New member saying hi to everyone

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New member saying hi to everyone

Just deciding what to do with my heavily forested 23 acres sitting at 600 metres in Tassie.  The land has a fair gradient too. Thought about native fruits and berries and unusual herbs (with a good market).

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Last seen: 09/17/2019 - 18:07
Joined: 11/23/2011 - 09:38

Hello Higrounds,

Welcome. Sounds lovely. Do you intend to clear some of the timber on the property or is that not permitted in Tasmania? What are you thinking of growing, Blueberries or Chestnuts or something else? I personally am almost addicted to Blue berries. Many years ago I was almost sacked when working in a restaurant for eating too many whilst preparing the flans for dinner. It was touch and go, after that they made me prepare the salads instead to keep me away from the Blueberries. Still brings a smile to my face when I think of it.

 

I'm sure we'll all be really interested to know what you finally decide to do with the property. As I live in the sub-tropics I am always interested to learn more about what is grown and grazed in the temperate zone climate.

 

Good luck with your new venture.

 

Cheers,

Barb

Last seen: 03/08/2018 - 21:05
Joined: 01/12/2016 - 20:49

Hello Barb,

 

Well I was actually thinking about Blueberries because they grow wild (need to contian them here). I can't see your answer as I'm replying but hope to hear more about your own land in the warmer climate. 

Water is a problem everywhere, even in Tassie so I'll have to harness the winter spring water into a small dam or tank for automatic watering using solar power. Lots of flat rocks and fallen wood to use. Also keen on developing alternative energy and electronic control devices.

 

All the best,

Highgrounds

Last seen: 12/26/2018 - 09:21
Joined: 05/31/2011 - 09:44

Hi Highgrounds,

Welcome to the community it is great to have you on-board. It sounds like a lovely spot you have there.

Are you looking to make a full time living, partial income or just for the love of it as this may influence which type of horticultural crop you select?

Look forward to hearing more about your farming journey. 

Regards,

Charlie

Last seen: 09/17/2019 - 18:07
Joined: 11/23/2011 - 09:38

Hi again,

Lucky person. Blueberries growing wild, my idea of Heaven!

What we grow in my climate (38 c today) are all the tropical fruits: Pineapples, bananas, macadamias, paw paw, mangos, and in winter zucchinni, tomatoes, snow peas, beans, pumpkin, strawberries etc. Basically anything except cold climate things. such as Blueberries, hazlenuts, Chestnuts, raspberries etc., much to my regret. The problem for the past couple years in my region has been ongoing drought. One and a half tonne of cattle feed cost me over $700.00 which makes it pretty hard to make a profit, that's for sure.

 

Please keep us up to date with your venture. I'll be really interested to know what you decide to grow on your block. It sounds like a little piece of Heaven.

 

Cheers,

Barb

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Good to have you on board. Have you thought of bees? If you plant some flowering trees as well as veges you should get a honey crop. Cheers Rob
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Hi Charlie,  I hope to make a part-time living to supplement my other ventures and also enjoy creating something unusual from the produce I grow.

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Hi rmcpb,  There are loads of bumblebees in the forest already and very few native bees or honey bees - so no problem with pollination.  The bumblebees are quite aggressive and nosey.  They keep flying around you and bumping into you as they work out why you are in their flight path.

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I used to grow tropical fruits in Perth, WA Barb,  but it became too hot to live there. Yes, I like the cold weather fruits and berries.

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