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Fernglade Farm
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Cherokee, Victoria, AU
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Everything including the squeak

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Posted by Chris McLeod over 9 years ago

Using waste to good effect never goes out of style!

Happy New Year everyone!
Waste doesn’t excite me. The farm is located in a remote spot that historically didn’t support much of a human population – so my thinking is that if you have gone to all the effort of bringing materials up here then those materials might as well find some sort of use. The old timers used to say that when they butchered an animal, they used everything including the squeak. That is an excellent rule by which to guide your scrap collections.

Last week I scored some free tomato plants. This posed a problem because I had to then clear out a raised garden bed (which provided great chicken feed – squeak!) so that they could have an area to be planted in. Then a structure had to be built so that those new tomato plants were supported as they grew in height. If the plants were not supported, they would fall over (the technical term is called “lodge”) and any tomato fruit growing at ground level may promote disease. It also allows every ground dwelling insect on the farm to acquire a good taste for ripe tomatoes. I won’t mention that the dogs here also tend to urinate on the plants at ground level in order to mark out their territory. This act alone leaves me with a sort of “yuk” factor whereby I consider the fruit to be unpalatable.
After a bit of delving into the spare pile of steel angles and reinforcing mesh, I produced the following tomato plant supports:

For the rest of the blog entry go to: http://ferngladefarm.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/everything-including-squeak.html

Recycled tomato stakes

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