advice and helpful information and to voice concerns about the current state and future of Australian Agriculture.
(Link to NSW Farmers website and conference information, provided below)

https://www.nswfarmers.org.au/NSWFA/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=NSWFAAC

 

If you have any tips or hints to survive a potentially dry and warm second half of 2018, please share in the comments

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Winter is Here

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Winter is here!

Winter… Cosying up in front of a warm fireplace, hearing the wood crackle and burn as the flames dance and the warm glow tickles your face. That sounds like a perfect winter, yes? In the real world, there never seems to be enough quality time for that scenario; and humans aren’t allowed the comfort of hibernating through winter, as much as we may like to. There is still work to be done!

Have your slippers by the bed, we’re in for a cold winter…. Cold enough to tempt any early morning person to stay curled up in bed.

But we’re here to get you through the cold days, the brisk nights and the chilling mornings with some points on surviving winter 2018

-          It’s always cold…. Expect it to be cold

-          Don’t complain that it’s cold, everyone knows!

-          Hot water bottles! Cut down electricity bills and keep those feet warm

-          Have water storage! We may be in for a dry winter

-          Pre-plan (Cover your car windscreen or have a bottle of water handy)

-          Pre-cook and freeze plenty of soup. A ready to go meal on those extra cold days

By this time, crops for wheat, barley, canola and many others should be sown and will require maintenance through to harvesting. These winter crops will keep farmers busy until the warmer weather in spring and summer when harvesting begins. No rest for the wicked, they say!

*While some areas of the country have had enough rain to sustain crops, there are farmers across the country unable to sow at all this year, due to the lack of rain. Please spare a thought for these farmers and continue to support your local farmers however you can, visit your local farmer’s markets and buy local. There are a number of ways that you can provide support in your community. We must lend our support to Australia’s largest industry.

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Mother’s Day

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May seems to be the month of awareness and appreciation and who deserves more appreciation than our Mothers?

No one can love you like your Mother loves you. She carries you for 9 months and through hard labour (literally), brings you into this world, shelters and protects you, feeds and provides for you. A Mother is every girl’s first best friend, every little boy’s first image of what a woman should be.

A Mother’s job is not easy and we must take time to appreciate that often neglected aspect of life. The woman that gives birth, keeps a clean house and manages dinner on the table every night deserves respect, adulation and ofcourse love. Take the time to let your Mother know that you love and appreciate her. Let her feel the love, it is the absolute least you can do for the number one woman in your life.

This year on May 13, Australia will celebrate Mother’s Day. A national day to recognise Mothers across the country for raising healthy, happy children to become healthy, happy adults and the cycle continues from generation to generation.

To all the beautiful mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

Also celebrated in may:

National Asparagus Month (United States)

International respect for Chickens month

Miracle Month of May – Support for Premature and sick newborns

Play Outside Day – May 4

Star Wars Day… May the Fourth be with you

Live below the line – Live off $2 a day for 5 days

International No Diet Day – May 6 – Rally against body shaming and eating disorders

International Nurses Day – May 12 – Show your appreciation for the Men and Women in healthcare

Schizophrenia Awareness Week – May 13-19

Wear White to Work Day – May 29 – Wear white to work to create awareness for Suicide Awareness

April Fools

Welcome to April, a busy time that leads to some practical jokes (All in the name of good fun) but also a time for reflection as ANZAC day approaches toward the end of the month. The weather is still unsure of what it wants to do on an hourly basis so don’t pack away the coolers yet. We have turned back our clocks and who doesn’t like an extra hour in bed… granted that you’re also going to bed earlier.

April fools.

Have you ever wondered about the origins of April Fool’s day? Well, wonder no more. This should be a crash course in understanding this long tradition but it is not that simple. ‘April Fool’s Day’ has multiple origin stories, which we will explore.

The earliest supposed origin of April Fools dates back to 1392, some 626 years ago. Author Geoffrey Chaucer’s book ‘Nun’s priest’s tale’ depicts a Rooster being tricked by a Fox …”On Syn March bigan thritty dayes and two”. It is believed that the excerpt translates to April 1st.

Whatever the origins may actually be, April Fools is an opportunity to trick a friend, family member or work colleague and take advantage of how gullible they truly are, and no-one is safe!

Last year, a ‘news story’ published by the Daily Telegraph about potatoes having the potential to power homes. Farmers everywhere, saw dollar signs when the ‘news’ was reported, however, the excitement didn’t last long as it was revealed that the news story was indeed false.

Share with us some of your best April Fool’s Day pranks.

Lest we forget.

We take this time to recognise the fallen soldiers who fought and became heroes for our country, for April 25 is ANZAC day. Wear a poppy with pride, march in our streets and stand with our servicemen.

 

 

 

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Autumn Has Arrived

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Autumn; The seasonal change that brings with it natural transformation, deciduous trees will begin to change the colour of their leaves, lower temperatures will become the average and our days will get shorter with daylight savings due to end Sunday, April 1st. Don’t forget to put your clocks forward one hour!

There are many weather changes that occur during this time to ready the environment for the upcoming winter. Traditionally, Autumn weather has been unpredictable with 2017 seeing the most rainfall for March since 1975 in Sydney and temperature peaked at a national average of 32 degrees late in March.

It is reported that Australia could experience its coldest winter on record in 2018. If this is the case, service your heaters, chop your firewood and dust off the electric blankets while the sun is still shining, your preparation will pay off when you stay nice and cosy this coming winter.

Get ready for fog, frost and football

As the mornings grow colder, our landscape blankets with fog, leaving much to the imagination when driving on a country road in the early hours. Surfaces will become slippery and we must all take extra caution to travel safely.

Our green lawns, that have required much love throughout this summer will eventually feel the pinch of the cold when frost envelops the grass, glistening from blade to blade, spreading across our yard or paddock. Some may enjoy their crystal-like view, while warming up with a coffee while others may be too concerned about the extra layer of ice on their windscreens.

If you’re after a helpful hint to rid your morning of the ritual windscreen scraping and hosing, here’s one for you. First of all, don’t use hot water… Cold icy glass and a quick temperature change equals disaster. There are a number of professional chemicals that are available at your local auto shops that help with prevention or could try a homemade remedy. Soap has been used to create a coating on the glass to prevent mists from sitting on the glass surface, or if you’re just not that prepared, apparently water and vinegar in a spray bottle helps to remove the icy glaze on your windscreen. Let us know in the comments if you have any other remedies.

Not all hope is lost, leading to the colder weather. If you’re a sports fan, you’d know that NRL season has already begun, The Commonwealth Games, hosted by Australia at our Gold Coast is just around the corner and children everywhere can get ready for their sports seasons to begin.

Enjoy the Autumn colours, the lower temperatures. Make the most of your March before it’s over! If you have any outdoor projects, now is the perfect time to get your hands dirty, Winter is not here yet. Enjoy, be safe and share with us your favourite Autumn memories.

Fun-Fact. The season of Autumn actually begins March 21 at 3:15am, in what is called the March Equinox. Australia has conventionally started each season at the start of the corresponding months. This practice dates back to Australia’s colonisation.

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