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    ande reacted to GaryD in Veganism...dietary preference or shady politics?   
    My principal concern about veganism is the limited thinking that goes with it.  For the world to adopt a vegan diet would require the continuation (indeed expansion) of the industrial farming system...and that's something that cannot be countenanced if the planet is to survive.
    The other issue I have is that the vegan movement is not concerned with the truth.  In its quest for the prohibition of meat consumption, it seems happy enough to decieve and propagandise.
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    ande reacted to NigelGrier in Veganism...dietary preference or shady politics?   
    I take a landscape ecological view of things. It would be tragedy for the rangelands, that are currently contributing to the global food systems, to be  transitioned from livestock, where they coexist within the local ecosystem to cropping, with practically zero ecology or biodiversity. I'm against grain feeding livestock, this is the equivalent of global veganism, fed by plant protein i.e soy & corn etc. Just look at any plant based protein product from the supermarket to check the ingredients. The ideal behind veganism is noble, but in a world of 'systems of systems' the unintended consequences could be catastrophic for our remaining biodiversity if we all became Vegans based on the current model.
    Personally I am progressively migrating to vegetarianism, which I think is quite sensible the older we get in life.
    Nigel Grier
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    ande reacted to GaryD in Read any good books?   
    My current audiobook is Sacred Cow by Diana Rogers and Robb Wolf.
    I didn't realise that, in some countries, it's illegal to feed a vegan diet to babies or young children.
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    ande reacted to GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Day 50...Route the water from the washing machine to the back lawn.
    Outcome:  Reduced wastewater.
    It would be grandiose to describe our grassed area as lawn but we do harvest it for composting material so using the washing machine to water it.  I found a purple (greywater) hose in the shed so I'll connect that up to the washing machine and redirect the water.
    Day 50...the halfway mark...the low-hanging fruit...the easy part...and, as it happens, Part 1 of 2.
    WIth hindsight, a 100-Day challenge was probably unrealistic (particuarly given my current commitments) and I need to take time to consolidate my first 50 strategies...and to provide an update on their status.
    I remain committed the project...but I also need time to generate some more ideas...things that I (a 70-year old male) can do to reduce my environmental footprint.  I mention that largely to avoid suggestions that are specfic to women and children.  All suggestions are welcome.
    Then I'll resume the Challenge with Part 2...the remaining 50 days.
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    ande reacted to bigdaddy in Bigdaddy's iAVs   
    Hi folks,
    My next move, considering I haven't made a decision on buying sand yet was to go to Rayners building supplies at Thebarton  in Adelaide and make a desision on what grade sand I would buy. I enjoyed the experience...They hade several different sample jars of different blended grades of sand which was right down my ally because I could feel with my fingers and hands which grade would be appropriate. They also had a laminated spec sheet to refer to which suited me to a tee. I decided to buy 2 x 20 kilogram bags of 16/30 grade which equates to a range of 0.6mm to 1.18mm. I now have theses bags of sand at home where I can do some testing on the sand. At the very least, if I decide the sand is no good I can put it into my citrus pots which are going gangbusters by the way.
    Looking ahead and this is another thing I have to cost is finding those L shaped gaarden beds. This is now a process of wait until they become available at Bunnings. They cost around $149.00 ea which I can live with.
    The other thing I'm going to have issues with and need to take costs into consideration is food safe liner. I'm yet to go down that line of investigation but am expecting it to be another difficult to source and expensive issue. When I go down this line I have to also take into consideration my fish tank/s size/s. All of this also needs to be taken into consideration and settled in my mind before starting the project.
    Cheers.


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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in Apiculture   
    Hi
    Struggling a bit with the pics in the previous post
    I decided early not to move my hives for the "ling harvest" (at least this 1. year) , but rather concentrate on learning my bees, behavior,  reproduction .................
    maybe try to expand and split the 2 in to 4 hives...... I never got to the point of producing my own queens, as the equipment needed for that, arrived to late in the season (so that's next years assignment now) .
    I have kept stacking new boxes on the 2 hives, so to keep up with the space demand and to avoid swarming, at this point in time I'm at 5flors or boxes on both.  
     
