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WHERE DO ALL THE OLD TREE GUARDS GO?

covers blown against the fence

It’s an embarrassment that when I see litter in our paddocks.  That’s because it’s usually my own: one of my tree guards that has blown off and landed in the creek, or among the ti-tree, or strung up against a barbed-wire fence.

But collecting them again is the easy part.  The problem is what to do with the hundreds of covers that stay on, doing their job, and then need to be recycled? Continue reading

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TANK-TIPPING

IMG_1095In some places people find entertainment in running up to a sleeping cow and tipping her over.  Round here, instead, we like to tip our tanks over.  Especially the empty ones that are leaking and need mending.

We use tanks for house water, garden water and stock water, filling them from the creek, or the river, or, in the case of drinking water, from the sky.  With a hot summer coming it’s important that they be reliable.  Water is, literally, life.

In particular, we have a system of troughs that relies on a windmill pumping from the creek up to a  tank on a ridge, and from there pipes take the water to several stock troughs in the valley.

cockatoos drinkingI want to add a couple more troughs to the system to provide water for the new paddocks we’ve created with the tree-planting, so the system needs to be very reliable. The old galvanized steel tank was replaced in 2007 with a new poly tank on the old concrete base.

While poly tanks are the cheapest type to get, it turns out they are not necessarily long-lasting.  Andrew our neighbour had been telling me that “the poly tank on the hill is leaking”  for several months, but I thought he was talking about his own leaking poly tank.  But no, there were two leaking tanks, one of them ours. Continue reading