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Another 10 harvested last night, the largest was 2601g, so not too far behind the monster from the previous night.

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One of my Hailea V60 air pumps died a couple of days ago- both diaphragms have disintegrated and various other bits have been hammered to death. I suspect the ongoing very hot weather hasn't helped- the pumps are extremely hot to touch when operating. Fortunately I only have a few trout left and the 2nd (continuously operating, battery inverter powered) backup pump is still ok, so no fish losses, even with the water temperature around 20C.

I harvested the remainder of the potatoes in the GB I started on a couple of weeks ago- another 7.8kg, so over 14kg in total from that GB. I'll have to plant another crop in there for now, maybe spring onions, as it is a good idea to practice crop rotation with spuds. The hessian bags I used for this potato crop almost completely disintegrated, so now there is a fair bit of soil mixed into the top of the gravel, and it's full of worms.

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Here is the last of the grapes growing on a vine in one of the GBs, they have been delicious. Next time we'll put some seedless varieties in.

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7 more trout harvested last night, there can't be too many left in there now- I'll have a look later today. It might be time to get out the huge net again.

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Those look tasty Gordon :thumbright: . I should try mine in AP. Can't say I know what I'm doing but it's Winter here so I just finished pruning the grapes back - supposedly 4 different types (one was mislabeled so really only 3 I think :think:) , all seedless varieties. Got a pretty good crop out of the Interlaken and Canadice grapes this last summer and made raisins with the extras. Nothing out of the Black Monukka grapes, the vine seems to grow more slowly than the others and they're all probably only 3 year old.


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I picked 7.4kg of Ottway Red potatoes from one of the WBs on Friday, sold 2.5kg at the Saturday market, and we'll eat the rest. I didn't add more soil as this lot grew, so not as productive as the bags in the GBs, which I did add soil to.
I'm going to plant the WB out with spring onions today.

Also harvested over 6kg of Sebago potatoes from a single hessian bag sitting in a GB a week ago. Sold half of them at the market... but we are eating a lot of spuds ;)

There are still more spuds in another WB, but I'll leave them a week or 2 more.

I've picked a few cucumbers and one spaghetti squash in the past week too. The rhubarb continues to yield heaps of stalks, most of which are sold at the markets.

I got into the FT a few days ago to have a look around with goggles, but it was mostly too dark to see the trout other than the ones that brushed by my feet, however, I doubt there are more than about 5 left.

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Gunagulla wrote:

I got into the FT a few days ago to have a look around with goggles, but it was mostly too dark to see the trout other than the ones that brushed by my feet, however, I doubt there are more than about 5 left.


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I had a lucky escape a couple of days ago, due to a technology fail. I run 3 Belkin WEMO switches (programmable remote controlled via phone app) and the app told me there was a firmware update, so I ran it.

It always tells you that it may take a while and you can quit the app, lights may flash on the switches etc, so I quit, but noticed it hadn't finished about an hour later. I assumed this was due to my crap internet connection (NBN satellite for those in Oz) and didn't check again until the next morning, as previous updates had all worked smoothly, despite taking a long time.

At 8am next morning I checked the app, to see that 2 of the 3 units were still greyed out 'updating'. Checking my PV house electricity data logger, I noticed that the pump had not come on at that time, and not on any hour for the previous 18 hours. Slight amount of panic as I rushed out to manually plug the pump in and run it before looking in the FT, where I have 200 Rainbow Trout. Threw a bit of feed in, but no interest, so I knew they were a bit stressed. Fortunately no floaters found so far, so it appears all survived- thanks to the 2 air pumps running continuously and the drum filter on the side with a slow circulation always running through it.
The water temp is mostly around 9-11C lately, so DO should have been good.

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Glad it worked out OK Gordon, could have been a costly firmware update :headbang:.


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