    I'w watched a ton of youtube videos, read numerous  books, blogs and articles on apiculture, alongside attending classes & excursions.
    Should have started years ago with this what a trill
    I'w bought loads of used equipment to process the honey, but I have not yet decided how to go about it, or method of choice. I have collected a bit of the "wild build" honey, and just pressed it out of the comb by hand.  



    In my latest box/floor addition to the hives, I decided to try using a wood stick in every second spot replacing the traditional  frame.

    I'll get back with a revue on that experiment later 
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in Apiculture   
    Hi All
    So last Saturday I brought my hives, to transfer the colonies after a thorough inspection. 

    You can see Queen Elisabeth in the pic above (blue)

    Queen Ziegfried in the pic above (blueish)

    Both colonies looking good and healthy IMO  so They where left to settle in their new hives until after sun down on Sunday

     
    I picked them up Sunday evening, arrived home about 01.00 in the morning Monday, a 3 hour drive
     
    both hives planted in their new permanent spots
    cheers 
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    ande got a reaction from bigdaddy in The story of stuff   
    Hi All
    In Gary's 100-days sprint ...... thread he made this reference 
    I never saw the video before, now I have, and feel it deserves a post with the video embedded, for all to watch, enjoy
     
     
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from bigdaddy in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...   
    Hi Gary/all
    I do 
    I belive Microponics Nation is the better of the two (I would maybe ad HQ or use HQ instead of nation ?)
    A forum name really dosen't matter much, other than being hit or found by random, by people searching the www  without knowledge of the forums existence.
    If the forum name contains Microponics the likelihood of being hit by potential forum participants are higer IMO
    If one do a google search using the word Microponics vs Have more for less, you will see what I mean or why I mean it.

     
    It is also very likely that someone would actually use Microponics, as a search term, to seek info of the kind you find here in this forum, if you do use that search word on google, you will get  581 000 results, and also find a nice explanation or origin of the word Microponics at the bottom of the 1. page in this link : https://garydonaldson.net/2009/05/the-origins-of-microponics/  
    Quote: ................................ Integrated Backyard Food Production became too much of a mouthful and so it became Microponics.  The name suggests its own origins…..the combination of micro-livestock, micro-farming and aquaponics.  I subsequently discovered that the name is also used to describe an obscure grafting method using in hydroponics............................................ Quote end
    So I have now sheared my opinion 
    cheers
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    ande reacted to GaryD in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...   
    Hi Ande,
    I own the URL microponics.net (and microponics.nat.au)...so it can be just plain Microponics since we don't have to compete for the space.  Both that name - and this forum - have a lot of history contained within.  Microponics has its own heritage...much of it chronicled here.  It has its own Facebook group
    I'll talk to Kellen about the technicalities involved in a name change....but - at the moment - it's got my vote.  I think Joe suggested Microponics not so long ago.
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in The story of stuff   
    Hi All
    In Gary's 100-days sprint ...... thread he made this reference 
    I never saw the video before, now I have, and feel it deserves a post with the video embedded, for all to watch, enjoy
     
     
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...   
    Hi Gary/all
    I do 
    I belive Microponics Nation is the better of the two (I would maybe ad HQ or use HQ instead of nation ?)
    A forum name really dosen't matter much, other than being hit or found by random, by people searching the www  without knowledge of the forums existence.
    If the forum name contains Microponics the likelihood of being hit by potential forum participants are higer IMO
    If one do a google search using the word Microponics vs Have more for less, you will see what I mean or why I mean it.

     
    It is also very likely that someone would actually use Microponics, as a search term, to seek info of the kind you find here in this forum, if you do use that search word on google, you will get  581 000 results, and also find a nice explanation or origin of the word Microponics at the bottom of the 1. page in this link : https://garydonaldson.net/2009/05/the-origins-of-microponics/  
    Quote: ................................ Integrated Backyard Food Production became too much of a mouthful and so it became Microponics.  The name suggests its own origins…..the combination of micro-livestock, micro-farming and aquaponics.  I subsequently discovered that the name is also used to describe an obscure grafting method using in hydroponics............................................ Quote end
    So I have now sheared my opinion 
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from bigdaddy in It's the beekeepers dream.   
    Hi
    I have yet to try out the flowhive, so I have no personal experience with it.
    I do know I will buy/set up one, at some point, then I'll get back and share the pros/cons I see, compared with the traditional hives I have now. I think they are "to expensive" around here, how ever I do come across some "used"/secondhand (new), at half price or less, so I will eventually buy at least one, when the time is right.
    I find some of the criticism odd, like this (and other statements)
    If one reads the support pages the above should be obvious IMO

