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PostPosted: Jun 27th, '19, 11:48 
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Ha Ha Ha...I once had a recipe for rhubarb champagne but seem to have misplaced it. Yes, I have plenty of rhubarb and would love to make something sparkly with it. Me thinks a google search might be in order. Thanks for the tip and I hope your driving advice wasn't from experience chuckle chuckle.


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 Post subject: Re: Grafs urban farming.
PostPosted: Jun 28th, '19, 09:40 
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hmm, add winemaking to the list, where on the list tho?
1) shading project for AP
2) build Pizza oven
3) convert spare fridge for meat curing and start salamis etc
4) expand AP system with solar heating options
5) Beer brewing
6) wine making

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Just a quick update on my second season of Trout, these came from Tooperang and went in on 24th March as ~20cm fish, some are now relative monsters and we still have 8-10 weeks of grow out left!

https://www.facebook.com/jasonspatch/videos/2486782348048604/

Looking forward to some nice eating fish later in the year. :thumbright:

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PostPosted: Sep 24th, '19, 12:48 
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Just a quick update, had a small open garden a couple of weekends ago, had around 20 odd people come for a wander through to look at the AP setup, wicking beds and the orchard. Glad to see some took a real interest in becoming a little more self sustaining.
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The AP system definitely generated the most interest along with the different veg growing, like purple cauliflower.
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The day before I smoked one of the trout for visitors to taste, nice and tasty, the trout was around 500gm cleaned. Also smoked some chicken breast at the same time for dinner that night.

Here's a video of the fishing expedition!
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and the catch of the day!
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Unfortunately later in the week the sump level dropped to below what the pump could use and so water flow ceased. I hadn't topped up the water in a week or so, my bad! :upset:

I'd fed the fish in the morning before work and got home around 10:30pm. I went outside to play with the dog for a bit and heard the dry pump sound and thought "Oh Shit" and of course I didn't have the airstones pumping...........

I lost 8 fish, biggest was 41cm weighing a whopping 1120g, the rest were 1050g, 850g, 840g, 720g, 680g and 2 around the 400g mark. Talk about disappointed and slightly pissed :evil:

A couple were still fresh, with clear eyes and no rigor. others were full rigor, eyes were clouded and had obviously died earlier in the day
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In total pretty much 6kg (13lb) of trout went to waste as we decided against taking the risk of eating them :( thankfully we still have around 6 remaining that will be harvested in a few weeks with at least 1 that looks to be around the 800g mark.

Lessons learnt
1) Have the airstones running,
2) Be more diligent checking sump levels
3) hurry up and get rainwater storage and a float valve system.

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PostPosted: Nov 14th, '19, 11:44 
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Changing of seasons is interesting, the fluctuations in daily temperatures leaves me on tenderhooks, a couple of days >30C then back to high teens, low 20's. I'm watching the forecasts and have the vacuum sealer at the ready for when it's time to harvest my remaining trout.

There are a couple of monsters in there still, over 1kg, maybe up around the 1.3kg, will have to see once they come out.

Growbeds are chockers!
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I'm starting to turn them over with summer crops now. I've had fun raising seeds again, much better this year. Built some benches in the poly house, covered said house with 70% shadecloth I can roll up when its cloudy.

Have many tomato varieties going, some I've planted into the AP system, some into wicking beds, same with capsicums (red, orange, yellow), Thai Chilies, basil, silverbeat. I've given away around 30-40 advanced seedlings to neighbors & work colleagues, It really is nice to share the love of fresh veg and preserving in some way a link to where our food comes from.
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Had a lovely stand of broadbeans and double frilled poppies, the bees loved that lot!
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The beans have been fully harvested now, over 3kg of lovely tender broadbeans, podded, blanched and peeled and the freezer. I've now mulched the area and dug in some compost ready for zucchinis to go in.

Will post some more photos of the replanted GB's over the weekend.

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PostPosted: Nov 14th, '19, 16:36 
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Sorry to hear of the fish losses back in sep. I hope the weather is fair to harvest the last ones. Would be great to see the final weigh in 8) . Your garden is looking very beautiful, and productive. The ap grow bed could rivial any floral arrangement. :thumbright:

Also with the advanced potted veg, i need you as a neighbor, :notworthy:

Thanks for the update.

Btw I'm in for 1.352kg as a guess for the largest fish from your system. Any other takers in AP land...


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Well, I harvested trout this morning. Overnight temps meant the water started @ 23C this morning, and with a forecast of 42C today I decided not to push my luck.

From the survivors of the earlier losses this was the largest, weighing in @ 830g cleaned and vacuum packed.
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The remaining were around the 500g cleaned. I'll be working on proofing the system over the summer with a sump float valve connected to an external water supply.

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Great result, looks really good!

Wow the 830g one must have had a large stomach to weight in at 1.352kg exactly :D

Shame the hot weather brough forward the harvest.


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Funnily it did, you win! :)

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Graf wrote:
Funnily it did, you win! :)


Yippy, woot, yeehaa... o wait... the winning prize was never discussed... :think: :dontknow:

:upset: I'm guessing i get 0.522kg of :?: ... in the mail...

:D time to get composting...

Jokes aside, that is a stunning looking trout!

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