    Quote : Manuka honey (and Jellybush in Australia) are thixotropic honeys. This means they do not run or flow unless agitated. To date, we have not had any success removing Manuka from Flow Frames. This includes trialling a ‘honey loosener’ as used in commercial Manuka extraction.
    from here: https://support.honeyflow.com/do-flow-frames-work-with-manuka-jellybush-honey/
    I have been visiting different Apiculture farms this summer, and seen a few flowhives in use, here and there.
    One thing that is common advice where ever I talk to the operators is:
    - It does not work with heather honey, but is great with "summer honey" 
    So why is that ?    Well it's for the same reason as Jelly honey wan't work in a flow hive. 
    Ling heather honey has unique qualities and is very jelly like and will not run, so extracting is a problem because the honey will not spin out of the combs in the normal way. It is thixotropic which means that it is normally gel-like and firm, but it will become temporarily liquid if stirred or agitated. 
    I think this article is a balanced review/opinion on the "flow hive"  (still just a opinion and not a fact)
    https://beekeepinglikeagirl.com/is-the-flowhive-bad-for-bees/
    Mean time I'm really fond of my traditional hives and enjoy the experience of keeping honey bees that way
     
    cheers
     
     
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    ande reacted to vkn in The transition from IAVS to IAS   
    On August 29, 2015, I said this.
    http://aquaponicsnation.com/forums/topic/9498-our-experiments-with-iavs/?do=findComment&comment=74097
    Six years later, we are nearing its completion.
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    ande got a reaction from vkn in Read any good books?   
    Hi
    I'm currently reading  - Queen breeding (Køniginnenzucht), by Friedrich Ruttner. 
    It's a nice book, however I have to read it a chapter here and a chapter there, as my understanding/experience develops.   So it's more like a illustrated dictionary than a book, to me. But still a really good read on apiculture.
    cheers  
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    ande reacted to GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Day 21 of the Environmental Challenge - Stop giving gifts...unless they are handmade.
    Outcomes:  Save money - Reduced consumption - Reduced packaging
    I opted out of the gift market a couple of decades ago...kids excepted.  The big marketing celebrations of Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, Halloween and the other similar opportunities to spend money on baubles and bad food have huge impact on the environment...as the products wash ashore...get sold...and the find their way back into the drains and creeks.
    It's the little lapses that speak to the the extent of our commitment.  When you look at a list of thirty or so green-living strategies and you see how many you've already committed to at some point or the other...but not having actioned in recent days or weeks...well challenges like this can help to keep us focused on the job.
    If we cut ourselves out of this waste cycle we not only save lots of money but we avoid piling up the  paper, Styrofoam, single-use plastic and all of the  packaging that goes with the big outpourings of fealings that giving the garbage.
     
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    ande got a reaction from Nello in DIY Home Aquaponics in Manila, Philippines   
    Hi Nello
    Welcome to APN/HQ 
    Indeed you can, this is a "old" member system thread, not active in 8 years so you might have more luck on educational inputs in the Q/A section, or by making your own member system thread and lay out your plans and Q's there.
    You don't need a greenhouse, but you might need shading for both plants and fish, maybe a lid for the fish tank.....
    Why don't you introduce your self and plans in the welcome wagon and take it from there.    
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in It's the beekeepers dream.   
    Hi
    I have yet to try out the flowhive, so I have no personal experience with it.
    I do know I will buy/set up one, at some point, then I'll get back and share the pros/cons I see, compared with the traditional hives I have now. I think they are "to expensive" around here, how ever I do come across some "used"/secondhand (new), at half price or less, so I will eventually buy at least one, when the time is right.
    I find some of the criticism odd, like this (and other statements)
    If one reads the support pages the above should be obvious IMO

    Quote : Manuka honey (and Jellybush in Australia) are thixotropic honeys. This means they do not run or flow unless agitated. To date, we have not had any success removing Manuka from Flow Frames. This includes trialling a ‘honey loosener’ as used in commercial Manuka extraction.
    from here: https://support.honeyflow.com/do-flow-frames-work-with-manuka-jellybush-honey/
    I have been visiting different Apiculture farms this summer, and seen a few flowhives in use, here and there.
    One thing that is common advice where ever I talk to the operators is:
    - It does not work with heather honey, but is great with "summer honey" 
    So why is that ?    Well it's for the same reason as Jelly honey wan't work in a flow hive. 
    Ling heather honey has unique qualities and is very jelly like and will not run, so extracting is a problem because the honey will not spin out of the combs in the normal way. It is thixotropic which means that it is normally gel-like and firm, but it will become temporarily liquid if stirred or agitated. 
    I think this article is a balanced review/opinion on the "flow hive"  (still just a opinion and not a fact)
    https://beekeepinglikeagirl.com/is-the-flowhive-bad-for-bees/
    Mean time I'm really fond of my traditional hives and enjoy the experience of keeping honey bees that way
     
    cheers
     
     
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in Bees caring for their brood   
    Hi all
    Thought I'd share this cool video
     
    cheers
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    ande reacted to GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Day 11 of the Environmental Challege - Set up a worm farm.
    Outcomes:  More effective use of kitchen wastes - Worms and Worm Castings
    This is another area where I had been doing something - and then lapsed.
    My emerging health regime has me eating very little in the way of processed food so I have lots of kitchen wastes.  I've been feeding all of those to the chickens but, from now on, I'll separate ou the vegetable residues and they can now go to the worms...and any protein or carbohydrates (stale bread, meat trimmings, etc) will be for the chickens.
    I need a regular supply of castings for a project  - and the worms will be useful, too - so yesterday I visited our local worm man and bought a parcel of worms.  Today, I started up the worm farm again.
     
     
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in Read any good books?   
    Hi
    I'm currently reading  - Queen breeding (Køniginnenzucht), by Friedrich Ruttner. 
    It's a nice book, however I have to read it a chapter here and a chapter there, as my understanding/experience develops.   So it's more like a illustrated dictionary than a book, to me. But still a really good read on apiculture.
    cheers  
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    ande reacted to GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Day 10 of the Environmental Challenge - Do more slow-cooking.
    Outcomes....Save energy - Save money (cheaper cuts of meat)- Save time.
    I've had a slow-cooker for a long time but, like so many kitchen appliances, it's rarely used.  I love foods like lamb shanks, beef cheeks and oxtail - the tougher cuts of meat that really benefit from slow cooking.  A few minutes of preparation...chopping the vegetables and browning the meat...is all that is required before putting the meal into the slow cooker.  Four to eight hours later and I have a delicious meal...or two.
     
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    ande got a reaction from GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Hi Gary
    I belive picking all those "low-hanging fruits" are really important and to often overseen
    We have a saying here in Norway :  "Mange bekker små, gjør en stor å"  
    directly translated :   "Many small streams, make one big river"
    I think it's real cool to see how you in fact make a difference, in your over all environmental footprint 
    cheers
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    ande got a reaction from bigdaddy in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Hi Gary
    I belive picking all those "low-hanging fruits" are really important and to often overseen
    We have a saying here in Norway :  "Mange bekker små, gjør en stor å"  
    directly translated :   "Many small streams, make one big river"
    I think it's real cool to see how you in fact make a difference, in your over all environmental footprint 
    cheers
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    ande reacted to GaryD in 100-Day Sprint to a Smaller Environmental Footprint   
    Day 8 of the Environmental Challenge - Donate old clothes to the local charity shop.
    Outcomes:  Recycling (Re-use) - Less Clutter - Extends the life of the clothing - More space for me.
    My wardrobes and cupboards contain clothes across a weight range of 90kg - 113kg.  To keep the larger sizes suggests that I might achieve the top weight again - a notion that I reject...so a couple of bags of my overweight past went to the community goodwill store.   The wardrobe is already looking better.
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